Hospitality mogul David Grutman wins approval for waterfront mansion

Hospitality mogul David Grutman wins approval for waterfront mansion
Hospitality mogul David Grutman wins approval for waterfront mansion via

Grutman is offering to give the existing home away

Nightlife entrepreneur David Grutman obtained permission to replace a 1933-era waterfront home on one of the most expensive streets in Miami Beach with a new two-story mansion. Grutman’s plans were approved by the Miami Beach Design Review Board Tuesday morning by a vote of 4 to 2.

The Groot Hospitality founder won’t necessarily demolish the 87-year-old mansion at 2050 North Bay Road. He’s offered to donate the architecturally significant building, designed by architect Carlos Schoeppl, to anyone willing to cart it away if the home can be moved before Grutman obtains the necessary permits to construct his new home, a process that could take at least six months.

Grutman is planning to build a 13,903-square-foot mansion on the property, designed by Cesar Molina’s CMA Design Studio.

He also agreed to place a bronze plaque on the street commemorating the Schoeppl house.

Grutman’s lobbyist, Mickey Marrero, said his client agreed to the plaque and to forego immediate demolition after meeting with representatives of the Miami Design Preservation League, a Miami Beach-based organization that wanted Grutman to preserve at least portions of the original mansion.

Daniel Ciraldo, the preservation league’s executive director, said he would prefer if the board made a stronger stance in preserving the pre-World War II waterfront home, as many have been demolished in order to make way for contemporary mansions. Though he appreciated Grutman’s officer, Ciraldo said he was uncertain the preservation league will be able to find a new home for the Schoeppl house.

Grutman — whose nightlife ventures include LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach — purchased the property out of foreclosure for $10.3 million in November after selling his Sunset Islands home for $8.3 million.

The North Bay Road house was previously owned by Grammy award-winning artist Alejandro Sanz.

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