Miami’s scenic and sophisticated Brickell neighborhood will soon welcome its first waterfront residential tower in over a decade, with the onset of construction officially underway at Una Residences.Developers OKO Group, the luxury development group helmed by real estate mogul Vladislav Doronin, and Cain International have enlisted world-renowned architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG) to design the project. The award-winning firm’s design portfolio includes some of the tallest landmark towers across the globe – from China and Dubai, to Chicago and Miami – and the soon-to-be world’s tallest building, Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia.Slated for completion in early 2023, Una Residences will be comprised of 135 spacious condominiums spanning 47 floors boasting unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, and the Miami city skyline. Residences range from two-to-five bedrooms, measuring between 1,100 to 4,786 square feet in size, with two ultra-exclusive penthouses available. The tower’s secluded waterfront location, situated in the picturesque and private South Brickell area at 175 SE 25th Road, is only moments away from downtown Miami’s metropolitan city life, offering buyers the best of both worlds. Residences are priced from $1.9 to $7.4 million, with penthouses up to $21.6 million.“Miami has become an international hub, and its standard of living – its happy lifestyle, warm weather, and lower taxes – continues to attract buyers from all over the world as well as domestically. Una Residences, designed by world-class architects, Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, have been created for residents to fully benefit from Miami’s appealing characteristics with seamless indoor-outdoor living and sweeping views over Biscayne Bay. Una Residences represents one of the last opportunities to buy a new waterfront property in the established and highly-desirable Brickell enclave, one of Miami’s most prestigious neighborhoods,” said developer Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of OKO Group. “In my 27-year career as a developer, I have been fortunate to work with the world’s best architects. We are delighted to collaborate with world-class architects, Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill – who are known for designing the globe’s most notable skyscrapers – for the design of this one-of-a-kind tower, which will bring a timeless elegance and an enhanced quality of life to Miami.”OKO Group and Cain International broke the mold by enlisting AS+GG to design both the building’s architecture as well as its interior, as most developers view the spaces as mutually exclusive. The team’s holistic perspective to design has allowed the legendary architects to establish an aesthetic relationship between the tower’s materials, textures, and design elements to create continuity and maintain the philosophy of the building inside and out. The designers were tasked with using the language of architecture to embody the spirit of the city and evoke the natural beauty of Brickell’s urban, waterfront environment.“Una’s subtly undulating surface and strong silhouette stands proud at the water’s edge. We drew inspiration from the elegant shape and opulent materials used in classic yacht design – particularly the beautifully lacquered wood, exposed materials, and stainless-steel connections found on the Italian-made yacht, the Riva. Carefully crafted and detailed and meticulously designed, it is elegant and relaxing. Its primary goal is to relate well and add to the beauty of Miami and the wonderful lifestyle this City is so well known for,” said Adrian Smith FAIA, Design Partner, AS+GG.“Adhering to our philosophy that form follows performance, we saw the unique opportunity with Una to give the building a little bit of attitude in its design. It stands contrapposto, where one side of the building is holding its full weight and the other side is relaxed, looking at you. I like that attitude, it’s elegant, it’s very comfortable and it’s sophisticated,” added Gordon Gill FAIA, Co-Design Partner, AS+GG.Just as dramatic up close as it is from afar, residents at Una will approach the building’s driveway and immediately notice the sweeping canopy arc and the smooth lines of the porte cochère, before continuing inside into the grand double-height lobby. Una’s modern curves are complemented by lush, colorful gardens – designed by prominent Swiss landscape firm, Enea Landscape Architecture – that further connect the building to the rich tapestry of Florida’s foliage.Una’s Residences – with spacious layouts, expansive terraces, and private elevators for all units – cater to the specific tastes and needs of today’s luxury buyer. From the moment the elevator opens into their homes, residents are met with stunning views. Bedrooms and living areas are set along the waterfront, allowing for sweeping, unobstructed vistas. Floor-to-ceiling windows welcome daylight into each open-plan space, while extra-wide terraces are carefully integrated into the great rooms and bedrooms. Sliding doors create an open connection to the main living spaces and a seamless flow between inside and outside, while drawing attention to the water. Within the residences, the expanse of windows is set against the warmth of natural materials. Every finish and surface are inspired by yacht design, bringing a sense of elegance and comfort to the rooms, while celebrating the pleasures of life on the bay.Amenities at the boutique tower will complement and enhance Miami’s desirable outdoor lifestyle, including three swimming pools, a children’s splash-pad area and playroom, a movie theater, an Aman Resort-inspired spa and steam room, a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring yoga and personal training facilities, onsite dining, and more. Una’s amenities will also extend beyond the property, as residents will receive exclusive membership access to the Grand Bay Club on the beachfront of Miami’s Key Biscayne.“We continue to believe in Miami’s strength as a global gateway city and are thrilled to be delivering a project that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of international and local residents alike,” said Cain International CEO Jonathan Goldstein. “Una Residences is a one-of-a-kind residential building blending both tranquil privacy and easy access to incredible lifestyle amenities, culture, and world-class entertainment. The homes, unique in both size and grandeur, will achieve a truly differentiated position in the Miami luxury marketplace.”Una Residences’ prime location, just steps away from Downtown Miami’s Brickell Avenue, provides residents a central location in one of the city’s most dynamic urban districts. Dozens of high-end hotels, restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, lounges, and luxury shops are within close proximity, including the prestigious Brickell City Centre. Miami’s star attractions, including the American Airlines Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are all a short distance from Una’s Brickell Waterfront site. Some of Miami’s most popular destinations are just minutes away, including Coconut Grove, Downtown’s Arts & Entertainment District, the Miami Design District, the Wynwood Arts District, Midtown Miami, and Miami Beach.
Former Amagansett Fire Chief Mark Bennett drove a fire truck in the parade. East Hampton Village police in the parade. Randy Hoffman waved to the procession of fire truck and ambulance as it went by his house in East Hampton on June 19. An Amagansett ambulance Rand Hoffman was all smiles. Randy Hoffman waited for a parade of friends in the EMS fire service on the evening of June 19 with, from left, his best friend, Jim Jowers, and his sons Nick Hoffman, 22, and Ozzy Hoffman, 19. Share Randy Hoffman holds up a gag gift a friend gave him. Jim Jowers, Randy Hoffman’s best friend, gives the thumbs up as Hoffman waves. Randy Hoffman waited for the parade to roll by. Amagansett’s Second Assistant Chief Michael Steele A Sag Harbor first responder and ambulance drove by. East Hampton Village Ambulance Association Chief Lisa Charde organized the parade. Randy Hoffman waited for a parade of friends in the EMS fire service on the evening of June 19 with, from left, his best friend, Jim Jowers, and sons Nick Hoffman, 22, and Ozzy Hoffman, 19.Last week, six months after a surgery that left him paralyzed from the neck down, Randy Hoffman walked out of a rehabilitation center and returned to East Hampton.With his hands on a walker and masked nurses surrounding him, one of them told him he could not walk over the threshold because it was metal. “I said, ‘We’ll see.’ ” Sure enough, he crossed that threshold himself, the hard-fought victory seen in his smile like the sunlight on his face.Back on December 5, 2019, Hoffman, well-known throughout the emergency medical service system on the East End, underwent what is considered at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to be a routine spinal procedure, an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion to correct nerve damage in his arm.“It was supposed to be a two-hour surgery—out the next day. They do hundreds of them a week,” Hoffman explained. His mother and his sister flew in from Colorado to be with him, but he felt it was “no big deal.”A 12-year advanced life-support provider, Hoffman knew something was wrong when he woke up from the procedure and he was still intubated. He recalled how his hands were crossed on his chest and he was told to move them. All he could wiggle was one finger.MRIs showed there was bleeding around his spinal cord. Hoffman ended up undergoing more surgeries—in all, four surgeries in 30 hours.When he fully came to, the doctor told him he was in spinal shock and essentially paralyzed from the neck down, but he was told, “ ‘I expect you’ll fully recover, but it’s going to take a lot of time because the compression has to go down.’ ”By the way, Hoffman noted, the pinched nerve never got fixed.To be expected, his memory of those first few days is hazy, but he remembers vividly his dreams, right out of “Alice in Wonderland,” he said. “Machinery, like metalworking machinery, were developing faces and talking to me.” It was from the Dilaudid, a morphine-derivative that produces a high similar to heroin distorting the very machines he works with in his East Hampton shop. “It was so realistic and so deep and so real.”In the coming weeks, Hoffman was transferred to Mount Sinai, acute rehab facility. He regained the use of his hands. As the nerve endings returned in his hands, it was so painful he had to ice them. There was progress, albeit he felt it was slow. Then he read something that referred to him as a quadriplegic. “That’s when I really got very upset, because then I was like, shit.”There was a program on his floor at Mount Sinai where patients would get together, and transitioning into society in a wheelchair was discussed. He attended once and quickly left. When he was asked to come back, he said, “I’m not going to be in a wheelchair.”Hoffman, 59, had been in great shape. He cycled 20 to 30 miles every day before the surgery. A self-employed custom cabinetmaker, he also built, restored and raced classic motorcycles, all while running ambulance calls. He lost 38 pounds while his muscles atrophied.While he regained feeling and later mobility in all four of his limbs, the East End community sprang into action, raising more than $100,000 for him between online fundraisers and spaghetti dinners at local firehouses. He has ridden on every ambulance, at one time or another, between Montauk and Southampton, and his friends in EMS, as well as people he has cared for, rallied to ensure his regular bills and whatever medical costs not paid for by insurance would be covered.Randy Hoffman waved to the procession of fire truck and ambulance as it went by his house in East Hampton on June 19.Over the winter he was transferred to San Simeon on the Sound in Greenport, a sub-acute facility, which while mainly known as a nursing home has the kind of physical therapy he required. Plus, he longed to be closer to home, even though he had a steady stream of visitors in the city.About a month after he arrived back on the East End, the novel coronavirus would hit New York. San Simeon very quickly closed its doors to visitors, successfully keeping COVID-19 out of the facility. For nearly three months, Hoffman had to go without visitors, and his focus was solely on rehabilitation.He surprised even his caregivers with his progress. Three months ago, his primary physical therapist asked him what his goals were. “I said I wanted to walk out the front doors with a walker, and she didn’t say anything. And then two months ago, she said, ‘We really need to sit down and talk about realistic goals.’ And I said, ‘I told you what my goals were,’ and she said, ‘No, no.’“That’s when I got really depressed, because she said, ‘You’re not going to walk out of here with a walker, or there’s a good chance you won’t,’ he said. It was a brutal blow, but the reality was, he said, it did not look like it was going to happen.Hoffman considers himself a generally positive person—sarcastic, he admits, but someone who looked at the bright side of things. The experience brought him to depths he had never known before. Yes, even suicidal thoughts, he freely admitted.There were times he lashed out, where he recalled yelling out loud, “It can’t end this way.” Other days he just cried. “I mean just days, especially weekends were just difficult, I didn’t have physical therapy on Sundays. I would just cry and cry and cry,” he said. Finally, he agreed to go on Paxil, an antidepressant.How did he pull himself out of it?“I took a step between the parallel bars,” he said with a smile. “That did it.”During a P.T. session, he managed that first step while standing between parallel bars. A few days later, he took a couple more steps. Soon he was able to walk across the room with the walker, turn around, sit down and stand up again.“Now that’s functional walking,” his primary physical therapist told him.He hopes to be walking more in the next few months, and his new goal is to go back to racing in February.On Friday evening, just days after returning to East Hampton, his friends in the EMS and fire service paid him a visit—but not because he was in need of assistance. The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, of which he is a member, organized a drive-by homecoming parade. Ambulances, fire trucks, first responder vehicles and EMTs waving signs passed by one by one to welcome him home. There was that smile once again, as he waved and blew kisses.Now just one question remains: When will he back on the ambulance, helping others?Soon, he [email protected] Randy Hoffman had a big group of family and friends at the end of his driveway. An Amagansett fire truck was also in the parade. An East Hampton truck passed by. Randy Hoffman takes a look at a sticker given to him in jest. Many EMTs in their personal vehicle also joined the parade.
Sunil Kambli is absolutely correct. All the Law Society, with the agreement of the master of the rolls, has to do is to require borrower and lender to seek separate representation and the problem of restricted lenders’ panels will be overcome at a stroke. Let them have their panel of 43: it won’t matter. It will involve some rise in the cost of domestic conveyancing, but that cost is unreasonably low now and has not kept pace with: house price inflation; the cost of running a responsibly conducted legal practice; or the costs reasonably charged in other areas of legal work. When costs are too low, work is sometimes done shoddily, and our premiums rise. Everyone knows this. None of this cheapskate work is in the national interest, no matter how much the ‘poundstretcher’ British may be mistakenly obsessed with value for money. Essentially, the public has had conveyancing at a discount for years, with utterly predictable results. From time to time it has received what it had paid for and that all has to stop. Obvious advantages of the new rule will be that there will be twice the opportunity for something missed to be spotted in time. We are only human and things sometimes escape us. There is too much money involved in domestic conveyancing for mistakes to slip by unnoticed. Also, the possibility of a conflict of interest arising will necessarily disappear. It will need to be said that any solicitor, notary or conveyancer acting in a transaction will not be discharging their duty of care to the lender just by sending out a checklist with boxes to tick, culminating in a certificate of title from the person acting for the borrower, which allows the lender’s solicitor to avoid investigating the title by relying on that certificate instead. There has been too much of that recently; so, when a solicitor acts for a lender, all the proper work must be done and the certificate on title to the lender must come from its own legal advisers in reliance principally on its own research, including correspondence with the borrower’s solicitors. Therefore, I demand that a practice rule be made as soon as possible to prevent any legal practice acting for both borrower and lender in the one transaction. Exactly the same rule needs to be put in place simultaneously by the Notaries Society and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. What are we waiting for? Do we want to stay in practice or not? It will save a lot of agonising meetings with lenders like HSBC, fighting a rearguard action. Actually, the threat of bringing in such a rule would give the Law Society negotiators rather more clout when knocking on HSBC’s door, if anyone still wants to keep knocking. Anyway, we have the solution within our power, so let’s do it and be less timid. The lenders are not timid: they just do what they like. Michael Brough, Michael Brough and Cohen, Beaconsfield, Bucks
Mervin Paul and Kamala Jno Baptiste-AaronTelecommunications company Marpin 2K4 Limited has a new board of directors. The new board which took effect earlier this month includes two media personalities Kamala Jno Baptiste Aaron and senior information officer at the Government Information Service Mervin Paul. The other new member is Missy Henderson, an employee of the Dominica Social Security. That information has been confirmed to Dominica Vibes by the Chairman of the board of directors, Francis Emmanuel who has been at the helm for the past two years. The other board members are Parry Bellot and Sonia Williams. Marpin 2K4 is owned by the Dominica Social Security (DSS).Nigel Wardle, Bob Blanchard and Wayne Burke of the United States were former part owners of and directors of the company. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 810 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Marpin 2K4 has a new board by: – October 23, 2014 Tweet Share Share