Thursday, April 05, 2007
MVB's Big Idea Award Goes To Shaya Boymelgreen for Re-Imagining Soleil for Workforce Housing
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MVB proudly presented Shaya Boymelgreen with our Big Idea Award last night at Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti. Although this award could have been presented for any number of worthy local projects his company brought to Miami, we felt his most important contribution was his recent re-imagining of the Soleil* condo project to accommodate workforce housing, something our area is sorely lacking.
Located at 3100 Biscayne Boulevard, Boymelgreen is splitting the formerly 288-unit, 43-floor project into two towers, one for middle-income owners and the other for the originally targeted wealthy buyers. Prices will start at $200,000.
Other MVB Big Idea Awards have been given to Jorge Perez, Carlisle Development Group and Carrfour Supportive Housing, and Bruce Rubin.
By the way, for all of those who are wondering about Bob and his continuing struggle to overcome self-medication, we are happy to report that Bob again managed to keep his pants on during the entire award ceremony.
*This website has a way-cool 3D animation that begins with a circling aerial of Miami before landing on Biscayne Boulevard for a pedal-to-the-metal thrill ride up the boulevard to the project.
UpDate (4/14/07): Today's Miami Herald says "Developer Shaya Boymelgreen is going it alone in Miami." Leviev Boymelgreen is no more. Boymelgreen's partner dosen't see Miami's potential. Boymelgreen does and is taking over the Miami projects. He is so worthy of the MVB Big Idea Award.