The City of Miami Springs City Council overruled the City of Miami Springs Variance Board and approved the variance request to build a 12 unit apartment complex at 29 Palmetto Drive during Monday night’s council meeting.
The following Council Members voted for the variance approval to allow the 12 unit apartment complex at 29 Palmetto Drive:
- Bob Best
- Billy Bain
- Jaime Petralanda
The following Council Members voted against the variance approval:
- Maria Mitchell
Councilwoman Zapata recused herself from the vote and deliberations.
We had reported back in May, that the Variance Board had rejected the proposal in a unanimous 5 – 0 vote. The applicant has the right to seek an appeal to the full council. The council then has the right to approve or deny the appeal.
The project proposal is for a three story, 12 unit, 12,158 sq ft apartment building.
STREET VIEW FROM PALMETTO DRIVE
As you can see below, the building has a shallow depth 1st floor to accommodate parking. There are two ground floor apartments. The second and third floor each have five apartments for a grand total of 12 apartments.
The following view is what you would see from the southern side of the parking lot or from the southern neighbor.
1ST FLOOR VIEW WITH PARKING
This view shows the parking entrance and exit from both Palmetto Drive and the Hook Square alley. it also shows the 1st floor apartment overview.
UPPER FLOOR PLANS
Here you see what the floor plan looks like for the upper floors.
Unlike the theater development project that only has 70 residential parking spaces for 51 apartments, this project has 27 parking spaces for the 12 apartments and clearly has sufficient parking. This building clearly follows the city’s 2.25 parking space requirement per residential unit that the theater property does not follow.
The owner of the property expressed that these would be condos. Of course, like all condos, the individual property owners can rent the apartments. Furthermore, the builder expressed that if the market dictated he could not sell the condos, he would rent them.