Design District Developer Set To Build ‘Architecturally Significant’ 36-Story Tower

Miami’s Planning and Zoning Appeals Board approved a plan last week to increase the height limit on a property at the entrance to the Design District, paving the way for a landmark building there, according to The Real Deal.

The height limit was approved for an increase from 20 stories to 36 stories by the board. The city commission still needs to give its final approval.

Design District developer Craig Robins told the board that he wants the height increase in order to be able to build an “architecturally significant” building there.

The new building could include office, residential, and retail.

Robins previously said the new building would be a good location for a corporate headquarters, and that it could also include a hotel.

Up to 845,000 square feet could be built in the new building, even before the height increase.

Plans or renderings of the new tower have not yet been submitted.

Brightline’s train tracks are next to the site, and a commuter rail station could also be built nearby.

 

The site of the new 36-story tower is in red:

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Azarius
7 months ago

This is a opportunity for Miami DD to build something really nice and fancy to add to the Miami skyline. Hopefully not another box. Let’s get creative!

Anonymous
7 months ago

yes a white building with glass and then lights on top that change all colors of the rainbow – and some metal work that looks like a wave. that would be original … im hoping

Anonymous
7 months ago

Can’t tell if sarcastic or works for Arquitectonica.

Anonymous
7 months ago

gold X-D

Anonymous
7 months ago

Do people understand what real estate development is ultimately about? Design is low priority to developers ultimately. It’s about MONEY and Return on Investment. Unless the “design” has some kind of proof of concept that justifies the expense there aren’t many developers that will take those risks at these prices. People who complain about arquitectonica have no idea just how successful they are when looking at their efficiency in producing high ROI for clients on projects. Rich people have zero design taste, they know money and cost not necessarily the subjective value of a “beautiful” project.

The key word here is that the project will be “Architecturally Significant”, which simply means it will be an architect you heard of, not Miami based, simply because for this particular developer that is important to their branding. The general public can come onto this forum to discuss the subjective merits of design but that is of little concern to those producing the work. Design? That’s not how any of this works!

Let the down votes commence!!! lol

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yeah the design distract needs more residents and not just us midtowners walking under 195 to get there.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yes. This area needs density!!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Glad this was approved.
Density is good for the area.
Especially with the train stations nearby.
I’d love to see the Metromover extended all the way to the Design D.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The article literally says there’s a proposed commuter rail station, meaning Brightline or Coastal Link. If there’s money to burn expanding Metromover to almost half its extent, extend Metrorail to FIU and Doral, and/or Marlins Stadium and Miami Beach instead.

Anonymous
7 months ago

No. Extend the Metromover to the whole Miami and Miami Beach.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Don’t forget Homestead, Disney World, and Cuba.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nice! More density! Hopefully an office building next to the future commuter station.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Train station should be in 29th street, where there is far more density both now and in the future.

Anonymous
7 months ago

this area needs to be more than an area for luxury shopping, it needs more restaurants and variety of businesses i hope this project helps attract that

Anonymous
7 months ago

I dont see the point of a tall building on 37 Street and Biscayne Boulevard when the crux of the area is two blocks west of Biscayne Boulevard on 39 street – unless theres further development between 36 Street and 39 along NE 2 avenue which is pretty much desolate now.

Anonymous
7 months ago

You can’t see a lot of things, does that mean any and all development should be halted because developers don’t see things your way?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Someone has to start!

Anonymous
7 months ago

It’s more logical closer to Biscayne Boulevard than low-rise residential neighborhoods to the west, while not being so close to established ones to the east.

Neighborhood Bill
7 months ago

Another freebie given to developers. Yay!!!!

Anonymous
7 months ago

You don’t need height to make an “architecturally significant building.”

Shawn Kouri
7 months ago

I still don’t see any renderings

Anonymous
7 months ago

I mean, really, can you read?

Anonymous
7 months ago

no i’m blind – please help me. hold my hand. oh nice stick – i mean is that your walking stick?

Anonymous
7 months ago

A chapstick