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1935 Mansion on Star Island to be Knocked Down

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The new 44 Star Island

So it looks like that futuristic Star (Island) Destroyer home at 44 Star Island is finally becoming a reality with the Miami Beach Design Review Board unanimously approving design plans for the trapezoid-shaped project by owner Shay Kostiner, who purchased the property for $7.2 million in 2010.

Paving the way for the modern fortress is the knockdown of a historic six-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion (below) built in 1935 by John H. Levi, an engineer who worked with Miami Beach founder Carl Fisher. Preservationists battled to keep the property intact, notes the Real Deal:

Preservationists who fought to save the structure had circulated a petition calling for its preservation or relocation, and the Design Review Board had criticized plans presented by Kostiner earlier this year that included the removal of several trees. Landscape architects said on Tuesday that they had made a number of changes to the original plans to enhance its landscaping.

44 Star Island plans

· 44 Star Island Drive [Curbed Miami]
· Another Star Island Mansion to be Knocked Down [The Real Deal]