Construction Underway At SkyRise As Governor Eyes Funding

Foundation work is now underway at SkyRise Miami, which could become Miami’s tallest building.

Developer Jeff Berkowitz notified the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday that work had commenced on Tuesday, May 27. By doing so, Berkowitz retained FAA approval to build up to a height of 1000 feet, beating a June 12 deadline. An agreement between the City of Miami and General Growth Properties, the current lessee of the city-owned property, has yet to be reached.

Last week, Florida TaxWatch called a $2 million state subsidy for public-transportation improvements around SkyRise a budget ‘turkey’ and urged Governer Rick Scott to veto the funding. Florida lawmakers approved a reduced $2 million subsidy, down from an initial request for $10 million. The subsidy will be paid after $400 million of private funding is invested in the project. Ron Book, who lobbied on behalf of SkyRise, was said to have been paid up to $49,999 for his efforts.

 

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

Yes!! I can’t believe this is going to be built!! I’m so excited!

Aldo
6 years ago

That was fast….

Filiz Kay
6 years ago

Stupid project, do the soccer stadium instead of this eyesore

Martim
6 years ago

Why is this thing being built? This project has absolutely no purpose and will only be another block of concrete covering the sun. No, seriously, what is the purpose of this object? Has no residential component and is insanely ugly.

marc
6 years ago

While I agree it’s hideous it is an observation deck. It needs no residential component to exist just like the Seattle Space Needle and Dallas Reunion Tower need no residential component. Purely a tourist attraction.

Anon
6 years ago

I hardly think this will cover the sun anymore than DWTWN buildings already do. The only small section that might get affected by a big shade will be the Mcarthur bridge around 6 pm or so.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Nice Project..Diversifying our tourist attractions is pass due here in Miami.. That why…

Anonymous
6 years ago

Love this can’t wait to visit this place hope they built it.

Matt
6 years ago

Why are they building something this ugly in the middle of Biscayne Bay? This needs a better design.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Agree, it’s hideous , looks like a hair pin or the tip of a gigantic fleet enema device… The design should have been inspired in the tropical Art Deco architecture of Miami beach… I think they still have time to change the design!!!!

leon
6 years ago

Love it, Hope it passes.

Ludwig
6 years ago

Ugh…of all the interesting projects that die, this eyesore will become a reality?

People were complaining that the Beckham stadium would ruin their views…Well what about this colossus?

Jimbo
6 years ago

I feel like all of the people who love this had something to do with the design or are family members of people that had something to do with this design… This is terrible. A great idea to put something fun and iconic there but this is a site that warrants better work. I hate that Miami developers continue to go after the Starchitect, but when arquitectonica from Miami pulls this out of their ass, it’s no wonder they go elsewhere.

Roger
6 years ago

This is completely hilarious. People in San Francisco complain about three story buildings being built in Mission, and meanwhile in Miami some developer can blow $400 million on an aluminum knockoff of that one hotel in Dubai… Just because.

Ivosan
6 years ago

Oh and they even get taxpayers money for this!

George Sanchez-Calderon
6 years ago

Long-term if & once completed this project will have an advertisement on it. It’s a WALL-Sign, not a space needle observation tower. It’s a big wall for an AD, simple & absurd.