Two 750-Foot-Tall Towers Are Submitted To The FAA To Rise In Sunny Isles Beach

18801 Collins Avenue (January 2021). Courtesy of Google Maps.

Earlier this week, applications for a pair of 750-foot-tall structures in Sunny Isles Beach were submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The coordinates listed in the filings match perfectly with 18801 Collins Avenue, a development site spanning well over 200,000 square feet owned by La Playa Beach Associates LLC. The entity was formed in 2014 as a joint venture between Hallandale Beach-based Chateau Group and Miami-based Fortune International Group to redevelop the property into massive mixed-use project. The new filing calls for the construction of two high-rises structurally topping off at 739-feet and 742-feet, or 750-feet above sea level, adding these buildings in to the ranks of the tallest on a waterfront in the United States.

This isn’t the first time this site appeared on the FAA’s list of proposals. Back in 2016, two structures were filed to rise 649-feet by the same developers. Chateau and Fortune had the intention of developing a 1.3 million-square-foot mixed-use project comprised of two 56-story towers, which would have yielded 490 condominium units, 12 cabanas, 7,181 square feet of restaurant space, 7,780 square feet of office space and 1,850 square feet of retail space. Development efforts have been on-going since 2014, when the developers bought out the condo owners of the former building for $112.5 million. The last bit of activity spotted on the site was the construction of a 7,000-square-foot sales center some time between 2017 and 2018.

Application for North Tower. Courtesy of the FAA.

Application for South Tower. Courtesy of the FAA.

18801 Collins Avenue (Aerial). Courtesy of Google Maps.

A staff member of the Chateau Group told YIMBY that the current project is a modification of the one approved back in 2016. The architect and several consultants previously affiliated with the project have changed. The new plans for 18801 Collins Avenue will require new approvals from the City of Sunny Isles Beach, which is likely to be submitted to the review board early next year.

A construction permit submitted on November 23, 2021 is pending for the site.

The general contractor is not yet known.

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