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Terra Group begins demolition of MiMo-style North Beach hotel

Original plans included restoration

January 26, 2015 02:15PM

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Former Howard Johnson hotel at 8701 Collins Avenue and a rendering of the future development

Former Howard Johnson hotel at 8701 Collins Avenue and a former rendering of the site

Community members are up in arms over Terra Group’s demolition of a North Beach hotel.

Terra applied for a demolition permit back in November and reportedly started the process of tearing down the Morris Lapidus-designed Biltmore Terrace Hotel last week.

The developer bought the building, previously a Howard Johnson hotel, for $65 million in December 2013. Terra had previously announced it would restore the building and won design board approval last year, Miami New Times reported. Because the hotel, located at 8701 Collins Avenue, isn’t designated historic, the demolition permit isn’t subject to review.

“They misled everyone in the community,” nearby resident and founder of the North Shore Historic District Neighborhood Association Kirk Paskal told the New Times. “We’re all sick about it.” [Miami New Times]Katherine Kallergis


  • neatjunk

    Hope the new building is a spectacular failure.

  • NorthBeachGoer

    The new building looks great. The builder agreed to build a park in exchange for the new plans. No surprise here. Good news for the hood. Bad news for neighborhood bullies.

    • lou bondi

      there is a park , leave it as natural as possible . why does it have to look like boca.

  • FrisianInMiami

    Sick about it? Beacause what we need are dilapidated buildings that were long ago stripped of any of their charm. Puhleaze! Bring on the wreaking ball and bring on the shiny.

  • Beach Boy

    This was once the Biltmore Terrace Hotel, owned by Miami Beach developer Sam Kay. Batista stayed there and was rumored to have bought it from Kay.

  • Connie Noskowitz

    Donald Trump is America’s Developer and should be our next President!