As The GROVE AT GRAND BAY breaks ground we look back on what David Martin said just some months ago, “Our plans are to do something that’s very one-of-a-kind,” said David Martin, chief operating officer of Terra Group, which bought the property last summer for $24 million. “We wanted to really build something that people felt they could be proud of.” For the first time since the purchase, Martin provided details on the company’s plans for the site. After a gradual decline, the Grand Bay has been shuttered for nearly four years, collecting mold, graffiti and pigeon droppings.
The building will be 20 stories high with about 96 units, all residential.
Lead design is by Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG, which has made waves for high-profile projects near Copenhagen and in China, New York City and Utah. Ingels, a 30-something “starchitect” in-the-making, was named Innovator of the Year in Architecture by the Wall Street Journal’s magazine.
Raymond Jungles, the landscape architect who designed the grounds at 1111 Lincoln Road and the New World Symphony’s rooftop garden, will handle the outdoor space. And rounding out what Martin called a “design dream team” is Coral Gables architecture firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe and Associates, which has worked on Miami-area residential projects and hotels for years — including the original Grand Bay.
Developed by the late Sherwood “Woody” Weiser and Donald Lefton of The Continental Companies for $30 million, the hotel opened in 1983 in an area transitioning from artsy-hippie enclave and cocaine-cowboy hangout to major tourist destination. The 200-roomGrand Bay, at 2669 S. Bayshore Dr., was immediately hailed for its pyramid-shaped structure, its pristine service and its draw for jetsetters, especially Regine’s nightclub, which sat atop the hotel. The eponymous nightclub queen operated party spots around the world but chose the Grand Bay as only her second U.S. location.”I called it Fantasyland,” said Terry Zarikian, who worked there for 10 years in jobs including public relationsdirector for Regine’s.”It was filled with celebrities. It was very, very classy, very chic.”
Local power brokers talked business over breakfast. Often.
“I’d go there for breakfast a couple or three times a week to meet people,” said Monty Trainer, a longtime Coconut Grove businessman. “The public areas, the banquet rooms and the downstairs and upstairs, the pool area, everything was absolutely gorgeous, well appointed, well furnished. You felt like you were in New York.”
Michael Jackson stayed there. So did Luciano Pavarotti, Prince and Sophia Loren — and just about everybody who was anybody.
“I remember when Elizabeth Taylor asked for a toothbrush,” Zarikian said. “We sent her stone crabs the night she arrived. Crab meat got stuck in her diamond ring and she needed to brush it out.”
In 1987, the Grand Bay earned five stars from Mobil, a feat that has still not been repeated by any other local hotel.
320 feet of frontage on South Bayshore Drive
96 Residences in the community
– 59 units in the North Tower
– 37 units in the South Tower
Swimming pool on the rooftop of the North & South Tower
Swimming pool on the great lawn
– Bjarke Ingels Group in collaboration with Nichols Broch and Associates
– Collaboration between Raymond Jungles and Bjarke Ingels Group Raymond Jungles
Lobby is located at an elevation of 18 foot above sea level with 25 foot high ceilings
Second floor is first level of living with eyesight at or about 50’ above sea level
Ceiling height – 12 ft ceiling clear
Terrace depth – 12 ft deep for the east facing terraces
Gas cooking for the residence main kitchen
Electric cooking for the Summer kitchens on all residence terraces
Penthouse and Corner Residences will each receive a 2-car air-conditioned garage
Penthouse and Corner Residences will have staff quarters and bath
All other residences will receive 2 parking spaces with in the garage
Private elevator for every residence
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