Borges Architects Receives Special Master Approval for Coral Gables Townhouses.
January 11, 2017
The City of Coral Gables Board of Architects and Special Master assigned to the project, has granted final approval to the Almeria Avenue townhouses designed by Borges + Associates Architects after several façade changes and a Special Master hearing.
The four-townhouse luxury development, which will be marketed with pre-construction sales under the name “New Town”, was designed to comply with the City’s guidelines while bringing forth an updated architectural language which will set new standards for high-end townhouses in the neighborhood.
The first submitted design which was more modern in its architectural language was fully approved by the Board of Architects and appealed several times by one neighbor before then having to be evaluated by a “Special Master”, Mr. Don Sackman, in a quasi-judicial hearing to determine the project’s compliance with the Coral Gables Mediterranean Style Design Standards. After more than three weeks of further evaluation by the Special Master, a Board of Architects approval was issued to the project in its modified format that related the architectural language to elements and characteristics of the historic Coral Gables architecture while bringing forth “freshness” to the style.
It features three living levels, roof top garden and plunge pool, and residential elevator serving up to the rooftop. With 6,500 gross sq. ft. of area each and four-car garage accessed thru alley, the units will be finished with luxurious interior finishes, European Kitchen and appliances and state of the art lighting and intelligent control system with sustainable features, all within walking distance to Miracle Mile and other Coral Gables landmarks.
Borges + Associates’ Principal Reinaldo Borges, named Architect of the Year 2016 by AIA Miami, led the design of the project. The development has undergone an extensive tree mitigation and preservation process to save existing Live Oaks and replace damaged West Indies Mahogany trees which frame with the street. “The trees are what really make this particular Coral Gables residential neighborhood extra special… it’s value-added that also enhances the architecture,” said Borges.
The Board of Architects is appointed to ensure that all new construction projects in the City of Coral Gables are consistent with the City’s regulations and preserve the traditional aesthetic character of the community. The City Architect Carlos A. Mindreau noted in his staff report, “Throughout this process, Mr. Borges has demonstrated diligence in bringing his proposed townhouses into compliance with the requirements of the Zoning Code; this solution being a commendable effort. As you review the proposal further and study the proposed use of materials including: Pietra Constantina, Limestone, Sandstone, Custom fabricated doors and guardrails, etc., it becomes evident that this project as proposed is well suited to the Coral Gables life-style.”
“We wanted this development to set new standards of design and quality of execution,” noted project developer Pedro Viana who has endured the difficult approval process and is now excited to start construction and sales for these four uniquely designed townhouses.
The project will break ground summer of 2017 and be ready to occupy by December 2018. Sales program is still being formulated and will be announced soon by developer.