Demolition Of Downtown Miami Building To Make Way For 40-Story Tower Gets Key Approval

Aria Development Group is one step closer to obtaining a demolition permit for a downtown Miami property in order to make way for a 40-story tower.

The building to be demolished is 97 years old and was completed in 1924, county records show.

The demolition was nevertheless approved by the Miami Building Department’s Historic & Environmental Preservation review officer on August 27, just one day after the demolition plans were submitted for review.

The HEP officer wrote in the approval notes that although the building dates to 1924, it is outside of the Downtown Commercial Historic District.

The demolition permit now awaits full approval from the Building Department – usually a formality.

Aria is planning to build the 501 First tower tower on the site, and launched sales for 448 residential condo units earlier this year.

The new tower will be unusual in two ways – it will not have a parking garage, and owners will be allowed to rent units on a short term basis, including through Airbnb.

A construction permit for the new 40-story tower has not yet been applied for.

Completion of the new 40-story tower is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

 

The 1924 building set to be demolished:

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
28 days ago

OK guys
Just take pictures if you want to feel nostalgic.
It’s time to move on
New tower will look gorgeous

Anonymous
28 days ago

Like I said before, if the Orange Bowl bit the dust, then that building has to go to.

Anonymous
28 days ago

But should the orange bowl had bitten the dust?

Anonymous
28 days ago

If the politicians in this city had givinadamn about the Orange Bowl, they wouldn’t have let it get torn down. Since they didn’t care, then in my opinion a lotta old useless crap has to go to.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Hell no! It was a sin!

Anonymous
28 days ago

No, if the Orange Bowl hit the dust, along with a slew of other historic gems destroyed within the past twenty years like the Everglades Hotel and Eastwood/Ursine Mansion, something is wrong with our historic preservation policy. People don’t say because Pennsylvania Station was demolished in NYC, other historic gems have to go, too.

Anonymous
27 days ago

There are plenty of old hotels and mansions in this country.. but the Orange
Bowl was one of a kind with mucho history.

Anonymous
27 days ago

So with that logic, Miami can be an architectural wasteland because the Dolphins used to be a good football team and Jacksonville has nice buildings? Please…

Anonymous
25 days ago

The Orange Bowl was one of the first stadiums that hosted the superbowl. What was this building ever famous for?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Shut up, Nickelback.

Anonymous
27 days ago

wtf?..

Anonymous
27 days ago

It’s ugly as more new buildings in miami.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Unfortunately that the original facade isn’t being incorporated into the new building, but overall the project looks great along with an amazing location!

Anonymous
28 days ago

Agreed, its windows and balconies are symmetrical and has curves in the right places. No parking garage helps as well, although neither does Centro, except that’s just as ugly as Melo’s crappy Downtown 5th.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Sad to see a nice historic building go but always happy for more people downtown

Anonymous
28 days ago

Sad the old building has to go but this is a good infill and will provide more foot traffic to world center along with the new downtown 5th towers by Melo.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Two floor “historical” buildings don’t provide homes for people.

High rises do. Demolish it.

Anonymous
28 days ago

you can keep the facade and build a rise on it. NYC, Chicago, Tokyo, etc. A bunch of cities do it, just not miami. Educate yourself.

Anonymous
28 days ago

You can. This facade blocks the sidewalk and have you walked by this building ever?

This isn’t the old courthouse – that’s a facade worth saving.

This building looked cheap when completed almost 100 years ago.

Anonymous
27 days ago

As a high-rise the, courthouse can’t be preserved as a facade. It has to be preserved entirely. Examples of preserving facades for small-scale buildings are 456 Montgomery Plaza in San Francisco and The St. James in Philadelphia. Examples of how NOT to preserve facades are Wynwood Bay/2500 Biscayne Boulevard or the proposed 1836 Biscayne Boulevard, nor does it help the new buildings are hideous. At least this one is solid.

Anonymous
28 days ago

This is an ugly facade to keep.

Educate yourself.

Anonymous
27 days ago

The first two floors are residential? Why now allowing two more floors as a bonus for preserving a historic building?

POLO
28 days ago

No respect for history!

Anonymous
28 days ago

Plus, the AirBnB-driven short-term rentals bring the wrong element. I spent some time at 485 Brickell when first moving to the city, and the crowd was awful. It smells like pot 24-7, people walk through the public areas in various states of undress, that’s what the short-term rental condos will bring. If the minimum were set to even one month, that would eliminate the problem.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Ah yes you now see those fat tuch-asses falling out of skimpy swim suits in edgewater ass well.:(

Anonymous
27 days ago

Are you shocked when you witness capitalism at work?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Hearst Building in NYC. It can be done.

Anonymous
26 days ago

you are comparing this ugly thing to the Hearst Building? what is wrong with you. get your eyes checked.

Anonymous
28 days ago

I can’t believe this building is going to be destroyed… nor can I believe that at this same time 3:30pm old fart senile corrupt politician with blood of 13 Americans Heroes in his hands, is talking to American trying to convince us how “ good job” he just has done !!! 🧐

Anonymous
27 days ago

If 13 American soldiers were killed in Afghan, blame Bush because he put American soldiers over there some twenty years ago.

Anonymous
27 days ago

It wasn’t Bush, it was your President that cowardly disregard intelligence and military advice, that blamed Trump for something that he could have done differently ( he cancelled most of Trump policies, didn’t he?)🤨 He continued the Afghanistan’s withdrawal without consideration that after he came to the WH ( fraudulently ) the Taliban was making advances all over the country! He blame the Afghan army that still fighting in some areas of the country . He left behind a generation of 20 years old women that will be force to live the live of slavery under radical Islamists. He wanted a photograph on 9/11 and now we have 13 heroes death ( look at the parents and family members how much they dislike this clown that was looking at his watch five times during the service )
But thank to him we did have a great evacuation, the evacuation The America has done under any president!! He’s very proud of this ! 😏

And I don’t get my information from Fox News! Any European media From Le Monde, The Times, Die Zeigtun and many liberal media in Europe and even news papers like Wapo, NYT, WSJ and even Politico agreed with him being an idiot !!
And we still have 3 and half more years ! 😛

Anonymous
27 days ago

Don’t even have to read the story. The leverage this administration has over the taliban now is called ransom money.🤨

Anonymous
27 days ago

13 Americans killed is not a success
Leaving 85 billions in arms to Terrorists is not a success
Leaving Americans behind is not a success
Leaving military and strategic military bases behind in hands of terrorists is not a success
Lying to the world in not a success
And yes none wants the war and it’s time to leave that country but not cowardly, not recognizing a terrorist group, not disrespecting the family members of our 13 military family … less likely talking about your son Beau and not showing one iota of interest from the fallen heroes !
😟

Anonymous
27 days ago

^ And after saying all that, I guess you forgot it was Bush who entered Afghanistan in his attempt to capture and kill Osama Bin Ladan and received flak for turning his attention to Iraq. Remember, it was your fuhrer Donald Trump who made an agreement with the Taliban to remove American soldiers out of Afghanistan. It was Trump who invited the Taliban to Camp David and signed a peace deal with them. Does Biden deserve some blame for what happened in the pullout of Afghistan, yes. But remember, he inherited that cluster fuck that Trump started with the Taliban.

Anonymous
27 days ago

He did not have to follow what Trump did!
He cancelled everything Donald enacted, so why not this one… specially when he was told that the Taliban was taking over since April !! He couldn’t wait for his photography on 9/11!
And remember he was VP when Isis took over, Benghazi, and many other mistakes … but I guess you liberals had a poor memory, when you vote for the party that fought against a Republican ( Abraham Lincoln) to keep the slavery, the Party that founded the KKK, the Party of Jim Crown … and if memory serves me well, even hon now VP calling a racist when they were in the primaries!! 😂😂😂😂👍🏻

Anonymous
28 days ago

More likely “97-year old building to be demolished for fenced off vacant lot for 15 years before the developers decide to build on it” (see Tobacco Rd). The goal was to demolish the building now before it hits 100 years old and it gets automatic reviews.

Realtalk Reilly
26 days ago

Exactly. That’s what I said in the other article about this. They aren’t in any hurry to build that new building, haven’t even started the permit application process yet, but they’re in a BIG hurry to get that old one out of there before anyone starts talking about preserving any part of it. As soon as the Building Dept. signs off on that demo permit, they will be out there tearing that thing down literally the very next day.

I have no opposition to making better use of the vertical space with a high rise, but that building is very typical of 1920’s Miami architecture. There used to be a ton of commercial buildings like that, and now there are precious few left. So it’s a real shame they couldn’t preserve the facade as a nod to Miami’s history.

Another option nobody mentions is, they could’ve moved the building. It’s actually a lot cheaper and easier to do that than people think.

Ana-o
17 days ago

That building has been an abandoned eye sore for decades. It was a crack flop house, numerous murder there, and worse. Why do we insist preserving the ‘architectural history’ of Miami when the same pc dick heads hate the story, vibe, and people. Sorry Miami is capitalistic bitch. Go cry to hour overtly leftist friends. Miami is a new city, young, and willing to change. I lived in nyc for a while, and one of the biggest things holding it back was pc fools thinking they knew what was best for the city through stagnation and filibuster. This shit building has caused enough pain for enough people. Tear it down!

Anonymous
28 days ago

they could have kept the facade

Anonymous
28 days ago

We really need to learn to embrace our historic buildings :/

Anonymous
28 days ago

They’re in the market to sell condos, not historic buildings.

Anonymous
27 days ago

When they are really historic of course! 😂

Anonymous
28 days ago

I disapproved of it so who has a key above me?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Great news. That area needs infill development. Ultimately will be safer and more vibrant.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Why not incorporating this into the building design?!? Why?

Anonymous
27 days ago

Why ask why?

Realtalk Reilly
26 days ago

Why ask why ask why?

Anonymous
25 days ago

U first.. why?

Marc
28 days ago

Original facade is beautiful, but already has had modifications that sacrifice its authenticity (the tacky window enclosure of the end of the arcade). Also, I have yet to see anyone comment on its actual historical significance, other than it dating back to 1924. It’s outside the historic district as well.

Old does not equate to historic. If anything, the Babylon deserved preservation more than this does. That was 50 years younger, but much more significant in the history of Miami architecture.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Miami’s Haussmann architectural piece !! 😛

Anonymous
28 days ago

The other historic piece that need to be gone is this President 😝!!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Waitaminute, I thought Trump didn’t get reelected and his Capitol Building Storm Troopers didn’t get him back in the Oval Office in August like he thought and August is almost over?

Anonymous
27 days ago

Hope we was re-elected or at least there was not fraud in the elections and he’ll still in control …. On the other hand we get stuck with this incompetent corrupt senile 🤡 that gave the Terrorists of the Taliban more war equipment that to any other of our allies!
But you should be happy now .. your President got himself a lot of credit yesterday because The extraordinary success in removing America’s from Afghanistan in an “orderly manner” !!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Son, stop trying to argue a point because you can’t construct a coherent sentence in English.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Son, stop replying to off-topic posts and looking like a bigger brainlet by bringing up January 6th.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Son, I can’t help the fact that you’re a brain dead member of a party that looked like the German Gestapo when they stormed the Capitol Building on January 6.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Building will be perfect for bachelor parties & porn shoots!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Vizcayne already has that covered. The views of this building only command Mana’s slum holdings.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Totally unrelated to this specific project, but are skyscrapers/new projects raising the ground floor of their buildings at all? I’m assuming eventually most of Miami will have to raise street heights and expand drainage systems under the roads like Miami Beach is doing, and so buildings should follow by raising their height above sea level, or am I missing something?

Anonymous
28 days ago

probably not. Developers only look at what the current cost is because they will sell the building before its their problem to deal with

Anonymous
27 days ago

no and its not going to rise a foot