Proposed apartment complex gets OK from Miami River Commission

Developer Antonio Pardo will create a riverwalk in exchange for zoning change to multifamily

Miami /
Oct.October 03, 2017 09:45 AM

The Miami River Commission on Monday backed a zoning change that will allow developer Antonio Pardo to knock down decades-old homes and remove 80 trees to build a four-story, 66-unit apartment building at 1515 Northwest South River Drive.

The backing came despite opposition from a nearby homeowners association. Now the project will go before the Miami Planning Zoning & Appeals Board later this month, said Ben Fernandez, Pardo’s attorney.

Fernandez said the project is being built immediately across the river from River Landing Miami, a $380 million, 2-million-square-foot residential and retail project that developer Andrew Hellinger started building at 1400 Northwest North River Drive.

“That [River Landing Miami] is going to drastically change the character of the river,” Fernandez said. Pardo’s project, Fernandez argued, will help create a “transition” between the booming river area and the historic Oak Park neighborhood just east of the 836 expressway.

But Theodora “Theo” Long, president of the homeowners association, said the proposed project will dump more traffic on an area that is already inundated with vehicles during Miami Marlins games.

The project would also knock down four single-family homes that now stand on the 1.8-acre property. At least two of which, Long said, were built during the 1920s. And one of houses on the site was once owned by Roddy Burdine, the owner of the Burdines department store chain, Long insisted. As for the trees, at least a dozen were more than 100 years old, Long added.

Fernandez said none of the homes west of the 836 were designated historic. As for the trees, developer Pardo said that he intended to keep the largest and oldest trees on the site and move the rest to a public-right-of-way just west of the project site.

In exchange for a zoning change from single-family residential to low-density multifamily residential, Pardo will create a 300-foot-long public riverwalk. Pardo also agreed to improve a nearby seawall and vowed to meet and work with residents.

Pardo bought the properties in 2014 for about $4 million, combined. The developer plans to build market-rate apartments on the site, Fernandez said.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Harvey Hernandez and a rendering of his Brickell project
Harvey Hernandez plans three-tower project on riverfront Brickell site
Harvey Hernandez plans three-tower project on riverfront Brickell site
Project Renderings (Babba Joshua Yesharim)
Babba Joshua Yesharim plans residential project along Miami River
Babba Joshua Yesharim plans residential project along Miami River
Robert Finvarb and Abraham “Abie” Hidary with the site at 2534 North Miami Avenue (Koniver Stern Group)
Hidrock Properties, Robert Finvarb pay $13M for Wynwood site
Hidrock Properties, Robert Finvarb pay $13M for Wynwood site
The current Miami Beach North Shore library with Mayor Dan Gelber (Google Maps, Gelber)
Miami Beach seeks buyers for city-owned development sites
Miami Beach seeks buyers for city-owned development sites
Developer David Edelstein and Robert Levine of RAL Development with the project (Getty, RAL)
David Edelstein, partner close on missing piece of Wynwood assemblage for office towers
David Edelstein, partner close on missing piece of Wynwood assemblage for office towers
David Grutman and Pharrell’s Goodtime Hotel had received nearly 30 noise violations (Carma Connected, Getty)
Too much of a good time? David Grutman and Pharrell’s Goodtime Hotel could lose entertainment permit
Too much of a good time? David Grutman and Pharrell’s Goodtime Hotel could lose entertainment permit
Related Companies Chairman Stephen Ross with One Flagler (Related, Getty)
Prayers answered? Related Companies closes on church site for planned office tower in downtown West Palm
Prayers answered? Related Companies closes on church site for planned office tower in downtown West Palm
Grover Corlew principal Mark Corlew with Bank of America Tower in Boca Raton (Grover Corlew)
Grover Corlew buys Bank of America Tower in Boca Raton for $45M
Grover Corlew buys Bank of America Tower in Boca Raton for $45M
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...