Chicago’s Fifield Companies has submitted plans to Miami’s Planning Department to build a 47-story, 499-foot apartment high rise at Miami Worldcenter.
The new tower would be built at Worldcenter’s Block A, across the street from the Hines office building.
Fifield’s Worldcenter tower will include:
ODP Architecture & Design is designing the tower.
The project is set to be heard by Miami’s Urban Development Review Board at a March 20 meeting.
A Special District Permit is being requested to allow for a longer tower length. A letter from Greenberg Traurig attorney Marissa Neufeld, who represents Fifield, explains:
Our Firm represents Fiﬁeld Companies regarding land use, zoning, and general development matters in connection with the above-captioned Project. We are pleased to submit the Application seeking site plan approval for the Project, also known as Block “A” of Miami Worldcenter.
By way of background, MWC is a +/- Twenty-Four (24) acre mixed-use development in the heart of Downtown Miami. Block “A” is located on the Northeast corner of NE 10th Street and NE lst Avenue. Several components of MWC are under construction or nearing completion, including the multifamily residential communities known as “Paramount” and “Caoba”, the Block “D East” garage and retail building, and the MWC’s lively pedestrian corridor called the “7th Street Promenade”.
The Project is a mixed-use multifamily residential building. As depicted on the enclosed plans titled “Block A” prepared by ODP Architecture and Design, dated March 13, 2019, the building consists of a slender geometry broken into two shifting masses, linked together with a central core. The Project includes +/- Fifteen Thousand (15,000) square feet of ground ﬂoor retail space and Five Hundred Thirty-Three (533) multifamily units, situated in a Forty-Seven (47) story building. The 7th ﬂoor amenity deck features a wide range of activities, including “morning” lap pools, a dog park, table tennis, and picnic areas. The Project’s rooftop will include an additional “sunset” lap pool and sun deck. On the ground ﬂoor, an extensive hardscape and landscape program wraps the building to create an inviting entrance for pedestrians from NE 10th Street, NE 11th Street, and NE 1st Avenue. It is important to note the ground ﬂoor hardscape/landscape program is intentionally designed to coordinate seamlessly with the MWC District, creating a sense of identity and arrival.
Based on Appendix D “Miami Worldcenter” of the City of Miami’s Zoning Code (“Miami 21”), all new buildings within the MWC District require approval through the City’s Warrant process. Due to the unique conﬁguration of the Property, which includes a very narrow depth, the Applicant is requesting One (1) Special District Permit pursuant to Section 3(0) of Appendix D to increase the tower length from 200’ to 219’-10”. It is important to note that the building ﬂoorplates are below the maximum permitted square footage, and the Project is well below the maximum permitted Floor Area. However, the narrow depth of the Property necessitates the Special District Permit to create usable ground ﬂoor retail space and efficient residential unit layouts. The Project is otherwise designed in accordance with Appendix D of Miami 21.