Brightline Parent Submits Renderings For Two 83-Story Downtown Miami Supertowers

Two supertowers planned by Brightline’s parent company at their MiamiCentral complex have been redesigned, according to plans submitted to the county on August 6.

The two new towers are proposed to rise 83 stories, or 848 feet.

Instead of building the supertowers with office and hotel use, the towers will be residential.

Brightline decided to switch to residential after completing and leasing two other residential towers at MiamiCentral last year with 816 apartments

Under the new proposal, Supertower A and Supertower B at MiamiCentral are proposed to include a total of:

  • 2,007 residential units (1,003 in the south tower, 1,004 in the north)
  • 49,634 square feet of retail (25,250 square feet in the south tower, 24,384 in the north)
  • 2,136 parking spaces (1,058 in the south tower, 1,078 in the north)

The developer says the design has also been updated to improve connectivity to the Metrorail, incorporate ridesharing, such as Uber and Lyft, and provide more open space and green space in order to create a higher quality development for residents and visitors to downtown.

The company recently obtained $200m in additional financing secured by the supertower properties, among others.

The new renderings included in the submittal are labeled as a massing study.

Zyscovich is the architect.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Ground level is nice, but the towers are ugly. I wish they had kept it mixed use with office and hotel as well as residential. I thought they announced they were selling these lots; why update the renderings?

Anonymous
1 month ago

“I taught I saw a puddy tat!”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol ok, boomer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No problem tiddy boy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Right? Is this parent company known for building towers?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t even recall any renderings to constitute a redesign, just massing studies.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is hilarious! Brightline’s parent company has sold the lots. Connect the dot on why THEY are submitting plans!

Anonymous
1 month ago

>2,136 parking spaces

> Next to metrorail, metromover, and intercity rail — in the heart of downtown.

Fight me. Defend that.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You act like they’re all going to use their cars constantly, sometimes people go to Tampa or doral. They may be rude share drivers as well. Which I use to do and even people living next to a metromover station and headed to somewhere that is also next to a metromover station don’t want to use mass transit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Some people that work there, drive to work and live in Kendall, Hialeah, Homestead, Miami Gardens, Miami Shores, El Portal, Little Haiti, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miramar, etc. Last I check the Metro rail and mover don’t travel to those places. And not everyone wants to take a run down bus or Jitney that might leave you because it’s packed during rush hour. Most hospitality workers aren’t privileged enough to live in downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I agree it should be less parking. But, folks who choose to live there and have cars would at least have the option to walk/bike/transit for SOME of their trips. They’ll probably find that getting to the garage and winding down the podium and hunting for parking + traffic is more of a headache. If/when these are built rents will be $2,500+ a month for a studio. People at that income level are going to have cars. But that doesn’t mean they have to use them for every trip.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Fight me. Defend that”

Okayyy….

I’ll have the convenience of having a parking spot in this building to leave my vehicle while I jump on a Brightline train to enjoy a weekend in Orlando.

Your turn…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ppl still like to own cars. If they can take the metro or brightline they will, but if someone is going to Kendall, Doral, West Broward, Homestead, the BEACHES, etc. They are better getting in their cars. I agree with the sentiment but just explaining their reasoning

Anonymous
1 month ago

The fact that this is probably the most transit connected spot in the entire region and still there’s 2000 parking spots, one for every apartment is crazy

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s crazy right now to you until you live in an apartment in one of these buildings and own a vehicle.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let the developers “be crazy”. When the market proves you to be correct, then the crazy developers will get the clue.

Afterall, what do developers know about developing. They do it 60-80 hours per week, every week, for decades. Maybe they do not know what they are doing. Maybe…
It is always good to have an open mind and consider the possibilities.

I”ll bet you $4 that the radical concept of ZERO parking spaces was considered. Probably for about 3 seconds. Then they moved on to consider 100 spaces, then 500, then 1,000, then 2,000 AND THEN 3,000 and then 4,000.

Double of nothing bet. They did not throw a dart at a dartboard and come up with 2,000 parking spaces.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A lot of times, developers do not have a choice for 2 reasons. The first reason usually being minimum parking requirements which are notoriously stupid but in this case don’t affect it too much.

The second reason usually being the bank where the developers obtain the loan usually requires a minimum amount parking to deem it a safe investment and allocate the money.

The way to solve this is to completely eliminate minimum parking requirements and institute maximum parking requirements so the developer actually has more of an option.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Any actual evidence of the second? Seen it mentioned numerous times, but never seen any cold hard facts backing up the claim.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t forget: Zero parking requirement.

Living off A1A
1 month ago

OK… MetroTransit serves the MINIMAL parts of Miami-Dade County. The MetroRail is a joke… and takes you nowhere you need to go! If I live in the Core AND my job is in the Core… maybe. But most likely–you have to drive somewhere! Until they fix this Climate Change mess, and it’s not 700% humidity with 94-deg: then I might walk a few blocks… but if working >>> i can’t arrive to work smelly and sweaty! Then my boss will have to build showers and changing rooms. God forbid i would attempt to take MetroBus >>> a 4h journey no matter where you go! If I lived in these towers… and needed to get to MIA or Dadeland, then MetroRail is the answer. Anywhere else, including shopping, you need your car. (gotta carry your Costco purchases somewhere!) >>>> I’ve attempted to live car-free in other cities. You’re held captive by your lack of freedom to get up and go! Miami just doesn’t and won’t have “it” for another couple of generations. Sad but true. We need parking. It’s a basic need. Period. Defended.

Anonymous
1 month ago

what you mean metro rail go nowhere? metro rail go to hialeah papi, hialeah classy, hialeah good, no mess with hialeah papi

Anonymous
1 month ago

How do you fix “this Climate Change mess” when it’s always been “700% humidity with 94-deg?” Any time you suggest planting shade trees, people scream about hurricanes or say “we want palms cuz dis Miami.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Fight me. Defend that.”
#1. The Golden Rule. He who has the gold rules. The private property owner has the most say as to what can be done on the private property that he owns. Bloggers and commenters don’t really “fight”. Men and woman who own property fight. Bloggers and commenters bitch, complain, whine, and dream of a utopian land where cars are gone.
#2. Just because you think “cars off the road” and “Will & Grace” are excellent ideas, not everyone does. In a land where Private Property Rights, Freedom and Liberty reign supreme, there is no room for Central Planners or the visions of these annointed numbskulls.

Thfm
1 month ago

Central planners are controlled by the builders/developers. As usual no real parks, free space for kids. Just a few blocks from the beautiful riverwalk LOL. It is Miami, remember

A01
21 days ago

Nah, developers just want to make money. Developers in compact downtowns make money; developers in awful exurbs make money. It is the GOVERNMENT that fails to create or maintain a nice walkable city even when it has 3 or 4 transit modes and 100du/acre zoning. Look at the damn freeway offramp coming right into the CBD. This is leftovers from white flight. The govt needs to set the rules, but they can’t if thousands of people think they deserve to drive door to door.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Agreed. Another parking pedestal. Absolute nuts. Then people will complain about traffic.

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

Go back to offices please. That area does not need any more residential towers. There are way too many residential units and barely no office space available.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sure, anything you say Mr “I didn’t invest a dime in this planned development.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Developers build for what’s in demand. Right now demand for residential is larger than for office spaces.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Look, I don’t care what the market says, I want more office TOWERS!!!

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re free to spend $150 million+ on building an office building and lose it because you can’t get enough leases.

POLO
1 month ago

Sorry, but these towers are a monstrosity!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I see.. Brightline’s competitors pay you well.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay, I’ll bite. Who are Brightline’s competitors?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Developers who will have to compete against these towers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The towers are ugly…stop being such a fan boy of anything vertical!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Dang!!!.. what a way to hurt your sister’s feelings…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good luck with the elevators, four for an eighty-story building?! And then one dedicated to move-ins, so typically only three available?

Marc
1 month ago

And can’t forget the one that is destined to be broken down almost daily!

So then you’re left with typically just two available….

Anonymous
1 month ago

The name of the game in Miami is about making a quick dollar, not making a functional building for people to live in or a neighborhood where people do more than drive through.

Anonymous
1 month ago

One elevator for per 250 apartments in an 80 plus story building? that definately will be a night mare, how many elevators are in Panorama?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The more elevators they install, the higher the price is for a unit in these buildings. But I know that doesn’t bother you because you’re not planning on living in one of these buildings anyway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The higher the price per unit for a consumer, or the smaller the profit for the greedy developer?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ The more commodities these developers put in their buildings for the consumer, the higher the asking price will be to rent… it’s just that simple! When people see capitalism in it’s truest form, they start screaming words like “greedy” because they don’t understand the facts or hate them. But like the saying goes, “facts are facts!”

Anonymous
1 month ago

More that some extra elevators may force the developer to go from a leased white Porsche to a leased white BMW. When people see thoughtless greed, they start screaming words like “greedy” because it’s not that hard to recognize greed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

…by the same line of thought, what’s an extra $50/mo in rent to the tenants to cover extra elevators? One or 2 less nights of eating out? Yeah, BFD.

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

Floor plans in panorama show 8 adjacent equally sized elevators. 7 normal one freight maybe? But the freight one not any larger.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Buildings of this size usually have 4 or 5 community elevators and then 1 dedicated freight elevator for moving.

Danny Costa
1 month ago

Ugly. Why do these developers always use uninspiring architects?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Money
Greed
No desire to leave a legacy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Ugly…” Why do you expert criticizers always use that word?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Because it is ugly..

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ see, another expert…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why don’t the criticism police find another past time?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why don’t these expert criticizers realize that just because they use the word “ugly,” that doesn’t mean shit!

Moshe Mana
1 month ago

Massive and Ugly

Azarius
1 month ago

Not crazy about the design. Looks like everyone is getting te real picture. Office space is available and not enough demand right now. Yeah I know the articles say this and that but it’s not reflecting the real current market. Residential is the cash cow in downtown!

Azarius
1 month ago

Especially with all the office space coming to Wynwood, where they have a true Live Work Play environment and with the amount development in progress and coming soon smh Wynwood will be the most desirable area to live!

Anonymous
1 month ago

a TRUE live work play environment.

Brickell better watch out!
Brickell only has a Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Conrad, JW Marriott, the East, and W Hotel, etc. Wynwood has the most amazing AirBnB’s this side of Edgewater!!!

And…..if you are in Internaitonal Banking, the work is really in Wynwood.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It will fill in the skyline so good tho. Add that skyline density

Thfm
1 month ago

Where do all these potential renters work

Anonymous
1 month ago

Should extend the rail platform into the first tower and actually be able to fit the Amtrak train into downtown Miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

Amtrak does not operate on the FEC tracks. The article says they are going to better incorporate metrorail which would be nice. For those that don’t know, the metromover platform at government center station has been connected to miamicentral at the future Tri-Rail platforms.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about Amtrak fixes the platforms at the Miami Airport station to accommodate the length of their trains first?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope this part of downtown gets twin massive buildings like this

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thry look like a large scale public housing project

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown Miami is getting crowed with ugly towers. I noticed for every good looking design tower there are another 6 buildings with mediocre look.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There goes that word “ugly” again…

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol, he said “crowed.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yup.

Anonymous
1 month ago

what a waste!!! UGLY, SUPER UGLY

Anonymous
1 month ago

“UGLY, SUPER UGLY”

Gee, you expert design criticizers sure have an extremely impressive vocabulary.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Increasing downtown’s population density at the speed of light.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is terrible

Anonymous
1 month ago

ahhhh.. I think Covid is worse than this.

The Bear.
1 month ago

I understand we are attracting more companies here, but let’s build even more class A office space so can grab the few that we are not getting just due to the lack of office space.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ever heard of 830 Brickell?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The base is a disaster.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As long as Miami is under the radar for Asians and Indians, office space won’t be a necessity any time soon.

Anonymous
1 month ago

More like the country as a whole, because that’s where jobs are going again.

Bob Villa
1 month ago

Ronald Reagan must be twisting in his grave. He said mass transit would never work in South Florida. That it was an unnecessary public expense. Unfortunately, there were enough near-sighted local politicians who agreed with him. So they killed Metro-Rail! Now look at what’s happening? Downtown Miami and the rest of the SoFlo area is being transformed, because big business is finally moving into the neighborhood, with the addition of high speed rail service. Now is the time to expand METRO-RAIL to all areas of the County.
This shoulda-could’ve happened 30 years ago!

Anonymous
1 month ago

False. Reagan criticized the cost based on Federal subsidies requested. Metrorail wasn’t expanded because of him, rather because of corruption and incompetence at the local level. Recall the penny tax? It also didn’t help that it put the cart before the horse, where apart from Government Center and Dadeland South Stations, had no TOD or policies to encourage it until more recently.

Brightline is a different story, whereas it’s utilizing railroads from the 1880s to 1920s in built-up, relatively walkable areas.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bob Villa! Love your show.

Not quite right though. Reagan noted in a Presidential Debate (1979) that the cost of the MetroMover (and Detroit’s PeopleMover) were so wasteful, that you could use the money instead to buy a Limosuine, and a year’s supply of gasoline for every single rider.

He said, like nearly everyone posing on the The Next Miami, that the Metromover was poorly planned, and wasteful.

Oh what a difference 3 generations makes!
The Metromover sucked in 1984. It sucked in 1990…..2000…2010…and now it is AMAZING in 2021.

In case you haven’t yet studied the corruption in the City of Miami (or Detroit). Those awful transport projects were slated for Miami and Detroit more to satiate corrupt politicians than to move people around. The City of Miami was bankrupt in 1997, and those downtown poliiticians were removed for a better lot.

Something happened in Miami, that did not happen in Detroit. I’m not going to give away the answer, but it is worth a study.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not only are these 2 hideous looking towers, but the location next to the Children’s court house is a disaster. Why would anyone throw 2 monstrosities in this part of Downtown? The size and complexity of these towers for that area is a total disaster. And 83 stories, really??? I mean, this should not even be built at all if it’s just going to make the area look like crap.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Whoever the competitor is, I see you’re working hard for the money he’s paying you.

Anonymous
1 month ago

c’mon tell the truth. They decided not to do an office component because there is no demand for office space.

The Bear.
1 month ago

I think they felt like they could make more of a profit from residential units.

Anonymous
1 month ago

All the smart money is working remote now so yeah, no demand

Anonymous
1 month ago

Aren’t these sites available for sale as part of their grand scam to cash out ?

Paul
1 month ago

Every NextMiami comment section: “We need work from home forever.”

Also every NextMiami comment section: “We need more office space”

Anonymous
1 month ago

You ain’t lying.. I mean, if not every, almost every!

Johnny nyc
1 month ago

Do people work and play in downtown Miami or is it just condos ? Wtf ? Bring businesses to downtown Miami build office space. and also build up. Bayside Bring back sky rise Miami or something epic as that. Create a destination in bayside

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yuck!

Mr. Culo
1 month ago

Whoa, the base is nicer than the tower portion in those renders!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This thing has acre upon acre of redundant looking balconies, we have to stare at more concrete cheapness instead of glass

Anonymous
1 month ago

“WE” have to stare?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

This looks like a sequel to the panorama tower

Anonymous
1 month ago

Residential towers will bring more activity to downtown because the residents will be there 24/7 but in office buildings people go home after 5pm . I’m sure they’ll build more office space when there is more demand for it

Anonymous
1 month ago

I love the pedestal, the towers are nice but could be nicer. Anyways, JUST BUILD THEM ALREADY!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Only 2,136 parking spaces??? Who do these jokers think they are? This is Florida!