Brickell grows west with 372-unit project
Written by John Charles Robbins on September 24, 2014
The neighborhood known as Brickell in Miami continues to grow westward, with more and more residential towers adding to the financial district.
Last week the city’s Urban Development Review Board gave conditional approval to Broadstone at Brickell, a proposed residential project at 267 SW 11th St., along Southwest Third Avenue and extending northward to Southwest 10th Street.
The location is very close to I-95 and about two blocks from the Brickell Metrorail station.
The development includes a 24-story, 253-foot residential building, and a seven-story, 520-space garage.
The development firm Alliance Residential plans 372 units in the building, offering studio units, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments and townhouses.
Amenities are to include a pool, fitness area, theater and a pet grooming spa.
The design from Dorsky + Yue International LLC features aluminum guardrails and a “graphic” vinyl mesh screening on the garage.
The developer was asking for permission to extend parking beyond the second level and to be allowed to build 13% less parking than required.
The board approved the project with these conditions:
nConsider a larger loading area.
nInvestigate a different material for the screening on the garage.
nCome up with a tree remediation plan.
Board member Gerald C. Marston was the first to question whether the design of the loading zone was large enough to maneuver trucks.
He also questioned the durability of the vinyl panels meant to be an artistic touch for the garage. He asked how the panels would hold up in South Florida’s weather, and who would be responsible for maintaining the screening panels.
An attorney representing Alliance Residential said the city’s Public Works Department reviewed the proposed loading zone and was “comfortable” with the space allotted.
The loading area would include a dockmaster’s office, and the building owner would control the schedule for tenants moving in and out, and scheduled trash collection, the attorney said.
The zoning requires five loading spaces or bays, three at 10 by 20 feet and two at 12 by 35 feet. The developer also asked for a waiver to allow all five loading spaces to be 10 by 20 feet.
Mr. Marston asked how larger trucks would be accommodated.
Board member Anthony E. Tzamtzis said he had reservations about using the vinyl panels to dress up the garage, saying the panels would fade over time and have a tendency to get moldy or tear.
“I’d prefer to see more durable materials,” Mr. Tzamtzis said.
Mr. Marston commended the attempt to use artistic panels to make the parking garage look good but said he continued to be concerned about the durability of the material and the commitment to maintain the “vibrant color” of the panels.
The artistic panels on the garage would be large printed graphics, and designed to allow for ventilation of the garage, and the building’s owner would be responsible for maintenance, said the attorney for the developer.