Fort Lauderdale tower would be city’s tallest at 572 feet


The sky-scraping towers of Fort Lauderdale are getting higher — with the latest candidate for the city’s “tallest” title reaching 572 feet.

The Kushner Cos. of New York and Aimco of Denver unveiled their latest project Tuesday before the Fort Lauderdale Development Review Committee with a tower at 200 W. Broward Blvd., adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and a short walk south from the Brightline passenger train station.

While it does not appear that the companies’ architects are competing in an understated game of one-upmanship, the latest tower is just 26 feet taller than the one the developers are planning slightly to the west, at 300 W. Broward Blvd.

Both buildings would have 48 floors, while the first project, with its more exotic design, is being characterized by the developers and politicians as a landmark “gateway” to the downtown area. The two would stretch higher than the 100 Las Olas tower downtown, which stands at 499 feet and 46 floors.

Both of the new towers would be within walking distance of the city’s arts district.

“I think they’re both beautiful with different architects and styles,” said Fort Lauderdale attorney Stephanie Toothaker, who represents the joint venture. “With multi-family, there is a need in Fort Lauderdale, particularly in the downtown.”

“The arts and science district is so critical for downtown Fort Lauderdale and I think this area has been a little bit forgotten over time,” she added. “And so to bring high-quality development here, we’ll see a total resurgence.”

The district includes the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Broward Performing Arts Center.

The tower at 200 W. Broward would occupy a site at the southwest corner of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and the boulevard.

It would include:

  • 381 apartments and a parking garage with 434 parking spots. The apartments include studios and one- to three-bedroom units, some with dens that can be used as office space.
  • A commercial space covering more than 7,500 square feet.
  • An amenity deck with a pair of pools on top of the parking garage.
  • Sky lounge with bar.
  • A wine room, cafe, club room, gym, yoga room, golf simulator and dog spa.

The Kushner-Aimco tower was among three proposed high-rise projects before the committee staff on Tuesday. The others are in Flagler Village, which is the scene of a burgeoning lineup of projects on the drawing board.

Proposed by longtime real estate and investment development firm Merrimac Ventures, ArtsPark Lofts is a 30-story tower with 289 residential units that include a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments.

There would also be 353 parking spaces in the building and six on-street parallel spaces, wrote attorney Andrew Schein, of Fort Lauderdale, in the project application on behalf of developers Dev and Nitin Motwani.

Dev Motwani did not respond to telephoned and emailed requests for comment.

But in the application, Schein wrote that the building is designed to “complement the scale of the adjacent multi-family projects to the west and north, matching their heights and by breaking down the scale of the lower façade.”

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“Shade trees, a covered pedestrian arcade, and on-street parking continue the pattern established by the newer projects to the south and east,” he said. “The ground floor will also contain built-in seating for residents, passers-by, and customers of the commercial tenant.”

Another high-rise project introduced Tuesday was Flagler Residences North at 689 N. Federal Highway, once a proposed site of an iPic movie theater before the company fell into financial difficulty.

The proposed 336-foot, 30-floor project is a mixed-use multifamily and commercial development with 241 multifamily residential units and a 28,786-square-foot grocery store, according to the application filed by Schein, who also represents developers Steven Hudson, of Hudson Capital Group, and Charlie Ladd, of Barron Real Estate.

There was no information available on what company would operate the grocery store. Hudson was unavailable for comment and did not respond to an email request seeking comment.

But the application says there would also be 5,000 square feet of restaurant space for two separate operators, as well as 9,530 square feet for retail.

“The project was architecturally designed to complement the proposed tower to the south,” wrote Schein in the application.

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