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First beachfront apartment house in Surfside designated historic

Seaway Villas was under threat of demolition over potential sale to developer
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Seaway Villas was under the threat of demolition.

The first beachfront apartment house in Surfside was designated as historic on Thursday.

The Miami-Dade preservation board’s unanimous decision overrode a request from Surfside officials that it hold off on designations in the town, according to published reports.

Seaway Villas was under the threat of demolition over its potential sale to a developer. Three owners of the 29-unit building had refused to sell to Fort Capital, which had contracted to buy a majority of the condos in the small, two-story building, the Miami Herald reported.

At the meeting, the board also granted historic status to part of a Streamline Moderne apartment house on the west side of Collins Avenue, among others. [Miami Herald] — Katherine Kallergis