Pinnacle could rezone former AT&T site in Little Haiti Miami for development – South Florida Business Journal – South Florida Business Journal

A former AT&T telecommunications facility in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami could be rezoned for a multifamily development.
The city’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board on Dec. 1 will consider the application by Qualcon Little River Zone Business LLC. It owns 2.16 acres at 8038 N.E. Second Ave. and 165 N.E. 80th Terrace and wants to rezone 1.42 acres of the property from “T5-O” to “T6-8-O.” The rest of the site already has the latter zoning.
The zoning change would increase the allowable density from 65 units an acre in five stories to 150 units an acre in 12 stories. If approved, the site could be developed with up to 324 units, or perhaps more if the developer uses a density bonus available for workforce and affordable housing.
The developer’s letter of intent describes the plan as a “mixed-use, mixed-income project offering commercial uses together with multifamily housing at multiple income levels.”
Little Haiti has relatively low income levels compared to the rest of Miami. Developers have been taking greater interest in the neighborhood in recent years as the nearby Magic City Innovation District project promises to create hundreds of jobs.
“The property represents one of the few sizable parcels able to support a level of development — including multifamily development — that can guarantee that the area sees recovery take off and long term-blight is finally overcome,” attorney Edward Martos stated in the application on behalf of the developer. “The applicant is fully committed to serving as the catalyst that keeps the neighborhood’s recovery going by providing mixed-income housing that is accessible to existing area residents together with commercial spaces that invite new investment.”
The site currently has a 21,848-square-foot telecommunication facility constructed in 1950. AT&T affiliate Bellsouth sold it for $4.55 million in 2019 to Qualcon Little River Zone Business LLC.
The zoning application says the LLC has several dozen owners, with the largest shareholders as Andrew Stone and Emanuel Stern. It also says Miami-based affordable/workforce housing developer Pinnacle is involved in the project as well.
Martos and Pinnacle couldn’t be reached for comment.
If the rezoning is approved, the developer would file a more specific site plan.
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