A Dania Beach project that began as a recording studio development has morphed into a boutique hostel with a small studio inside.
City commissioners are expected to consider site plan approval for the 16-unit hostel at 1518 Southwest Second Avenue at one of their two regular meetings in March.
Architectural firm Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) designed the proposed hostel and helped with the structure of the project, said Norman Smith Becerra, a Miami-based commercial real estate agent and consultant working with Gabriel Rydz, the owner of the development site in Dania Beach.
WSDG is an architectural acoustic consultant and media systems engineer with overseas offices in Basel; Berlin; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and domestic offices in Highland, New York; New York City and Miami. Projects listed on WSDG’s website include a Miami recording studio called Dream Asylum; Sonastério Studios in Belo Horizonte and Katara Studios in Doja, Qatar. Also listed are three studios in New York City: a Food Network studio, a podcasting facility called Stitcher Studios, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex,.
Smith brought WSDG together with Rydz, who acquired the 13,000-square-foot Dania Beach development site in February 2018 for $268,500.
Rydz was “focused in the beginning on a recording studio,” Smith said, but he changed the project to a hostel with a small ground-floor recording studio at the suggestion of WSDG, which had designed something similar in Mexico. Combining a hostel with a recording studio instead of developing a studio alone will “give the investors a little more return,” Smith said.
WSDG would play a continuing role in the operation of the hostel and recording studio by helping to attract recording artists to the property, he said.
In addition to an on-site recording studio, the hostel’s amenities would include a pool and gym. Nightly rates for hostel rooms probably would range from $250 to $300, Smith said. The eight second-floor rooms would have balconies and the eight first-floor rooms would have enclosed terraces.
The 18-month construction phase of the hostel project could start by the end of 2020. A rental house that occupies the development site would be demolished.
Smith said the hostel project would be a debt-free development funded by a group of investors from Argentina, Rydz’s home country.