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Developer To Try Again For Permit For Coral Way Project

Written by on November 24, 2005

By Deserae del Campo
Developers are hoping for a second chance to win a major use special permit from Miami city commissioners next week to construct Mile, a 119-unit mixed-use project on Coral Way.

Mile at Coral Way LLC is to go before the commission Dec. 1 after altering its proposal for the structure, which now is to have 119 residences instead of 131 and stand 19 stories, one fewer than the original 20.

"Of the 119 units, 25% will have an affordable-housing component," said Eddie Avila, manager of Mile at Coral Way.

Mile is also to include 3,000 square feet of retail space and 234 parking spaces.

According to documents from the city, the cost to build Mile would be $32 million.

In September, commissioners denied the special permit, saying the building was too large for the site at 3622 SW 22nd St. and 3605-3625 22nd Terrace. Plans were changed to set square-footage at 112,000, down from the original 168,000.

"We have done everything the commission has asked us and complied to every single request," Mr. Avila said.

The city’s planning department denied rezoning for the structure, but the zoning board voted in favor 6-1 to change the floor-area ratio from 1.72 to 2.9 – almost three stories for every square foot on land on the site.

Mile is now proposing to drop the floor-area ratio to 2.0.

According to records, planners disapproved because they felt the development would be out of scale with its surroundings, and commissioners agreed.

Commissioners gave developers until Nov. 17 to return with new plans, but the planning and zoning meeting was rescheduled for Dec. 1 at city hall.