By Eric Barton
City & Shore Magazine
There’s a good chance you can think of a building or development down the road that nobody wanted. You know the one, where residents printed up Not In My Back Yard T-shirts and bumper stickers and flooded city hall with protest signs. Density, height limits, zoning restrictions – the rallying calls in the fight to stop the paving over of another piece of our paradise.
It used to be that the developers lawyered up, stacked the deck with lobbyists – and always seemed to win.
No, not anymore. Not always.
Neighbors beat back the behemoth buildings they wanted to put up at the Bahia Mar on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. Residents forced The Galleria owners to scale back plans on Sunrise Boulevard. And anti-development protests and lawsuits killed Palazzo, a mixed-use development at the foot of the Las Olas bridge. That’s three points for the NIMBY crowd.
But there is a different way. There’s a path that builders can take that doesn’t label them as evil developers, or supporters of growth at all costs. This is one of those stories.
It wasn’t easy to take that initial rejection, recalls Bruce Brosch, the lead architect on the project since the beginning. His initial design looked a lot like just about every other building in South Florida, so he didn’t expect it to be so shot down by Glassman and other neighbors. But from the start, Brosch says the project wasn’t about steamrolling a design.
“Our marching orders were always to do a fancy new building but a fancy new building that would have the ambience and the welcoming nature of the Ireland’s Inn,” says Brosch, a partner at Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW) in Miami. “We felt from the start that we must kill them with kindness.”
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