Contact Us
How Can We Help You?

Please, leave us your message.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Wolfsonian to expand?

By
Cashflow In Miami
on
January 31, 2021

A super majority of Miami Beach’s electorate approved the Wolfsonian-FIU’s plans to expand its Washington avenue building!

1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is proposing a renovation and 25,000 sq. ft. expansion of its existing museum on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. In order to do that, it will have to ask voters to allow an increase in Floor Area Ratio (FAR or density)-approved!!

Wolfsonian-FIU has a $10 million allocation in the Miami-Dade County “Building Better Communities” General Obligation Bond approved by voters in November 2004. Specifically, the money is for the development of 25,000 square feet of new publicly accessible space for the Wolfsonian museum. In December, the County requested the University put forth a plan for the money for consideration by the end of calendar year 2020.

In a presentation prepared for the Miami Beach City Commission Land Use and Sustainability Committee, Wolfsonian-FIU notes, “The Wolfsonian properties do not have sufficient FAR" for an expansion. To get the additional space it needs, the University is proposing the establishment of a Wolfsonian Arts District and increasing the maximum FAR in the district from 1.5 to 3.25. The City Charter requires an increase in FAR go to the voters through referendum.

In its Master Plan presented to the County, Wolfsonian-FIU outlined the goals for the expansion and renovation including the tripling of programming space which would allow the museum to “substantially” increase the number of collections on view at any one time; “a visionary new street and lobby presence that eases potential barriers to entry and better integrates the museum into the neighborhood” and “state-of-the-art classrooms, studio environments, and a digital lab.”

The expansion would also establish “a new center for the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, a multi-disciplinary FIU Emerging Preeminent Program that engages the public in civic and cultural life.”
In the accompanying slide presentation, Wolfsonian-FIU states that, among other design guidance, it is proposing a building that is “Modest in dimension and scale” and “Respectful of the tenets of Historic Preservation & Resiliency.”

...

Latest Posts

Read More

Soleste Dania Beach Coming

Fort Lauderdale-based Merrimac is now joined by Miami-based high-end apartment developer The Estate Companies. The 340-unit project, at 4 North Federal Highway, has been renamed Soleste Cityline, as in Estate Cos.’ Soleste brand of multifamily developments throughout South Florida, according to a press release. The project was originally called Trion at Dania Beach.

Read more
Read More

SOBE Parking Lots go Office Towers?

Eighteen developers have expressed interest in building Class A office space on three municipal parking lots in Miami Beach adjacent to Lincoln Road between Alton Road and Meridian Avenue. The City put out a Request for Letters of Interest (RFLI) in November to test the waters as it seeks ways to diversify .

Read more
Read More

Miami World Center is moving with its retail street Promenade!

The construction permit was filed. According to the filing, a total of 41,164 square feet of general commercial will be built over two stories.

Read more
Read More

More new rentals coming on in the Miami market!

The project is composed of two towers, with the West Tower expected to top-off later this month. The construction has been underway with rapid speed in the middle of a pandemic as the foundation pour was only 9 months ago.

Read more
Read More

International Inn on the bay going up!!

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.

Read more
Read More

Now, that $140 million mansion is sold, whos next?

Its Ziff estate in Manalapan or the Il Palmetto, Palm Beach? Formerly listed for $195 million, then $165 million and now asking $115 million this 15,7 acre 33-room mansion with 1,200 feet of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean is seeking its new owner.

Read more