Architecture Firm Proposes Turning Old Cruise Ships Into Affordable Housing

An architecture firm is proposing turning old cruise ships into affordable housing in Miami, according to Insider.

CallisonRTKL, which is based in Washington, is behind the proposal.

A rendering shows a ship docked at the FEC Inlet next to Museum Park (officially named Maurice Ferré Park).

An architectural designed at the firm said he came up with the idea when he realized that the cruise industry was now decommissioning many ships.

At the same time, demand for affordable housing in Miami has been growing, he said.

The cruise ships would be retrofitted with a parking garage for residents, since Miami is a “car-heavy city.”

A courtyard would be added to the interior area to allow for natural light and plants.

There would be 900 units, costing $1,250 each.

A survey was said to have been conducted, with 88% of 362 Miami residents said to be interested in living there. The name of the pollster or methodology were not included in the article.

 

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Anonymous
2 months ago

So dumb.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Hey let’s provide low income housing with direct waterfront views…🤦‍♂️

Anonymous
2 months ago

Crazy New Yorkers put affordable housing and shelter in front of Central Park. Imagine that.

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

Yeah the city could get far more tax revenue for higher priced apartments and use it for low income projects in liberty city.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Oh no, terrible idea

Anonymous
2 months ago

That’s a eyesore sorry cool idea but not there. Blocking that’s great view with a giant cruise ship? No thanks

William
2 months ago

The maintenance of a ship floating in water with huge fire risks…. “low income housing”? What are these people inhaling?

Anonymous
2 months ago

“with huge fire risks”

But… it’s… on… water…..

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

the cruises could be used for lots of things, but this is not the one.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Why do people want to fill the inlet so bad? There is a new proposal every year to stuff a hotel and now a cruise ship in that space that is perfect the way it is.

Dev 1
2 months ago

It is absolutely illegal to build anything over the waters of Biscayne Bay or to permanently moor a vessel or permanently affix anything to the bottom – and it will always remain illegal to do so

Anonymous
2 months ago

This is not a real proposal. It’s just an idea.

Anonymous
2 months ago

A bad idea

Anonymous
2 months ago

whoever wrote this has no idea how a cruise ship works and the amount of maintenance even docked it will cost, not worth it,

Anonymous
2 months ago

I think it’s a stupid idea. A giant ship like that next to a beautiful park will overwhelm it in a negative way. Also, doesn’t this guy realize we’re in hurricane alley?!

Anonymous
2 months ago

the ships that are being decommissioned are being thrown away for a reason. A lot of work would need to be done. Having a rusy ship in the skyline isn’t ideal.

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

Or we could develop countless empty lots and change zoning.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Attacking zoning is about a ignorant of an argument as saying that people are homeless because of the lack of affordable housing. If zoning is the problem, why are London and Hong Kong so expensive when they don’t even use zoning?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Wrong.
Zoning is a big problem in Miami-Dade, and a cheap and easy problem to fix.

Minimum room size zoning is an easily fixed issue. Why 400 sq ft minimum? If a young person just needs a crash pad to sleep and receive mail, why not? Let the market decide.

Parking requirements. Does a 3 bedroom apartment NEED 2.5 parking places? Maybe, but why require it via zoning. Maybe, just maybe, 3 roommates can share one car, or chose to have no cars.

When 15,000 sq ft lots in Coral Gables have “in-laws quarters”, but zoning only allows for a Single Family to live on a lot, that is a wasted affordable housing unit.

For zero dollars, a few thousand housing units could be added to the stock in Miami-Dade County allowing for this adjustment alone.

PS. The don’t call them Zoning Laws in London England (until recently), but they are far worse. London’s Planning decisions are discretionary, taken on a case-by-case basis, and granted almost exclusively by local authorities. Arbitrary opinions of bureaucrats, is worse that arbitrary interpretations of bureaucrats. Hence…..another reason why London, England is expensive.

Anonymous
2 months ago

There is virtually no commercial or industrial zoning left, and local businesses are feeling the crunch. Just try setting up shop and see what the initial costs are. Soon enough only huge corporate money, tech companies, banks and CVS will have enough to open up a store front around here.

MM305
2 months ago

Exactly! Upzone the city baby!

Anonymous
2 months ago

NOOOOOOOOO

Anonymous
2 months ago

HAHA Is this a joke or something? April Fools day is not until another month away.

Karl Isen
2 months ago

This writting is misleading. The article that this references is about using decommissioned cruiseships and converting them into affordable housing solutions and uses Miami as an example with its high real estate increase of late and the subsequent imbalance of high and market rate housing as an offsetting catalyst. No where is there mention of location on Ferré Park, FEC slip or even downtown Miami. This is a poor way to engage in the disparity of affordable housing in Miami and any reasonable solution.

Rem
2 months ago

Well, regardless of the article never mentioning it, that rendering above that was in the article very clearly shows the AAA – excuse me FTX Arena – on the left, the FEC slip, park on the right, and other Miami buildings in the background. So even if it wasn’t specifically called out, it was implied.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yes.
The article (and accompanying photo) are misleading.
The idea is still pretty bad.

Andrew
2 months ago

???
Sounds very hurricane worthy in such a risky hurricane prone city.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It’s a ship.. where ever they anchor it, it can easily be moved.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Dream on.
So the vessel needs to remain in mechanical shape (engines, internal water treatment/sewage, engines, navigational systems etc) to be moved at a moments notice.
.. and a crew (captains / engineers etc) out of no where is there to move it at a moments notice??
… and move it where during a hurricane. A free cruise vacation at every storm threat??

Anonymous
2 months ago

Gee, a cruise ship expert has spoken.

Tell me something Captain.. have anyone of these cruise ships that you know of ever been through a storm?

Anonymous
2 months ago

.. and you speak like a drunk.
No. They are constantly moving around and change their itinerary accordingly, and also constantly maintained accordingly. This is a completely different circumstance.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ And there you have it folks, another expert who does nothing but sit on his a s s and pop pills all day but knows everything a cruise ship can do if there’s a storm out in the ocean. Here’s a little info for you Captain… there have been thirty to forty foot boats that went through storms out in ocean.

Miami should be so lucky to have you as a resident.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Ships going through hurricanes is not a good idea.
In fact, it is ridiculous. You bring the average IQ down for all commenters on this site.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Boy, there are really some d u m b n i n c o m p o o p s living in Miami/Dade. Out in the Pacific Ocean, crab boats are constantly in hellava weather and very seldom you hear about one them sinking. Cruise Ships are much, much bigger and are made to go through storms.

Please, educate yourself before you speak with such asinine logic.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yea drunk. A cruise ship with 2000 passengers in the middle of a cat 4 or 5 is a good idea.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ Hey Einstein on drugs, who said anything about a cruise ship taking on a cat 4 or 5 hurricane?

Anonymous
2 months ago

“It’s a ship.. where ever they anchor it, it can easily be moved.”
You made a drunk blog in which I replied to your blog:
“Ships going through hurricanes is not a good idea.”
Now you change the narrative again.
It Is impossible to have any kind of discussion with a drunk.

Anonymous
2 months ago

^ This is my second time responding to you because TNM took down my last post.

Now, I did post; “It’s a ship.. where ever they anchor it, it can easily be moved.” But not; “Ships going through hurricanes is not a good idea.”

A ship, where ever they anchor it, can easily be moved because tell me something Captain druggy.. have you ever heard of “Tug Boats?”

Anonymous
2 months ago

Bad

Anonymous
2 months ago

Nope.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Oh god, please no!!

Fern
2 months ago

If they’re proposing this imagine what horrors didn’t see the light of day

Anonymous
2 months ago

The most r-tarded idea since sewer pipe pods.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Imagine all the rubbish that they be throwing overboard

Anne Annomous
2 months ago

Let’s see: An architect did a ”study” and just couldn’t find opportunity of denting the affordable housing crisis – through placement of poorly housed people on a large vessel – anywhere near his home in Washington. If there was only a harbor in the Washington/Baltimore area…….

Anonymous
2 months ago

That’s crazy to permanently ruin this area lmao

Anonymous
2 months ago

Only if they park them in Havana

Anonymous
2 months ago

What a waste of time to even publish this stupid idea

Anonymous
2 months ago

Turn them into luxury restaurants and bars so they will provide high paying jobs so those people could live freely in the free market.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Nah, handouts are easier

Anonymous
2 months ago

Problem with this theory is restaurants and bars don’t pay well, only a small handful do, and the prices in this city are astronomical

Anonymous
2 months ago

Miami bars and restaurants do pay well if you are good at what you do, and you chose to work in above average bars and restaurants.

Thinking about the silly riverboat casinos on the Mississippi River, it isn’t hard to imagine monster sized cruise ship permanently anchored as part of a lifestyle center or alongside a public park.

Call it “The Mother of All Food Halls”, with the Blue Man Group and Cirque Du Soleil clowns dancing around the place.

Anonymous
2 months ago

how about if you weren’t born in miami and can’t afford it go look for housing in another city

Anonymous
2 months ago

So only the people in affordable hosing get waterfront views? Shit ill quit and go work at McD’s and apply for affordable housing

Anonymous
2 months ago

Boats are holes in the water…

Anonymous
2 months ago

wtf?..

Anonymous
2 months ago

somebody is thinking outside the box.. lol