Developers to appeal denial of Key Largo housing project

They will appeal a denial by the Monroe County Planning Commission to the state Department of Administrative Hearings

TRD MIAMI /
Jul.July 08, 2017 01:30 PM

The developers of a 28-unit rental housing project in Key Largo plan to appeal a vote by the Monroe County Planning Commission to deny approval of the project.

The developers needed at least four of the five members of the county planning commission to approve the housing project, called Southcliff Estates.

Commissioner Ron Miller, one of four commissioners who voted on the project, cast the lone dissenting vote. (Commissioner William Wiatt did not attend the commission meeting when the vote was held.)

Miller said the developers should revise their plan for Southcliff Estates to allow access to U.S. Highway 1 for residents and to create a denser vegetative buffer between the development and its neighbors.

The developers, Frank Pla and Rick Riehl, plan to appeal the commission’s denial to the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings.

If their appeal is successful, a special magistrate judge in Tallahassee could order the county planning commission to reconsider its vote on Southcliff Estates, or order the Monroe County Commission to approve the development.

Mayte Santamaria, senior director of planning for Monroe County, said developers have appealed only six decisions by the planning commission in the last five years.

Southcliff Estates would be an 11-building development at mile marker 95 with 28 apartments, including 11 apartments designated as affordable workforce housing, plus 60 parking spaces. Monthly rents would start at $1,200 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Opponents in the Sunrise Point residential community obtained signatures from 37 of 51 people who own property within 300 feet of the Southcliff Estates site and oppose the development.

That was enough to require a super-majority vote by the Monroe County Planning Commission to approve the development. [The Keynoter]Mike Seemuth


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Gables Town Colony apartment complex, Sue Ansel of Gables Residential

Gables Residential scores $85M loan for Boca Raton apartment complex

Gables Residential scores $85M loan for Boca Raton apartment complex
Ernesto Weisson and Roberto Cortes allegedly ran the Ponzi scheme with a third partner, Juan Carlos Cortes (not pictured). (Credit: Ocean Reef Club)

Latin American investors allegedly lost $250M in Miami real estate Ponzi scheme: lawsuit

Latin American investors allegedly lost $250M in Miami real estate Ponzi scheme: lawsuit
Broadstone City Center with Alliance Residential’s Bruce Ward and Nuveen CEO Jose Minaya

Nuveen pays $103M for West Palm luxury apartments

Nuveen pays $103M for West Palm luxury apartments
Edmund Ansin and the property (Credit: Google Maps)

Billionaire TV family sells Miramar property to Florida Crystals

Billionaire TV family sells Miramar property to Florida Crystals
Toscana apartments and Juan Porro of FCI Residential

Florida Crystals sells Margate rentals for $60M

Florida Crystals sells Margate rentals for $60M
From left: Andrea and Renzo Rosso

Diesel family dishes on Wynwood condo project

Diesel family dishes on Wynwood condo project
 4601 Le Jeune Road, Jose Boschetti and Maurice Boschetti

Gables Residential sells dev site near Shops at Merrick Park

Gables Residential sells dev site near Shops at Merrick Park
Greg Pinkalla and ORA Flagler Village Apartments (Credit: Google Maps)

Fairfield Residential sells new Flagler Village apartments for $92M

Fairfield Residential sells new Flagler Village apartments for $92M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...