Met Square | Hotel / Movie Theater/ Restaurant | Approved

[Also see: Met 3]

Met Square location: 300 SE 3 Street, Miami.

Met Square developer MDM signed an agreement with Dade County this month that will allow for construction of the Met Square project.

MDM will pay Dade a $720,669 fee for a water and sewer connection at the site. The agreement was recorded on November 20th 2012.

Met Square will contain:

-A 438′ hotel tower
-570 hotel rooms
-1,700 seat indoor theater
-41,000 sq. ft restaurant

MDM completed construction of Met 2 in 2010 directly across the street with 343 hotel rooms.

MDM is also building Met 3 which will contain a Whole Foods market.





18 Comments

  1. langbro

    December 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Dirt being moved around at the Met Square property


  2. Aerial Photography Inc

    December 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  3. yellows2k

    January 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    MIAMI (CBS4) – Among skyscrapers and cranes in Downtown Miami, archaeologists have been quietly working on a secret dig. Bob Carr with the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy finally spilled the details this week on what he’s been so busy doing since November.

    CBS4 toured the site Tuesday. Carr pointed to a man scraping the bottom of a six foot hole and told CBS4, “He’s at Miami 1000 AD, at that depth and location. Everything he’s finding in that black soil dates back to the Tequesta.”

    Tequesta, as in Miami’s original Indian inhabitants. He showed off a box full of artifacts complete with an axe, nails, musket ammunition, and a sharks tooth with a perfect hole drilled in it. It appears to be from a necklace.

    The dig, ordered by Miami city law, is on the future site of Metropolitan Miami’s new movie theater. Before the theater can go up, the site must be excavated first.

    They expect to wrap all of this up by some time this summer. The movie theater is slated to open toward the end of 2014/early 2015.

    VIDEO: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/01/08/historic-dig-revealing-miamis-rich-and-lengthy-history/

  4. mechanesthesia

    January 9, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I think they should incorporate some type of memorial or something like they did with Icon Brickell. Although something indoors.

  5. sandman

    February 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Met Square has applied for a construction permit and submitted the new plans to the city.

  6. northwestern

    February 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Sandman, are there any public records available or details of what was submitted to the city? Thanks!

  7. northwestern

    February 19, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    They’re taking apart the construction trailers on the Met Square lot. Could be a sign that they’re getting ready to begin. They were originally supposed to begin six months after Met III, so the timing seems about right.

  8. sandman

    February 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    They have applied for construction permits for a hotel tower as well.

  9. sandman

    March 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm




  10. sandman

    March 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Renderings for Met Square have been posted above.

    There will be no parking at this building – all parking will be at Met 3.

    Approximately 456 Hotel rooms above a 1,750 seat movie theater and retail/restaurant space. Building height of 410-492′.

    Hotel brand said to be mid-range Marriott – Fairfield Inn or equivalent.

    The design is currently being reviewed by the city, but will not require approval from any board or commission.

  11. dave8721

    March 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Looks awful. Looks like a larger version of the low income rentals on 79th Street. Hope its not brightly colored stucco walls with tiny windows.

  12. MiamiArchi

    March 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I agree Looks awful. And I can’t understand a single move that these developers have decided to make.

    No parking for the building ? Really I appreciate the effort but business wise that is ridiculous.

    Almost all of the units look like they have no balconies, and I mean really when was the last time we saw a new development with no balconies. Even low income housing units get balconies now a days and this is in the HEART of downtown!!!

    It just screams Cheap Cheap Cheap

  13. Chrismiran

    March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Looking at these renderings, one would assume they’re for a affordable housing project. Bland stucco with small windows. Shame this would be highly visible too, unless they build the DuPont which was supposed to be next to the epic but cancelled after the recession; then it would be hidden away. Another interesting note is met 3 is being done by the same team, and the renderings don’t look all that good either. Fortunately met 3 would also be blocked off by the pretty met 2 Wells Fargo building. C’mon metropolitan miami development, can’t you do better than that.

  14. northwestern

    March 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    It’s density. At least they used the airspace (albeit poorly) and we got more than a little box where a tower could have gone.

  15. UMdev

    March 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    It’s not the greatest looking building but many people here are definitely exaggerating. It’s a hotel on top of a movie theater.

    Of course there not going to put balconies, it a mid priced hotel. You have the luxurious Marquis hotel next door at Met 2 and it doesn’t have balconies and no one is complaining about that.

    I think most people are looking at this site and thinking it’s more than what it is. It’s not like you can build a project as if it’s right on the water only to then have another project built right in front of it years later.

    This is the latest hotel that was built in Brickell that opened up not to long ago:

    Blank walls, small windows, no balconies, etc. This is the type of building that you build for a hotel renting at under $200 a night. Now I’m sure if they thought they could rent rooms at $450 like at Marquis then they would go with a glass facade.

    But getting a movie theater and reasonable hotel rates so we can start getting regular people moving about downtown is a lot more important than balconies.

  16. Sean

    March 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    So, basically the developer’s rationale is that it has to be dumpier than the Marquis because it’s in the same complex and can’t have amenities that the Marquis doesn’t.

    It might have better views than the Marquis too.

    The Brickell Hampton Inn has some nice features, but it isn’t exactly a model of a great midrange urban hotel. It looks like the Brickell SLS is going to be a model of a great midrange urban hotel, although the rooms will be a little more expensive.

    UMdev, post: 3749, member: 80 wrote: It’s not the greatest looking building but many people here are definitely exaggerating. It’s a hotel on top of a movie theater.

    Of course there not going to put balconies, it a mid priced hotel. You have the luxurious Marquis hotel next door at Met 2 and it doesn’t have balconies and no one is complaining about that.

    I think most people are looking at this site and thinking it’s more than what it is. It’s not like you can build a project as if it’s right on the water only to then have another project built right in front of it years later.

    This is the latest hotel that was built in Brickell that opened up not to long ago:

    Blank walls, small windows, no balconies, etc. This is the type of building that you build for a hotel renting at under $200 a night. Now I’m sure if they thought they could rent rooms at $450 like at Marquis then they would go with a glass facade.

    But getting a movie theater and reasonable hotel rates so we can start getting regular people moving about downtown is a lot more important than balconies.

  17. Yvonne Moyer

    November 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

    What I would like to encourage is an area to view the Tequesta village imprint left over 1000 years ago by the construction of elevated huts and walkways by Miami’s indigenous people. This was also the site of the Flagler Royal Palm Hotel. Yes, we have history in Miami. Let’s give the developer our thoughts on how to preserve it and still build his building. Thank you for this opportunity to communicate about this important issue.
    Yvonne Moyer
    Author/illustrator
    MillieMay and the Miami Circle

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