Sheraton Bal Harbour Imploded To Make Way For St. Regis

BAL HARBOUR VILLAGE, FL— It only took five seconds for the landmark Sheraton Bal Harbour to be imploded on Nov. 18. The 50-year-old building will be replaced by the St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour. Controlled Demolition, Inc. and Omega Contracting took down the building using 452 pounds of dynamite. The event took place at 5 a.m. Members of the development team from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and The Related Group watched the spectacle with 100 VIP guests, including brokers, buyers and Bal Harbour Village officials, from aboard the Biscayne Lady, a 111-foot yacht anchored off the coast of the property in Bal Harbour. When complete, the St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour will have three towers with 268 residences, 36 condo-hotel suites, 183 hotel rooms and 24 St. Regis Residence Club Residences. The property is scheduled to open in 2010. At St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour owners and guests will be able to take advantage of 1,000 feet of beachfront, nine acres of landscaped gardens, a fitness center and a 15,000-square-foot Remède Spa. There will also be fine-dining restaurants, child care, pools, cabanas and beach services. Established in 1979, The Related Group is major builder of luxury condominiums and multi-family real estate developments. St. Regis is a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood’s other brands include The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, W, Le Méridien and the recently announced aloft and Element Hotels.