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Seven Brickell Avenue buildings to collapse for 400-foot-tall residences

New condos are coming to the Brickell neighborhood in the form of a new low-rise multi-family residential project planned for Brickell Avenue.

The project, 2200 Brickell, will be a five-story structure containing 104 residences, with interior parking for up to 197 vehicles.

The Urban Development Review Board of the City of Miami voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project with one condition.

The developer is 2200 Brickell Holding LLC and is planning a new development for 2200/2222/2250 Brickell Avenue just south of South Miami Avenue.

Brian Dombrowski, an attorney representing the developer, told the board that the new venture is replacing seven existing buildings constructed circa 1970–72.

Attorney Iris Escarra, who also represents the developer, wrote of the project that the site covers approximately 1.65 acres, or 72,027 square feet.

The property is bounded by Brickell Avenue to the southeast, which comprises the principal portion of the property and only the façade. Multi-family residential buildings or single-family residences adjoin the property on all other sides.

He wrote: “As detailed on the plans, the project is being built as ‘correct’, without any variations, exceptions or waivers.”

Mr Dombrowski said the existing site is in terrible condition, with a 5-foot-wide footpath and a gate and fence that prevent access.

“Currently there’s really no pedestrian interaction,” he said.

The entire building will be 356,000 square feet. All parking will be internal and lined on all sides with habitable uses, he said. Zoning code requires 166 parking spaces, but they are providing 197 spaces, 39 of which will be dedicated to electric vehicles.

Mr. Dombrowski said the project represents 77% lot coverage, with 16% open space.

Revuelta Architecture International designed the project.

Alex Drouet of Revuelta explained the details to the board.

He added that a prominent arch in the middle of the structure, along with artistic balconies, would help break up the mass.

Amenities include a gym and lounge, and a roof deck with lounge areas, pool, barbecue area, and a small gym.
Mr. Drouet said the building would consist of some two-story townhouses with private patios.

Board member Willie Barmelo said, “I think it’s a great project.”

He asked if the roof deck had to be razed.

Mr. Drouet said yes, explaining the landscaping materials and the roof garden areas.

Board member Gia Zapattini asked about the length of the building. Mr. Drouet said it was about 400 feet.

Ms Zapattini replied: “My first instinct is that this is a very tall building … 400 feet is very long, a straight façade, solid, without any breaks … 400 feet in general with no play – It’s huge, a whole football stadium.”

Board member Robert Behr said, “I love the building. I love the architecture. But he also questioned the length and wondered how the mass could be reduced.

“It’s a very long height … it can be treated differently without sacrificing density,” he said.

Mr. Drouet suggested that they might consider incorporating vertical elements to create a break effect in the façade; Vastu element to break up the mass.

President Ignacio Paramuy said that the expression is very well done but the mass “is what it is … it is a big mass.”

Ms. Zapattini and Mr. Barmello both suggested redesigning the balconies to help give a break in the collectivity.

Ms. Japattini said, “It is a beautiful building. It’s beautiful and very well done.”

Mr. Behar said, “The building is very beautiful and nice. I will support it.

Ms. Zapattini said the materials are classy and she likes the “sophisticated palette” of colors used in the design.

The proposal to recommend approval includes a condition to redesign the balconies to help break up the massing.





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