Real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has made a move to acquire and redevelop the former Deauville Beach Resort in North Miami Beach.
In an email statement, Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber confirmed that Ross had "signed documents that will allow him to acquire and control the parcel" and has already retained architect Frank Gehry for the project.
"Steve is committed to making sure his design pays suitable homage to the original Deauville and wants to assure the entire neighborhood benefits," said Gelber. "He is not looking to increase density but needs more flexibility in the design possibilities."
Gelber urged city commissioners to put a measure up for November vote that would grant Ross "the ability and flexibility to do something transformative" with the Deauville site.
The historic Deauville property, located at 67th Street and Collins Ave., was built in 1957 by architect Melvin Grossman.
Following an electrical fire in 2017, the resort was forced to shutter and has remained closed since.
According to Gelber, the property's current owners have allowed the hotel to "fall into substantial disrepair." Although the city has sued the Deauville's owners repeatedly, Gelber said that officials have "found the structure so deteriorated that demolition became the likely outcome."