Brickell’s Babylon Faces Demolition

Brickell Zoning

Brickell Zoning

March 5th, 2016

In the appearance of an effort to up zone the area of Brickell near the curve at Brickell Bay Drive, the city has declared the Babylon Apartments unsafe and condemned the building. The declaration will certainly lead to the demolition of one of the first buildings designed by Arquitectonica in the early 1980s.

The Babylon Apartments opened in 1982 and represented an architectural challenge to fit a building on a long narrow plat of land. The building sits on a one third acre lot. The building is five stories in height and the current owner, Francisco (Paco) Martinez Celeiro intends to build a much taller building on the one third acre lot.

The city planners would like to up zone the Miami 21 Code to allow for a building to reach 48 stories. The city planners and attorneys for Celeiro cite a mistake in the original code and believe that the area should have allowed for the same height restriction as the surrounding area. The city planning director at the time of the Miami 21 zone draft claims that there was no mistake and the area was deliberately zoned for a maximum of eight stories to match the old code.

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