Miami Beach’s planning board has approved a 122,000 sq. ft. building including a Baptist Health South Florida outpatient facility.
The project proposed by Alton Road Development LLC, an affiliate of local developer Crescent Heights, expects to lease 36,999 sq. ft. for medical uses, along with a community center for free wellness classes. Its ground floor would have 3,800 sq. ft. for restaurants and retail. Baptist Health chief strategy officer Ana Lopez-Blzaquez told the South Florida Business Journal it will take about two years to complete the building
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach’s only hospital, initially opposed the project at 709 Alton Rd.
However, Mount Sinai CEO Steve Sonenreich has been quoted as saying he respects the decision of the planning board and believes that the review process made the new facility more compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
“Mount Sinai has been a trusted source of quality healthcare in Miami Beach for 65 years, and that commitment will continue to grow as we invest in a new state-of-the-art surgical tower and emergency department on our campus,” Sonenreich told the business publication.
This is in context of Mount Sinai’s own construction activities — it has started a $200 million expansion of its Miami Beach complex, with a planned new eight-story tower.