77-Story World Trade Center Of The Americas Gets FAA Approval Just Before Government Shutdown

It was an early Christmas present for the developer proposing to build the 77-story World Trade Center Of The Americas – and just in time, too.

On December 22, the Federal Aviation Administration ruled that the tower would not pose a hazard to air navigation and could be built. The ruling was issued just hours before a federal government shutdown at midnight that day.

World Trade Center Of The Americas can be built at 969 feet above ground, or 980 feet above sea level, the ruling stated. It is the same height that had been approved for the building in 2015, but that approval expired.

Miami’s current tallest is Panorama Tower in Brickell, which stands 868 feet above ground, though several are proposed to surpass that height.

The Federal Aviation Administration said they would not accept new applications or process existing applications during the government shutdown.

Regalia Developers Inc. is the company that submitted the World Trade Center proposal to the FAA.

 

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Anonymous

Downtown is going to be even better than Brickell. Miami will be unrecognizable in less than 5 years! Now we just need better public transportation and businesses to make Miami home. NYC watch out!!

Anonymous

what makes you think so? this thing will never actually get built as most of the other ”megaprojects”

Anonymous

Clearly you have not being paying attention lately…

Anonymous

Brickell is within the DDA so it is technically a part of downtown nowadays. The old original downtown is now officially called the central business district.

Anonymous

I just refer to the whole thing as downtown. Always have.

Anonymous

Another $500 M were designated for a new study to determine if Miami should invest in public transportation or build more highways.

Jesus

I could’ve done that on my own for 500000

Anonymous

NY’er here with a condo in Park West. So downtown you’d say is Brickell, Park West and what else? Sorry to bother just trying to learn more?

Anonymous

Miami native here and have been calling all that area – “downtown”. From Brickell to Parkwest, heck even overtown and edge water. To me all of that is just downtown… especially driving there from suburbia. Been living in Miami Lakes for 35 years.

Anonymous

Same here. It’s just in recent years that people are saying now Brickell and other distinctions in that region. But I’ve never heard anyone ever say, hey..lets hang out in Park West. Usually older natives refer to all that area as downtown. Hey, Ill be in downtown, Hey I’m heading over to downtown. I got to be in downtown tomorrow morning..etc.etc.

Anonymous

Downtown Miami.. keep it simple

MoMo

I’m old enough to remember going shopping in downtown. That was fun

ILoveMiami

My mother used to drag me to the white sale in the basement at Richard’s when I was 8 or 9. Loved the bus ride. Lunch at the Woolworth counter or at Kress and then to check out a book at the old library in Bayfront Park.

Anonymous

If by recent years, you mean since 1981 when the DDA was established.
Unless you are policy wonk, real estate developer, planner, or bureaucrat, there isn’t much reason to differentiate.
But there are reasons for the divisions, and those reasons have a lot to do how properties are taxed and that money is re-distributed.

Anonymous

Yeah, no…. I’d definitely wouldn’t even call Overtown as Downtown, they’re both completely different places, and by including it, ruins the beautiful Downtown picture. But yeah same thing with the other places, they’re all completely different neighborhoods.

Anonymous

I say the Downtown region is from the Brickell bridge to the first Omni metro mover station.

Anonymous

There are great maps that delineate the downtown and neighborhoods in the Downtowm Development Authority’s website.
The DDA boundaries are set by State Statute.
The neighborhoods in the DDA are south to North; Brickell, CBD, Park West, Arts & Entertainment.
“Areas of Influence” according to the DDA are West Brickell, Edgewater, and Wynwood the last time I checked, but they do update these from time to time.

Anonymous

http://www.miamidda.com/data-resources/districts-maps/#Miami%20DDA%20Boundaries%20&%20Districts
There you have it…Park West has folded into the Arts & Entertainment District.

Anonymous

Smart cars and smart highways. Tampa is way ahead of Miami. But still more work to do.

Anonymous

Since when does smart cars and even smart highways put one city ahead of another? Especially when comparing Tampa to Miami. Tampa is a small outpost compared to Miami. Simply no comparison. Even Atlanta. I just spent a week in ATL and Miami’s core appears much bigger and growing faster, with more cranes in the air. Just wish Miami could capture more major corporations like ATL has.

Anonymous

We need a better educated work force. Too many indians and not enough chiefs.

Anonymous

It most definitely isn’t. Tampa is decades behind Miami. I used to live there

MoMo

Come-on — Tampa is small town

Anonymous

Dumb cuban politicians don’t get logic of mass transportation

Anonymous

of course it will be better than brickell which is a very small area it only covers 5 blocks from south to north and about 3 blocks from east to west

Anonymous

Thank you all for the replies about downtown vs Brickell etc. I guess it’s like NYC where downtown/midtown/uptown are all divided into different neighborhoods and refered to as such. With the area getting denser it makes a lot of sense to say Brickell, Park West etc. otherwise how do I know where in downtown you are going to!?

Anonymous

Brickell Avenue starts at the Bridge which is the 400 block and goes to Rickenbacker Causeway entrance which is 20 blocks or so up. How is that 5 blocks North-South and 3 blocks East-West?

MoMo

I’m from Chicago and have lived in New York. Miam is a century away from being even close to one of those old northern cities. But, it has a great warm crystal clear Atlantic beach that practically stays that way year round. I love it.

Anonymous

I disagree. I live in both Miami and NYC and Miami is catching up to NYC. All that Miami needs is better public transportation and more office buildings to attract businesses. Not a century away…just a few smart moves away. In a decade Miami COULD be just as cool as NYC.

Oypy

We need roads added. So far all they built is huge buildings and no infrastructure

Anonymous

Miami will never ever ever be anything close to NYC business don’t come here…..

Anonymous

Excellent ! Get it done! 🙂

Anonymous

Shame Skyrise will block it

Anonymous

Gladly

Anonymous

At the bottom of the tower will be lobby and retail space, with a 516 space parking garage and 52 bicycle spots.

Levels 16 through 23 consist of office space. In total, 246,529 square feet of office space is planned.

Next, a ten-floor hotel will start at floor 27, with 100 rooms.

The remainder of the tower, from floor 37 to 76, is dedicated to residential space. There are 400 units planned.

The property sits on Biscyane Boulevard directly in front of the Empire World Towers site, recently purchased by PMG. A Holiday Inn is currently on the site and would be demolished.

ITC Center Miami, LLC and BH Downtown Miami, LLC are the companies that submitted the proposal. Both companies list Regalia Sunny Isles developer Louis Montello as a Registered Agent.

Representatives of the developer are now working with city officials to get the plan approved, with a hearing before the UDRB scheduled for next week.

Arquitectonica is the project architect.

Anonymous

When?

Anonymous

Those windows look like prison peepholes or mechanical equipment areas.

Anonymous

Perfect! Now pull a Melo and break ground before New Years.

Anonymous

hahaha.. that’s funny

Anonymous

Downtown Miami is killing it!

Anonymous

Downtown will be at another level.

Anonymous

Yes absolutely!! And it’s changing so fast!!!

Danny

I’m confused.. I thought this is where Waldorf Astoria was going to be built…? Or is it going to be right next to it?

Anonymous

I second that. Anybody knows?

Anonymous

They share the block, will be playing tetris with their parking blocks

Anonymous

Since they would indeed be sharing the same block (seemingly only yards away from one another), am I the only one who prefers that this tower (WTCA) not be built? I say one or the other, not both. And if I had to choose between the two, I much prefer the Waldorf Astoria.

Anonymous

I hope its 70% to 80% office

Anonymous

For what clients?

Anonymous

Yeah right,
Companies are all going to Doral I guess they like to be stuck on the Palmetto and a view of the Turnpike

MoMo

Good point – depends on the rent prices

Anonymous

The Aston Martin Tower already going up…

Anonymous

You can call this building “ugly” all you want, but for Arquitectonica, it doesn’t get any better.

Anonymous

Clean up bayside its a shitter

iFlyMIA

Let’s. Get. It. Done!

Anonymous

They. Are. Getting. It. Done!

Anonymous

anybody knows the ground breaking date ?

ElLament

More traffic congestion’s in downtown without a railway going west. During traffic peaks it takes 1/1/2 or more to drive to west Kendall from Brickell to 137th Ave and further west with new added suburban subdivisions being built in that west area as well.

Anonymous

Really? You figure the people from Medley are going to add to the peak traffic on their way to the Aston Martin and the Waldorf-Astoria for a $24 Martini??
Okay…I’ll presume that you are right.
But should we really force the people who pay big property taxes downtown to pay for some public transportation so the suburban low tax people can get to the new buildings downtown?

It does not seem “fair”.

MoMo

Medley ? Either you don’t know Miami or you have never been west west

Anonymous

Medley is small blue collar area with mostly warehouses and factories and hardly any residential homes and it’s not far from downtown. Many people that work in downtown and in Brickell office business live out in west in Kendall or southwest Miami Dade.

Anonymous

Am I crazy or are these two versions of the same building? There seems to be a slight variation in the designs

Polo

This approval will probably expire as well.

Anonymous

I don’t care much for this design.
One of the tallest structures in Miami, smack in the center, on Biscayne Blvd and this is it?
Another square structure with no creativity?????

Anonymous

I used to live near Brickell and worked at Dolphin Mall. I used to take the green line to Palmetto station and there take the Doral route 1 trolley that parks inside the station to Int’l Mall and from there walk 2 short blocks to Dolphin Mall. As long as it’s before 7 pm when the trolleys slow down or close. Considering that the Dolphin Mall is way west of Brickell, it was a stress free ride and got there in less than 1 hour. At the Dolphin Mall you can ride the city of Sweet Water trolley to FIU. I met a few students then from Brickell that used to do that

Anonymous

Convoluted,luckily you had a mall job

Anonymous

What?

Another off topic post

I used to eat beans and fart a lot. Now I don’t eat beans.

Anonymous

BOO Skyrise… YES I AM TROLLING

ILoveMiami

I really think they (and any developer with similar ideas) should drop the “world center” part of the name. Brings back horrible memories.

Anonymous

My god that thing is ugly, looks like a candy cane.put it up in Santa’s Enchanted Forrest

Anonymous

I highly doubt that will be the final product. Just a pre-draft drawing or whatever architects call it.

Anonymous

Since when candy canes are ugly?!??‍♂️

Anonymous

Building would look nice in red and white.

Anonymous

Why not red, white and blue then? It’s the World Trade Center of the Americas after all??‍♂️Btw I love it! Don’t really understand how some people have always something to complain about.

Anonymous

All the complainers probably live in trailer parks with Trump stickers on and are just jealous of it all?

Anonymous

exactly

Anonymous

?????????

Anonymous

I’m not jealous. Seeing this tower come to fruition, even as Chuck Schemer is holding the government hostage when Trump is trying to get stuff done makes me feel MAGA.

Anonymous

Lmao it’s Trump’s shutdown, he said it, it’s on the records, it’s a fact. If facts still matter to Republicans nowadays??‍♂️??‍♂️

MoMo

Another liberal hater bigot. You just can’t help yourself. I say get treatment for your TDS and spending time in your safe space may help

Anonymous

Oh, so mental therapy and drugs did help you finally get over your Obama derangement syndrome?

Anonymous

MoMo You are obviously a conservative who elected Trump… Seriously? You really think you are better than a liberal?

MoMo

Absolutely

Anonymous

MoMo is the usual republicon conservative who hates that he did so well when Obama was president.

Anonymous

True story.

Anonymous

If it’s a Trade Center why must it have condos? Why not just a class A office building that might attract a large multinational business? The same crap is happening to Miami World center, a name and nothing relative to that name, just more condos/apartments?

Anonymous

Well when it’s your money, you can build whatever way your heart desires.

Anonymous

Hines office tower will be there. Research is fundamental.

Anonymous

I don’t need your “research is fundamental” smart ass response. I earn a living as a researcher. One office tower or even two or three does constitute a “world center”.

Anonymous

Because everything is mixed use nowadays.

Anonymous

I agree 100%. This should be all office to be a world center!