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Polish American Club plans major mixed-use development

Written by on June 11, 2019
Polish American Club plans major mixed-use development

The Polish American Club of Miami is proposing a major mixed-use development on its property on Northwest 22nd Avenue, near the Dolphin Expressway, that would include apartments, offices, retail, a restaurant and more.

The site is at 1250 NW 22nd Ave. (Pulaski Avenue), on a tributary of the Miami River called South Fork, near Fern Isle Park and north of the expressway. The property is immediately west of a 22nd Avenue bridge.

Club representatives made a presentation on the project to a committee of the Miami River Commission on Monday.

James Murley, chair of the Urban Infill and Greenways Subcommittee, deferred the matter for one month, affording the club some time to meet with neighbors.

Mr. Murley said the proposed development is massive in comparison with neighboring properties. “You’re changing a lot … you should do a little more due diligence,” he said.

“We’re always concerned about the neighbors,” Mr. Murley added.

Speaking about the proposal was project architect Jacek Schindler.

The club will be seeking land use and zoning changes from the City of Miami.

The current zoning classification is T5, which allows the mixed-use development of multi-family residences, commercial, office and community centers.

The club is considering asking for a rezoning to T6-24, which would allow up to 24 stories, though the project as designed is 18 stories, said Mr. Schindler.

A site plan and related documents reviewed by the committee members Monday show the total square footage is about 681,102, of which 234,903 square feet would be residential and 115,063 would have office uses.

Parking levels would accommodate 432 vehicles.

Office spaces would be on floors 2-5. A sixth-floor pool deck is planned.

The project is to include 204 apartments, a gym, family activity room, social club and Chopin Ballroom, Polish Deli, co-working spaces, and a rooftop restaurant.

There are also to be retail shops, walking paths and a public riverwalk.

In a letter of intent to the river commission, the club wrote: “The original Polish American Club (PAC), founded in 1938, sits on a prime parcel of land located on the Miami River. Although the Club has fallen into disrepair, the land is still owned by Club and is a very desirable location. Now is the perfect time to bring back the Club, but with so much more.”

It continues, “PAC’s Board of Directors is spearheading a project that will erect a building worthy of the beautiful revitalization efforts in the area and will also stand as a symbol of Poles in America. Preliminary designs include a modern representation of the Polish White Eagle emblem, picturesque landscaping, walking paths, boutiques, and apartments, retail, professional businesses, PAC and other Polish related organizations.”

The organizations listed include: American Institute of Polish Culture; Chopin Foundation; Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland; Polish American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and the Americas; and the White Eagle Apartment Complex.

“The neighborhood will be proud of this new center,” said Mr. Schindler. “We look forward to our continued presence on the river.”

He said the site would allow smaller boats and perhaps a water taxi on the waterfront.

One resident questioned the club’s ownership of the property.

Committee members said upon reviewing the plan again in July, an affidavit of ownership should be presented.

Mr. Murley stressed the importance for the club representatives to meet directly with neighboring property owners to discuss what is planned for the site, before returning to the committee and later the full river commission.

7 Responses to Polish American Club plans major mixed-use development

  1. Bill

    June 12, 2019 at 1:12 am

    The club would still be operating on that site if they were truly interested in continuing operations. Especially after losing its protected property tax status a few years back. This is most likely a tactic to improve its value before selling it off. I think t6-8 or 24 is way out of character for that corner. I think the existing t5 is already a good density.

    • McKenzie Moore

      June 12, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      It may be out of character at present, but with Beckham getting the greenlight at Melreese this may be the future look of the community.

  2. Jose E. Latour

    June 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    The South Fork of the Miami River is a precious and irreplaceable ecosystem/oasis which serves as home to a diverse variety of native birds and plants. It is literally the last remaining part of the Miami River system which is unspoiled by development, dredging, and pollution. This project would wipe out the South Fork through the filling and impact of this massive construction and environmental impact studies are essential.

  3. Amy

    June 13, 2019 at 10:58 am

    This seems like a wonderful project! As Miami keeps expanding out (for better or for worse) we need to begin making that land more valuable. I think this a really good first step. The building looks beautiful too. I agree it might not look like it belongs in the beginning, but the surroundings will be developing at a fast pace anyway. They will catch up. I can’t wait to see it built! Good luck Polish American Club!

  4. Patrick M

    June 13, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    The club went into ruin long time ago, and now the new energized Polish-American community has the energy to resurrect it, like a fallen Phoenix ( in this case White Eagle) to a brighter the place which could become the new symbol for the Polish-American community in the whole country.

    Great job to the engaged PAC board.

  5. Christina

    June 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    My friend sent me this article because she knew my parents used to belong to this Polish club many years ago. I wish there were still alive to read this. It sounds like a huge, impressive and challenging project but I wish Polish community all the best and I hope this amazing building gets built. I would love to attend the opening day ceremony!

  6. Louis

    August 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I remember going to the PAC as a child growing up in Miami with my parents & seeing what disrepair / condition the club is currently like. The new version of what is proposed is going to look a lot better than what is there now.
    The City of Miami & surrounding communities will only benefit & gain with all the new tax revenue, new jobs in the complex, property taxes with the new housing incorporated within the new proposal, etc.
    It will also gain increased business
    I’m sure the City will tweak the proposed version taking into consideration the environment, parking is addressed with 432+ or – spaces, density, etc., so let’s not get ahead of ourselves folks !
    Let’s all be flexible & see what’s on the drawing board.

    The PAC has been in the community in that location since 1938 before many of us even were born, so obviously they want to contribute to the community in a positive manner by investing in it.

    Good luck PAC of Miami !