Over 700 apartments planned on former NSU campus site

The Palm Aire apartments in North Miami Beach.
South Florida Business Journal

PPG Development wants to redevelop the former Nova Southeastern University dental school campus in North Miami Beach into apartments.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Board will consider plans for Palm Aire on the 7.5-acresite at 1699, 1750 and 1755 N.E. 167th St. on the evening of July 10. PPG Ark Equishares Owner LLC, led by Ari Pearl of Hallandale Beach-based PPG Development, purchased the property for $31.1 million in June 2022.

It currently has 235,392 square feet of educational buildings, which NSU has decided to leave and find a new campus. Those buildings would be demolished.

Consisting of seven buildings, Palm Aire would feature 728 apartments, 1,200 square feet of commercial space and 985 parking spaces, with 777 spaces in parking garages and the rest on-street parking. Amenities would include two multi-sport courts, a fitness center, a pool deck, a clubroom, a co-working center, a game room and a lounge. A pedestrian paseo would go through the site from north to south, connecting with the Snake Creek Canal.

The apartments would range from 682 to 1,269 square feet, with 349 one-bedroom units, 312 two-bedroom units, and 67 three-bedroom units.

Palm Aire would have five apartment buildings, ranging from three to eight stories, plus two parking decks, ranging from six to seven stories. The pool deck would be atop the tallest parking garage.

Miami-based attorney Matthew Amster, who represents PPG Development in the application, couldn’t be reached for comment. Kobi Karp Architecture in Miami designed the project.

There’s been a redevelopment wave in North Miami Beach in recent years, as new zoning rules passed by the city have allowed more density. However, numerous projects were delayed this year because the City Commission didn’t have a quorum to meet amid a political dispute. It appears that issue has been resolved, as city meetings have once again been scheduled.

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