Chairman and Managing Partner: Jeffrey Bercow
Number of partners: 4, plus 6 non-equity
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: English, Spanish
Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes is one of South Florida’s premier law firms specializing in land use, zoning and environmental matters. It is a true boutique firm with a practice limited to these inter-related fields of law. The firm’s attorneys have expertise in regulations governing real property, land development, construction permitting and business licensing. Its clients are international, domestic and local landowners, developers, institutions, investors and businesses seeking approvals from government boards and agencies at the local, state and federal level. The firm excels at managing complex and politically sensitive legislative and quasi-judicial matters from initial due diligence to construction.
Main Areas of Practice:
Land Use and Zoning The firm counsels clients and design professionals in identifying issues, preparing applications, negotiating with stakeholders, expediting processing and presenting applications before local government boards.
■ The firm represents two clients, Adler Development Group and 13th Floor Investments, who formed a joint venture to redevelop the 7.5 acres of land surrounding the Douglas Road Metrorail Station. The firm represented the joint venture during the competitive bidding response to a request for proposals. The joint venture proposes a multiphased, long term buildout of the property as a vertically integrated mixed-use project, with approximately 50,000 to 75,000 square feet of ground floor retail, a 200-room hotel, approximately 1,750 residential units, and a 300,000 square foot office building. The firm obtained approval of an application to amend the County’s comprehensive plan to double the allowed residential units for the property and permit construction at greater heights, as well as site plan approval for the project’s first 2 residential towers with approximately 720 units and 25,000 s.f. of commercial space. The firm is currently working on the phase of project development
■ The firm represented the developer owner of the abandoned Westview Golf Course in the infill area of Miami-Dade County. The property is approximately 200 acres in size, and the firm has represented the owner and purchasers on their collective redevelopment efforts. With the firm’s assistance, Panattoni Development Company has developed a significant portion of the south half of the golf course for an 8000,000 square foot logistics and distribution center. The firm also worked with Panattoni on post approval permitting matters, including platting, environmental issues, special taxing districts, stormwater drainage and zoning approval for individual tenants. The firm also represents Lennar Homes on the north half of the former golf course site, including a comprehensive plan amendment application to permit residential development of this property. The County Commission approved the application and the firm is currently working on rezoning and site plan approval to permit development of the property for 750 residential units
■ The firm represents Bizzi & Partners Development, on the redevelopment of a mixed-use project on a 1.1 acre site in the Mixed-Use Town Center in the City of North Miami Beach. The firm obtained approvals for Bizzi to construct a 33-story mixed-use building with 456 multi-family units, 8 levels of parking, and 7,500 square feet of ground level retail. The residential component of the building includes amenity space which serves as a liner to the garage, and a 9th floor pool deck
■ The firm represented a client that owned property improved with a historic hotel building in the Collins Park neighborhood of Miami Beach. The Collins Park neighborhood consists of multiple blocks adjacent to the newly renovated convention center. On behalf of its clients and other owners, the firm drafted a code amendment that reduced the minimum permitted unit size for hotel units and removed parking requirements for hotel units and restaurants and retail uses up to a certain size and lobbied staff and the Mayor and Commissioners, who ultimately agreed with the firm’s arguments and adopted the proposed code amendments
■ The firm represents a joint venture of two clients who entered into an agreement with the City of Miami Beach to build a new convention center hotel immediately adjacent to the City Convention Center. The City voters approved the construction of an 800-unit hotel at 185 feet in height. The firm worked with its client’s development team to amend the antiquated zoning regulations in the Civic and Convention Center Zoning District, and obtained approval from the City of Miami Beach Design Review Board of the project design
■ The firm continues to represent Florida International University (FIU) in land use, zoning, permitting, construction, and governmental relations matters related to the construction of the International Center for Tropical Botany at the Kampong Botanical Gardens in the Coconut Grove residential enclave of the City of Miami
■ The firm represented GCNB, LLC in the approval of a land use plan amendment to allow the redevelopment of a five acre parcel of land from a produce store and in-ground tree nursery into an elderly congregate living facility and medical offices. Although the firm faced significant opposition from the surrounding residents in an estate residential community, the firm secured favorable recommendations from the County’s professional staff, and from intermediate advisory boards, and secured approval from the Miami- Dade Board of County Commissioners
■ The firm served as land use counsel to a joint venture between Crescent Heights and the Terra Group on the “500 Alton” development located at the southern gateway to Miami Beach. The 500 Alton project will include a signature 519-foot tall residential tower, commercial uses, a world-class city park, and a new pedestrian bridge linking the public baywalk on South Beach for the first time. The public benefits associated with the 500 Alton development will be transformative for this area of Miami Beach
Firm attorneys represent the interests of property owners, commercial enterprises, industrial users, waste management companies and rock quarrying businesses in environmental permitting and compliance, variances and exemptions, wetlands determination and mitigation, brownfields and severable use rights
The firm’s clients include: Adler Development; Aligned Real Estate Investment; Atlantic Civil; Berkowitz Development Group; Cornerstone Group; Crescent Heights; Florida East Coast Properties; Florida International University; Integra International; JMH; Ladder Capital; Landmark Companies; Lennar Homes; Leon Medical Centers; Marriott International; The Peebles Development Group; Public Storage; Panattoni Development Company; Terra Group; 13th Floor Investments; TriStar Capital; Turnberry Associates; Whole Foods Market; Woolbright Development.
Contact: Jeffrey Bercow
Tel: 305 377 6220
Email: [email protected]