Ocean Cadillac Rezoning Request at White House Inn

December 21, 2017

56 Unit Prototype. Rezoning would double the height of this model

 

UPDATE JANUARY 2, 2018

 

Petition to rezone White House Inn property 115’ high with up to 107 residential units. The White House Inn property is currently zoned R-4. This is a residential zoning that allows only 35’ Maximum height and 12 dwelling units per acre. This zoning was reaffirmed in the recent Comprehensive Plan for the city and was in place when the land was purchased by Ocean Cadillac.


Thursday, Jan 11th, the Planning Commission will hear Ocean Cadillac’s application to rezone the property to BZ, which allows 115’ of height and 100 dwelling units per acre (du/ac). Ultimately, this property could have 107 residential units towering over the entrance to Keystone Point and 160+ vehicles commuting to and from the site daily. 

 

  • The current R-4 zoning is designed to provide a transition zone between our residential community and other more intense forms of residential development. This zoning should be preserved to avoid the intrusion that a 10 story building will have on our community.

  • The entrance to the property for traffic eastbound on 123rd St. is problematic without significant alterations to existing roadways. 

  • Residents of the property needing to go north on Biscayne Blvd. are likely to use Keystone Point to avoid the gridlock at Biscayne & NE 123 St. and do the same upon their return.

  • The developer is presenting a scaled down version of the project, to obtain approval of the rezoning, while simultaneously marketing the site for $17 million with the full density and intensity of the BZ zoning. Any buyer will do as they please with the new zoning, if approved. 

Key Dates:

 

January 11th: The application will be presented to the Planning Commission. Starts at 7pm

 

February 13th: The Planning Commission will present their recommendation to the City Council for a first reading. Starts at 7pm

 

February 27th: The Planning Commission will present their recommendation to the City Council for a second reading. Starts at 7pm

Planning Commission meetings do not usually have good public turnout, and the Planning Commission is most usually on the side of development.

 

Recently a matter came before the Planning Commission for town-homes on the west side of the City. The large attendance by neighbors led to the Commission rejecting the development. This rarely happens, but proves that ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

The meeting will take place at City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, January 11 and begin at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend and encourage your neighbors to come also. 

Our voices must be heard.

 

Visit our Events Calendar for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

ORIGINAL POST - DECEMBER 2ND 2016

 

 

 

Ocean Cadillac, from Bay Harbor Islands, purchased this residentially zoned one acre parcel of land where the White House Inn sits approximately two years ago.

Thus far, they have expressed interest to build on that site a seven story structure (80-100’) for their Cadillac showroom, auto service, parking garage and two restaurants on the ground level.  City Council will have to vote to approve the rezoning.

  • The land is zoned for low/medium density residential use with a maximum height of 35’.
     

  • From Aventura to downtown Miami there is no commercial development on the west shore of Biscayne Bay. This property would be out of place and completely inconsistent with the stated purpose of the R-4 residential district as defined in the North Miami Comprehensive Plan.
     

  • Auto showrooms are not allowed in North Miami to the east of Biscayne Blvd.
     

  • Auto repair is not allowed in North Miami to the east of Biscayne Blvd.
     

  • Spot zoning is not allowed in North Miami.
     

  • This seven story garage would sit across the street from the only waterfront park in the city which the city has invested heavily into and tower over the south entrance to Keystone Point.

As of December 2, 2016, they have withdrawn their application. We await to see what they will ask next. Possibilities include keeping it residential but asking to build higher.

When this proposal goes in front of Zoning and the City Council, we will need to be in attendance to express our desires.  Zoning meets the first Tuesday of the month; City Council the 2nd and 4th Tuesday.  Both at City Hall, Council Chambers (2nd floor) at 7:00.

 

This project will affect the quality of life our neighborhoods forever. Please stay informed (sign up for eblasts) and plan to attend these meetings and have your voices heard.  Share with neighbors--not everyone receives these emails (they may sign up at www.keystonepoint.net).

 

 

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