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International Inn on the bay going up!!

Cashflow In Miami
February 13, 2021

2301 Normandy Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33141

After three years of discussion, the owners of the iconic International Inn at one of the gateways to Miami Beach have reached agreement with the City to voluntarily designate the property historic in exchange for the right to build an 80-ft tall addition to the hotel. City Commissioners approved the agreement after deferring it for six months due to concerns about the hotel’s operations.

The approval of the 20-year development agreement with Tsay International completed  the process for amendments to the City Code that will allowed the hotel at 2301 Normandy Drive to be a main permitted use. The hotel became non-conforming when hotel uses were prohibited in RM-1 zoning districts. The Code amendments would also increase the allowable building height on the site from 55 feet to 80, allowing the owners to build an addition utilizing its remaining 10,000 square feet of FAR (Floor Area Ratio).  
The agreement allows a restaurant and a lobby bar as an accessory use to a restaurant. Planning Board Conditional Use approval will be required for outdoor and open-air ambient entertainment and for an outdoor bar counter. Hours for outdoor ambient entertainment are limited from 10 am to 10 pm unless modified by the Planning Board through the conditional use process.  

The International Inn was built in 1956. It was designed by Melvin Grossman, a protégé of Morris Lapidus, in the post war modern style.Built in 1956, the 71-room hotel was designed by Melvin Grossman, a renowned post-World War II architect who designed such Miami Beach buildings as the Deauville, the Seville Hotel, and the Doral Beach Hotel. Originally known as the Carnival Motel, the building was later renamed the International Inn Motel in 1963. The “Motel” moniker was later removed.

A June 2019 report from the city’s planning department stated that the International Inn displayed all the characteristics of a significant Miami Modern, or MiMo, structure, an architectural style spanning from 1945 to the mid-1960s. It was even featured in a 2002 exhibit on mid-century modern architecture by the Municipal Art Society’s Urban Center in New York. It has been owned by Belsa Tsay and her family since 2001.  
Tachmes said Shulman, the lead architect, has been working on a Master Plan for the site in anticipation of approval. Jamie Straz has been hired on as the executive architect. He expects the overall renovation and restoration of the property along with the addition of the food and beverage elements to proceed once the HPB approves the plans which could happen by the end of next year. The new addition will be a future, “phase two” development.

In December 3-6 during very small Art Basel 2020 in Miami International Inn became home to Jada Art Fair !!

The Jada 2020 Miami Art Week Declaration:

Let it be known that today, in our crisis-ridden world of cultural defunding and art event cancellations, Jada – as a Miami-based arts movement – has no other option but to rise up to the challenge and bring representation to the murmuring local Miami artistic voices of 2020.

Jada thus declares the founding of the new Normandy Isle Arts District!

Jada steps up to the challenge, as major international arts organizations abandon their 2020 Miami Art Week projects due to the financial uncertainties brought by a year of turmoil. With the heavyweights of Miami Art Week closing their doors, Jada 2020 will be presenting to the world the future of Miami Art Week  amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic. In adherence to local COVID-19 regulations, we will be debuting for the first time in Miami a hybrid event showcasing in person and broadcasting across the internet.

Jada comes to oppose the hegemony of the international presence at Miami Art Week, and by encouraging local artists, leaders, and organizations to finally embrace the responsibility of being the cultural agents within the Miami art cosmos.

Jada invites all artists to challenge themselves to mobilize and flourish in this new normal!

Jada’s continuation of our commitment started by the 2019 Jada Art Fair and Artist-in-Residence Program, Jada invites local, national, and international art community members to join the 2020 Jada Art Fair & Residence Program in the Normandy Isle Arts District in Miami Beach from December 3-6, 2020. Health guidelines will be followed.

Jada stands by its mission and Manifesto ( on this day, the 2nd of September, of the year 2020.


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