Borges + Associates Architects has secured approval from the Coral Gables Board of Architects on a four-townhouse project coming to Almeria Avenue titled New Town.
The project faced initial hurdles, however, with the firm altering the design from modern to more traditional to comply with the city’s Mediterranean Style Design Standards.
The previous, more modern design is below.
The project faced several appeals by a neighbor initially before being evaluated by “Special Master” Mr. Don Sackman, in a hearing to determine compliance with the Coral Gables MSDS.
Finally gaining approval, the three-level townhouses each measure 6,500 square feet, and are equipped with a rooftop garden, plunge pool, elevator, and a four-car garage. They include a European kitchen, state-of-the-art lighting, and smart home features.
The project will rise around the existing Live Oaks while damaged West Indies Mahogany trees will be replaced.
“The trees are what really make this particular Coral Gables residential neighborhood extra special,” said Borges + Associates’ Principal Reinaldo Borges. “It’s value-added that also enhances the architecture.”
The project developer is Pedro Viana and the development is expected to break ground this summer. The targeted completion date is set for Fall 2018.