MIZNER 200, proposed project, city of boca raton, Florida. As a single building of over 1 million square feet (almost 1000 feet long, 120 feet high and 400 feet deep), MIZNER 200  is by far the largest project ever proposed for Boca’s Downtown. In contravention of Boca’s Architectural Design Guidelines, it will block the vistas and views of its neighbors. It should be broken up into three distinct buildings, as was ordered on other large sites, for example the Via Mizner property on Camino and Federal.

MIZNER 200, proposed project, city of boca raton, Florida.
As a single building of over 1 million square feet (almost 1000 feet long, 120 feet high and 400 feet deep), MIZNER 200  is by far the largest project ever proposed for Boca’s Downtown. In contravention of Boca’s Architectural Design Guidelines, it will block the vistas and views of its neighbors. It should be broken up into three distinct buildings, as was ordered on other large sites, for example the Via Mizner property on Camino and Federal.

Stop Mizner 200! The time is now.

If Boca’s City Council approves the mammoth Mizner 200 project this July it is game, set and match for the over-developers. On July 24th, Boca's City Council will consider whether to approve the Monster on Mizner. Three votes are needed to send the project back to the drawing board for improvements or to send a signal that "anything goes" with regards to development in our already crowded downtown.

Why reject Mizner 200 as proposed:

  1. The building is too large for the neighborhood in which it will sit. 
  2. Downtown Boca does not have the infrastructure in place to support yet another concrete monstrosity. Traffic is already intolerable.
  3. Development is good; overdevelopment is not.  New construction should be neighborhood friendly and infrastructure compatible. 

What to do?

  1. Email Boca Raton City Council members
  2. Contact Boca Raton City Council via phone or regular mail
  3. Read more and become informed so you understand what's a stake and make your voice heard. Read full article >
  4. Sign a petition to let your voice be heard by City officials. Sign now >


The mission of BocaBeautiful.org, preserving beauty and architecture.

BocaBeautiful.org is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to preserving the beauty and the historic architectural values of our city. Since its inception in the 1920s, Boca has always been a planned community, governed by a master plan and strict building codes. Now that plan and those codes are at risk. Since 2008, your City Council has approved ordinances that have allowed builders to exceed Boca’s historic 100-foot building height limit in the “downtown” area. Our mission at BocaBeautiful.org is to inform the public and to advocate downtown development that comports with a quality of life envisioned by Boca Raton’s founder Addison Mizner and supported by our city fathers for most of the last 85 years. Boca Raton was not intended to be a “major urban hub.” If you agree, please support us in our mission to educate the public and come up with a plan that will preserve the beauty and historic values of the Boca Raton we all love.

Want to support BocaBeautiful.org? > You can donate right here • Get to know our organization better > Read our complete mission statement
 


Paradise lost or paradigm found? A tale of two developers.

This is a tale of two developers and the future of Boca Raton. The first is—or was—involved in a controversial project on Boca’s barrier island. But at the request of City leaders and staff, developer Ramon Llorens agreed to work directly with nearby residents to find a project that would be acceptable to all. The result, a 70-unit condominium called Ocean Palm on the SW corner of Palmetto Park Road and A1A, stands as a model for future development in Boca. The revised project is compatible in style and scale to the other buildings in the neighborhood. As a result of the developer’s willingness to talk to affected residents first, the rancor and controversy surrounding his project has evaporated, resulting in a win-win for all involved. Contrast this with the behavior of developer El-Ad and their proposed ten story, three block long condominium project on SE Mizner Boulevard in the heart of Boca’s “downtown.” Dubbed “the Monster on Mizner” by local residents, the 384-unit condo building, called 200 Mizner, is the largest ever attempted in the area. Both in scale and style it is indeed a monster.

Find out more about how these two projects have differed in their development and in the consequences to the City of Boca Raton >


Contact your elected officials:

Boca Raton’s City Council will soon be considering approval of yet another mammoth downtown construction project: Mizner 200. We call it Monster 200—a single building more than three city blocks long and 100 feet high. If you think Boca’s building binge has gone too far, let the mayor and city council know.
WHAT TO DO? CALL BOCA RATON CITY COUNCIL: 561-393-7708 and let your voice be heard.
EMAIL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Use the link below to send a direct group email to the following council members:
Mayor Susan Haynie, Robert Weinroth, Andrea O'Rourke, Scott Singer, Jeremy Rodgers


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Inform

The mission of Bocabeautiful.org is to inform the public and to advocate downtown development that comports with a quality of life envisioned by Boca Raton’s founder Addison Mizner.

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Educate

At Bocabeautiful.org we strive to educate the public in order to preserve the beauty and the historic architectural values of Boca Raton.

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Take Action

We are actively seeking  support to communicate our message and come up with a plan that will preserve the beauty and architecture of the Boca Raton we all love. Want to donate?


A gigantic proposed building that would dwarf everything in Boca. 

No, not the Queen Elizabeth 2, but a proposed building almost as enormous. We are talking about Mizner 200, a single condominium building 960-foot long that would dwarf everything around it. Mizner 200 is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall. Imagine the Empire State Building lying on its side right here on Mizner Boulevard. It’s even bigger than the gigantic Palmetto Promenade building on East Palmetto Park Road. Why another humongous pile of glass and concrete in already overcrowded Downtown Boca? $$$$$$$$$. By constructing a single massive building, the Mizner 200 developer maximizes the number of apartments with golf course and ocean views. As for the neighboring residences? “No one has a right to a view,” says the attorney for the Mizner 200 developer. We are BocaBeautiful.org and we think otherwise. We think the Urban Design rules of the Downtown require each developer to provide buildings in scale with the neighborhood that preserve views and vistas for all. The Community Redevelopment Agency (City Council) has the power under Ordinance No. 4035 and its Urban Design Rules to demand that Mizner 200 be divided into individual buildings that fit the style and scale of our neighborhood. They should exercise that power. Give Downtown Boca a break. This ad paid for by BocaBeautiful.org 500 SE Mizner Blvd. Apt. A-109 Boca.
Download our "Docking Soon" print ad in PDF format  |  Download our "Monster Mizner" print ad in PDF format
Read more about the negative impact of Mizner 200 in Boca Raton.


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What has Bocabeautiful.org accomplished?

Looking around the expanding City of Boca Raton, it is easy to conclude that the battle to save its character has been lost. But the battle is far from over, there is still time to get it right, and we have accomplished much already. We have:

  1. Highlighted the problems of overdevelopment
  2. Strengthened our media & government presence
  3. Helped change the political dynamic in Boca
  4. Helped delay the largest development project ever proposed for downtown Boca.
  5. Bought precious time for for those who run this City to step back and PLAN before approving massive construction projects.

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5 Minutes to understand Ordinance 4035

Boca Raton’s elected and appointed officials are scrambling to explain how so many of the existing and planned buildings in Downtown Boca appear to run afoul of our City’s basic development ordinance. Perhaps it’s a scandal, but it might well be because almost nobody has paid much attention to the 65-page law which was passed over 20 years ago. So for those who haven’t the time or the inclination, here’s everything you need to know to monitor the upcoming Boca downtown development debate:

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In the local newspapers

Next time you are driving, walking or jogging through “downtown” Boca, take a look. New construction is everywhere—from Camino Real to Palmetto Park Road. Not only are these new projects BIG, but most of them exceed Boca’s historic 100-foot height ordinance.

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