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Contentious Alton Road Whole Foods Gets Snazzy Makeover

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Developer Crescent Heights has pulled out the third incarnation to date of the Whole Foods Market they are proposing for the corner of Alton Road and 19th Street. This time around architect Chad Oppenheim has been brought in to vamp it up, an the end result is much more attractive.

The facade is set back 'up to' ten more feet from the street, moving the outdoor cafe tables under a new colonnade that will support the upper (parking) levels, and requiring building mechanical equipment that was on the street level to be placed on the roof thus raising the overall height. All in all, it's much more elegant. If only Crescent Heights hadn't futzed around with those earlier proposals. Curbed says build it baby. The City of Miami Beach's planning board will review it next week.

· Giant Alton Road Whole Foods Loses the Christmas Colors [Curbed Miami]
· Whole Foods Proposed for South Beach has Been Redesigned [Next Miami]
· 1901 Alton Road coverage [Curbed Miami]