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The Edition South Beach Hotel is Now a Hive of Activity

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February 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

It may not be the bustling lobby kind of activity yet but the sound of jackhammers was music to our ears as we passed by the site of the South Beach Edition this week.

For months last year, the site was quiet, but construction is well underway now, with the bare bones of the 12-story structure revealed under that awful salmon-colored exterior, which you can still see in the porte cochere and lower levels of the building.

The Edition Hotels website still has this opening slated for 2013, which may just happen if the pace of work at the site continues at this rate.

Here's a shot taken from the north of the Edition to show you just how lovely those ocean views are going to be--and how quickly you'll be able to pop on down for a dip when staying here.

Built in 1955, the former Seville Beach Resort building is, of course, protected so the demolition and restoration must undergo stringent revision from Miami Beach's Historic Preservation Board. Their reports tell us that Edition is building a three-stroy rooftop addition to the existing hotel, as well as constructing a new 16-story ground level addition on the north side of the site and a 5-story ground level addition on the south side.

It also looks like they want to demolish the existing cabanas, although they're still standing for now, as you can see in our shot below.

They actually look kinda glam in that MiMo curved design. We hope the cabanas maintain some of that Rat Pack-era razzle dazzle even if they're rebuilt from scratch.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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