Seven Brickell Avenue buildings to fall for 400-foot-long 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, home to 104 dwellings, with interior parking for up to 197 vehicles.

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

The developer is 2200 Brickell Holding LLC and plans the new development for 2200/2222/2250 Brickell Ave., south of South Miami Avenue.

Brian Dombrowski, an attorney representing the developer, told the board the new venture is replacing seven existing buildings constructed in about 1970-72.

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

The property is bound by Brickell Avenue on the southeast, which comprises the property’s principal and only frontage. Multi-family residential buildings or single-family residences abut the property on all other sides.

She wrote: “As detailed on the plans, the project is being built ‘as of right,’ without variances, exceptions or waivers.”

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

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

The entire building will be 356,000 square feet. All of the parking will be internal and lined on all sides with habitable uses, he said. The 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 details to the board.

A prominent arch in the middle of the structure, along with articulated balconies, will help break up the massing, he said.

The amenities are to include a gym and lounge, and a roof deck with lounge areas, pool, barbecue area and a small gym.
Mr. Drouet said the building will have some two-story townhouses with private patios.

Board member Willy Bermello said, “I think it’s a great project.”

He asked if the roof deck is to be landscaped.

Mr. Drouet said yes, explaining areas of landscaping material and a rooftop garden.

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

Ms. Zapattini responded: “My first instinct is that it is a very long building … 400 feet is very long, to have one straight façade, solid, with no break … 400 feet in general with no play – it’s very long, a whole football stadium.”

Board member Robert Behar said, “I like the building. I like the architecture.” But he too questioned the length and wondered how the mass could be reduced.

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

Mr. Drouet suggested they could consider introducing vertical elements to create break effects into the façade; architectural elements to break up the mass.

Chairman Ignacio Permuy said the articulation is very well done but the massing “is what it is … it’s a big mass.”

Both Ms. Zapattini and Mr. Bermello suggested a redesign of the balconies to help offer breaks in the massing.

Ms. Zapattini added, “It is a beautiful building. It is beautiful and very well done.”

Mr. Behar said, “The building is very elegant and nice. I’ll support it.”

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

The motion to recommend approval includes a condition to redesign the balconies to help break up the mass.

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