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601 to 685 Washington Avenue - NBWW | Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe
601 to 685 WASHINGTON AVENUE Miami Beach, FL 312 room hotel 46,849 sf retail Restaurant 258 car parking Live performance space Design: Morris Adjmi Architects Architects of Record: NBWW From The Real Deal: The first new large-scale development in years on Washington Avenue got a strong endorsement from the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. Board members approved a plan for the demolition and restoration of five existing structures, the total demolition of three structures and the construction of a new seven-story hotel that will have 312 units averaging 175 square feet, targeting travelers seeking smaller hotel rooms in dense urban environments. The project between 601-685 Washington Avenue takes up the entire east side of the street and is being developed in a partnership between Miami Beach developer Andrew Joblon of Washington Squared LLC, and New York-based Imperial Companies. The measures are designed to bring visitors and increased foot traffic for restaurant and retail, especially during daylight and early evening hours and spur the development of boutique hotels. On Tuesday, the city’s historic preservation board approved a series of variances that will allow Imperial Companies to build a new hotel containing extensive ground floor retail space between 601-685 Washington Avenue. The hotel, designed by New York-based architect Morris Adjmi with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates as the local registered architects, will have a tower setback from the street with extensive landscaping. Adjmi told board members that his design team looked at numerous examples of Art Deco design and architecture for the new building and that a large portal he had originally planned for the main entranceway would be scaled back so that it would not compete with storefronts along Washington Avenue. Three small buildings will be demolished to create a breezeway from Washington Avenue through the building. Dining and entertainment areas of the hotel will be on upper levels overlooking the street.