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Resolutions - R7  F




COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:June  5, 2019
 



SUBJECT:A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, APPROVING, PURSUANT TO CITY CODE SECTION 138-204(B)(3), A REQUEST BY 3425 COLLINS LLC FOR A NON-ELECTRONIC ARTISTIC GRAPHIC LOCATED AT 3425 COLLINS AVENUE, WHICH GRAPHIC EXCEEDS 100 SQUARE FEET IN SIZE.

RECOMMENDATION

The administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission adopt the attached resolution, approving a temporary artist graphic that exceeds 100 square feet for the property located at 3425 Collins Avenue.

ANALYSIS

BACKGROUND
On May 16, 2018, the City Commission adopted an ordinance requiring any non-electronic (static) graphic in excess of 100 square feet to be reviewed and approved by the Commission. This ordinance limited the aggregate area of any static artistic mural or graphic to a maximum size of 100 square feet unless otherwise approved by a majority vote of the City Commission by resolution.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD REVIEW
On April 9, 2019, the historic preservation board reviewed and approved a request for a certificate of appropriateness for the design of the subject temporary artistic graphic banners. This approval is contingent upon approval of the City Commission, as the subject banners exceed 100 square feet in size.

PLANNING ANALYSIS
On October 5, 2016, a full building permit (B1504467) was issued for the partial demolition, renovation and restoration of the existing 16-story Versailles hotel at 3425 Collins Avenue, including the total demolition of the 1955 south addition, and the construction of a new 16-story detached ground level addition, as part of a new hotel and residential development. Since that time, a significant amount of demolition has occurred, including the removal of the 1955 south addition, portions of the ground level exterior walls and all exterior doors and windows.

The applicant is currently requesting City Commission approval to continue to display artistic graphic banners located on all four sides of the partially demolished Versailles Hotel during the construction process. The banners depict a work of art by internationally recongized artist Miya Ando and have an aggregate area of 28,778 square feet. The banners were in installed in November 2018 to coincide with Art Basel. According to the applicant, the timeframe for the display of the banners is uncertain. The applicant is requesting that the banners be permitted to remain until such a time when the construction proceeds to the point that they must be removed or in the event that the full building permit expires.

The administration has no objection to the artistic design of the banners, which is a suitable and dynamic graphic concept for a temporary façade treatment. However, planning department staff has expressed serious concerns with regard to the structural integrity of the building, which has been open to the elements for more than five (5) years. While the mesh banners provide limited protection from the elements, the entire ground level is completely open. In light of these concerns, planning staff recommended to the historic preservation board that the banners be removed until all exterior openings of the building are fully secured and protected from the weather, and that once the building is adequately protected from the elements, the artistic graphic banners could be reinstalled for a period not to exceed 12 months, provided the City Commission approves the banners.

The historic preservation board did not agree entirely with the recommendation of staff in this regard. The Order of the Board allows for a phased removal and reinstallation of the banners during the process of securing the openings. Further, the Board’s approval allows for the banners to remain on the building facades for a period not to exceed five months; any extension of time would have to be approved by the Board. The applicant has expressed a desire to display these banners for a longer period of time and has submitted an application to the Board to extend the approval. This application is expected to be heard by the Board at their September 9, 2019 meeting.

Finally, planning staff continues to have concerns with regard to the safety of the banners. In 2017, a previously installed banner became partially detached from the south elevation of the building on at least two separate occasions, creating a very hazardous condition for the public and surrounding properties within this highly dense and congested area of Collins Avenue. In this regard, the administration recommends that any retention of the subject banners be subject to obtaining all applicable and required permits.

CONCLUSION

The administration recommends that the City Commission approve subject resolution, authorizing the installation of a temporary artistic graphic with a total area of 28,778 square feet. Additionally, the administration recommends the following:

1. The applicant shall substantiate, to the satisfaction of the Building Official, that the Versailles building is fully secured and protected from the weather.

2. The applicant shall obtain all applicable and required permits for the retention of the banners.
Legislative Tracking
Planning
Sponsor
Private Applicant - 3425 Collins LLC

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