Brickell CityCentre | 7 Towers | 529 ft | Under Construction

The official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of Brickell CitiCentre construction is set for June 27, 2012.

Project statistics (Phase One)

  • 520,000 square-foot shopping center
  • 120,000 square feet of office space
  • 120,000 square-foot wellness center
  • 820 condominiums in two towers
  • 243 hotel rooms
  • 93 serviced apartments
  • 3,100 parking spaces
  • An environmentally sophisticated and innovative Climate Ribbon[FONT=inherit]TM architectural feature that will provide active and positive climate control[/FONT]

Approximate heights for Brickell CitiCentre:

office #1 262′
office #2 262′
condo #1 503′
hotel 516′
condo #2 520′
office #3 634′
condo #3 528′ (46 floors)

Final approval is for height up to 683′


  1. langbro

    January 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Brickell CitiCentre Sales office built-out has been awarded to Exclusive Construction & Roofing Group, Inc.

  2. langbro

    January 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    mybrickell loves to advertise their proximity to Brickell Citicentre:

  3. yellows2k

    February 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    They also posted some construction photos to facebook:

  4. yellows2k

    February 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Swire’s deep freeze puts icing on mega-project CitiCentre
    By Scott Blake
    With its massive Brickell CitiCentre project, Hong Kong-based Swire Properties is bringing a different twist to downtown Miami development — underground parking — that also will involve a first for the city: groundwater freezing, a project official told Miami Today.
    “It’s never been done in Miami,” said Steve Krysowaty, president of CBP Construction Consultants in Miami.
    Currently, preparatory work is being done for the freezing around the perimeter of the site, he said.
    Using rods or tubes containing super-cold liquid nitrogen, groundwater freezing is needed while building a barrier to prevent more groundwater from entering the site. Eventually, the water will be defrosted and sucked out of the ground to make way for the complex’s foundation and two levels of underground parking, he said.
    Overall, plans call for a six-story shopping mall, two office towers, two condominium towers, a large hotel, and plethora of amenities such as restaurants, nightclubs, a movie theater and a bowling alley.
    Construction is expected to start before the end of the year with completion hopefully sometime in 2015, Mr. Krysowaty said.
    Project officials at Swire’s Miami office did not return calls for comment.
    Until now, developers have avoided going underground for parking in Miami because of the extensive groundwater here. Likewise, groundwater is spread throughout the CitiCentre site, Mr. Krysowaty said, adding that the complex’s foundation will be anchored to bedrock some 50 feet or so below the surface.
    The underground parking is necessary because Swire wants CitiCentre to be a “street level” development immediately accessible to both residents and visitors on the ground, according to people familiar with the project.
    That’s a unique feature in Miami, where large developments typically have multi-level parking garages on the bottom floors, with the featured development on top.
    In addition, pile testing has been done on the site to determine the ground’s capability in various spots to support the weight of the structures, Mr. Krysowaty said.
    The CitiCentre site involved in the freezing is divided by Miami Avenue and located primarily along Southeast Eighth and Seventh streets. The parcels are boxed in on the west by Southwest First Avenue and go just east of the Eighth Street Metromover Station.

  5. bigswinging

    February 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    photo of the soilfreeze area posted by mhr:

  6. yellows2k

    February 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Also announced this week, Swire was the only bidder for the land surrounding the eighth street metromover station. They hope to be awarded a 100-year lease from the county, and incorporate it into their project. Rent will be $4,166 for four years, and then $2,100 guaranteed rent for 98 years.

  7. langbro

    February 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Making Brickell CitiCenter Business and Pedestrian-Friendly

  8. bigswinging

    February 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Swire Pacific Limited

    For immediate release 15 Febuary, 2012
    Swire Properties Announces New Brickell CitiCentre Project in Miami, Florida
    [HONG KONG – 15 February 2012] Swire Properties has announced its plans for a major new mixed-use development in Miami, Florida. This is Swire Properties’first mixed-use development in Miami and largest single project in the city to date, although the Company has 30 years of development experience on the nearby island of Brickell Key.

    Located strategically in the centre of the Brickell financial district of Miami, the Brickell CitiCentre development will offer a gross floor area of approximately 2,891,000 sq ft (excluding car park), including 520,000 sq ft of shopping and dining, three office buildings, two residential towers and a 243-room hotel with 93 serviced apartments. In keeping with Swire Properties’well-established policy of focusing on key transport nodes, the site incorporates a station on the Miami Metromover light rail and offers easy access to Interstate 95. The Company acquired the four parcels of land which make up the 394,000 sq ft site in 2008 and 2011, and expects to begin construction by the second quarter of 2012.

    “We are very excited about this project,” said Swire Properties’Chief Executive Martin Cubbon. “We felt that acquiring the site at Brickell CitiCentre was a compelling investment, in that it offers us a rare opportunity to develop within the heart of a thriving financial district. We’re very keen to expand our presence in Miami by doing what we do best – developing large-scale, mixed-use complexes anchored by retail.”

    Explaining the choice of Miami, Florida for the Company’s latest development, Cubbon remarked, “We are a highly-respected developer in Miami, with 30 years of operational experience in the city and strong relationships with the community. Miami’s economy is benefitting from investments from its southern neighbours in South America, and we see strong growth potential for the city. The location of Brickell CitiCentre offers an excellent opportunity to attract business both from local businesses and residents as well as visitors. We’re confident that Brickell CitiCentre will transform the Brickell neighbourhood and become a key urban destination.”

    The Brickell CitiCentre project will be developed in two phases, with the first phase, including all elements except for one office tower, scheduled for completion in 2015, followed by the final office tower in 2018.
    The Company has commissioned renowned Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica to spearhead the project; Arquitectonica has worked with Swire Properties on several other projects in the past, including TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou, the Company’s flagship development in Mainland China.

    Whilst continuing to expand its portfolio selectively overseas, Swire Properties will focus primarily on developing its core business in Hong Kong and Mainland China with large-scale, mixed-use projects.

    Rendering of Brickell CitiCentre project in Miami, Florida

  9. bigswinging

    February 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Looks like the rendering has been updated

  10. yellows2k

    February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    this is the greatest project to ever be built in miami, I am very excited!!!!:dance:

  11. bigswinging

    February 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    yellows2k, post: 245, member: 8 wrote: this is the greatest project to ever be built in miami, I am very excited!!!!:dance:


  12. sandman

    February 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    bigswinging, post: 231, member: 5 wrote: Looks like the rendering has been updated

    I think you are right. I will post a larger version of the new rendering when I get it.

  13. sandman

    February 22, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Florida2012, post: 291, member: 17 wrote: Are their any skyscarper projects planned for the lots south or west of brickell citi centre? Between Brickell Citi Centre and Mary Brickell Village?

    Yes, nothing announced yet though.

  14. yellows2k

    February 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Brickell Citicentre presents at University of Miami Real Estate Impact Conference:

    Global Urban Design in Miami

    Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal of Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica

    In a session titled “Global Urban Design & Miami 2020,” panelists outlined a planned development that exemplifies the city’s leading role in urban design trends.

    Brickell CitiCentre, a 4.6 million-square-foot mixed-use project, will transform a nearly four-block area just west of the Brickell Avenue financial corridor into a “city within a city.” The plans, approved by the City of Miami in 2011, call for multi-level retail stores and restaurants, office towers, residential units, medical services and a hotel, supported by underground parking, covered sidewalks and a renovated Eighth Street Metromover transit station.

    Hong Kong-based Swire Properties is developing the project, and Swire’s CEO for Mainland China, Guy Bradley, noted that the Brickell area’s urban characteristics, including a growing residential population, easy access to transit facilities and an under-retailed local market, attracted the company to the site. To successfully complete it, he added, Swire will draw on its longstanding Miami presence, leading-edge developments in China, financial resources and long-term investment perspective. The company sees Miami in the same light as Hong Kong: an international gateway city whose economy is reinforced by a flow of offshore capital, Bradley added.

    “Right now, this area is the hole in the donut in the Brickell neighborhood,” added Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal of Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica and architect for several Swire projects in Asia. “It will be easy for residents to walk, bike or take the Metromover to Brickell CitiCentre, which offers easy access from I-95. The buildings will hug the streets, which will remain open to vehicles. It’s a very urban solution to the site.”
    Fort-Brescia added that Brickell CitiCentre incorporates numerous energy-saving features, including a multi-block “green” roof, specially shaped trellis that funnel tropical breezes to the outdoor walkways, solar panels, and a climate ribbon that collects water for the project’s cooling towers and landscape irrigation system. “This will be the first sustainable neighborhood development project in the U.S. of this magnitude,” said Fort-Brescia said. “For us, it’s all about designing a lasting urban environment that will support the Brickell neighborhood.”

  15. langbro

    March 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Brickell CitiCentre Construction Explosion

    Testing the foundation for what will be a 4.6 million square foot retail development“]

  16. sandman

    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Swire Properties has obtained a $140 million credit facility to kick-start the $1.05 billion Brickell CitiCentre project. The credit facility was provided by HSBC Bank USA. The financing is to be used for “operations and initial costs of development” for the 4.3 million-square-foot first phase of the project.

  17. sandman

    March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    A Dade County board will be voting on the Brickell Citicentre plan for the 8th street Metromover station today.

  18. sandman

    March 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Probably not unless you go to the actual meeting.

  19. langbro

    March 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    there are details of the metromover station proposal here:

  20. sandman

    March 25, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Yes. the board recommended approval. Swire will rebuild the entire station and integrate it into Brickell CitiCentre. It now goes to the County Commission for final approval on April 3.

  21. Afi K. James

    March 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I Would love to visit a psychologist when I go there.

  22. yellows2k

    April 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Massive Brickell CitiCentre construction job might shut South Miami Avenue
    By Patricia Hoyos
    The construction of Swire Properties’ massive CitiCentre project in Brickell could result in part of South Miami Avenue closing for an unspecified period as construction advances.

    During March 21’s Brickell Avenue Construction Coordination Meeting, representatives from the county’s public works department said that the county expects that Swire will submit a request to close the avenue around the project’s site, which is a block west of Brickell Avenue between Southwest Seventh and Eighth streets, said Cesar Garcia-Pons, senior manager of planning, design, transportation and services at the Downtown Development Authority.

  23. miami1

    April 6, 2012 at 1:56 am


  24. sandman

    April 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Just spam. It was removed.

  25. yellows2k

    April 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Swire’s CitiCentre upgrading Metromover Station

    South Florida Business Journal by Oscar Pedro Musibay, Reporter

    Date: Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:03pm EDT

    Swire Properties has completed agreements with local officials to redesign and enhance the Eighth Street Metromover station as part of its $1.05 billion Brickell CitiCentre mixed-use development. The project is expected to be underway within this year.

    As part of the two-part agreement with Miami Dade Transit, Swire receives a land lease on a parcel adjacent to the Brickell CitiCentre project. The Metromover station, which will be located within the project, will have improved landscaping under the line between southeast Sixth and Eighth Streets. The project will include two overhead pedestrian crossings spanning South Miami Avenue and Southeast Seventh Street.

  26. sandman

    April 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Rendering of the new Brickell CitiCentre Metromover station:

  27. sandman

    April 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Upcoming Meeting: Brickell CitiCentre-A New Heart For Miami

    [B]Friday-May 18th, 2012


    “Brickell CitiCentre: A New Heart For Miami”

    Presented by Jolyon Culbertson, VP Retail for Swire Properties.

    Mr. Culbertson, recently arrived from Swire Properties, Hong Kong, will be leading the creation and leasing of the downtown mixed use project.

    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


    Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita Restaurant
    1000 S Miami Avenue
    Miami, FL 33130

    The scale of CitiCentre has no comparison in Miami. With one major, and two ancillary office towers, a hotel, and condotel, a high rise condominium tower, and a vast retail component, Brickell CitiCentre will start construction next month, just steps west of the Brickell corridor.

    Join us for lunch and be among the first to hear the vision of Swire Properties.

  28. bigswinging

    April 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    sandman, post: 694, member: 1 wrote: Brickell CitiCentre will start construction next month, just steps west of the Brickell corridor.

    One more month. Looking forward.

  29. langbro

    May 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Tree removal today. Co miamiurbanist

  30. sandman

    May 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    It looks like the Brickell Tennis Club is also now fenced off and ready to be demolished to make way for Brickell CitiCentre.

    Shame to see the beautiful little club demolished, but looking forward to CitiCentre.

  31. langbro

    May 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Swire Properties announced today:

    -Full construction will begin in late June

    -The foundation and underground parking will span seven acres, be located 24 feet below ground and take about 18 months to complete.

    -The four contractors for the $100 million foundation and garage phase of the project. The contractors are Balfour Beatty; Bouygues Batiment International through local subsidiary Americaribe with John Moriarty & Associates of Florida; Turner Construction Company, in partnership with Dragados USA; and Odebrecht with Facchina.

    -Swire Properties President Stephen Owens said CitiCentre will augment changes already underway in the neighborhood.”It’s about the pedestrian experience, not just an automobile experience,” Mr. Owens said about the project. “The pedestrian on the sidewalk enters into the shopping center… the retail experience is all about the pedestrian.”The other aspect to it is that it very much embraces public transportation and this may very well be the first project of any consequences actually taking the step,” Mr. Owens added. “We are incorporating the Metromover into our development… We’re also only one block from the Metrorail station.”

  32. miami1

    May 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    So first quarter of 2014 CitiCentre will start going vertical!!

  33. yellows2k

    May 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Very exciting.

  34. yellows2k

    May 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    [SIZE=23px]Swire to begin building Brickell CitiCentre in late June:[/SIZE]

    24-hour energy forecast for Brickell CitiCentre

  35. sandman

    May 10, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Swire also warned that they are still waiting for an agreement with the local governement. If they cannot cut through the red tape, it could delay the June construction date.

    Otherwise they seem pretty much ready to go.

  36. sandman

    May 10, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Full PR:

    [SIZE=24px][COLOR=#888f96]Swire Shortlists Contractors For Brickell CitiCentre Foundation & Garage[/COLOR][/SIZE]

    Swire Properties Inc.has shortlisted four internationally-recognized contractors to bid on construction of the foundation and underground parking garage below Brickell CitiCentre, a contract worth more than$100 million. Brickell CitiCentre is the single largest project currently under development in Miami. Barring any delays by local government in completing the public partner agreements, this shortlist process will facilitate the project launch on schedule this June.

    The four finalists include Balfour Beatty; Bouygues Bâtiment International through its local subsidiary Americaribe Inc. with John Moriarty & Associates of Florida; Turner Construction Company in partnership with Dragados USA; and Odebrecht with Facchina, all of which maintain offices and employees in the South Florida area. These finalists were selected from 10 contractors in a competitive process that included a full credential review. Each of the contractors presented innovative approaches to engineering and construction of the underground garage, one of the most unique features of Brickell CitiCentre. The foundation and underground parking project will span seven acres 24 feet below ground and construction is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.

    “This is a unique opportunity to hear the best and brighest ideas from some of the world’s leading construction companies, whose prestige and track records of success both on international and local levels speak to the transformative effect Brickell CitiCentre will have on the area,” said Christopher Gandolfo , senior vice president, development, Swire Properties. “We are eager to keep the project on schedule as the public partner agreements are now the only sources of potential delay.”

    As part of the final selection, Swire will review each contractor’s proposed technique and pricing to construct the underground parking garage, as well as each one’s recommendations for managing traffic, workplace diversity and safety. Additionally, each finalist has been encouraged by Swire to seek out union and non-union labor. The winning contractor is expected to be notified in June, in time for a late June ground breaking.

    Brickell CitiCentre is a $1.05 billion mixed-use development that will be built on nine acres along South Miami Ave. between Eighth Street and Sixth Street in downtown Miami and will offer approximately 2.9 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail and entertainment space. The project is expected to create 1,700 jobs while under construction and 3,700 after completion.

  37. langbro

    May 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    More on Brickell Citicentre:

    • Soil-Freeze testing is being monitored 24/7, every four hours. Will know by mid-may whether or not soil freezing will be used.
    • Retail will not be big-box. Goal is to serve Brickell residents, and to be aspirational
    • Swire Properties continues to look at other opportunities to develop in Miami – focusing on urban development in the city
    • Late June groundbreaking is subject to obtaining approvals and permits, which remains a challenge
    • There are three other sites in the immediate vicinity of Brickell Citicentre which others developers are in active negotiations for
  38. yellows2k

    May 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    more detailed rendering

  39. langbro

    May 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    brickell tennis club demolition underway

    from a1308“]

  40. sandman

    May 23, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Brickell Citicentre is still waiting for Dade County commission approval on a few items, like this one:

    [FONT=Arial]Legislative Text[/FONT]

    WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying memorandum, a copy of which is incorporated herein by reference; and
    WHEREAS, Brickell Citicentre East and Brickell CitiCentre West (“Brickell CitiCentre) are the owners of the properties adjacent to South Miami Avenue bound on the South side by SW 8 Street and SE 8 Street and bound on the North side by SW 7 Street and SE 7 Street; and
    WHEREAS, Brickell CitiCentre intends to construct a 750 million dollar project including commercial, retail, and residential use, which shall include its properties bordering South Miami Avenue (the “Project”); and
    WHEREAS, Brickell CitiCentre has requested the conveyance of easements in connection with the Project, connecting the Project components on its east and west properties with 1) an aerial commercially activated transportation corridor above South Miami Avenue, and 2) an underground transportation corridor including parking facilities, as more particularly described in the Temporary Construction Easement, Permanent Aerial Easement, and Permanent Underground and Maintenance Easement attached hereto as Exhibit A; and
    WHEREAS, the Board finds that the easement areas are of no use to anyone but the adjacent property owners, due to the fact that such aerial and underground areas must connect to an adjoining property for development, and
    WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the County and serves a public purpose to convey the easements to the adjoining property owners in order to expand and promote businesses and job creation in the community, as well as serving the transportation purpose of providing a connecting pedestrian and vehicular corridor,

    Section 1. This Board adopts the foregoing recitals as if incorporated fully herein.
    Section 2. This Board approves the granting of a Temporary Construction Easement, Aerial Easement, and Underground and Maintenance Easement to Brickell CitiCentre, in substantially the form attached hereto and made a part hereof as Exhibit “A,” for the amount of $1,458,000.00.
    Section 3. This Board waives review under Administrative Order 8-4 by the Planning Advisory Board, and authorizes the County Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to take all actions necessary to accomplish the conveyance of said easements, including execution of such documents, and exercising all provisions and rights contained therein.
    Section 4. This Board directs the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee to record the instruments of conveyance accepted herein in the Public Records of Miami-Dade County, subject however to the conditions precedent set forth in the accompanying manager’s memorandum, and to provide a recorded copy of said instruments to the Clerk of the Board within thirty (30) days of execution of said instruments; and directs the Clerk of the Board to attach and permanently store a recorded copy of said instruments together with this resolution.


    To: Honorable Chairman Joe A. Martinez
    and Members, Board of County Commissioners

    From: Carlos A. Gimenez

    Subject: Recommendation to Approve the Conveyance of a Temporary Construction Easement, a
    Permanent Aerial Easement, and a Permanent Underground and Maintenance Easement in
    Connection with the Brickell CitiCentre Project in accordance with Florida Statute
    Sections 125.35(2) and 125.045 for $1,458,000.00; authorizing waiver of Administrative
    Order 8-4 as it pertains to review by the Planning Advisory Board, and Authorizing
    Execution of Easements for such Purposes

    It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approve the attached resolution authorizing the conveyance of a Temporary Construction Easement, a Permanent Aerial Easement, and a Permanent Underground and Maintenance Easement for consideration in the amount of $1,458,000.00 along County Right-of-Way known as South Miami Avenue, bound on the south side by SW 8 Street and SE 8 Street and bound on the north side by SW 7 Street and SE 7 Street (Right-of-Way) to the adjoining landowners (Brickell Citicentre West, LLC, and Brickell Citicentre East, LLC, (collectively “Brickell Citicentre”) in connection with the Brickell Citicentre Project. This resolution further authorizes the waiver of Administrative Order 8-4 as it pertains to review by the Planning Advisory Board, authorizes the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee to execute such documents, and authorizes the recordation thereof among the Public Records of Miami-Dade County, Florida.

    The impact of this project is countywide; however, it is located within Commission District 5.

    Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
    There will be no County or other governmental funding required for this project, as it will be financed entirely by Brickell Citicentre and the developer, Swire Properties, Inc. As consideration for the granting of the Temporary Construction Easement, Permanent Aerial Easement, and Permanent Underground and Maintenance Easements, Brickell Citicentre shall pay to the County the sum of $1,458,000.00 for such easements. Additionally, Brickell Citicentre shall be responsible for maintenance of the Right-of-Way.

    Track Record/Monitor
    Public Works and Waste Management Department is the entity overseeing this project and the person responsible for monitoring is Leandro Ona, P.E., Chief, Highway Division, of PWWMD.

  41. sandman

    May 23, 2012 at 5:20 am

    The Brickell Citicentre Project is a 750 million dollar multi-use project, and is planned to be constructed over several years, encompassing nine acres and spanning almost four city blocks. In connection with this project, on April 3, 2012 the BCC approved Resolution R-306-12, which allowed for the development by Swire Properties, Inc. (“Swire”), the developer of the Brickell Citicentre Project (Project), of certain County-owned properties adjacent to and under the Metromover system between SE 6 Street and SE 8 Street. As an additional component of the Project, Swire intends to construct, own, develop, and operate a commercially activated aerial overpass/bridge with a climate ribbon above South Miami Avenue, and an underground transportation and parking corridor below South Miami Avenue. The temporary construction easement will become effective upon approval and execution, and will allow for the construction of the facilities through December 2015. The underground and aerial transportation easements will commence upon the expiration of the temporary construction easement. The aerial and underground corridors will provide pedestrian and vehicular connectivity between separate Project elements to be developed on the properties bordering the east and west side of South Miami Avenue, which are already owned by Brickell Citicentre. The aerial corridor will facilitate pedestrian movement through the Project, and may include attendant commercial elements, while maintaining connectivity. The “Climate Ribbon” is a canopy providing shade and water collection for landscaping and water features, and may include the use of solar panels to supply energy. The underground transportation corridor will include the Project’s parking structure beneath the Right-of-Way, as well as walkways, parking spaces, ramps, and related infrastructure, connecting the east and west Brickell CitiCentre properties. Such corridors will serve the additional transportation purpose of removing pedestrian and vehicular traffic from ground level, thereby relieving congestion and providing safe and reasonable access between the different project elements. Brickell CitiCentre may also construct additional landscaping, lighting and enhanced roadway features on the ground level of the Right-of-Way, all subject to approval by the County. No other use will be permitted without the express written consent of the County. The anticipated completion date for the construction of the transportation corridors is December, 2015.

    Brickell CitiCentre shall be responsible to pay for any repairs or damage to the Right-of-Way resulting from the construction of the Project. The County shall not be responsible for any cost, claim, or lien resulting from construction of the Project. Brickell CitiCentre shall bear the cost of all temporary and permanent changes made necessary to any of the utilities located with the easement area and right-of-way occasioned by the construction of the Project. As a condition of the construction, the County maintains the right to approve the construction plans, as well as the maintenance of traffic plans. After completion of the construction, the customary and normal use of the Right-of-Way shall not be impaired, and the free flow of traffic on the Right-of-Way shall be maintained. Additionally, Brickell CitiCentre shall be responsible for maintenance of the Right-of-Way, as well as any improvements built aerially or underground.

    The granting of these easements is contingent on the BCC’s approval of two companion items including 1) a resolution accepting the conveyance of a five foot strip of property along the easternmost portion of South Miami Avenue from the Florida Department of Transportation which is included in the Easement Area, and 2) a resolution accepting the dedication of a separate five foot strip of property along the westernmost portion of South Miami Avenue from Brickell CitiCentre which is also within the Easement Area. Said resolutions, being presented concurrently for BCC consideration, would accept the right-of-way conveyances along South Miami Avenue at no cost to the County. As a condition precedent to the recordation and conveyance of the subject easements, the conveyances of the properties set forth in such companion items must first be approved by the BCC and recorded.

    Both the County and the owner obtained appraisals of the easement areas, which include the five foot strip of property owned by Brickell CitiCentre, to be dedicated in a companion item and recorded prior to the easement conveyance. The square footage for that portion of the easement was deducted from the appraised values.

    The owner’s appraisal of the subterranean easement was prepared by Tom Blazejack, MAI, in the amount of $400,000. This represents a difference of $505,231 from the County’s appraisal of $905,321, which was performed by Andrew Maggenheimer, MAI. Following negotiations, the parties agreed to the sum of $802,362.00 as consideration for the conveyance of the subterranean easement, subject to BCC approval. This recommended settlement amount is within the range of values of the respective appraisers, and is within 11 percent of the County’s appraisal. The payments for the respective easements would therefore be as follows:

    Permanent Subterranean Easement $802,362.00 (recommended settlement)
    Permanent Aerial Easement $258,638.00 (County appraised value)
    Temporary Construction Easement $397,000.00 (County appraised value)_
    Total $1,458,000.00

    The payment for the respective easements shall be made prior to the commencement date of each easement.

    Florida Statute Section 125.35(2) provides that if a property is of insufficient size and shape to be issued a building permit for development to be constructed on a property, and if, when due to the size, shape, location and value, it is determined by the BCC that the parcel is of use only to one or more adjacent property owners, the BCC may effect a private sale of the property. The property at issue, including the aerial and underground rights between two adjacent properties, could not be developed as stand alone properties without the adjacent properties, and therefore, is of use only to the adjacent property owners, Brickell CitiCentre.

    Florida Statute Section 125.045 authorizes the County to convey real property to private enterprises for the expansion of businesses existing in the community and the attraction of new businesses to the community to facilitate the growth and creation of business enterprises.

    The Project is anticipated to create a very significant, positive economic impact to the County, and is estimated to generate, on an annual basis, the following revenue:
    * $3.8 million in County ad valorem taxes
    * $5.2 million in Miami-Dade County School taxes
    * $5.4 million in City of Miami ad valorem taxes
    * $1.0 million in tourist taxes
    * $4.8 million in local option sales taxes

    Furthermore, the Project is projected to create 1,700 jobs during construction, employ 3,700 persons once complete, and support the creation of an additional 2,500 indirect jobs, including a mix of residential towers, hotel, office, and an open air shopping center. As such, it is in the County’s best interest to approve the conveyance of these easements which will facilitate the Project’s construction.

    Alina T. Hudak
    County Manager/Deputy Mayor

  42. bigswinging

    May 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Good luck dealing with the dysfunctional Dade County government.

  43. sandman

    May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    It appears that the item will be heard at a June meeting of the County Commission.

  44. langbro

    May 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    More details:

    The target date for groundbreaking is June 27.

    For the retail shops, the goal is to mix some of the best US and European, and maybe some Asian brands. A 90,000 Square foot department store is slated to focus on the young and trendy. Overall, CitiCentre will not be 100% luxury, but will have a reasonable amount of luxury.

    The project will have a movie theater, possibly with dining.

    Retailers will be on the first two levels, and mostly restaurants on the third. There will be nightclubs as well.

    CitiCentre is also in talks with half a dozen potential hotel operators.

    (from MTN)

  45. sandman

    May 30, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Demolition of the Brickell Tennis Club continues to make way for CitiCentre

    From Brickell Green Space

  46. sandman

    May 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Brickell CitiCentre groundbreaking celebration mailer

  47. langbro

    June 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    from a1308: digging frozen ground at Brickell CitiCentre

  48. Brickellite

    June 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  49. bigswinging

    June 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I guess this means that the soil freeze was succesful

  50. langbro

    June 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Nice pictures. But what does ‘crappy bracketing’ mean?

  51. langbro

    June 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Historic Trees Donated to Future Site of Miami’s Museum Park

    Swire Properties Inc. donated $50,000 worth of historic trees to the new Museum Park location.

    Forty trees including historic oaks, gumbo limbos, and strangler figs were donated to the site of the future Museum Park in downtown Miami on Tuesday.

    The trees ranged from 25 to 150 years old and were relocated from the grounds of the Brickell CitiCentre construction site after they were donated by Swire Properties Inc.

  52. sandman

    June 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Some video from the construction site on Saturday:“]

  53. Pjtpeter

    June 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    cant wait to see this built…

  54. langbro

    June 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  55. sandman

    June 24, 2012 at 4:50 am

    The official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of Brickell CitiCentre construction is set for June 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

  56. bigswinging

    June 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Posted on Sun, Jun. 24, 2012
    Brickell CitiCentre ready to break ground

    By Elaine Walker
    The Miami Herald

    Urban shopping is a major attraction in any savvy city, but in Miami, that has long been the missing link.
    The groundbreaking Wednesday for Brickell CitiCentre marks a key step in changing that paradigm and boosting Miami’s evolution as a 24-hour metropolis. The $1.05-billion urban shopping and mixed-use development will be spread over three blocks just west of Brickell Avenue and south of the Miami River. Connected by bridges and covered walkways, the 5-million-square-feet project will include a department store, luxury shops, restaurants, a hotel, office towers and condominiums.
    For developer Swire Properties, Brickell CitiCentre is an investment in Miami’s future.
    “This project is not about what exists today or three years from now when we open,” said Steve Owens, president of Swire Properties. “It’s about what exists 10 years from now. The transformational aspects of this project are contagious. It’s not just about doing a large development. It’s about changing this community.”
    Outside the retail shops, many of the individual elements of the project aren’t that different from what already exists in Miami’s urban core. But put them all together, and the open-air design by Miami’s Arquitectonica creates a vibrant gathering spot and a sense of place among Miami’s sea of high-rise towers.
    Unlike some of the hotel and condominiums in the area, Swire is not targeting an ultra-luxury audience but a more contemporary, upper-moderate demographic. The project also hopes to find unique specialty niches like its wellness center office building targeting medical tourism
    “Most of what we’ve seen in downtown are all independent pieces that sit there without any relationship to what’s next door to them,” said Andrew Dolkart, economist and president of Miami Economic Associates. “When you have a project that creates a sense of place you get a different result.”
    During construction alone, Brickell CitiCentre will generate 1,700 jobs per year and more than double that number upon completion in 2015. The overall economic impact is projected at $1 billion, according to a study by Miami Economic Associates.
    Since Brickell CitiCentre was announced a year ago, the spillover impact has begun, with at least five new condominium projects launching sales in the surrounding area and two more are on the drawing board.
    One of those is the Related Group’s MyBrickell, which was planned before Brickell CitiCentre and has already broken ground. But the prospect of a new urban destination nearby has become a key part of the marketing package for potential new residents.
    “It will be a great amenity,” said Jorge Pérez, Related’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This is the type of mixed-use development we have all wanted for the Downtown Miami / Brickell area. It really rounds off what we have been trying to do for over a decade. Miami is not just about fun and sun anymore. We are becoming a much more complete city.”
    The changes are already evident in the growth of the residential population in downtown Miami and Brickell Avenue. Over the past decade that number has nearly doubled, reaching 71,600 in 2011 as residents filled up the new condominiums. By 2016, that population is expected to hit 85,000. Add in the existing work-day population of about 200,000, and the combination becomes extremely attractive for both restaurants and retailers.
    “There is pent-up demand from retailers to locate in that marketplace,” said Greg Masin, a retail broker with Cushman & Wakefield. “They just haven’t been given the appropriate envelope. What’s being proven out is that this market can support more units than retailers originally thought.”
    But the question is, how many?
    Swire isn’t the only one that sees a retail void in Miami’s urban core. The area is on the verge of going from famine to feast. There’s still more development to come at Midtown Miami just south of the Design District and Met Square in downtown Miami just north of the Miami River. There’s also the unknown future of The Miami Herald and Omni International Mall sites owned by the Genting Group in the area surrounding the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
    But perhaps the biggest competition Swire will face is from DACRA’s Craig Robins, who is in the process of turning Miami’s Design District into a luxury fashion destination. Robins already has the financial backing of the LVMH Group (for Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and commitments from some of the biggest names in luxury retailing including Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hermes.
    These are some of the same tenants that Swire has its eye on for the 40 percent of its 520,000-square-feet that will be devoted to luxury retailers. The rest would be a mix of more of the type of upper moderate specialty retailers found in Aventura or Dadeland malls, plus 100,000-square-feet of restaurants and entertainment and a 90,000-square-foot department store.
    “We’re not going to just be a luxury shopping center,” Owens said. “We have to be realistic. We want to appeal to the greater urban market that exists now.”
    Swire has worked with many of the top luxury retailers over the years in the company’s similar development projects, such as Pacific Place in Hong Kong and Sanlitun Village in Beijing. Owens says he has been “pleasantly surprised” with the amount of retail interest, although he has no signed letters of intent. Even if some of the luxury retailers don’t agree to open stores at Brickell CitiCentre immediately, Owens says that eventually they may decide to locate in both projects.
    “We’ll have to see in time,” he said. “Shopping centers are defined by how they mature and how they impact the shopping patterns. I don’t know any shopping centers that the tenants who were there when they opened were all there 10 years later.”
    Industry experts say that working in Swire’s favor is the project’s location in the middle of what is already a densely populated urban area. But the Design District has the head start on signing leases with luxury retailers.
    “To some degree there will be differences in the customers,” said Cynthia Cohen, president of Strategic Mindshare, a retail consulting firm with offices in Miami. “Retailers are going to look at the frequency of residential visits, which is going to be higher in the Swire project. The Design District is going to get more tourist traffic because of the artsy environment. You’re going to get more of the higher-end brands going to the Design District and more of the value priced retailers going to Swire.”
    Cohen suggests that Brickell CitiCentre should target international retailers who haven’t entered the market like Top Shop and Uniqlo.
    “These are hot retailers with good sustainable concepts,” Cohen said. “They are real traffic drivers.”
    Brickell CitiCentre’s goal is to keep Miami’s new urban residents from getting in their cars and driving to the Dadeland or Aventura areas. An existing Metromover station will be part of the project, dropping passengers on the third level amiddining and entertainment.
    Incorporating the Metromover station is just one of the many challenges that will come with the construction of a project that includes 5 million square-feet sandwiched into nine acres and built almost completely in three years. Only a 700,000-square foot office building will come in a second phase. By comparison, Swire’s previous development of the entire island of Brickell Key included 6 million square feet of development in 44 acres that was built over more than 30 years.
    Swire has spent much of the last year focused on refining the design elements of the open air project that is covered by a climate ribbon to keep shoppers dry and protected from the sun. To keep patrons moving easily between levels, Swire’s plans include a higher ratio of escalators than any project in the United States.
    “Brickell CitiCentre is more complicated than any project ever attempted here,” Owens said. “The experience of the user is extremely well thought out. It’s not just about building something inexpensive so you can flip it. We take a different view than many of our competitors.”

  57. sandman

    June 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Status change = Under Construction

  58. yellows2k

    June 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  59. yellows2k

    June 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  60. Sean

    June 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    yellows2k, post: 1359, member: 8 wrote:

    That’s the most detailed aerial rendering we’ve seen so far!
    This is a really good picture of an image on a wall. I hope we’ll get the actual image from Swire sometime soon though.

    Oh, look! Not that it means anything, but they’ve left “Brickell Green Space” green! That’s the lot behind the project with lots of trees in it.

  61. UMdev

    June 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    That lot was recently sold for $28m and they’re already going through the planning process to turn it into a parking lot.

  62. Sean

    June 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    A parking lot?
    I know about the sale, but a parking lot?

  63. UMdev

    June 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    They probably don’t plan to build on the site for years. They same group purchased Tobacco road and signed new 3 year leases. They’ll probably convert it to a parking lot in the short time to provide revenue while they wait.

  64. yellows2k

    July 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  65. langbro

    July 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Swire President Stephen Owens gave a detailed presentation to the Beacon Council today regarding plans for Brickell Citicentre.

    There has been very heavy interest from restaurants and retailers. Swire will announce tenants within 3-4 months. Swire is also planning to bring in anchor tenant for a department store, as well as a live music venue.

    The project will add no net traffic to Brickell, and Swire believes that it will help popularize mass transit use.

  66. yellows2k

    July 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  67. sandman

    August 10, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Swire properties reported interim results to the Hong Kong stock exchange today, including a breakdown of all components of Brickell CitiCentre

  68. yellows2k

    August 13, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Posted on Sun, Aug. 12, 2012
    Swire Properties CEO shares vision for planned Brickell CitiCentre


    While U.S. companies see opportunity for investment in Asia, Swire Properties last year made its biggest financial commitment in Miami.

    The decision to move forward on building Brickell CitiCentre, a $1.05 billion mixed-use project, is based on what Swire sees as the long-term potential for growth in this market.

    “The best opportunity we’ve seen is here strangely, not in China,” said Martin Cubbon, chief executive of the Hong Kong-based Swire Properties. “This looked more attractive than the same analysis looked in big cities in China. But clearly there are plenty of others that don’t agree with me because they’ve been buying land in China, not in Miami.”

  69. sandman

    August 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Swire website for construction updates and information:

    [FONT=inherit]Construction Hours: 7.30am – 7.30pm [/FONT]
    Monday, August 13 – Saturday, August 18, 2012

  70. Afi K. James

    August 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I Will be going to this soon.

  71. langbro

    September 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    These guys are not playing around.

    Construction workers are on the site for 16.5 hours per day…. starting at 7:30AM and going until midnight.

  72. UMdev

    September 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah I can see the site from my balcony and they were working on the site on Saturday at 9pm.

  73. langbro

    September 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    for those interested in hearing more about citicentre

  74. langbro

    September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    UMdev, post: 1897, member: 80 wrote: Yeah I can see the site from my balcony and they were working on the site on Saturday at 9pm.

    I wonder if there is some type of noise ordinance that keeps them for making this a 24-hour construction site. It would be great to see them working around the clock.

    It is unacceptable however, that they are permitted to close sidewalks for the whole month.

  75. UMdev

    September 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    langbro, post: 1915, member: 2 wrote: I wonder if there is some type of noise ordinance that keeps them for making this a 24-hour construction site. It would be great to see them working around the clock.

    It is unacceptable however, that they are permitted to close sidewalks for the whole month.

    They were working last night at 11 pm. But right now all they are using is a an excavator and a loader, so it’s not noisy.

  76. yellows2k

    September 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Brickell CitiCentre construction site..

    as seen from the 8th floor of mybrickell

  77. langbro

    October 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Swire Senior VP Chris Gandolfo says that the goal is to go vertical by the second quarter of next year.

    The foundation and underground parking has an 18-month construction schedule.

  78. sandman

    October 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Brickell CitiCentre contractors applied to the FAA last week for approval of construction cranes.

    There will be 10 cranes reaching a height of 620 feet. The permanent building height is 529 feet.

  79. mechanesthesia

    October 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Anyone know if any tenants have been announced yet?

  80. sandman

    October 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    mechanesthesia, post: 2369, member: 38 wrote: Anyone know if any tenants have been announced yet?

    Not yet.

  81. sandman

    October 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Interesting article in this weeks Miami Today regarding the construction methods being used for the underground parking structure.

    Construction remains on schedule to begin on the vertical “superstructure” by 2Q 2013.

  82. bigswinging

    October 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Brickell CitiCentre: Live construction camera

  83. Sean

    October 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Hmm, not so live… it still thinks it’s Oct 25th at 7 pm

  84. bigswinging

    October 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Sean, post: 2417, member: 42 wrote: Hmm, not so live… it still thinks it’s Oct 25th at 7 pm

    you are right… probably went down during the storm on thursday

  85. langbro

    October 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Sean, post: 2417, member: 42 wrote: Hmm, not so live… it still thinks it’s Oct 25th at 7 pm

    It is live now, just refresh the page.

  86. yellows2k

    November 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

  87. langbro

    November 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    check out the camera now…. upgraded to include zoom, panorama, time lapse etc.

    Camera is located at The Mint condo building.

  88. sandman

    November 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Construction is currently running 19 hours per day, six days per week.

    Work only stops from midnight until 5 am.

  89. Aerial Photography Inc

    November 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  90. sandman

    December 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The name has been changed.

    Old: Brickel CitiCentre
    New: Brickell CityCentre

  91. Aerial Photography Inc

    December 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  92. Sean

    December 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Great picture

    Aerial Photography Inc, post: 2988, member: 47 wrote:

  93. langbro

    December 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Updated description and rendering from Swire:


    A groundbreaking redefinition of the Brickell life begins.

    International commerce and banking capital. High-rise bayfront residential mecca. Cosmopolitan downtown proto-community. Miami’s fabled Brickell district would seem to have it all. Yet it has always lacked one essential defining feature: a true center.

    But that’s about to change. The development of Swire Properties’ new Brickell CityCentre project is what will bring about the transformation.

    Under construction in June, 2012 on four adjoining parcels in the heart of the Brickell district, this nearly three million square foot mixed use project is one of the largest Miami has seen to date.

    Brickell CityCentre’s 520,000 square foot open air shopping center will satisfy the long-underserved upmarket retail needs of this prospering neighborhood. Its stylish 243-room hotel, perched atop 93 serviced apartments in the floors below, will provide attentive service for visiting guests, business travelers and part-time residents.

    Twin 410-unit condominium towers will offer an array of spacious floorplans, impeccable detailing, and impressive views. Two office towers will soar skyward with over 860,000 combined square feet of prime space ideally located in the epicenter of South Florida’s international trade and finance corridor.

    There will even be a 120,000 square foot Wellness Center, catering to the vibrant medical tourism market in Brickell.

    Brickell CityCentre breaks important new ground in innovation and sustainability features, as well. Its breathtaking 150,000+ square foot Climate Ribbon™ trellis system incorporates sophisticated passive and active environmental control features as it winds through the complex – a signature concept so exciting it’s attracted the design participation of forward thinking partners.

    With its numerous green building features, pioneering underground parking solutions, and site-integrated Metromover light rail station, Brickell CityCentre strives to earn not only the LEED gold designation but bring about a new paradigm in large-scale sustainable urban development.

    Yet, for all its sweeping ambition, Brickell CityCentre is no pipedream. It is being brought to life by Swire Properties – a publicly-listed development firm with extremely solid underpinnings and a long track record for building transformative mixed use projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other global focal points.

    World-renowned Miami architectural firm Arquitectonica spearheads the project design team, a role they have played with great success on other Swire flagship developments in the past.

    Opening of the first phase – including retail, hotel, serviced apartments, condominiums, office and wellness – is planned for 2015, followed by final office tower completion in 2018.

  94. Nick

    January 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm


  95. sandman

    February 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Changed title to show 7 towers, and added new rendering.

  96. miami1

    February 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    You better than anyone should know this! You are the “Swire Insider”!

  97. sandman

    March 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Below is the agreement between Bal Harbour Shops and Brickell CityCentre, in which Bal Harbour agrees to remove the restrictive radius clause in return for ‘valuable consideration’.


  98. langbro

    March 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Construction progress:

  99. miami1

    March 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Swire Properties sets sights on 700 Brickell

    By Eric Kalis

    Daily Business Review
    March 27, 2013
    In expressing interest in the 1.5 acres in the middle of Miami’s financial district, Swire called 700 Brickell “a logical extension of Brickell CityCentre to Brickell Avenue.”

  100. langbro

    April 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    South Miami Avenue will be closed between 7th and 8th streets for the rest of the year to allow CityCentre construction.

  101. Flymia

    April 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    At night when going to Mary Brickell it is much better to get off at Biscayne Blvd on 95N. I have gotten off on SW8th twice in the past month and didn’t move for 5 minutes and just got right back on 95 to get off at Biscayne.
    Seems like lanes are closed on SW8th at night including weekends.

  102. UMdev

    April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The project description says 820 units in 2 towers. Does anyone know how many units will be in the 3rd condo tower?

  103. UMdev

    April 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Here is the rendering showing the additional condo tower, I didn’t see it anywhere in this thread;

  104. UMdev

    April 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Another view:

  105. miami1

    May 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    First construction crane going up! :)

  106. langbro

    May 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    miami1, post: 4152, member: 20 wrote: First construction crane going up! :)

    Excellent! First of many…

  107. sandman

    May 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    The new crane installed, as seen by the webcam a few days ago

    • KATHY

      August 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm



    February 12, 2014 at 1:17 am

    interested in lease a retail space up to 1000 sqf for small Cafeteria, please let me know all the details and price etc. Thank you Lucy 786-556-7301

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