Edgewater behemoth condo project 'Element', that 700 unit, two tower, 55 story, street closing, monument to developer Jorge Perez, has a new name, 'Paraiso Bay,' which means "paradise bay" in Spanish/Portuguese, although 'bay' is still English. If it really was English to Spanish/Portuguese it would be Bahia Paraiso or Baia Paraiso. So, it's a fun mix of languages, just like Miami is a fun mix of cultures. Hey, whatever makes Jorge Perez's boat float.
In other news, the project could be building a third tower on the north side of that public park they have in the works, bumping the entire unit count to 1,000 according to marketing materials obtained by the South Florida Business Journal. Hot tamale! Oh, and the Urban Design Review Board says 'yes' to the project according to exMiami, with these conditions to make the street-level experience a tad less suffocating:
"The board requested that Related work with city staff to develop residential liner units in order to give the project a residential feeling from the street. The Board also asked for the western facade to be articulated to mitigate the impact to the abutting neighborhood." No word yet on Related's goal of closing 31st street. In order to make that happen they've got to go before the whole city commission. With Perez's track record, that's not necessarily a steep hill to climb. However, it is worth noting that the buildings have been designed by Arquitectonica to be on either side of the 31st street corridor, and to preserve the street itself - which Related does not want to do - would only sacrifice pedestal and amenity deck space. Take that for what you will.