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Another South Florida developer is putting a condo project on hold

Developer Alan Faena stands outside his sales center on Miami Beach in front of the historic Saxony Hotel, which he is renovating and expanding; his planned Faena District spans both sides of Collins Avenue at 32nd Street. This is a file photo from 2013.
Developer Alan Faena stands outside his sales center on Miami Beach in front of the historic Saxony Hotel, which he is renovating and expanding; his planned Faena District spans both sides of Collins Avenue at 32nd Street. This is a file photo from 2013. MIAMI HERALD

As the luxury market struggles, condo projects are dropping like flies.

Argentine developer Alan Faena confirmed Tuesday he was “pausing” a planned two-tower condo complex in Miami Beach.

“In all of my business dealings, from Buenos Aires to Miami, I have always trusted my sense of the market and successfully read its cycles,” Faena said in a statement. “The best business decision at this time is to pause Faena Mar as we evaluate various options. .... Because of the shifting market and the success we have already achieved ... we are not in a hurry to decide.”

Faena said he could shift from condos to another hotel.

Developers across South Florida have pumped the brakes on condo high-rises as a strong dollar and weak economies abroad cripple the buying power of foreign investors. The Real Deal first reported the news of the delay at Faena Mar, formerly called Faena Versailles, on the site of the old Versailles Hotel at 35th Street and Collins Avenue. The hotel building is being renovated.

Faena has developed an eponymous arts district in Mid-Beach that includes the Faena Hotel and a luxury condo called Faena House that saw the most expensive home deal in Miami-Dade County history.

Last October, hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin paid $60 million for a duplex unit at the 18-story tower. But in a surprising twist, Griffin soon put the units back on the market for $73 million.

Nicholas Nehamas: 305-376-3745, @NickNehamas

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