444 Brickell Gets FAA Approval For A Height Of 881 Feet; Developer Buys School Seats

Related Group has been granted Federal Aviation Administration approval to build three towers at 444 Brickell – and has inked a deal to ensure there is school capacity for the building’s new residents.

Two of the towers are the tallest approved by the FAA in Miami this year – and one of the buildings would be taller than any ever built in Miami.

However, one tower in the complex has been reduced in height from an earlier plan for the property submitted six years ago.

Here are the three new approved heights:

  • One Brickell, Tower I (550 feet above ground, 554 feet above sea level)
  • One Brickell, Tower II (828 feet above ground, 832 feet above sea level)
  • One Brickell, Tower III (877 feet above ground, 881 feet above sea level)

The proposed height for the first tower is 81 feet below what it was originally proposed at. In 2014 it was planned at 639 feet above sea level, or 635 feet above ground.

The FAA approval was granted on July 20, with the application submitted on March 4. The FAA previously approved the three-tower complex in 2015, but approval expired.

A deal with the Miami-Dade School Board was also recorded last month. Related must pay $519,992 to the school board  within 30 days of the deal being recorded to make up for a lack of school seats in the area created by adding 1,400 new residential units.

A demolition permit for a four story building on the property is active. The BG Group is approved to take down the building at an estimated cost of $375,313, the permit states.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Public Middle and High School needed for Downtown and Brickell!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Should be built on a vacant lot with Miami Dade College with the air rights sold to an office developer.

Anybody in the county can have their children in the school near their workplace and all City of Miami elected officials should have to have their kids there — it’ll ensure it offers top notch education.

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

Agreed! There is however, a new school in the pipeline planned for Southside called Southside Prep. Home of the Owls. It’s MDCPS’s first vertical school, probably a k-8 center or a 6-12 middle/high school of some sorts. The area does need a high school for sure.

Anonymous
1 month ago

nah. brickell is for gentrified shit only. no public schools.

Suomynona
1 month ago

Washington High School is right there.

But something in East Little Havana would make sense.

Idk how school choice (or whatever Florida does works), but CBD and Edgewater kids could go to Washington, and Brickell kids could go to ELH High.

Suomynona
1 month ago

I say in ELH because space/cost may be an issue in Brickell/downtown proper.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami is getting sexier by the minute!!

Parrot
1 month ago

…and winning!

hudson
1 month ago

Guarantees in life: Death, Taxes, and Miami mega projects resubmitting for approval from the FAA as they sit dormant

POLO
1 month ago

Related needs to gain some speed like Melo. This project is taking forever.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed, hopefully it starts in Q1 2021.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Honestly, a MAST academy somewhere in the Brickell area would be an amazing addition.

Azarius
1 month ago

So we need to build more schools close to downtown/Brickell????

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can someone with knowledge close to the subject please help us understand !!!!

With hundreds of millions of dollars in new developments all within the last five years or so
and with close to 33% of all property taxes that go to the Public school system. Not to mention that every year home owners property taxes go up and lets not forget the Florida lottery and Gambling money !!!!

Where is all that MONEY that is earmarked for the school system gone to ????

Just to be clear i do understand that a portion of that money goes to the State. However we are still talking about a lot of money that stays in the Dade County Public School system.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The lottery money is distributed statewide, not just for Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah but what county contributes the most?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Developer’s typically pay $10,500/ net new unit created in impact fees when pulling the permit, with the lion’s share going to the schools. Don’t know why Related apparently got a sweetheart deal here. Most new condo buildings don’t generate a lot of new kids anyway, since they cater to international buyers and young professional renters. So it’s very much a win for the school system. Basically every part of the county has gotten some subsidy from these impact fees for years.

Suomynona
1 month ago

The lottery money was a scam. The people of Florida were led to besiege the lotto money would be in addition to current education spending. But the State took the previous education money and spent it elsewhere, using the new logo money to backfill.

Same thing the state did with the amendment that passed several years ago, where the document stamp tax was supposed to increase the amount of funding towards environmental projects, but instead the state stole from Peter to pay Paul. There was no net gain in environmental spending.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I know they will have to build a temporary wooden boardwalk during construction and then complete a permanant riverwalk link. But do we know of any plans for retail/restaurant/bar on the river walk? To bring some life to the area and complement American Social/Riverside perhaps. Seems like a great opportunity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m just eager to see the new design.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is no new design, it’s just reduced height on the first tower

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t know.. I mean, you could be right.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Like the deal with the school board. Large developers of downtown/brickell should be contributing to the community. In the end they win again as the better the public services in the area, the more demand will be for their units.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need a University in downtown or Brickell. This will help to attract more corporate business to the area, and also provide a better educated workforce.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What like the one already in downtown?

Anonymous
1 month ago

MDC has a huge campus downtown – Wolfson. FAU has a campus in Brickell. University of Miami is just down the road in the Gables. So there’s no shortage of educational resources for those interest in expanding their horizons and living downtown. And with more virtual classes don’t know a new campus anywhere makes much sense except to the fraternity boys. Cheers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Developer’s by $10,500/net new unit in impact fees, with the lion’s share going to the schools, so don’t think they aren’t paying for the privilege. However, that doesn’t mean the school board turns around and builds a new school nearby with that money. In fact it seems it goes somewhere else. Cheers.

Bernie
1 month ago

Is the agreement with the schoolboard saying that this development will result in inadequate public school facilities (from a capacity perspective) from the incoming residents and the developer will now agree to build a new classroom?

Anonymous
1 month ago

yes it is, and the money that is paid doesn’t not need to be used in the district in which the building is built, hence the issue we have in Brickell with school capacity not being sufficient.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Kids can learn spanish at home and almost anywhere in MiamiDade.

Alpina
1 month ago

I would have been better to incorporate a school in the design and actually contribute to the solution of a real problem to the area.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Paying the impact fees is the best solution. But you’re right in that who knows where that money ends up going? All the impact fees paid by the new development in downtown and Brickell could have easily funded top notch new facilities in the area had the school system recognized it as a priority. The county has probably received at least $125,000,000 in impact fees from Brickell/Downtown development since 2000 while not building one new school in the entire area. Cheers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I meant the county school system itself has received $125,000,000

Anonymous G
1 month ago

Hopefully construction will start soon. These need to be built.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami winning

Anonymous
1 month ago

Somebody is leaving the door on the parrot cage open.

Paid Genting Troll
1 month ago

You’d be winning for real if you had a Genting Resort Casino to go to.

TellingLikeItIs
1 month ago

isnt it time to actually build more schools in brickell/downtown???? outside of brickell elementary its all on ghetto level

Magazine
1 month ago

All that nonsense Jorge Perez was talking about Trump, how about he build a school instead of paying some nominal penalty for overburdening our schools.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, some of the tax money Jorge Perez pay go towards schools also.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nonsense?

Anonymous
1 month ago

If he advocates for more inclusive and “kind” leadership for the executive office he should lead by example in his own field and generously donate a few additional million dollars for a new school on top on the higher taxes he says all rich people should pay. Unfortunately, people like Perez cozy up to people that will allow him to make as much money as possible at the expense of others while appearing to be a benevolent community leader.

Anonymous
1 month ago

444 should have paid about $14,700,000 in impact fees. I’d like to see some clarification on whether that was the case.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess the school district’s Superintendent needed $519,992 for a nicer comb for his hair…

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

They better begin construction in 2021 and get it done by 2024 or 2025.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s see how long it takes for the plumbing to fail.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay Whirlpool man…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Having to pay the school board 520k because the schoolboard doesn’t have seats??? MIAMI LOSING!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s not how it works.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I have mixed feelings about this. If a school is built, downtown/Brickell might become even more family friendly/anti fun. I much prefer more young, single, urban professionals to live here. What’s next? A chucky cheese opening at BCC?

Anonymous
1 month ago

exactly. keep public schools out of brickell. if you want to live in brickell with kids you should be able to afford private school. manhattan south!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes. BCC would love to have anything that paid the rent right now.