Vast Wynwood mixed-use plan wins unanimous OK
One of the largest mixed-use projects planned for the Wynwood neighborhood earned positive comments from the city’s Urban Development Review Board.
AMLI Wynwood is designed to bring 316 residential units and 30,596 square feet of commercial-retail uses to 70 NW 25th St.
The review board unanimously recommended approval in January.
PPF AMLI 45 Wynwood LLC is proposing the eight-story building with a total of 544,515 square feet. The building includes a parking garage for up to 388 vehicles.
Javier F. Aviñó, an attorney for the developer, wrote a letter to the city saying: “The Project incorporates a generous cross block passage for through-block pedestrian connectivity between 24th Street and 25th Street and numerous landscaped courtyards for residents, including on the 7th and 8th floors.”
The passage will be lined with retail and food and beverage options.
To aid in breaking up the building massing, the project includes a more dramatic setback of 17 feet on the upper floors of the building along 24th Street and carries the internal courtyard spaces up through the building, said Mr. Aviñó.
He told the board the project will “bring a lot of life to this area and connectivity to various uses.”
Board member Ignacio Permuy said, “I commend you on a job well done … on the massing, the elevated courtyard, the pedestrian experience. I like this project very much.”
Board member Dean Lewis also praised the project for its rich landscaping and successful massing. “The paseo is well thought out,” he said.
Board member Fidel Perez said the project is well put together, but he did voice some concern about the typical floors having long and dark corridors.
“There might be opportunities into breaking it up in three parts … to break up that very long corridor,” he said.
Board member Ligia Ines Labrada said, “I commend you for having the foresight … to have that type of connectivity,” regarding the paseo.
Board member Robert Behar is not a fan of the massing of the building.
“It’s a shame … (you should consider) reducing the massing of the building a little bit. Set it back on the upper levels,” he said.
In December, the Wynwood Design Review Committee expressed concerns about the massing of the project and its repetitive façade but ultimately recommended approval, after listing several conditions.
Those conditions included: add modulation and variety to the street front articulation; widen and celebrate the entrance to the paseo; consider subtle changes to the façade including paint patterns and more; consider different balconies and railings; and engage a proper art consultant.