By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Miami Beach Design Review Board approved plans for development of a three-unit ‘green’ townhome at 1425 Bay Road. The project features rooftop solar arrays, resilient landscaping, a rainwater retention system for irrigation, insulation and energy efficiency with nontoxic materials throughout.
Grayscale Partners, a Coconut Grove design consultancy agency established by Nathalie Manzano and Dr. Ted Caplow, are building the townhomes. Manzano and Caplow are both Miami Science Barge award winners and Grayscale Partners specializes in sustainability, resiliency and long-term risk management.
Located on the west side of South Beach, 1425 Bay Road is a 6,000-square-foot vacant lot. Grayscale Partners paid $1.3 million for the property in April 2018. According to the letter of intent Manzano and Caplow signed, they “[…] intend this project to be the first residential building in Miami to achieve both LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] (gold or platinum) and WELL building certifications.”
WELL is a growing international measurement of occupant health in terms of building design and operation. The plan goes on to say, “Green and healthy features include resilient landscaping relying on local plants, a rainwater retention system for irrigation, abundant daylighting, superb insulation and energy efficiency, nontoxic materials throughout, and automated ventilation systems, among many other.”
The firm’s web site says “At Grayscale, our mission is to develop homes that are healthy for the environment and healthy for the residents who live inside. Our residence features include mold resistant design, solar energy collection with off-grid capabilities, and advanced air filtration.”
The 1425 Bay Road is also the same location as the once-proposed West of West Avenue district. The idea was introduced by real estate developer Todd Glaser as a community resistant to sea-level rise. He withdrew the plan in April after city planners questioned his proposal to include restaurants and retail businesses.
Construction for the new Grayscale Partners townhomes is slated to begin in November of this year, and residence pricing has yet to be determined.