Aventura / Sunny Isles


Aventura approves 7-acre development


Special to the Miami Herald

Aventura commissioners last week approved a development featuring a hotel, offices and residential units.

Developer Aventura Land Ventures LLC plans to build the complex on 7.4 acres of vacant land on Northeast 207th Street, also known as Waterways Boulevard, between 29th and 30th avenues.

The project will include a 230-room hotel, a medical office building and a 200-bed assisted living facility. A six-level parking garage will be included in the medical office building. All three of the buildings are expected to be 10 stories high.

The project also will include a seven-story office building and a 134-unit residential building connected through a shared four-level parking garage.

Retail space will be available on the ground floor of the buildings except for the assisted living facility. Restaurants are also planned.

Mayor Susan Gottlieb said parking was initially a “major concern” for her with original parking spaces of 1,200 being decreased to 1,088, with only 33 spaces outside the garage.

But a traffic study revealed that shared parking for a mixed-use development will allow an ebb and flow to parking with residential and office buildings having different peak hours. Parking for the office building is expected to peak during the day with residential parking expected to be higher at night.

“When you look at the uses and its compatibility, it works with the number of spaces they are recommending,” City Manager Eric Soroka said.

Two deceleration lanes will be added: on 207th Street into a driveway and on 30th Avenue into a parking garage. The deceleration lane on 30th Avenue was a condition requested by the development’s neighbors, the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, which gave a letter of support, said Jeffrey Bercow, an attorney for the developer.

The developer also plans to plant trees along the border with its neighbor, the Promenade Shop Plaza and on the east side of 30th Avenue. There will be open green space on the roofs of the buildings and on the grounds, with artwork and public benches. The development is expected to be a green certified project.

In 2006, a development project consisting of primarily residential units and a hotel was planned for the site but the owner lost the property due to the recession, Soroka said. Aventura Land Ventures LLC purchased the property in 2013.

The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project.

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