By Laine Doss | Miami New Times
The proposed Miami locations of SushiSamba and Duck & Waffle may have hit a snag with City of Miami planners.
According to the Real Deal, Miami Planning department’s chief of urban designs, David Snow, cited inconsistencies in plans for the restaurant site during the past Miami River Commission meeting. Snow said he was “prepared to halt construction” of the four-story complex located at 20 SW North River Dr. The Melo Group is the developer of the site, located adjacent to its Flagler on the River. The 32-story, 250-apartment residential complex features a pool deck and social room, with rentals ranging from $1,500 to $2,400 a month.
At the July 2016 Miami River Commission meeting, Brett Bibeau, managing director of the Miami River Commission, stated that at a recent site visit, the proposed Riverwalk had been narrowed due to a late change in the site’s elevations. The approved plans included a 14-foot public Riverwalk. The new width is 12 feet, which is inconsistent with Miami 21 Section 3.11, Appendix B and the City Charter.
The Real Deal quoted commission chairman Horacio Stewart Aguirre as saying to Melo architect and Itec Design president Arturo Griego, “If we took a vote today, you would not walk out happy.”