Lima Approved on Nov. 15th by 5-0 Vote

Lima Land
43-Story Wynwood Project Gets OK From City Board

Rendering of The Lima Project. Photo provided by the architectural firm of Kobi Karp and Associates

“[It is unique because] it is the entire block.”

By Bonnie Schindler

In a city where skylines seem to change on a daily basis, another project has been given the green light to move forward in Miami.

The Miami Planning Advisory Board unanimously approved modifications to a previously approved major use special permit for The Lima Project during its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 15.

The Lima Project, a residential tower and retail area to be constructed between NE 29th Street and 30th Street in the Wynwood/Edgewood area, will consist of a 490-foot, 43-story-tall, mixed-used structure, said Adrienne Pardo, an attorney representing 2937 Ferrari, LLC and 2915 Biscayne LLC, both of which are owned by Yves Barrough and Nancy Karp. The Lima Project is being designed by architect Kobi Karp, husband of Nancy Karp.

With a price tag of about $60 million, and expected annual tax revenues of $562,000 for the city of Miami, the building will be comprised of about 206 multifamily residential units, 3,202 square feet of retail space, and 402 parking spaces.

“[It is unique because] it is the entire block,” Pardo said.

By the entire block, Pardo means that The Lima Project will include the TechnoMarine building that is currently on the site. Built in 1965, this structure was not on the original permit granted in January of this year; however, it is now included in The Lima Project because of a business partnership involving the Starbucks currently sitting on the Biscayne Boulevard side of the TechnoMarine.

In addition, the residential tower’s footprints were shifted more than 10 feet, two stories were added to its height and the retail square footage has been altered, according to the project’s documents. These conditions forced the applicants to refile for the permit, Pardo said.

The city’s Planning Department concluded that the “property development will benefit the area by creating additional residences in the district.” But city planners added conditions, including that no curb or driveway be cut on Biscayne, but rather that all traffic be routed to either NE 30th Street or NE Fourth Avenue. City planners would rather have storefronts along the boulevard, not driveways, according to a Planning Department analysis.

Pardo and her associates tried to sway the board to dismiss this condition, as they felt an ingress is needed to allow cars coming from Biscayne Boulevard to easily turn into the parking area. But both Planning Advisory Board member Robert Young and Chairperson Arva Moore Parks requested that the applicant heed the city’s condition.

“I don’t want to harm the project [but I have to agree with staff],” Young said.

The board passed The Lima Project item 5-0.

Two other projects were deferred to later dates: Columbus Centre, a 56-story mixed-use structure to be located at 21 SW 15th Road, 1450 and 1490-92 S. Miami Ave. and composed of about 219 residential units, 234 hotel rooms, more than 200,000 square feet of office space, about 6,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 596 parking spaces; and 2222 Biscayne, a 29-story building composed of nearly 400,000 square feet of office space, about 6,500 square feet of retail and bank space, approximately 6,700 square feet of restaurant space and 1,784 parking spaces.

The 2222 Biscayne project, to be developed at 2220 Biscayne Boulevard by Scott Silver’s Grouper UTD, LLC, will be heard Dec 6.

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