Historic Walgreens site redevelopment clears alcohol hurdle
The success of a plan for major redevelopment of an historic building in Miami hinged in part on the ability to sell alcohol. Developers cleared that hurdle, and another involving parking, at the April meeting of the city’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board.
The developers, 200 E Flagler Development LLC, had requested a zoning exception to permit an alcohol service establishment over 5,000 square feet in an individually designated historic structure, and for a parking waiver eliminating 20 of the required off-street parking spaces for a contributing property in a locally designated historic site within the Miami Downtown Commercial Historic District.
After public hearings the board unanimously approved both requests. The preservation office recommended approval with conditions, which were included in two separate resolutions.
Earlier this year, the board approved a Special Certificate of Appropriateness for an addition and alterations to the property at 200 E Flagler St.
The developers plan to transform the historic Walgreens Drug Store site into Julia & Henry’s, a venue bustling with new restaurants and bars, and some office uses.
The property is a locally designated historic site. Built in 1937, the structure has a rich history in the growth of the City of Miami. The five-story structure with a subterranean basement totals 46,912 square feet of mixed-use space at East Flagler Street and Northeast Second Avenue, one of the most prominent intersections in Miami’s urban core.
Attorney Javier F. Aviñó, representing the owner-developer, explained the request for a parking waiver to the board.
“We’re adding a rooftop portion to the property, that’s what is triggering the additional parking requirement … This also doesn’t take into account the availability of on-street parking spaces that could be provided through the Miami Parking Authority,” he said.
Mr. Aviñó reminded the preservation board that the project has a favorable recommendation from the Flagler Business Improvement District Board and from the abutting condominium association, Flagler First.
“This development is consistent with the district’s mission … we look forward to bringing this food and beverage business here,” he told the board.
Conditions listed in the resolution allowing an alcohol service establishment numbered more than 20. Some are:
■The Alcohol Service Establishment shall not add outdoor patios, smoking areas or other congregating areas outside of the structure without the approval of a warrant.
■It shall be unlawful to play or operate music boxes, jukeboxes, radios, musical instruments or any other musical devices on or about the premises between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. unless the devices are played or operated within an enclosed building and the sound is not audible from the outside of the building.
■Any noise generated shall conform to the City Code noise regulation.
■Any concerns or complaints related to noise nuisance shall be addressed and resolved immediately.
■The Alcohol Service Establishment shall be limited to 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday. An extension beyond these hours shall require an exception with approval by the city commission.
■Free water shall be provided to patrons upon request.
■Applicant shall install and maintain security cameras that cover all common areas of the business, high-risk areas, entrances and exits, and proof of security camera installation shall be provided to the planning director. The video records shall be available to law enforcement upon request.
The establishment’s new name honors Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler, widely considered the mother and father of Miami.