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Russell Galbut wants to heighten South Beach hotel, add rooms

Russell Galbut wants to heighten South Beach hotel, add rooms
Russell Galbut and a rendering of the proposed Gale South Beach Hotel upgrade (Studio Mc+G Architecture, Getty) via

Russell Galbut’s Crescent Heights wants to stack two more floors on top of an Art Deco building that is part of the Gale South Beach hotel. The addition would house 12 new guest rooms and four meeting rooms to help accommodate spillover business from a nearby convention center hotel that is under construction.

Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board is being asked to approve two more floors, 12 guest rooms, and four meeting rooms at the Gale South Beach

The Gale’s owner, the Galbut-managed entity 1690 Collins Associates, is seeking approval from the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board to demolish the rooftop pool and deck of the two-story Regent Hotel that is alongside the three-story Gale Hotel at 1690 Collins Avenue, according to the developer’s letter of intent filed with the city of Miami Beach. The additional floors would replace the pool and deck, the letter states.

The board is scheduled to vote on Galbut’s proposal at an Oct. 18 meeting.

Designed by the late Miami Beach architect L. Murray Dixon and completed in 1941, the Regent and the Gale have a combined 87 rooms. Crescent Heights completed partial demolitions and extensive renovations to both buildings in 2012, the letter states. The hotel is managed by Menin Hospitality, a hotel development and management company led by Galbut’s relatives, Jared Galbut and Keith Menin.

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