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Historic Preservation Board blocks partial demolition of Cromwell Hotel

The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board has denied a demolition permit to tear down a significant portion of the historic Cromwell Hotel in South Beach while it allowed the developer to pursue renovations of the adjacent Shore Club hotel.

The developer, HFZ Capital Group, has plans to the build a large hotel-condo project with 106 hotel rooms and 89 condo units at 1901 Collins Ave. Part of the plans had included demolishing a section of the Cromwell Hotel, which was built in 1939 and designed by architect Robert A. Taylor. The Cromwell and Shore Club Hotel are both part of the city’s Ocean Drive/Collins Avenue Historic District.

HFZ now has a few months to submit new plans for the partial demolition of the Cromwell Hotel. According to a report from the city’s planning staff, the demolition plans are “excessive.”

“The level of demolition proposed for the eight-story Cromwell Hotel is excessive and could potentially compromise the structural integrity of the structure,” reads the report.

Deborah Tackett, preservation and design manager for the city’s planning department, said in an email Tuesday the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) instructed the developer to come back with more information on the Cromwell’s structural condition.

“During the May 12th meeting, the Board directed the applicant to reduce the scope of demolition proposed for the structure to the greatest extent possible and to provide the Board with additional technical information with regard to the existing structural condition of the building,” she said.

The HPB did allow the developer to move forward with renovating the Shore Club Hotel, which was built in 1949 and designed by Albert Anis. There are some conditions attached to this approval, including only having balconies facing the ocean.

The matter will go before the HPB again in July.

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