Written by John Charles Robbins on January 26th, 2021
A collection of cubes and dark colors will house 326 new units in the heart of Wynwood.
PMG-Greybrook Wynwood Trustee LLC is the owner and developer of a project called Society Wynwood to be built at 2431 NW Second Ave.
The mixed-use residential project was reviewed by the city’s Urban Development Review Board on January 20 and approved with several recommendations.
The location is east of Northwest Second Avenue, south of Northwest 25th Street, and north of Northwest 24th Street.
The project is 528,075 square feet including 48,288 square feet of commercial and retail space and 8,603 square feet of open space.
The building will be eight stories high and have space for 211 vehicles and 30 bicycles.
In a letter to the city, Javier F. Aviñó, an attorney representing the developer, wrote: “The proposed project will bring 326 units to Wynwood, with quality amenities and a rooftop terrace for Wynwood residents to socialize and enjoy Can enjoy outdoors space in their neighborhood.
“The ground floor has more than 48,000 square feet of commercial use, including retail use and multiple restaurant space, and provides convenient contact points for residents and visitors,” he wrote.
The project will have a cross-block passageway with retail and food and beverage options connecting 24th and 25th streets. A second cross-block passage running east to west connects that passage to Northwest Second Avenue, providing further connectivity through the site.
Mr. Aviñó wrote: “The project will also include artistic elements such as art walls, stucco with graffiti, metal grilles and green walls that reflect the surrounding aesthetics of the neighborhood.
“This mix of within-site uses combined with design elements that encourage socialization and pedestrian activity creates a strong anchor in the neighborhood for the continued growth and vitality of Wynwood,” he said.
The developer asks for three waivers:
■ To enable a reduction of the required parking space for a location within a radius of a quarter mile by a transit corridor by up to 30%.
■ To enable 89.9% lot coverage when 80% is allowed.
■ Allow second shift parking if this portion of the facade is to be given an art, glass, or architectural treatment of a design to be approved by the Director of Planning on the recommendation of the Wynwood Design Review Committee.
“I am excited about your project. I like it, ”said CEO Willy Bermello.
Board member Robert Behar said, “I like everything you’ve done.” He warned against using dark colors.
“Be careful with the color you choose. In South Florida that black is turning to gray very soon, ”he said.
Board member Dean Lewis said the designers should articulate and celebrate the building corners more.
Board member Fidel Perez called it a “very well put together building”.
The application for recommendation of approval included the following recommendations: rethink the corners of the building to add light; integrate the work of art; reevaluate the paint colors for the facade; and include more glass in the base.
The motion was passed unanimously.