Miami Beach (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach’s skyline could look slightly different under a new proposal to add to the Ritz Sagamore footprint.
“So why are we changing the DNA of our city and our historic district?” Yaser Mohamad, General Manager of the National Hotel asked.
That’s the question Mohamad has for his next door neighbours, the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Sagamore.
And a glass tower would certainly clash with what we’ve been fighting for to preserve the history of the art deco district, he said.
The designs were provided as part of the application to add to a 17-story luxury residential tower 200 feet above the common area, the design itself being more contemporary in contrast to the surrounding buildings. .
Daniel Ciraldo, Executive Director of the Miami Design Conservation Federation, asked: “If we continue to build tall buildings along the beach, what sets us apart from tall cities floors around the world”.
The Federation is a non-profit organization that operates the Art Deco Welcome Center and advocates for preserving the area’s history.
“We think the view from the beach is just as important or more important than the street view. So we think this tower even though it’s pushed back will really stand out on the beach and could have an impact on visitors and our accommodation,” he said.
Ciraldo wants to work with owners to potentially make a smaller upgrade, but the federation considers the current proposal too large to fit.
“This building is going to be demolished,” Mohamad told CBS 4 of the 90s additions to the Sagamore hotel see it being demolished under the proposal.
There is also the question of how heavy machinery and demolition of certain areas will affect the area so close to the beach and guests.
The Miami Beach Monuments Preservation Board is expected to review the application on Monday.
https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/12/10/historical-advocates-concerned-about-17-story-residential-tower-proposal-in-art-deco-district/ History advocates interested in 17-story residential tower proposal in Art Deco district – CBS Miami