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Historic mansion to be moved, restored on Star Island

A view of the mansion at Star Island by architect Walter DeGarmo in Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The 90-year-old Star Island home is getting restored and shifted to a new spot on the property, where it resides as a developer has agreed to lift the 425-ton home and move it to make way for a new residence. The owner, architects, preservationists and city officials will gather Dec. 9 to watch the home get moved.
A view of the mansion at Star Island by architect Walter DeGarmo in Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The 90-year-old Star Island home is getting restored and shifted to a new spot on the property, where it resides as a developer has agreed to lift the 425-ton home and move it to make way for a new residence. The owner, architects, preservationists and city officials will gather Dec. 9 to watch the home get moved. El Nuevo Herald

In a rare instance where owner, government and preservationist are all on the same page on how to deal with a historic home in Miami Beach, a 90-year-old mansion at 27 Star Island will be lifted and moved over on the same property to make way for a new home.

The expansive, 10,000-square-foot home was designed by noted architect Walter DeGarmo, Florida’s first registered architect. When the 425-ton structure is moved farther west along the north side of the property, it will also restored and raised to avoid flooding, as required by new regulations created in response to sea-level rise.

A new 20,000-square-foot mansion, designed by architects Choeff+Levy will be built near the older home for owner John Jansheski, founder of Dentek Oral Care. He bought the property for $10.75million in May 2011.

Plans for historic homes on Star Island have recently rankled the city’s preservationist community.

A long, contentious debate surrounded plans to demolish 42Star Island, owned by Leonard Hochstein, a plastic surgeon who calls himself the “boob god,” and his wife, Lisa Hochstein, a star of The Real Housewives of Miami. The Hochsteins won a protracted battle to tear down a 1925 home and build a 20,000-square-foot estate.

In August, preservationists decried Lennar CEO Stuart Miller’s request to demolish an 83-year-old, 8,000-square-foot residence at 22Star Island. That project remains in the review stages at the city staff level.

But Jansheski appears to have found common ground with this approach.

Daniel Ciraldo of the Miami Design Preservation League said Tuesday the project is an example of how preservation should be factored into new development in Miami Beach.

“This is a pioneering project that combines historic preservation, sea level rise adaptation and new development,” he said. “We are thankful to the Jansheski family for their commitment to preserve this historic structure designed by Florida’s first registered architect.”

Jansheski, city officials and member of the MDPL will mark the beginning of the relocation at a private ceremony Dec.9 on the property.

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