High-rise developer, rabbi neighbors-to-be shake hands

Vagabond's condominium tower will rise after all in Sunny Isles Beach
February 26, 2014 03:54PM

Rendering of Jewish center at 488 Sunny Isles Boulevard

A developer planning to erect a high-rise condominium in Sunny Isles Beach has agreed to ensure the development won’t overshadow a Jewish center being built next door.

The Vagabond Group’s plan to build a 20- to 29-story condo tower at 500 Sunny Isles Boulevard was recently opposed by the Chabad Russian Center, which is planning to build a five-story Jewish Center at an adjacent site, the Miami Herald reported. However the city wouldn’t sell Vagabond the property unless the two groups came to an agreement.

“The site is not feasible without their support, and we will not move forward without their full support,” said Avra Jain, one of Vagabond’s owners, to the Herald.

To move forward, the company has agreed not to block the Jewish center’s view of the ocean with the new tower, among other stipulations. In response, Rabbi Alexander Kaller said the Chabad Russian Center has changed its mind.

“We had some concerns, but they are cooperating in order to appease us as far as the design and location,” Kaller said to the Herald. [Miami Herald] — Angela Hunt