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Beach planners say proposed apartments threaten Belle Isle’s “scale and character”

The design of apartments proposed to replace the Belle Isle Key Apartments is too tall and bulky, Miami Beach planners say, and “will dramatically change the scale and character of Belle Isle.”.

In a staff analysis prepared for the Miami Beach Design Review Board, Planning Director Richard Lorber says the proposal for 31 Venetian Way tries to cram too many apartments in too small a space, and will block views of Biscayne Bay.

The developer, Euroamerican Group, Inc., has asked to replace the four buildings that make up the red-tile-roofed apartment complex with a new five-story building. They want to go from 120 units to 178, with 316 parking spaces in a five-story parking garage. It would include two tennis courts on top of the garage.

For the complete story, go to the The Belle Isle Blog.

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