Florida city plans condo with car elevator

Nov. 19, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., has approved plans to build a condominium complex with elevators that take residents, and their cars, right to their doors.

The $560 million building, dubbed Porsche Design Tower, will likely be the first condominium complex with elevators that take residents right to their doors while they are still in their cars, The Miami Herald reported.

"You don't have to leave your car until you are in front of your apartment," said Juergen Gessler, chief executive officer of Porsche Design Group, which is partnering with local developer Gil Dezer to create the structure.

After a resident pulls up and turns off the engine, a robotic arm will pull the car on a plank into the elevator and then parks it on the desired floor. The elevators, three in total, will be glass, giving residents views of the city skyline.

"What this is really doing is taking two technologies that have existed for centuries and putting them together," said Gil Dezer, president of Dezer Properties. "It's taking the robotic arm and it's putting it in an elevator."

The 57-story luxury tower, approved Thursday by the Sunny Isles Beach City Commission, will have 132 units costing up to $9 million. Smaller units will have parking spaces for two, while larger ones will have four.

Dezer said he hopes other buildings around the world will be constructed like the Porsche Design Tower, but not too many.

"We want to keep this really exclusive and not have this become a McDonald's kind of style. The tower is going to change the skyline of Miami Beach," Dezer said. "This is something Floridians should be proud to have in their state."

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