• 57-story luxury condo tower in Edgewater advances

    The plan to build a luxury condo tower on the waterfront in Edgewater is moving ahead.

    Miami’s Urban Development Review Board has recommended approval of Elysee Miami, a 100-unit condo planned for a parcel at 700 NE 23rd St.

    The unusual design of the 57-story tower, with the size of the floors growing larger as it rises, requires permission for lesser setbacks above the eighth floor. Permission was also needed to permit parking into the second floor and beyond.

    The plan calls for providing about 229 parking spaces, 69 beyond the required number of 160, according to Iris Escarra, an attorney representing the developer.

    The extra parking will allow the developer to sell two spaces per residential unit, she told the board.

    Board members had asked the architects to address a staff comment about the project, that it was “disconnected to the pedestrian realm,” due in part to an elevated first floor and lobby.

    Representatives of the developer said there were challenges on the narrow site and FEMA requirements to protect against potential flooding.

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