Daily Archives: February 14, 2007

Sneak Peek: The Lofts at Mayfair

Here are some images from my tour of the Lofts at Mayfair. The project is located directly across from the Mayfair Hotel in the heart of Coconut Grove.

The complex is seperated into two buildings connected with an elevated bridge.

Most of the units are 1 1/2 lofts. Some feature split level lofts with spiral staircases.

The interior halls are almost finished. The work is on schedule. The ceiling heights are impressively high.

The above image is of an unfinished penthouse unit. The penthouse units all come with split levels plus a rooftop terrace with panoramic views.

Above is a penthouse rooftop terrace.

Above: The courtyard, still under construction is more impressive and ample than meets the eye is small but quaint with a uniquely designed pool.

View of Downtown Miami from the penthouse rooftop terraces

Overall, this project is excellently situated, is being constructed on time, and the ammenities are above average. The design is impressive and versatile (combining sharp lines with curves), the floorplans are smartly designed, and the views are surprisingly good. There are only a handful of units left. Closings begin in Mid-March.

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The Half Penny Tax Has a Mascot!

Earlier today, on my way to Burger King, I quickly passed by one of the many infrastructure improvement signs along Miami-Dade county’s roads, but something caught my eye. On the sign, I thought I saw a half vanilla half chocolate cookie cartoon with arms, legs, and a face. I got a bit closer. It was no cookie. The half penny tax has a mascot: the Half Penny. Obviously much thought went into its elaborate design. To say nothing else, the thing is slightly ridiculous, and I wonder how it came about. At what point did someone in the county decide that the half penny tax needed a face, and it needed to look like this:

Did the County sponsor a fifth grade drawing competition? Could this be the winning drawing? God I hope so.

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Coming Soon to BOB: Sneak Preview of the Lofts at Mayfair

Today I was taken on a tour of the Lofts at Mayfair. The construction manager showed me the progress throughout the impressive site. I’ll post up images of the inside of the units so that you can get an idea of what its like from within the construction zone. Unfortunately, my usb cable has abandoned me and I have to replace it. Damn!

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Airport Expansion Contractors Are to Get Paid Faster

Your money, faster. That shoud be the new motto with regards to the contractors working on the $1 billion South Terminal at Miami International Airport. The airport expansion project, considered one of the most expensive and expansive in the hemisphere, has been delayed now for quite some time. The contractors, as expected from these wishy washy folks, are not adequately staffing the work site nor completely adhering to deadlines, etc. This is typical contractor behavior. So, the county, in an effort to curtail their unreliability and expedite their work, will accelerate their compensation. It would be interesting to see how progress payments are being measured. Paying them faster when their performance track record is suspect might not be the best idea. It almost seems like they are being rewarded for their lack of timely performance. In any case, the objective is to complete the South Terminal by this Summer 2007.

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