• Brickell’s boom continues to inch westward

    A development company plans to build a mixed-use residential tower on Southwest Second Avenue, about a block and a half east of I-95.

    Maizon is to be a 24-story tower, home to 262 apartments, about 15,000 square feet of ground floor retail uses and parking for about 366 vehicles.

    The city’s Urban Development Review Board on Oct. 5 recommended approval.

    The project is from ZOM Florida and its affiliate ZF Development II LLC, and designed by MSA Architects.

    The property is at 1100-1142 SW Second Ave. and 221-237 SW 12th St., and will stretch from Southwest 11th Street to 12th Street.

    The development will be right across the street from the city’s Fire Station No. 4.

    The developer is requesting several waivers, including permission to allow parking into the second layer, a reduction in a two-way drive width from 23 to 22 feet, two residential loading berths instead of one commercial loading berth, and a 30% reduction in required parking.

    The company is allowed to ask for the parking reduction in part because of the site’s proximity to public transit. It’s about a block west of the Brickell Metrorail Station and Brickell Metromover Station.

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  • Miami Urban Development Review Board green lights three major projects

    Miami’s Urban Development Review Board gave the thumbs up to three mixed-use projects in Brickell, Coconut Grove and Little Havana.

    The board voted 4-0 to recommend approval for Zom’s new apartment tower in the Brickell neighborhood. The board’s Wednesday vote allows the Orlando-based developer to now seek the go-ahead from Miami planning director Francisco Garcia for Maizon, a 262-unit residential building with 15,258 square feet of ground floor retail space.

    “Very nice work,” said board member Jesus Permuy of the project’s design. “I like the articulation of the building.” Agreed his colleague Anthony Tzamtzis: “It is a very good project.”

    Permuy did recommend a few minor design changes such as improving the landscaping in the building’s setback areas as well as the facade by adding a three-dimensional element.

    Zom, which has a contract to purchase land owned by Maria Ramon and Alberto Cabrera, would demolish low- to mid-rise apartment buildings at 1100-1142 Southwest Second Avenue and 221-237 Southwest 12th Street and replace them with the new tower. The project will consist of 424,258 square feet with 366 parking spaces and 24 bicycle spaces. It will also include open courtyard areas, an amenity deck and pool on the ninth floor, and an onsite residential leasing center.

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