Demolition Underway At Innovation District Site; Developer ‘100% Committed’ To Build

The developer of the proposed Miami Innovation District is preparing to demolish the former Greyhound Bus facility in Park West.

Innovate Development Group CEO Michael Simkins told TNM that work is now underway to remove an FPL Vault on the property, located at 1151 Northwest 1st Avenue.  The vault removal will take about two weeks, and all of the buildings on the site will be demolished once completed.

The developer paid $54 million for the Greyhound property in 2014.

Simkins said that the developer is 100% committed to bringing the Miami Innovation District to the 10 acres that his company owns in Park West.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

This would be incredible and would move us even closer to becoming a tech hub like SF, Austin!

Anonymous
4 years ago

We also need a world class university

UM2009
4 years ago

Wake up, UM is now a top 25 research institution and the best university in Florida. President Frenk, already entrenched in LATAM health policy, left a post at Harvard. The school does need to attract a greater CS and engineering following to catch up to UT Austin, but that’s where focusing on the Americas comes in. LATAM has plenty of talent (post docs, grad students) going to SF that would prefer to be in Miami.

Suomynona
4 years ago

I think I’d still take both FSU and UF over Miami in terms of comprehensive undergraduate studies and USF in terms of research. But Miami is a solid university. If you’re judging based on US News then go ahead. It has a huge bias towards private universities.

Just don’t act like Miami is some top American university and a world leader. It’s really not. No Florida university is.

There is no Michigan or Berkeley in Florida.

Marc305
4 years ago

It is always a good sign when someone pays $54 million for a site and then decide to raise all the existing buildings. It is a move that indicates the developer is serious. Keeping fingers crossed, because this project would be great.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Our own version of time square/silicon valley. Simpkins is Savage !!!. Hope it gets done real quick. Full speed ahead.

Anonymous
4 years ago

What an exciting project.. sounds like good paying technical jobs.

The entire area West Park area is being transformed.. Very Cool for Miami!

Miami needs new options
4 years ago

Park West. The neighborhood is called Park West.

Anonymous
4 years ago

We will see what will happen, It seems like he is serious about making this a reality. This is something Miami needs, we don’t need anymore condos we need office space that will bring high paying jobs. Once developers see Miami is a hot spot for office space development it will bring more developers on board. Miami with the weather I feel would be perfect minus the annual Hurricane scare an lack of more effective public transportation.

Anonymous
4 years ago

absolutely hope he is immensely successful…build it and they will come….

Anonymous
4 years ago

Guys, to create an Innovation District, bring jobs, techies and progress, you need to have existing people with open minds and creativity. To put it simply, Barcelona attracts it because it has it all. If their residents back when Gaudi had the vision to create all his outlandish architecture would have opposed it, it wouldn’t be what it is today. Folks opposing new, creative things here in Miami only want the pseudo mediterranean designs sprouting everywhere. Why not be different? Why not do things with lights? Can’t believe history will continue to repeat itself….

Anonymous
4 years ago

Its Florida a bunch of old people waiting to die that don’t want this in their state. Sad thing is the powers that be feel the same way. They hate tall buildings, glitz and glamour, led billboards you can forget it. If it has nothing to do with the beach or wildlife they don’t want it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The thing that gets me about these comments is, what makes you think that this is going to bring “technical jobs” other than the fact that the developer has decided to call the development an “innovation district.” There’s no discussion of these offices being any different than the others being offered in downtown or Brickell. Why don’t these companies open up there if they want to be in Miami? True “innovation districts,” like El Pobleneu in Barcelona, the Boston Waterfront or the Research Triangle in NC require (a) extensive government funding for laboratories to interact with the companies in the district and (b) cheap office space. This is bringing neither.

And look, I’d be fine with the insincere marketing if I thought that all these beautiful office buildings and apartments were actually going to be built. But they never will be. This is just fancy renderings that will never be built, meant to sell us on a gigantic video billboard — ahem, I’m sorry, innovation tower — that is all the developer will ever build until he pulls the rug out from under the City.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Not sure why Simpkins Doesn’t just use The light Projection Technic rather than LED lights? You can Can Still advise and its Bright enough to see.

Anonymous
4 years ago

When they mention the word “developer” the first thing you need to ask yourself is what else has this “developer” built and what does it look like?

No on the billboards
4 years ago

Build offices. LED billboards are illegal. Too tacky anyway… If the numbers work build the buildings, but no billboard gimmicks.

Tourists want scenery NOT billboards
4 years ago

Tourists and residents want to see trees and the water. No one wants to be forced to look at billboards. Pure blight.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The thing that gets me about these comments is, what makes you think that this is going to bring “technical jobs” other than the fact that the developer has decided to call the development an “innovation district.” There’s no discussion of these offices being any different than the others being offered in downtown or Brickell. Why don’t these companies open up there if they want to be in Miami? True “innovation districts,” like El Pobleneu in Barcelona, the Boston Waterfront or the Research Triangle in NC require (a) extensive government funding for laboratories to interact with the companies in the district and (b) cheap office space. This is bringing neither.

And look, I’d be fine with the insincere marketing if I thought that all these beautiful office buildings and apartments were actually going to be built. But they never will be. This is just fancy renderings that will never be built, meant to sell us on a gigantic video billboard — ahem, I’m sorry, innovation tower — that is all the developer will ever build until he pulls the rug out from under the City.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You many be right, but all development is about speculative and requires marketing to investors… in the right business climate, the right economy or cycle, why can it not happen? You already know how that MWC next door is going up.

Anonymous
4 years ago

According to the developers website, its mission is:

TO CREATE A THRIVING, GLOBAL, CONNECTED LIVE-WORK-PLAY ECOSYSTEM FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP THAT COMPLEMENTS AND ENHANCES THE PARK WEST/OVERTOWN COMMUNITY AND STRENGTHENS MIAMI’S POSITIONING AS A WORLD-CLASS CITY.

This is a bad thing?

No billboards
4 years ago

Congrats to City of Miami Commissioners, minus one, who voted to kill massive illegal LED billboard towers. Billboards just cheapen communities. (Miami is not NYC).

Anonymous
4 years ago

I don’t believe this will happen anytime soon, if ever. Unfortunately.

invasive species
4 years ago

i’ve never seen such herd mentality from a comments section. what makes you think that the guy whose only true claim to fame in this town is a glorified brothel (simkins) will do anything but flip this land once he secures entitlements for this falsely marketed nonsense.

LED billboard tower? Heck NO.
4 years ago

We hope the speculator has given up on the 50 story LED billboards. Miami-Dade County has more than enough visual pollution.

¯\\_(ツ)_/¯
4 years ago

They have. It will now be 80 stories and play music

Anonymous
4 years ago

Really?
I haven’t seen any

Anonymous
4 years ago

Why visual pollution?
For me visual pollution is seeing empty parking lots full of derelicts and homelessness

Marc305
4 years ago

I could not agree with you more!

IloveMiami
4 years ago

love it. Could not have said it better myself. One of my first stops when visiting NYC is Times Square. Lights, sounds, people, restaurants, bars, pickpockets, prostitutes, tourists taking pictures and spending money, noise. Just what a “city” should be. Build the damn tower! Let it shine with all its tacky splendor.