Historic Citizens Bank

Miami, Florida

Phase I of the project is contingent on interim parking approval.  Special arrangement to lease or own parking off-site within 1,000 feet of the property is required, however, site is located within 1/4-mile of Transit oriented Development (TOD), and in excess of 500ft within T3 Zoning transect, making the site eligible for parking reductions through process of zoning deferral. Phase II is contingent on approval from the Urban Development Board (UDRB), Historic and Environmental Protection Board (HEPB), obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), Coordinated Review Committee (CRC), Miami Parking Authority and Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board (PZAB).

Originally built in 1924, the former Citizens Bank of Miami building is locally designated by the City of Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board (HEPB). The building was nominated for the National Register. The existing architecture is considered significant because its exterior represents a fine example of Neo-Classical style architecture in Miami, characterizing a distinctive trend of 1920s commercial design. The original design represents an effort by Citizens Bank of Miami to provide a distinctive image; the visual composition exemplifies the work of H. George Fink.


WHA recommends that prior to the commencement of Phase I, the project receive immediate structural remediation through the 40-year certification process so the proposed work can be coordinated with the local authority. Once filed, the property owner has (90)-days to complete repairs (when the building is occupied), and a one-time extension can be granted on a case basis. WHA recommends remediation work begin immediately, and prior to Phase I.  WHA recommends prior to the commencement of Phase II, a pre-application meeting with Zoning be held, and design bonuses be discussed with the planning director. In order to obtain a COA, any development related to Phase II should follow U.S. DOI 36 CFR 67, the Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Project Team

  • Cristina Gomez

  • Yailyn O. Barrera, AIA

  • Wm. H. Arthur IV, AIA, NCARB

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