Berkowitz Plans 1000-Foot Skyrise Miami Observation Deck

Developer Jeff Berkowitz has submitted plans to the city of Miami for an observation tower called Skyrise Miami, exMiami has learned.

The Arquitectonica-designed proposal is slated to begin construction in 2014 on what is currently a surface parking lot behind Bayside Marketplace.

Skyrise will include three observation decks. Also included: A restaurant, nightclub, private lounge and a ballroom. Other attractions planned are a moving theater, Skyplunge and Skyrise Drop.

Berkowitz is best known for developing major shopping centers throughout Miami, including Aventura Commons, Dadeland Station and Fifth & Alton.

The FAA has granted approval for Skyrise Miami to be built at a height of 1000 feet above sea level (990 feet above ground level).