Apartment Project With 578 Units Above Shopping Mall Gets Foundation Permit Approved, Developer Says Work To Begin ‘Immediately’

Miami’s Building Department has approved a foundation permit for the Block 55 project in downtown, and the developer says work will begin right away.

The foundation permit was approved on May 26.

Another permit was approved today to install temporary toilets for construction workers on the site.

At a city commission meeting on June 1, developer Michael Swerdlow told politicians that work on the project was set to begin “immediately.” Groundbreaking would take place in the coming weeks, he said.

Commissioners voted at the meeting to award the project an additional $2.5 million in taxpayer financing, according to The Real Deal.

Block 55 will include:

  • 578 affordable apartments for seniors
  • 250,000 square feet of retail space
  • 1,050 parking spaces
  • A 1,400 square foot police substation

Retail tenants will include Target, Aldi, Ross, Ulta, Burlington, and Youfit. There will also be a Five Below, Swerdlow said at the meeting.

 

 

The site is still covered with trees:

 


 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

perfect for that area.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m glad we’re getting such a large parking garage for this corner of downtown!

I’ve always driven by on 95 and thought to myself ‘wow, we need more parking!!’ It is a good thing since we don’t have any MetroRail or MetroMover nearby!

/sarcasm

In reality, we’re building a large parking garage for SENIOR HOUSING. Grandma is going to roll over your family as you walk to the gym!

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s for the retail anti car 🤡

Anonymous
1 month ago

Peek the parking at the Midtown Target. Most of the parking there is always empty.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good.. that means that means the amount of parking spots they built there are working.

Jesus
1 month ago

All that parking is going to be considered a mistake once traffic becomes similar to Los Angeles. Los Angeles did what we’re doing right now with little investment in reliable, effective, efficient public transit and a short sighted view that the car was still going to be the future. But whatever, money runs the world until that money also seems short sighted from the results it gives.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Many cities are making the same mistake that Los Angeles made in it’s past. They say Texas is the new California and we are certainly not very far behind. It’s unfortunate because many cities will go the way of Detroit if we don’t drastically rethink our ways.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What does transportation have to do with focusing your economy one one industry?

Anonymous
1 month ago

“They say Texas is the new California”

Florida has a little over half the population of California but Florida’s land size is a little less than half of California’s. But Texas land size is at least three and half times the size of Florida’s.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“We’re building”….are “we”??
It is much more accurate to say that a man of action put together a vision to provide a product that serves the needs of many many more individuals, and all involved will be rewarded.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I really hope those trees will be saved and replanted elsewhere.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown or Overtown?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Overtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown for all intents and purposes. It is east of I-95 and adjacent to Government Center which is the central transit hub of Downtown and all of Miami. The names and boundaries of neighborhoods change and shift over time. Look at Lemon city (a.k.a little Haiti) or Riverside (a.k.a East Little Havana)

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is definitely Overtown…the best new upcoming neighborhood in town!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The southern boundary of Overtown is NW 5th St. Considering the project is one block north of NW 5th St means that it is enviable that the lines between what is downtown and Overtown will blur over time. MiamiCentral straddles the entire boundary as it starts in NW 3rd St all the way to NW 8th St. Would MiamiCentral be considered Overtown or Downtown? Nothing against Overtown, its just it is natural for the downtown core of a city to expand with new growth. The zoning of downtown and adjacent streets to the north are more congruent than the zoning west of I-95.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Make Little Havana and Haiti Riverside and Lemon City again. I don’t recall seeing Puerto Ricans who long moved away from Little San Juan complaining about the neighborhood changing back to Wynwood.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good now maybe the midtown target will be less packed

Anonymous G
1 month ago

Going to be a nice project for the area. Glad construction is starting immediately!

Anonymous
1 month ago

UGG

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes.. and people are always coming on this site to complain about some rendering looking like a prison. Well, this fugly designed mess truly looks like a prison with windows on top of shopping mall that’s on top of a police substation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It looks nice but the suburban big box stores this close to town seem like they’re just going to steal customers away from small local business

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, Mana raising rents and crazy homeless people will do that. Otherwise, how did all the businesses coexist with Burdine’s/Macy’s for so long? Clearly, you haven’t seen recent urban format Target stores. Too bad one didn’t move into the old Macy’s space. Instead we get a damn Ross. Mana scares off any investment.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No!! The east side of Miami is in desperate need of retail and services. Currently, we have to drive to Kendall or Aventura for many basic needs.

Anonymous
1 month ago

awful

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why do seniors need to be living in downtown miami? Build the senior housing in North or West Miami. Downtown should be geared for young workers or rich people.

Anonymous
1 month ago

exactly, idk why people are downvoting

Anonymous
1 month ago

This isn’t really downtown tho, it’s in Overtown and there are plenty of empty lots to build up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, well better here in an ugly building along I-95 than on prime real estate.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ghetto retail other than Target.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People are sorry they have to live in this area instead of on Star Island like you.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And where do you shop? Saks? Keep your negativity to yourself

American Worker
1 month ago

Aldi is lit