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RESTORING MIAMI & RECAPTURING HISTORY

The vogue for restoring art deco and 1920s architecture, developing monuments and places that celebrate history is part of the new Miami being marketed to buyers of residential property.

September 2015

Carlos Rosso, President, The Related Group, Condo Division, says Miami is in the middle of “a transition from a city not considered a serious city” to a place “where everyone wants to have a piece.” One of the reasons for the transition is restoration. Rather than only knocking down the old to create the new, the old is being recognised and valued and incorporated in the new.

Met Square meets history

At 43-stories the Met Square tower in the rendering looks impressive and perhaps somewhat typical of luxury condominium developments in many cities. But that isn’t the whole story of this Miami project. With a base that will house shops, restaurants, and an 18-screen multiplex, the design by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW) is intended to give residents “the unique opportunity to live among history in a modern city.”

This is possible because the developer MDM Group made a virtue of necessity by including relics of the Tequesta Indians in the modern design. Encased in glass are two major circles of carved post-holes which archaeologists believe to be foundations for Tequesta dwellings and/or remnants from others who resided in the area. The northeast circle will be the centrepiece of a gallery to be operated by History Miami and open to the public.  The second circle, located at the southwest corner, will be glassed-in, viewable by pedestrians from the sidewalk and through tenant spaces inside the structure.

Met Square along with three previously constructed towers is on the site of Henry Flagler’s famed Royal Palm Hotel, which opened in 1896, months after the City of Miami formally incorporated. “This is such an iconic project at so many levels,” said Igor Reyes, Partner at NBWW.  “The exact location of the City of Miami’s birth is also the site on which its future path as a world-class, international city is being realised.”

Shore Club going more upmarket

The legendary Shore Club property, currently a 309-room hotel on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, is preparing for its next life as a luxury condominium and hotel under the new ownership of New York developer, HFZ Capital Group. At almost three acres, the Shore Club will be known as the Fasano Hotel and Residences at Shore Club.

Where celebrities used to stay will become 75 luxury condominium residences and 100 hotel rooms to be marketed by Douglas Elliman. The property’s iconic history has been a fundamental element in the project’s design as a central symbol of the art deco district. One of Miami Beach’s most storied destinations, the history will be highlighted throughout the project’s sales and marketing initiatives.

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