36-Story Melody Tops Off Across From Arsht Center

Melo Group’s 36-story Melody rental tower has topped off, about 19 months after foundation work began.

The developer began foundation work for the tower in June 2014, days after a city board granted approval for the design. By July 2015, contractors were already painting the shell of the building.

Located across from the Arsht Center, the project includes 497 rental units and ground floor retail.

Itec Design is the architect.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

36 stories with 500 small apartments for those with smaller incomes. Fills a market need for those who wanted to live closer to downtown, close to MetroMover, who won’t have to pay for the waterfront luxury buildings.

Anonymous
5 years ago

but let’s see what the actual rents are.. even if smaller apartments for poor people it still might take up 50+% of their income. still not affordable.

suomynona
5 years ago

It’s ridiculous how many of you expect buildings to be both aesthetically pleasing with unique architectural design features AND affordable. That’s not how the real world works.

I’m sure you all drive very stylish yet affordable cars, while living on exquisite homesteads at bargain prices. Stop being fools. (I know that’s not going to happen, but I needed to say that.)

marc
5 years ago

There’s two camps.

suomynona
5 years ago

Those camps being (1) smart people, and (2) not-smart people?

Really???
5 years ago

Agreed. How can you say it doesn’t cost sums of money to make add something that distinguishes a building, but recommend MORE GLASS which cost sums of money.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Joiin the discussion. Type your comment here. I believe the person who posted this said enormous sums of money… I don’t believe they meant to make it sound like there was no financial cost

Really???
5 years ago

But that is the whole point. The more cost you add the more rent you need to charge. Melody is choosing to shoot for lower rents which many agree is needed. Sure they can spend another million adding more glass but is a renter going to want to spend more money for it? Probably not.

Anonymous
5 years ago

the melodytower does fill a need for more affordable housing….and no one can say melo doesn’t deliver….but what I don’t fully understand is why cant they incorporate SOME level of design…..lighting feature or more glass less generic windows…and even the same white exterior…it doesn’t cost enormous sums to add something to distinguish a building…maybe in the future someone from melo will read this and try to elevate their creativity just a little…it would be worthwhile..

Anonymous
5 years ago

It would be worthwhile? For who? Melo seems to be doing just fine sticking to their business plan…

Bernardo Fort-Brescia
5 years ago

They just need an architect that knows how to create architecture with balconies.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia
5 years ago

They just need a good archotect…one that knows how to design cookie-cutter solutions but with nice balconies to reflect beautiful Miami.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

“cookie cutter”… so you admit it then?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Guys the only thing I can say is, its not that bad. If you look at it seems like they tried to make it look a little bit like Arsht with the garage. But I do agree they could have done a better job being that its right across from Arsht. Another thing to guys the Miami board has a pretty strict code as far as how creative you can be with some of these buildings right down to the color. An of course you have to consider cost vs how much these unit are sold for. The developers dont want to lose a penny to design or anything else that will cause them to lose money.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I posted earlier about melo maybe spending more on some design elements and most people responded by stating that in order to have reasonable rents that’s just not feasible……point taken….. and I actually just went by the project and noted they have in fact added a feature that will illuminate at rooftop level and the building may be much nicer than I originally thought….kudos to melo for at least trying ….

suomynona
5 years ago

What type of rent are we looking at here? Starting at $1,400+ for 1 bedrooms?

JM
5 years ago

Another building piece of shit, in two years will be destroyed as everything they build, these thieves

Louis Gubler
5 years ago

this is the worst thing that has happened to miami lately, …, why dont build the melody tower next to “the louvre” or the “Paris Opera House”?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Agreed. Absolutely hideous. What a shame for Miami.

Anonymous
5 years ago

And all the empty lots are so much more glamorous?

Anonymous
5 years ago

yes, because eventually you would get developers that would actually want to build something that represents the Arts and Entertainment district it is in and next to Miami’s Performing Arts Center and not just put up a block of concrete. Just looks at what is happening on the opposite corner of block with Auberge project.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Look at what–a billboard? I’m more of a bird in the hand kind of guy, and at least this is an actual development that fills a real need. Also get a clue; Miami’s not Paris. The Arsht still needs a lot of support just to operate. Development around it might motivate more people to go. So this fills an empty lot; gives people access to downtown living without luxury prices; and can potentially patronize the arts–all things sorely needed. Yet you still thumb your nose at it because of simple aesthetics (another hint–it further accentuates the Arsht instead of stealing its glory…) and point to a pie in the sky which may or may not come in the future.

Anonymous
5 years ago

19 months ago this too was just a billboard. Oh wait, not even that. It was just a fenced off empty lot waiting for developing permits.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Point is that it’s only in marketing phase at the slowing part in the cycle. Don’t count your chickens before they poop on your face…or something like that.

Dave
5 years ago

Interesting to see someone commenting on something they have no clue about. Just this past weekend I attended the Arsht Center for their Broadway performance and have been there several times. All I can say is it doesn’t look like it needs support or buildings to get people to go. Those that are interested in Arts and Culture know about the ARsht Center as much as they do about PAMM, Science Museum, History Miami and so on. Simply because you are not into the Arsht Center doesn’t mean no one goes. More than 1 person lives in South Florida. I would actually like to see something that tops the Arsht Center’s aesthetics. That’s what it’s about.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Um, have you looked at their financials? It’s being highly subsidized by tax money, which is the point. Personally, I like the Arsht and am impressed by the caliber of its offerings, despite Miami not being the best arts market and having people who show up late in shorts and bring in drinks.

Anonymous
5 years ago

you don’t need to spend a lot to build something nice. Look at Brickell Ten, Cassa Brickell. You just need a good architect with a vision and some creativity. These and other smaller, less fancy buildings are built on smaller lots and lower heights and have the same thing that this building would in terms of amenities so it just shows how they team up with architects that are either just starting their careers or winding down their careers and lack that enthusiasm.

Really???
5 years ago

Wow, how many clueless Anonymous’ are post here? Brickell Ten prices were around $400/SF. Heck Cassa Brickell units STARTED at $398k for one bedrooms. For the people who choose to rent their units at buildings like this, they are going to charge much more than a place like Melody.

They’ve got one bedrooms advertised at $1,500 and 2 bedrooms at $1,700.

Go ask an investor who spent $500k+ on a 2 bedroom unit at Cassa Brickell if they want to rent it for $1,700.

suomynona
5 years ago

You’re comparing Melody to buildings that have HUNDREDS less residences and 10-20 less floors? Wut…