The massive Casa Forma project planned in downtown Miami continues to advance through the approval process, with the developers now requesting a hearing before the county’s Development Impact Committee.
The project was first submitted for review by Miami-Dade planners in December 2021. The developer is opting for review of the project by the county under their Metromover Subzone zoning rules.
In the newly filed DIC application, the number of units and parking spaces appears to be identical to the December 2021 submission.
Casa Forma is planned to include:
- 1,441 residential units
- 143,328 square feet of office
- 7,959 square feet of retail
- 1,532 parking spaces (with 600 dedicated to the Miami-Dade School Board and Arsht Center)
The 55-story tower will top off at 649 feet above sea level.
Here’s how an attorney for the developer described Casa Forma, in a newly filed letter to planners:
The Applicant is working with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Miami-Dade County Performing Arts Center, and the Miami Parking Authority on an innovative redevelopment plan for the Property. The proposed plan (the “Project”) contemplates a mixed-use building incorporating the following:
1. Ground floor commercial uses and additional office space.
2. A relocated Miami-Dade County Public Schools headquarter complex.
3. Multi-family residential development with associated amenities.
4. Parking resource serving the Arsht Center.
Vehicular access to the Project is proposed from NE 2 Avenue, NE 13 Street, and NE 1 Court. Pedestrian access is provided along all roadways.
The Project is compatible with the surrounding area and the underlying land use and zoning. The Project furthers the Goals, Objectives, and Policies of the Countyʼs Comprehensive Master Plan (“CDMP”) associated with the intensification of development near transit stations. The Projectʼs development scale and architecture are compatible with buildings in the surrounding area.