Demolition Planned To Begin At 49-Story M Tower Site By September

The developers of downtown Miami’s 49-story M-Tower are planning to begin demolition within the next few months.

A 658 space parking garage owned by the Miami Parking Authority will be demolished to make way for the new tower. An adjacent surface parking lot owned by the developer of M-Tower will also be demolished.

MPA CEO Alejandra Argudin said at a June 8 meeting of the Off-Street Parking Board Finance Committee that the project is moving.

“I’ve been very involved with them. We talk on a weekly basis, a group of us, getting all the specs that we would like for that garage,” Argudin said. The developers have been “great to work with,” she added.

Argudin said the developers plan to begin demolition by September, and the MPA is now informing customers at the garage.

An affiliate of Lions Group NYC privately owns the land adjacent to the Miami Parking Authority’s Garage 2, and will combine both properties for the new tower.

According to plans from last year, M Tower was planned to rise 49 stories and include:

  • 624 residential units, along with amenities
  • ground floor retail, and offices for the MPA
  • 717 parking spaces (replacing the existing 658-space garage)

A demolition permit was applied for in May and continued moving through the approval process last month, Building Department records show.

 

The garage set to be demolished for M Tower. Melo Group’s Downtown 1st is under construction on the same block:

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Jesus
4 months ago

Keep building these skyscrapers. Not a terrible design and it will add density for people as well. We probably will have to get at a minimum a metroMover expansion to accommodate all these new folks moving here

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metrorail is way too much to ask of taxpayers. Tunnels are the future of mass transit. See Vegas for an example. It is approved and happening.

Drac
4 months ago

Vegas is in the desert, therefore they don’t have to worry about water constantly seeping into a tunnel. In Miami though, fighting seeping water in a long tunnel(s) will be an expensive and an on-going problem.

Rich Hobbo
4 months ago

I agree. Metro mover sucks b hole

Anonymous
4 months ago

Haha.. Rich Hobbo desire horse and buggies.

Anonymous
4 months ago

…and you desire Coke can electric buses going at thirty miles an hour to all ends of the county because you don’t want to pay Metrorail fares.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Haha.. the last time they did any expansion to the metrorail look at the ignant shit they did when they built that so-called “airport extension.”

“Coke can electric buses going at thirty miles an hour to all ends of the county”

Well, that’s still better than dealing with these crazyass drivers in Miami. And I’ll still get to where I’m going faster than you will because you’ll probably be stuck in traffic on some freeway while I’m on a cool Metromover ride whisking past you even if I’m only going thirty miles an hour.

Anonymous
4 months ago

An expansion or an extension? People love to foam on here about the possibility of it extended into Miami Beach and Wynwood, without comprehending the fact with the current low-capacity cars and speeds, it’s unfeasible when Metrorail can accommodate it without having to rebuild the entire system.

Then you realize they only want Metromover so they don’t have to pay while taking it to overpriced bars and clubs.

Rocky.
4 months ago

It is certainly better than just an expensive parking garage there.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes. But what a massive parking pedestal it will have. Lord have mercy!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I hope the tower looks better than the render!

Anonymous
4 months ago

The parking lot should be preserved and declare it a historic structure!

Downtown Vagabond
4 months ago

Happy that area is finally getting built out (it’s a scary zone), but this is just too damn small. Miami has a housing problem. They can easily build a 65 story building on that lot.

Pol
4 months ago

yes agreed / and they should also up zone little Havana>

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not without a western Metrorail expansion and more historic districts and designations for saving worthy structures, while building high-density infill that won’t turn the neighborhood into another Edgewater of blocks of parking garages. The TDRs from the historic structures would also allow to build taller.

Anonymous
4 months ago

624 units is solid

Frank Opukey
4 months ago

Better than that parking garage but the tower is meh, at best.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Just good to know this will create more parking than it eliminates.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Is there anything else you wanna express your concerns about?

Anonymous
4 months ago

this tower will be built next to Melo’s Downtown 1 st. fantastic , every area in Downtown miami is being revitalized

Drac
4 months ago

That’s the best design they can come up with?

Oh well…

Anon
4 months ago

Hideous, but I’ll take the infill

Anonymous
4 months ago

Awesome. Let’s have no empty lots soon please

anonymous
4 months ago

what did you expect ? a luxury skyscraper built in the middle of a homeless encampment ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well when Melo builds a solid building, even disregarding Downtown 5th being an eyesore, it’s not an excuse.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So happy to see this thing drop and be replaced by much needed units in the core. No excuses left Mana…

brunosmc1
4 months ago

Hideous tower, although obviously better than some parking garage from the 60s

calivalle
4 months ago

Whole lot better than a parking lot

Ron Jeremy
4 months ago

Why would anyone want to live here? It’s in the middle of freeway ramps and transit lines.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Apparently you haven’t t been to other states or counties that have large to huge cities.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This isn’t California. They’re called highways.

Ron Jeremy
4 months ago

Freeway or highway: Are the words interchangeable? Is a freeway always a highway?

The quick answer is all freeways are highways, but not all highways are freeways. It may sound like a riddle, but it doesn’t have to be confusing.

A freeway is a highway where access to the roadway is controlled. Drivers can only enter a controlled-access highway by ramps. Traffic traveling in opposite directions is usually separated by a median, and vehicles wanting to cross a freeway must use an overpass or underpass. Freeways are usually in an urban setting and have higher speed limits.

You might wonder: What is a highway that isn’t classified as a freeway? There will be no exit or entrance ramps on a highway that is not a freeway. Highways will also have cross-traffic, traffic signals and sometimes pedestrian crossings. They can usually be found in rural areas and often have lower speed limits than freeways.

Now that you know the difference, you can impress your friends with a little transportation trivia!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Most streets around here can be classified as highways. If you don’t like the term “freeway,” call them “expressways.”

anonymous
4 months ago

you will soon find out that a lot of people want to live on this tower when all the units are rented or sold out in record time

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami Winning.

Anonymous
4 months ago

sad to see this garage go , people won’t visit downtown if there is no parking

anonymous
4 months ago

Ridiculous . And before someone says they are just replacing the exsiting parking — is it even needed? regardless, this much parking in a major city downtown is terrible policy.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That is, until he drives to downtown and need a place to park.

Anonymous
4 months ago

We live in Downtown so we just use our legs to get around

Anonymous
4 months ago

So a 72yr old or older person should be like you?

anonymous
4 months ago

don’t be ageist. older people can walk too.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Boomer-bashing is a pastime on this blog. Meanwhile, Zoomers are s**tlord masters who can send Soyllenials crying to their safe spaces.

T G
4 months ago

There’s already limited parking in the area, the last thing they need is to decommission this one, but oh well.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Downtown is it’s own neighborhood. A parking garage is useless for those living in downtown and only serves those who commute in. We should stop sacrificing our quality of life to accommodate those who live outside of downtown so heavily. If you want to come into downtown, take transit.

Anon
4 months ago

Or move downtown

Anonymous
4 months ago

Downtown is not just for Johnny come lately arrogant trust fund babies, wealthy boomer snowbirds, and young junior sales rep hipsters living 3 to an apartment and working in Doral. Downtown workers matter too.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Use the Metrorail

Anonymous
4 months ago

from where, Sunny Isles Beach?? Get real.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“A parking garage is useless for those living in downtown and only serves those who commute in”

Um, wtf?..

Anonymous
4 months ago

If someone or some people drive to downtown Miami and spends money in my store, I hope finding a place to park was very convenient for them.

Peking Sally
4 months ago

Um what if I live downtown but commute to Miramar for work? I need a place to park my car!

Anon
4 months ago

“Limited”? You’re joking, right?