By: Ismael Rodriguez

The Standard Hotel in Miami Beach will undergo renovations after receiving approval from the Miami Beach Design Review Board to demolish the east wing of its MiMo-style property at 40 Island Avenue.

The board voted on May 2, granting Standard International, through its holding company Ferrardo Lido LLC, permission to build a three-story building that will have parking spaces for 76 cars on the ground level and hotel rooms in the upper levels.

A spokesperson for Standard International told the press that the east wing, which currently houses 41 rooms and the hotel’s most popular restaurant, the Lido Bayside Grill, will merely undergo “minor cosmetic upgrades,” remaining with the same room count but have higher ceilings.

The project would also solve The Standard Spa, Miami Beach’s congested parking situation, and decrease traffic along Venitian Way, creating more distance between the hotel and its residential neighbors on Farrey Lane, according to what project architect Rene Gonzalez and Standard Attorney Monika Entin told the press.

“Our intention is to think about the quiet nature of The Standard and how we can maintain that as we make it more useful and bring it up to date in many ways,” Gonzalez told the press.

Gonzalez also added that the new building will be at a higher elevation because of concerns about sea level rise and flooding in the area.

Standard International has not yet addressed the day it would begin the renovations, or given the press an estimate of the time it would take to complete the expansion.