Developer slashes building height of Fort Lauderdale rental tower, new commission defers vote

City staff had recommended approval of Alexan Tarpon River under previous commission

Rendering of Alexan Tarpon River
Rendering of Alexan Tarpon River

UPDATED, 11 a.m., May 17: A proposed rental tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale that was headed toward approval under the city’s former commission may no longer happen.

Fort Lauderdale’s newly elected commission on Tuesday decided to defer a vote to approve the project after the developer, Trammell Crow Residential, slashed the original building height by seven stories.

The commission will vote June 19 after further evaluating the new design, according to the Sun Sentinel. Despite the lower building height, the Alexan Tarpon River planned development at 501 Southeast Avenue still consists of about 180 units.

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The project was met with opposition from residents concerned with the city’s fast growth and increased traffic congestion, who hired a lawyer and a traffic engineer.

Mayor Dean Trantalis and commissioners Steve Glassman, Heather Moraitis and Ben Sorensen had halted the project earlier this year. The proposal is seen by many as a testament to what future developments in downtown Fort Lauderdale will look like under the newly elected commission, which recently also voted to end the Wave streetcar project.

The Alexan Tarpon River development site is on the south side of the New River, across U.S. 1 from the Rio Vista neighborhood. It would replace the 30-unit, three-story Edgewood Condo there. [Sun Sentinel] – Amanda Rabines