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MIAMI-BAP Development Inc. has hit a brick wall in its plan to build a 170-unit apartment building on Coral Way.

The affiliate of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, a Miami-based engineering-architectural firm, cannot get the required land-use changes on several parcels of land in the 3100 block of Southwest 22nd Terrace because of a dispute over the ownership of some of the property targeted for redevelopment.

Apparently a deceased property owner failed to clearly spell out the identity of his heir, Lourdes Slazyk, Miami Planning and Zoning Department assistant director, tells GlobeSt.com.

“There is litigation in court because a mother and daughter each claim they own (the disputed property),” Slazyk says.

Because of the cost associated with the delay, BAP Development has filed a civil lawsuit against one of the claimants involved in the family dispute.

Court records show that BAP filed a complaint early this year against a female, but BAP land-use attorney A. Vicky Garcia-Toledo did not respond to a request from GlobeSt.com to confirm the woman’s identity or her ownership interest.

Earlier this year, the Miami City Commission approved a major-use special building permit for the first of the two residential towers– a 270-unit project known as Coral View. Work has begun on that part of the project, Slazyk says.

Although proposed on development sites a couple of blocks apart, Slazyk says, the design of each of the towers incorporates the use of townhomes as a buffer to separate the towers from other mostly single-family residences in the neighborhood.

“In the case of Coral View, the high-rise residential is right on Coral way,” she says. “The townhomes front 22nd Terrace.”

Until the litigation is settled, Slazyk says, the Miami City Commission will not act on the final review of a pending application by BAP Development to change land-use ordinances on the parcels along Southwest 22nd Terrace to “restricted commercial” from “duplex residential.”

Once the litigation is settled, however, the commission is expected to approve request, considering the city Planning Advisory Board voted 9-0 to approve the application known as Coral Grand earlier this year.

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