How the next chapter unfolds for the (controversially) demolition-bound Deauville Beach Resort, an iconic 1957 hotel in the North Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, will be left up to voters when they head to the polls this November. Yesterday, July 20, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to advance a Frank Gehry–designed redevelopment plan for the oceanfront site led by Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross. The New York–based developer behind Hudson Yards has deep ties to South Florida as he grew up in Miami Beach and is owner of the Miami Dolphins. Toronto-born Gehry also has a personal connection to the area.

Miami Beach voters will decide whether to permit upzoning along a four-block stretch of Collins Avenue (between 65th and 69th streets) that includes the Deauville site. If the referendum is approved by vote-casting residents, three resolutions relating to the development plan will head back to the commission for a second reading in December as The Real Deal reported. The proposal was approved 5–1 by the Miami Beach Planning Board last month.

The plan proposed by Related Companies—design renderings are forthcoming—would replace the Deauville, a storied MiMo landmark designed by Morris Lapidus protégé Melvin Grossman, with a pair of Gehry-designed towers. The taller of the two towers is slated to include 150 luxury residences while the other will house an ultra-high-end, Equinox-branded hotel with 175 rooms. A large swath of green space will separate the two towers. Per a press release announcing the commission’s approval, the Deauville overhaul “revitalizes North Beach and pays homage to the Deauville’s place in Miami Beach’s history.”

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