Representation of Savoy Hotel Partners from 2005 through the economic downturn regarding an attempted foreclosure and sale of the equity interests in the Arlington and the Savoy, two hotels in the National Register Historic District in Miami Beach. We successfully preserved the property's value by keeping the irreplaceable land use approvals valid despite many challenges. The approvals, granted in 2006, are extremely complex and cover the substantial rehabilitation and expansion of the hotels. The approvals became controversial and the property was later down-zoned so that they can never be granted again. We have defended the approvals through two court appeals and numerous economic challenges. In 2010, the new owners hired us to successfully lobby to amend the state statutes to create an additional two-year extension of the existing approvals, which remain valid.
Representation of 900 Collins Avenue in its efforts to build a multimillion-dollar development on a property with a protected historic building. We successfully obtained a writ of mandamus requiring the City of Miami Beach to issue a permit allowing the demolition of the historic structure, which th...
Representation of Oleta Partners, LLC, a joint venture comprised of affiliates of the LeFrak Organization and Turnberry Associates, in the successful negotiation of the long-term ground lease and complicated leasehold financing for a 185-acre brownfields redevelopment site in the City of North Miami...
US Homes applied for and received zoning approval of a 1,500-unit residential community in Lee County, Florida; the neighbors challenged the approval in court. We represented US Homes in the appeal and subsequent remand, obtaining a favorable resolution to the matter for our client.