ExMiami notes major demolition work is happening at the historic Ankara Motel in South Beach, where Starwood intends to build an Aloft Hotel. Apparently more demolition is being allowed by the historic preservation board than had been previously planned because of rotting wood found in the structure. Aloft had spent quite a long time trying to get their plans approved, after repeated rejections, by the historic preservation board, but... well... it happened and the place is now just a shell. Very fuzzy renderings of the planned hotel, including a new tower and preservation of the building's iconic lobby, can be found over at exMiami.
· Ankara Motel in South Beach just a shell; Starwood's Aloft coming [exMiami]
· Ankara Motel coverage [Curbed Miami]