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Sunny Isles OKs 51-story condo towers

City commissioners in Sunny Isles Beach voted unanimously Thursday to approve a pair of 51-story towers across the street from City Hall.

Palazzo Di Acqualina, a 190-unit condo development, will be built after the demolition of the Golden Strand Ocean Villa Resort at 17901 Collins Ave.

It is the third project developer Jules Trump – no relation to the Donald — has created within a two-block radius, including the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach at 17875 Collins Ave. and the Mansions at Acqualina residences at 17749 Collins Ave.

The project will feature a three-level villa between the two towers with amenities such as restaurants, a health club with spa, and theater. There will also be an overpass pedestrian bridge between the Palazzo Di Acqualina to the Acqualina resort and a one-story underground garage. There will be two condos per floor at a price of $8 million each, Trump said.

Units are 4,300 to 5,000 square feet each.

Vitaly Vilyavski, president of the 360-condo units at Donald Trump’s Trump International Beach Resort, at 18001 Collins Ave., voiced his concerns about how the new project might affect his home.

“We want to make sure that if any debris or damage occurs that the developer is willing to work with us,” said Vilyavski, who stated the developers have been cooperative but wants to make sure his concerns are on the record. “We look forward to working with them.”

Cliff Schulman, attorney for the Trump Group, stated the developer plans to work with the city and Trump International, including integrating common areas such as a beach pathway that the Palazzo Di Acqualina and Trump International will share.

“We are very proud of what Acqualina achieved in terms of … quality,” Trump said. “When we first came to Sunny Isles Beach, we had a vision of a world class resort. Without the support of the city there is no way that this could have happened. We are grateful for the support.”

The City Commission also approved the developers’ request for an additional 48 months to obtain a building permit. The city normally requires developed to obtain a permit within 24 months. The developer doesn’t expect to have title of the property until October 2017 due to legal proceedings.

The twin tower project will have hundreds fewer units than what is required by the city with 95 units per tower, Schulman said. The developer also did not seek any variances or changes for the project, which pleased Commissioner Jeanette Gatto.

“It is always a pleasure to review a zoning situation without variances,” Gatto said. “It takes the stress out of it. We are able to view the building for what it is.

“I love the idea of two towers with space in between,” Gatto continued. “It honors the of area blue sky, beach and blue water.

Also on Thursday, the City Commission honored former commissioners Roslyn Brezin and Gerry Goodman for their service to the city.

The next City Commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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