Apogee, the "Uber-Luxurious" condo high rise that is set to break all standards in luxury living in South Beach had its closings delayed until December (floors 5 through 10).
After reading the Miami Herald article about Dellacasa Kitchens lawsuit against the Related Group I called "my sources" at Related who mentioned (off the record) that after installing some of the cabinets (Apogee was scheduled to start closing in September on floors 5 through 10), they felt that the quality was not as good as they wanted and they would not compromise the quality of the building, therefore they were dropping Dellacasa and finding another (Italian) company.
From what I learned, they are in the process of offering the job to other TOP Italian kitchen manufactures for bidding and that the quality will be the same or even better than shown at the sales center. Knowing several high profile clients who bought there and how Related wants Apogee to be their "Showcase" in terms of finishes and luxuriousness, I don't think they will drop the ball here. This change will mean that closings will now start only in December for the lower floors.
We should also note that Continuum II Initially planned to have Dellacasa cabinets and I recently learned from a developer friend I have (that bought a 5,500 sf combined unit in that building) that they later replaced Dellacasa with a much cheaper copy, but it seems developer Ian Bruce Eichner of Continuum simply does not care about what others say about his finishes (every owner I know at Continuum complains about the poor construction), Jorge Perez does care for his reputation and more so at Apogee, where Pat Riley, several high profile sports figures, Hollywood "A" list actors and Jorge Perez own partner will live at (on a $25MM PH).
Yes, they are switching kitchen suppliers, but in my opinion, Apogee and the Related Group will not drop the ball here. They have several luxury projects underway (one being the St. Regis Bal Harbour) and they want to use Apogee as their "business card" for showcasing their ability to build the most luxurious building in South Florida.