Another Building Coming To Worldcenter: Fifield Planning 533-Unit Apartment Tower

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:

  • 533 multifamily units
  • 15,000 square feet of ground floor retail
  • 456 parking spaces
  • Seventh floor amenity deck atop parking podium
  • Rooftop pool and sundeck at top of tower

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous

Coming to Miami from Chicago, I can tell you this is a high quality developer. All their buildings in downtown Chicago are very well built and maintained meticulously. Look forward to some new developer product in the market instead of the same 3/4 players controlling the rental supply.

Anonymous

I approve this message…

Anonymous

I hope some of these developers are taking note.. this is the kind of sleek and beautiful design one can get when they use another architect firm other than Arquitectonica.

Anonymous

What apartment project has Arquitectonica designed?

Anonymous

Nice for density. Fill it up.

Miami1

Love it, perfect for the area and great street level design!!!

Anonymous

Beautiful!
Nice to see a different type of architecture. Oh boy, no dancing balconies.
What a relief it is…

Anonymous

World-Class tower.

Anonymous

Really? World Class? Seems like plain vanilla.

Anonymous

Only 499ft tall and still have to be reviewed by the FAA. Very useless process.

Anonymous

All buildings have to go through FAA

Anonymous

That’s my point. When there’s buildings standing 100 to 200 feet just a block away in front this one, what are they reviewing?

Anonymous

Agreed.

Anonymous

Reviewing their job security, it’s very important for the safety of aviation.

Anonymous

Nice parking ratio < 1

Anonymous

How about the convention center and hotel???

Anonymous

Looks good, but worldcenter is turning into just a bunch of apartment buildings and condos.

Anonymous

and parking, don’t forget.

Anonymous

Um, that’s one of the things it’s designed for.

marc

It always was that.

Anonymous

I agree. Another Brickell. How do we attract major companies to downtown when we don,t have class A office towers to accommodate them? It is one of the reasons why we can’t attract such firms, instead of the city trying to change the “party city” mentality they’re simply going along with any investor willing to spend on any and everything. Condos and apartments simply enforces the transient nature of the city. Don’t we have enough? Save the few remaining empty lots for office buildings, then maybe it will become more worthy of the term “World Center”.

Anonymous

The office demand isn’t there.

Anonymous

Nor enough educated people.

Anonymous

There doesn’t need to be demand now. Larry Silverstein built the WTC with a future market in mind (the towers were initially empty then only filled with government offices in the early years).

Anonymous

Yeah, well you keep waiting for a few developers to build office towers all over Miami with no immediate demand for them.

Anonymous

Yes, build it and they will come. It takes a good two years to build anyway. By most accounts, Miami’s office occupancy rates are high and growing. If we wait until a major corporation shows interest, it’s already too late, if the office space is not readily available.

Anonymous

LOL you’re actually comparing putting an office tower in the world’s financial capital versus putting one in Miami???

Anonymous

That’s not a strong argument for building on spec.
The top four employers in M-D are all government (schools, county, feds, state). Next is Publix, then Baptist Health, Jackson Health, and UofM.
American Air is number 9, and a call center operator is number 10.
Not a great market for large blocks of class A office space.

SRS

Looks like Met Square

Anonymous

Haha It reminded of that tower too.

Anonymous

Except it’s clean, orderly, and quality for a filler while Met Square is cheap and nasty, cluttered, and an ugly eyesore.

Anonymous

Let me guess, you have built better?

Anonymous

Is Block A the same place where the Hines building supposed to go? Interesting that still on the Hines website that they plann(ed) on starting construction mid-2018? Wonder if it’s still happening…

marc

They’re supposed to break ground this year.

Anonymous

Based on the map, it looks like this is north of Hines

marc

No. This is just north across the street from the Paramount Tower.

Anonymous

North of Hines building

marc

Nope look at the plans. It’s north of Paramount.

Anonymous

South of Interstate 195

Miami1

West of 10000 Museum..

Anonymous

West of Hines, same block.

Anonymous

East of Eden

POLO

Sleek beautiful tower! However, why not make it 500 FT so we can have another 500 footer?

Nick

I like it.. Quality out of town developers coming to Miami.. transforming a once deserted section of downtown into a beautiful livable place.. near everything.

Anonymous

ODP Architecture & Design is making nice designs.

Anonymous

The East side of this building would be underutilized as a blank parking garage wall. Instead it should incorporate a Northern extension of the World Center’s pedestrian paseo that extends up to the 836 underpass park/trail. Shame on “MWC BLOCK A LLC” if they don’t take advantage of thier holdings to promote such a connection that could transform connectivity in this area.

Anonymous

Maybe there is another development happening 6″ away from the eastern facade?

Anonymous

How can I download these plans?