Pier Sixty-Six pro­posal in­cludes homes, more

32-acre site of the ho­tel could get a mix of houses plus shops and restau­rants

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Money - By Lisa J. Huri­ash

The Fort Laud­erdale home of the sis­ter of H. Wayne Huizenga is for sale for $32 mil­lion.

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 Laud­erdale De­vel­op­ment 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.

Staff writer Brit­tany Wall­man con­trib­uted to this re­port.


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