60-Story Downtown 1st Reaches Sixth Floor, Gets Planning Department Approval

Melo Group’s Downtown 1st tower was granted approval by Miami’s Planning Department and has reached the sixth floor of construction.

The sixth floor was reached last week, according to shell contractor L&R Structural Corp.

A final decision by Miami’s Planning Department was made on August 13. Some of the waivers needed for the building included a 10% reduction in access aisle width.

Downtown 1st was submitted to the UDRB for review in October 2020. Some of the other projects reviewed at the same meeting include Nema and The District.

At the October meeting, the UDRB recommended denial “based on the orientation of the building, location of the pools, design at the top of the building, and the maximization of lot size. More specifically, the Board opinioned that the orientation of the building should be north-south and not east-west as proposed. Reorientation of the building would allow for relocation of the pool to the southern portion of the amenity deck and thereby providing maximum sun exposure. They advised that the top of the building should be broken up more.”

Groundbreaking took place just five months ago, in mid-March.

It will become the tallest tower ever for Melo, with the tower rising 60 stories, or 557 feet above ground.

When complete, the tower will have 560 rental apartments and 453 parking spaces.

Melo recently completed the twin-tower Downtown 5th project nearby. Demand was so strong that 100% of the 1,042 units there were leased even before the buildings could open.

 



 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Wow that’s fast! Heard that Mana?? FAST! Get on with the program now or sell your stuff to Melo!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Mana mañana debe ser rapido y si no, Melo mamas!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Verity is the spice of life!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Melo is so hot right now!!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I know it’s not optimal design but I can guarantee it’s going to look amazing in that location and moreover, it will help mobilize that area which is currently dead.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, everything you said is correct.

Paul
1 month ago

It’s pretty optimal for floor plans and cost. Curvy glass facades may look better from the outside but have worse layouts inside. And since the floor plates are identical, they can use the same floor plans on multiple floors, which further reduces cost.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay, so you live in a box.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can see her rising from my balcony…soon she will be all grown up!

Anonymous
1 month ago

… and ready to go into!

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

How do you know is a she?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please learn the difference between “is” and “it’s.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Most common error: its v. it’s

Anonymous
1 month ago

How do you know it’s a she!…corrected

Anonymous
1 month ago

I checked her foundation…

NYC Loves Miami
1 month ago

Not corrected. How do you know it’s a she?<<<< Corrected!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ That’s why I wish more New Yorkers would hurry up and get to Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol…you think they’d be bettah?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Better than a lot of the shit you see right now?.. yeah.

Going to Wynwood before Wynwood Walls
1 month ago

Gigachad Melo back at it again, wonder what next theyre planning to build other than a twin tower on the bay.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown 6.

Anonymous
1 month ago

He’ll stop at Downtown 69 and after that he’ll flip them…

Anonymous
1 month ago

>>> Reorientation of the building would allow for relocation of the pool to the southern portion of the amenity deck and thereby providing maximum sun exposure.

Well, at least someone is trying to look out for future Melo tenants.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What if some people who are going to live in this building don’t care about “maximum sun exposure?”

Marc
1 month ago

Do these architects even think? They teach solar orientation week 1 freshman year of architecture school…

Anonymous
1 month ago

It will probably top off by next week

Anonymous
1 month ago

So it sounds like Miami Planning Department ignored the URDB’s denial recommendation. Right?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, they can, because they outrank them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They always do.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not ugly enough and insulting to the orientation of a historic building for the URDB to approve, like Downtown 5th.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol after the debacle they are having at Melo’s recently opened building with power not working, poor management, etc etc anybody who moves into their buildings are fools. But this is MIami so cant expect much

Brooklyn
1 month ago

I continue to believe UDRB’s recommendations were warranted and Melo’s representatives at that meeting displayed some serious arrogance when they did not take any of the recommendations into account.

Agree with the comment below. Melo doesn’t care about its future tenants. Evidenced by the living conditions throughout all of their downtown properties. Awful management.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t blame the Melo Group… I’d be miffed too after I came to this city and finally did something to a downtown that’s been empty and derelict for decades and now this UDRB who don’t spend a dime to uplift and change anything in this city wanna talk about they’re concerns? GTFOH…

Anonymous
1 month ago

How can a building start construction before any type of approvals are granted?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t know. Why don’t you find out why and get back to us.

Anonymous
27 days ago

🤔 ugh Florida Building Code…

Anonymous
27 days ago

So the Waivers from the Planning Department were approved on August 13 according to this article. Yet, vertical construction reached the six floor on August 24. Doubt the building department concluded its review within a day or two to justify a building rising from the ground in less than 10 days and reach six stories, or eight.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Hope someone from the Building Department is checking and inspecting the construction.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Going to be a cold pool in the winter!

Anonymous
1 month ago

they have a pool facing north and a pool facing south…… just saying…. pick the one with the most amount of sun if you need to tan.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Going to be a cold pool in the winter!

Anonymous
1 month ago

So.. there’s plenty of ocean water if people wanna get their swim on.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I know we all love our Melo for moving fast af but just imagine Miami being filled with these, yes i want infill but i also want quality. :/

Anonymous
1 month ago

I want two hundred million dollars, but, like you, all I can do is wish.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t worry, they won’t fill every single lot from downtown to midtown… That would be next to impossible… Save the dramatics.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There are so many empty lots, soooo many. Quality will come, plus this is pretty nice.

Going to Wynwood before Wynwood Walls
1 month ago

Most cities are filled with basic buildings, melo buildings look better than the average highrises in hong kong, rio, tokyo and shanghai

Anonymous
1 month ago

This tower is pretty decent, although Tokyo’s “Tawaman” are of far superior quality. Downtown 5th is uglier than the Kowloon Walled City when it existed.