A 14-story tower with apartments and commercial space has been proposed on the north side of Miami Beach

On May 5, the city’s Design Review Board will consider the plans for the 1.24-acre site at 409 71st St., 430 72nd St., 7124-7140 Abbott Ave., and 7117-7135 Byron Ave. It’s just south of the North Shore Park tennis center and baseball fields. The site is within North Beach Town Center, where city voters approved a density increase in 2017. City officials have been looking to encourage new projects and businesses in the relatively underdeveloped area, which has many old buildings. The tower would total 176,656 square feet, with 232 apartments, 16,045 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and 147 parking spaces, including one electric vehicle charging station. The gas station on the southern half of the property would remain because it’s subject to a ground lease with the property owner. The commercial, office and apartment buildings on the balance of the property would be demolished.