Six-tower Blue Lagoon growth to add 888 apartments
A major development project poised to bring hundreds of apartments and hotel rooms to land fronting the Blue Lagoon near Miami International Airport has gained zoning approval.
Towers at Blue Lagoon is to include a half-dozen new buildings constructed in phases on vacant land at 4865, 4875, and 4885 NW Seventh St.
Owner-developer is Caroline Weiss, the Weiss Group of Companies, 7 at Blue Lagoon (1) LLC, and 7 at Blue Lagoon (2).
The Miami City Commission on March 28 approved a final reading of a request from the owner-developer changing the zoning classification of the properties from T6-8-L, Urban Core – Limited, to T6-12-L, Urban Core – Limited.
Arguing in favor of the zoning change on behalf of the owner-developer was attorney Miguel Diaz de la Portilla.
The zoning amendment changes the allowable height of structures from 12 to 16 stories.
Plans call for up to 888 apartments and 294 hotel rooms. The apartments are to include affordable and workforce units, as well as market-rate housing.
Some neighboring condo owners were fighting the project, worried that added traffic would further congest streets in and around the lagoon neighborhood.
The condo residents share one street for entry and exit connected to Northwest Seventh Street.
The developer has promised to improve that shared street, along with several other commitments in a voluntary declaration of restrictive covenants filed with the city.
The commission’s final decision included approving and accepting the restrictive covenants proffered by the applicant-developer.
The covenants include:
■The property will be developed substantially in accordance with a plan prepared by Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc., dated Aug. 16, 2018 … received by the City’s Office of Hearing Boards on Aug. 20.
■Nothing on the site can be taller than 180 feet.
■The applicant offers job creation and employment opportunities with a priority for residents of the project area and surrounding neighborhoods; affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing; financial support for Antonio Maceo Park; the owner will construct right-of-way improvements along the project entrance from Northwest Seventh Street, including a new access road with a painted median with one lane of ingress and two lanes of egress along the north-south portion of the Northwest Seventh Street entrance beginning at its terminus at Northwest Seventh Street, create two lanes of ingress and one lane of egress along the east-west portion of the Northwest Seveth Street entrance between the Blue Lagoon Condos gate access and the north-south portion of the Northwest Seventh Street entrance; install new crosswalks with differentiated surfaces designed to calm traffic speeds and assist in pedestrian circulation; and provide for a trolley stop.
Other commitments from the developer include installing an aerator in adjacent submerged lands in Blue Lagoon; providing public art for the project on-site fronting Northwest Seventh Street; and donating up to $10,000 for a sign welcoming visitors to the Flagami/Blue Lagoon Neighborhood Area.
The developer is to contribute $5,000 each to Henry M. Flagler Elementary and Kinloch Park Middle Schools to support each school’s visual and performing arts programs.
Finally, the owner-developer is to contribute $50,000 to the city’s Public Art Fund “for the express purpose to cover the cost associated with creating a cohesive public art plan, guidelines, and criteria for the acquisition and placement of Public Art for the Blue Lagoon, Flagler Grove, West Flagler Park, Winona Park, and the Fair Lawns Neighborhoods Areas.”