ARTECITY, a five building complex comprised of two residential condominium towers, a renovated Governor Hotel and the construction of eighteen two-story townhome units plus ten two-story loft villas located in the historic Art Deco District of Miami’s famed South Beach nears completion. Once a distressed property, the bi-product of the overly ambitious and over constructed condominium frenzy that peaked in 2008, the projects new developers, ST Residential recognized the exceptional value of this landmark project and teamed with Naples based General Contractor Connor & Gaskins Unlimited to complete the unfinished buildings and lifestyle pools / amenity features, now set for a late 2012 completion date.
With a Historic Preservation designation of the Governor Hotel and the projects location in the Art Deco district, ST Residential selected Connor & Gaskins Unlimited in early 2012 as the General Contractor for the completion of the project.
“We knew that we were dealing with a very complicated project, a lot of moving parts and some unique nuances specific to the area. We selected Connor & Gaskins Unlimited for their construction expertise, the talent of their team and their proven track record in the Miami market. ”
— JAIMIE VALDIVIA, ON-SITE OWNER REPRESENTATIVE FOR ST RESIDENTIAL
The twelve-month construction process has been a seamless effort between the Historic Preservation Board, the Miami Planning and Zoning Department and the General Contractor.
“My hat is off to the Historic Preservation Board for their passion to preserve a part of Miami’s historic past while retaining the Art Deco feel for the project. They were a tremendous resource for us throughout the entire process providing historic photo’s so that we could match materials and colors into the overall details of the buildings original facades.”
— BARRY CONNOR, CEO OF CONNORS & GASKINS UNLIMITED
Examples of these details can be seen in the glazing of the buildings in attempt to match the iconic Florida Crank-style windows to resurrecting the original fountain, overgrown by years of plant growth and neglect.