Up for vote his week: Aman Miami Beach, medical marijuana zoning in Miami

Miami commissioners also to vote on co-living, micro-unit ordinance

From left: Len Blavatnik and Vlad Doronin with 3425 Collins Avenue
From left: Len Blavatnik and Vlad Doronin with 3425 Collins Avenue (Getty)

This week, the Miami City Commission is set to vote on a number of zoning ordinances, including one tied to medical marijuana dispensaries.

And a Miami Beach board will review changes to the redevelopment of the historic Versailles property into the Aman Miami Beach.

At Tuesday’s Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board meeting, developer Vlad Doronin’s Aman Resorts/OKO Group is proposing changes to the lobby of the historic Versailles building at 3425 Collins Avenue. Doronin, who owns Aman and OKO, is developing the oceanfront hotel and condo project with the property’s owner, billionaire Len Blavatnik of Access Industries. It’s part of the Faena District.

(3425 Collins Avenue)

The proposed lobby design calls for a darker patterned marble terrazzo flooring, a lowered and recessed ceiling, Art Deco screens, counters and furniture, according to the filing.

About two years ago, the city’s planning board approved an ordinance amending the Faena District Overlay zoning code to allow for a 221-foot tower. The Aman project, with a 56-key hotel and 23 luxury condos, calls for the restoration of the existing 16-story Versailles building and a new 16-story addition. Construction is underway and the condo component is reportedly presold out, sources have told The Real Deal.

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The Versailles was designed by Roy France and completed in 1941.

In the city of Miami, commissioners on Thursday will vote on an ordinance that explicitly states that medical marijuana facilities can operate. In 2016, Florida voters legalized medical marijuana, and a year later the Florida Legislature approved regulations for medical marijuana license holders. The state gave cities and counties the authority to determine where facilities can be located, and even prohibit them entirely.

The Miami City Commission will vote on whether to amend the zoning code to change the definition of “general commercial” to include medical marijuana dispensaries and pharmacies, create a definition for medical marijuana, and amend rules and regulations for where they can be placed in the city. The planning department recommends approval of the zoning change.

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Commissioners will also take up a co-living and micro-unit ordinance that sets regulations for such properties. Additionally, they will consider an amendment to the Miami 21 zoning code to provide parking exemptions for projects where Opportunity Zones and transit-oriented development areas overlap.

In Coral Gables, the commission will vote on Tuesday on a resolution that would direct the city manager and attorney to restart talks to annex the High Pines and Ponce Davis neighborhoods. Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago, who is also a real estate broker, sponsored the resolution.