FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-The developer of the massive Marina Lofts mixed-use project is hopeful that construction on the $150-million development could begin next year.

The project, now before the City of Fort Lauderdale for approval, calls for 1,000 rental apartments and a mix of boutique shops and cafes that could help revitalize a blighted section along the south side of the New River here.

Developer Asi Cymbal touts his Marina Lofts project will be a dramatic addition to the skyline and draw international attention to Fort Lauderdale. He hopes to obtain approvals this spring, with the first of three phases opening in 2015.

The designer for the project is Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler says that while the development could be iconic, he doesn’t want it overshadowing the New River and the riverfront and suggested to Cymbal that the project be scaled back some, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

“It’s very unusual for Fort Lauderdale, kind of catchy,” Seiler says. “But I don’t think any building should overwhelm a property.”

Cymbal says he has listened to the concerns of city officials and residents and intends to reduce the size of two buildings from 36 stories to 28. See story in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.