Construction Underway At 60-Story Downtown 1st, Tallest Ever For Melo

Melo Group has broken ground on their tallest tower ever, Downtown 1st.

The tower will rise 60 stories, or 557 feet above ground. The roof will be at 537 feet, with the elevator equipment roof rising 20 feet higher.

At that height, it becomes the eighth tallest tower currently under construction inside city of Miami limits.

Downtown 1st will bring hundreds more residents into downtown Miami’s Central Business District.

The project will include:

  • 560 residential units
  • 2,925 square feet of commercial space
  • 12,930 square feet of office space
  • 453 parking spaces

The developer purchased the Downtown 1st property at 34 SW 1st Street for $13 million in 2018.

Melo is currently wrapping up construction on a twin 53-story tower project called Downtown 5th, which will have 1,042 apartments – more than any other apartment complex ever built in the Central Business District.

As always with Melo rental projects, Downtown 1st is being designed by their in-house architecture team.

 

(photos: Ryan RC Rea)

(photo: L&R Structural)

 

 

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

melo will be the largest contributor to downtown miami becoming vibrant and active…the apartments they offer are in areas that are dead…all these young renters make up thousands of customers for local businesses and i for one would prefer melo build occupied affordable buildings then something deemed
‘iconic’that sits empty or lived in 2 months a year by uber wealthy residents

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’ll be done before covid vaccinations are done

Anonymous
4 months ago

Especially in Miami

Dave the Crackhead ™
4 months ago

you gotta grease palms around here to get the vaccine 😛

POLO
4 months ago

Melo first for speed!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Meanwhile mana properties next door all empty and hes just renovating a existing office building

Anonymous
4 months ago

Mana is killing Miami. Either he wakes up and build everything all at once or he should just sell. The city shouldn’t allow developers to buy and buy and buy to them let those lands sit empty for years. It’s counterproductive for Miami’s growth.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Mana is Miami’s plague!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

You’re right the city should place some type of disincentive for land banking. Maybe higher taxes and use those taxes dollars as incentives for others to build.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Correction, he says he “WILL” renovate an existing office building.

Azarius
4 months ago

I love that Melo seems to have a thought out and moving plan to develop his properties. Not the most luxurious but they are pushing downtown neighborhoods forward!

Azarius
4 months ago

Where others will not take chances, trying to max out their profits.

Anonymous
4 months ago

While Mana is holding downtown back😒

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great !!! More office space please

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ugly rendering. The actual building will be uglier, but it will bring life to the area and density. Hopefully it spurs some new and better development around it. I’ll take it. Go Melo go!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I wouldn’t say ugly but definitely won’t win a design award with this basic design.

Paul
4 months ago

Have you ever taken a close look at the Hong Kong skyline? Most of the buildings look like this building except that they are adorned with windows AC units instead of balconies. That doesn’t stop HK from having one of the best skylines in the world.

All we need is a couple iconic buildings and the rest can and should be buildings like this with residential units attainable to the middle class. This area of downtown desperately needs more people to activate the streets and make it less of a ghost town after all the low-end retail shops selling fake jewelry and knock-off fashion accessories close for the night.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hey, this comment actually is rational and makes sense. Under no circumstances should this comment be made lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

It doesn’t matter what you or anyone points out, there will be complainers on this site.

Anonymous
4 months ago

i 100 percent agree with you, most buildings should be simple and cater to affoarable housing and the middle class because miamis affoardable housing crisis needs to be stopped and its projects like these that will get it done

Anonymous
4 months ago

Same for NYC and many of the cities that get mentioned here. We only focus on the beautiful and distinctly iconic ones but don’t really look at the “fillers” in between. We need all those regular looking buildings as much as the iconic ones. They will be built eventually and they will stick out.

But ask yourselves, as a growing city ready to join the big leagues, we should also look at what those other places have that we dont. Where is our Eiffel Tower?, Our Big Ben? Our Pearl Tower? Christ the Redeemer, CN Tower?, Golden Gate? Statue of Liberty?

Please don’t bring up our beaches and nightlife. Take a picture of any of our beaches, the sand, the surf, the umbrellas and the sun tanned bodies, and it could be shot almost anywhere else. Cancun, Copacabana, Ipanema, Waikiki, Phuket.

We can’t compete with historical landmarks like the Colosseum, the Parthenon, the Great Wall or the Taj Mahal. But we don’t have to. Do we have art collections like the ones in The Louvre?, Prado?, The Met? No…not yet. We could have had a nice Latin American collection on MDCC property on Biscayne but royally screwed that up. PAMM is not that great….its not.

Why is Central Park famous? Can Bayfront and Museum/Ferrer Park offer anything similar?

So what are we gonna do? What will it take to finally join the Big Leagues? When will Miami host an Olympic Games? A World’s Fair? (Yes they tend to lose money but they are a sign that a city must be taken seriously)

Iconic buildings designed by starchitects are wonderful. I wish we had dozens more. But we need another focus, another vibe, another hook. In the mean time…let Melo do their thing.

Anonymous
4 months ago

the freedom tower could have been an icon but it was overshadowed by the big buildings they built behind it

Anonymous
4 months ago

Actually, there are examples all over the world where new/modern structures have enhanced classic structures. Look at I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid at the Louvre. A few years ago I saw a nice rendering of a semi-circular glass tower that appeared to caress the Freedom Tower. This, as many other projects here, died a quiet death.

Anonymous
4 months ago

you are spot on

Paul
4 months ago

I get what you’re saying but at least Miami has a lot of iconic events. Ultra, Winter Music Conference, Art Basel, Design Week, Miami International Boat Show and even the Miami Book Fair are all world renowned in their respective fields.

Also, the Miami Heat put the city on the world stage during the era of the big three. Basketball is probably the second biggest sport internationally and we had (arguably) the greatest basketball team ever assembled. I’ve even seen people in rural China with Heat jerseys. That was really a high water mark for Miami culturally since electronic music was also at peak hype.

Lastly, Miami has a brand image with its own color scheme and music genre. I don’t even need to say it because you know immediately what I’m talking about. How many other cities have that kind of brand image?

Anonymous
4 months ago

The biggest asset of miami is the architecture inheritance. Art Deco, Mimo, brutalist.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not bad…but I’m sure you agree, that those are not enough.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes. I get your point, and I agree. Are the things you mention enough? Don’t Paris or London or LA have events? They do. We do also, as you mention. Is this enough to catapult us into the big leagues?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well said.👍

Anonymous
4 months ago

Based and Melo Pilled

Anonymous
4 months ago

STOP IT. STOP WITH THIS MELO PILLED STUFF.

Anonymous
4 months ago

WHO THE HELL IS DISLIKING, REDDITORS ARE A PLAGUE TO THIS EARTH

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m a 4charer and this started in 4chan

Anonymous
4 months ago

So its going to be top off in october and accepting residents to move in on christmas

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nice enthusiasm, but not quite. Downtown 5th started in late 2019 and is still finishing. Melo/L&R builds 1fl per week toward topping off most of their projects, so 60wks = almost 14mo.

Anonymous
4 months ago

it was a joke

Anonymous
4 months ago

this would be Melo’s 19th high rise. i don’t think there is a developer that has built so much in miami’s urban core.I love Melo because they are a family owned company,they built fast,affordable and they are totally focused in the Miami market,they don’t build anywhere else. if they win miami wins, they reinvest their money here. they’ve been getting slowly into the luxury market with aria on the bay and island bay it would be great for miami if Melo becomes a big player in both markets the affordable and the luxury

Anonymous
4 months ago

537ft roof height with 60 floors? No way.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cave height apartments?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes, it can be sixty floors if all the ceiling heights are not ten feet.

Anonymous
4 months ago

i cant even raise my hands in that building

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why is everybody so upset? This is great news for Miami, with more condos, and more development. Stop complaining about looks, I’m sure this is better than the condos you’ve seen in the 2008 era. Like wth was icon Brickells interior.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Correct.. now let use get news about the ground breaking of the 62-story 1 Southside Park in Brickell and the 65-story Elleven projects.

Anonymous
4 months ago

correction: should be “let us,”” not “let use.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Melo got no time to waste around here…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Because the Melo Group are not land bankers.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yessir!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Downtown 5th should have at least looked like this, at a minimum.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Dale ! Que rápido

Anonymous
4 months ago

I thought the point of development was to develop… no it’s not as easy as saying we are going to borrow millions and build. At the same time you are in the business to develop so why can Melo build so fast and others have been sitting on property over 5- 10 years and not one shovel has moved? They claim we are waiting on the market to get better… excuse me? While you wait the market can’t be getting better as more and more projects are being built over saturating the market if anything! Melo may not have the most attractive builds but at least they don’t waste time making their renders a reality.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s called “LAND BANKING.” You buy an empty lot and just pay the taxes every year, and year after year it appreciates (or increases) in price. Then you sell it at a profit. Where the so-called “Miami Circle Park” sits, the original owner (I think he was a billionaire) brought the land or site, for eight million dollars with the intent (at the time) to build the tallest building in Miami. The city, along with others, paid the billionaire developer around twenty million dollars for the Miami Circle site. That’s an increase of about twelve million dollars the original developer made without sticking a shovel in the ground.

You gotta admit, that was a pretty nice payday!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I love it but can’t we have more iconic buildings downtown???

Anonymous
4 months ago

we already do

Anonymous
4 months ago

Key word: “more”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Good Architecture comes with a higher price tag

Anonymous
4 months ago

No matter the design of a new building, it won’t be iconic to you or to someone else.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The iconic is in the eye of the beholder?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wow! Downtown is prime for big things.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Now Melo, buy that huge empty surface parking lot that has a Metromover stop right next to it and build two more residential towers on it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m actually talking about the surface parking lot that’s diagonal across the street from this project and next to the FedEx shipping center and across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank building.

Anonymous
4 months ago

most of the homeless in downtown live across the street from this building, so they will have to go some place else

Yet Another Anonymous
4 months ago

Wow a new less than 10′ per floor building. Rare above 500 ft. Means ceiling heights less than 9′

Anonymous
4 months ago

I do not see any of your point, just build one less building and so the others can be a little nicer to look at. stop the MELO ugliness

Don
4 months ago

grotesque

Anonymous
4 months ago

You should comment in food and beverage because you don’t know anything about architecture