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.