Construction Now Underway On Melo’s Twin 33-Story Art Plaza Towers

That didn’t take long.

Just days after Melo Group submitted final plans to build twin 33-story apartment towers with 655 units called Art Plaza, foundation work is underway.

Construction on Art Plaza started even before the city granted approval, with the Urban Development Review Board scheduled to review the project today.

Art Plaza is one of three blocks that Melo is developing around the School Board Metromover station, bringing a total of 1,790 new apartments to the area.

In less than a year, you may see both Art Plaza towers topped off, if Melo’s history is any indication. Last October, the developer started construction across the street on twin 35-story towers called Square Station, with tower cranes installed two months later and top off in under 12 months.

 

below, art plaza site in foreground. square station apartment towers, school board metromover station, and canvas condo construction sites in background:

arsht center, melo’s fully leased 497-unit melody apartment tower, and 90% sold 648-unit aria condo in background:

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Great news for this long neglected area…and while melo buildings may not be iconic… They provide apartments to people wanting to live in or near downtown…and help fill in areas that desperately need density…they usually are fully leased before they are finished building…now… More office and retail there please…

rodrigoM.
3 years ago

beautiful project!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ugliest new buildings around even with lots of competition.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Melo doesn’t play around.. heavily investing in infill projects.

cynthai98
3 years ago

This Rental projects are exactly what young professionals of this city needs. Very cool looking parking garage by the way!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can you imagine if Melo was in charge of every single project that is developing in downtown Miami ? Including the tall 1000 foot towers.lol
Miami will be filled in no time. lol

Anonymous
3 years ago

It would definitely become the most dreadful, ugliest city in America pretty fast. Have to give you that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

If it wasn’t for a few good buildings, it would be on its way.

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

It was few years ago before all the new buildings came. A building is a building
He’s creating life in an area that was a dreadfully place with plenty of homeless, crime and drugs
I don’t understand why is so much issue with his buildings !!!!
They are ok
90% of the buildings in NYC are boxes with windows
The other 10% are master pieces from the Beaux Arts to the ultra modernists glass towers

Explains what is different from this building and the ones on Brickell Key or the Santa Maria
They all are concrete, walls , windows and balconies

I lived in Paris most of my life, between the 8 and 17 arrondissement, avenue de Viliers near Parc Monceau
This city needs less empty lots and more density
You want to see architecture Haussmann, Art Deco, Art Nouveau then move to Paris
I will rent you my flat. !!

You want ugly building, go to sunny isles and look at those ugly coral gables style monstruocities called Acqualina

Anonymous
3 years ago

A building is a building…sure, that’s just genius, and I’m really sure your a parisian, such a sophisticated outlook.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I laughed at how he only calls ten percent of NYC’s buildings architecturally-worthy, comparing a Miami beauty like the Santa Maria to this average development, and calls Acqualina “ugly coral gables style monstruocities.”

Anonymous
3 years ago

The first time I went to Paris, which was around late 1970’s, I was appalled at how dirty the city looked. I went back in the middle 1980’s and it still hadn’t changed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I dont agree with the purported Parisien, but please, let’s not bash the City of Light.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Dude, I’m not bashing. The second time I went to Paris I was with a different group of friends who had never been there and they too were shocked at how grimy the city looked. It may have improved a lot since then but I’m telling you what I saw during the times I was there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It has. Lots of major cities in Italy, France and Spain were the same during those periods. Venice, Rome, Barcelona.

leticia Marin
3 years ago

the area as it is right now is one of the most dreadful parts of the city, just saying…..
Building looks like a great addition!.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Patience is a virtue.. progress is in process… stay tuned

marc
3 years ago

The Publix on 18th is going to be busting at the seams.

Anonymous
3 years ago

New one going in at Miami Central. So should take some of the load off that one.

Anonymous
3 years ago

crackheads for everyone

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sorry but everyone can’t afford to live in Bal Harbour like you.

Anonymous
3 years ago

i think he is referring to the crackheads that are outside of that publix all day

JOSEPH H.
3 years ago

LOOKS GREAT FOR THE AREA. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID SOMETHING ABOUT THIS FORSAKEN PART OF TOWN. KUDOS TO THE MELOS

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

Meanwhile not a single LA Fitness for the 50,000 (or is it 100K) new residents that came live in a 2 mile radius from Arsht Center (Brickell signature club doesn’t count).

BDub
3 years ago

Many of the larger buildings have on site gyms. That may be taking away some of market.
LA Fitness, Equinox, etc need a lot of square feet and rents may be too high to make it work.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Most of those gyms are lacking (mostly for insurance reasons) for anyone who actually lifts. Plus, lots of people like classes and such (or so I hear).

Anonymous
3 years ago

The Grand has a quite good gym- have been happily surprised as they recently added new up to date ellipticals to the mix!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Gym by Diego Buendia is right there (18th and NE 2nd Ave, by Mignonette) and fantastic

Anonymous
3 years ago

Plenty of gym options all over Brickell to Miami Design District…

Check on Yelp.

Anonymous
3 years ago

There really aren’t many gym options north of Brickell; they’re basically all classes (e.g. Crossfit, Pure Barre, etc.) and personal trainers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t think its ugly its just OK! A few things I will say for a developer it depends on the market your selling to depends on what your willing to build to attract that market. Real estate in this area now days ain’t cheap. So your a developer you buy expensive land an all other expenses but your target market is middle class. You have to go a cheaper route which Melo knows cheap they do it well. You can’t expect 1000 Museum type architecture for $1700-2000 a month you guys know this. Now you look at Aston Martin Residences where they bought the land for $125 million you can expect beautiful architecture because they know their target market is the filthy rich.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We’re not looking for Neiman Marcus or Nordsrom.. architecture, maybe Macy’s or Bloomingdales…

Anonymous
3 years ago

I hope we still get Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s at Worldcenter, which will connect the CBD to this and more development will crystallize.

Anonymous
3 years ago

But a Master of Architecture said 1000 Museum costs the same to construct :rolleyes:

Anonymous
3 years ago

Most of the delta is in the finishes. Other than the fancy forms, construction is pretty conventional.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Melo is building workforce housing… that means families making < $75K/annually, are able to afford living downtown.

Anonymous
3 years ago

a family fit’s in a 1 bedroom ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

melo is one of the few developers building three bedroom units. Check their websites/floorplans, why so much attitude?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Were they granted permits? Or will those come later?

Anonymous
3 years ago

No waivers have been approved yet. No phase permit has been approved and no master building permit has been approved. They may however have a foundation permit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“May”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Melo has a habit of starting construction before getting approved. This is not the first time.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Who cares?… dummies in Miami went and created another unnecessary bureaucratic red tape department hoop called “Urban Planning” that these developers have to jump through.

What redundancy, since there’s already a “Planning and Zoning” department.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What ignorant ridiculousness are your spouting about about? There is no new “urban planning” hoop. And it’s not the “planning and zoning department.” It’s the “planning department” and the “office of zoning” which are now two distinct department as per the lastest city budget. Stop spouting ignorant bs that you clearly have no understanding of.

mondocondo
3 years ago

Think he means the UDRB. This project would need their approval. Cheers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

UDRB isnt a new requirement. It has been there since Miami 21 was adopted….

Tiberius
3 years ago

I agree with the beneficence of work force house and recognize that some design corners have to be cut to deliver such a product. Hopefully the damn thing will get nicely illuminated at night so it contributes somewhat positively to the skyline.

Rene garcia
3 years ago

Sexy!!!! Love the curves!! Keep up the good work

Anonymous
3 years ago

If you build it, they will come.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Trademark formulaic Melo ugly design, not even really architecture, more like bland 3d printing. After all these years of everyone complaining about Arquitectonica for the same issue why is everyone so enthusiastic about Melo just because they are building large buildings quickly (shoddily) in empty areas?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because not everyone in this city has:
1. A rich mommy and daddy to buy them a new condo
2. A large business empire in South America feeding them cash
3. A ton of money to launder from shady businesses
4. Income from the drug trade

Some of us have employees who don’t want to spend 50-60% of their income on housing in class A buildings, but want to be near all the amenities in town.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m glad you pay your people so well that they can afford $1700 + rents. Congrats !!

JOSEPH H.
3 years ago

IF YOU GRADUATE FROM A CAREER OTHER THAN SOCIAL STUDIES, YOU SHOULD EASILY PAY THAT AND MUCH MORE.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Melo is more “you get what you pay for,” at least by Miami standards, which still means a hefty sum. Why do you think the rental market is still on fire?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Better than Related’s approach of not getting what you pay for =

Eddie
3 years ago

I have to agree 1000%. Related loves to pull the o’l switcheroo tactic. Paint a luxury high end project before inception, sell out, then slowly pull actual luxury and feature after feature until you’re left with a subpar product. That’s Related for you ladies n gents.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lots of people here complain about both Melo and Arquitectonica.