Melo strikes out with Miami zoning board

Miami /
Mar.March 07, 2014 11:15 AM

Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board declined to endorse Melo Group’s proposed 36-story building near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts north of downtown Miami.

In a 5-3 vote, the board decided against recommended the rezoning of an entire block northwest of Miami Place and Northeast 14th Street on Wednesday, Daily Business Review reported. Melo had acquired the 1.2-acre site in January.

A rezoning would give the family-run company the ability to construct more than 1 million square feet. Melo could also acquire bonus development rights to increase the building height to a maximum of 60 stories. Current zoning allows for up to 24 stories totaling up to 378,000 square feet.

Miami commissioners have the authority to grant development permits and rezoning requests. Carlos Melo told the Review after the board’s vote that his company would press on and pursue city approval for its development plan. [Daily Business Review]Eric Kalis


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