Biscayne Boulevard’s New World Tower Could Get Rapid Transit Zoning

A developer who has been assembling several Biscayne Boulevard properties where a supertall tower is possible has requested Rapid Transit zoning designation, according to a county memo.

The properties being requested for inclusion include the 30-story New World Tower on Biscayne Boulevard, and the adjacent Yve Hotel.

The New World Tower dates to 1965, and was built by Jose Ferre, the father of Maurice Ferre. The Yve dates to 1926, but has been significantly altered.

Both properties are said to have been purchased by Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty this year.

In January, an RFR affiliate reportedly purchased the New World Tower for $84 million.

In April, an RFR affiliate reportedly purchased the Yve Hotel property for $25.7 million.

A 12-story building at 141 NE 3rd Ave purchased in April is also part of the request. A total of five adjacent parcels are being requested for inclusion.

The new owner is now requesting the properties be added to the Miami-Dade’s Rapid Transit Subzone. The move would allow for county oversight of development on the property, rather than city.

Miami-Dade commissioners are also scheduled to vote on a request by Citadel to add their Brickell properties to the RTZ zone.

However, the City of Miami, which would lose zoning oversight to the county, is said to be opposed to the move, according to Miami Herald reported Doug Hanks.

 

(photo: Marc Averette)

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Truth Matters
2 months ago

Waste of time.
These people have no idea what a city center is much less how to develop a walkable rapid transit zone area. When your goal is to build hundreds of parking next to transit hubs, you know the right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing

Slim Shady
2 months ago

Okay Truth Matters, perhaps we could get the Central Planners and Gov’t Bureaucrats to take that property away from the private individuals.
Those Central Planners and Bureaucrats have provided “great success” with I-95 through Overtown, Metrorail, Metromover, and the I95 ramps of spaghetti though the the North Bank of the Miami River.

Adrian
2 months ago

I feel like this building and one has aged well. One Biscayne is the one that aged super well.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It hasn’t been called “New World Tower” for years. It’s “100 Biscayne.”

Vincent
2 months ago

I hope they tear this building down and build something beautiful in its place.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Doubtful. The New World Tower got remodeled just 3-4 years ago.

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

Why? It’s such a beautiful building for it’s age.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Are you serious? It’s one of the worst in the entire Urban Core.

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

And why is that? That might be your opinion but everyone has an opinion.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Downtown Fifth and Centro called.

Anonymous
2 months ago

huh???? Its been completely renovated and looks super modern, clean and new

Joe CARollo
2 months ago

20 story parking podium minimum or else…

anan
2 months ago

This is only fair.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The only problem with this building was 7-Eleven, and that’s gone. Any redevelopment will likely look inferior i.e., an Arquitectonica box without the architectural symmetry and proportion this tower has.

Anonymous
2 months ago

While it’s not unusual for major cities to demolish perfectly good buildings (NYC, London, Tokyo, etc.), considering I’m not seeing the raging demand for office space, rather a plethora of vacant lots and proposals which have yet to happen (World Trade Center of the Americas, Hines Tower, etc.), demolishing this tower and neighboring buildings (which are older than you think and in fact should be restored) is indeed will be sad to see and a waste. What’s next, the Southeast Financial Center?

Anonymous
2 months ago

I don’t think another supertall should be sandwiched in between the incoming Waldorf and future One Bayfront Plaza, at least not at the same 1049’ height.

Bob the Builder
2 months ago

too bad. Holiday Inn next to Waldorf is for sale and you better believe that new owner will want to go to 1049. Especially at the ridic price the seller is asking.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Let’s hope these ancient towers get bulldozed sooner than later.

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

Seriously. Why must everything get bulldozed to you people?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Have you seen these buildings in person? They’re fugly and outdated. Not everything needs to be bulldozed, but these 2 buildings, especially the Yve, should have been gone long ago. It’s prime real estate.

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

Not at all. Services it’s purpose as an office building. The least we need to be doing is getting rid of office buildings when we should be putting more office space in the Downtown core.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Because that’s the mentality of the people moving to Miami. Just because a condo looks old they want to tear it down for a shiny new building. No regard for the people who have lived their whole lives here. Stupid mentality to replace something affordable with something expensive.

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

That’s what it seems like.

Anonymous
2 months ago

These are office buildings, you clown.

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

And your point is?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Read the comment I was replying to. “Just because a condo looks old they want to tear it down for a shiny new building. No regard for the people who have lived their whole lives here. Stupid mentality to replace something affordable with something expensive.”

Nobody is talking about condos except this clown.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Unless it’s something innovate i.e., the original proposals for One Bayfront Plaza, leave it alone and restore the facades of the YVE/Colonial Hotel and former Miami Chamber of Commerce Building.

Calivalle..
2 months ago

Lmao 🤣🤣🤣 Very iconic page..

Pickled Rick
2 months ago

Noooo!!! Leave the New World Tower alone!

anonymous
2 months ago

This is a bad precedent.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Nope, it isn’t, because these elected city officials have a habit of dragging their feet.

anonymous
2 months ago

This is a beautiful tower. Please don’t demolish it!

Anonymous
2 months ago

yo they are expanding the metro mover thats a win…

Anonymous
2 months ago

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Says who?

Anonymous
2 months ago

What make any of you think they will build anything better? Look at all the crap that is being built in miami!!! Miami’s skyline is BORING!!!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Agreed. It is a fine tower considering it was completed in 1965, and the neighboring buildings to the north should be restored to their 1920s appearances.