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11/8/18 - Hospitality

Iconic Pier Sixty-Six proposal includes 127 homes, shops, restaurants, office space

A proposed project to renovate the iconic Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, known for its revolving rooftop restaurant, could also add more than 100 new homes.

The 32-acre site of the hotel could get a mix of condos, villas and single-family homes, plus shops and restaurants. The plan is scheduled to go before the Fort LauderdaleDevelopment Review Committee on Nov. 13.

“We want to bring some life and some energy to the marina and celebrate Fort Lauderdale as the yachting capital of the world,” said Jessi Blakley, spokeswoman for the developer, Tavistock Development Co.

The plan for 127 new homes includes:

Condos: Two 11-story towers on the southwest portion of the site with 38 units each. The first and second floors of both condo buildings would have office space and commercial space for retail and restaurants.

Villas: Four, four-story buildings on the north side of the site with 39 villas.

Single-family homes: 12, four-story houses that would measure about 5,000 square feet each and have private yards.

In addition to the new residential projects, the plan calls for renovating hotel rooms.

Pier Sixty-Six has 384 rooms in total: 154 in a 17-story tower and 230 rooms in a two-story, exterior-corridor lanai building. The rooms within the tower haven’t reopened since Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

The project would decrease the number of hotel rooms to 345, because some suites would be enlarged, and replace the lanai building with a new 10-story hotel tower.

Amenities for the hotel side would include two layers of pool decks, one for adults-only and another catering to children. There also would be 17,000 square feet of spa and fitness facilities.

In 2016, Orlando-based real estate development group Tavistock Development Co. acquired the 384-room hotel and 127-slips for $163.27 million with plans to renovate and expand it. But plans were delayed after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, peeling the roof and damaging hotel rooms.

If these plans were to be approved, construction could start by the end of the next year, Blakley said. New shops and restaurants would line the marina, and the residential properties would “really play up the waterfront activity,” she said.

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