Despite Report, FAA Doesn’t Want Miami Towers Chopped In Half

Pay no attention to the recent alarmist report in a local business tabloid that several downtown Miami developers received ‘bad news’ from the FAA.

The Daily Business Review ran a story last week that four downtown towers could be chopped by up to half or more from their proposed heights. That story was quickly reblogged by other local outlets.

In reality, the letters issued by the FAA aren’t at all out of the ordinary, and are typical of the approval process. Every single recent downtown Miami tower above a certain height that was approved by the FAA has had the same notice issued. It certainly is possible that Swire’s One Brickell City Centre or others could be reduced in height, but implying that the FAA letters are unusual is wrong.

A decision by the FAA on these towers is expected soon.

The DBRs recent move to sensationalized (and sometimes factually incorrect) reporting could be an attempt to reverse a dwindling print circulation, now down to just a few thousand subscribers. The DBR’s self-reported data also indicates unusually weak web traffic.


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7 years ago

Their paywall keeps potential readers like me away.

7 years ago

Next Miami is my favorite blog on the internet.

7 years ago

Didn’t the FAA just approve a 700 footer that is proposed for the Miami World Center development in the last week or two? And they also approved the Miami Sky Rise project (which many people hope will never be built)
at 1000′ a few months ago. That project would be virtually no more than a five or ten minute stroll from Tibor Hollo’s One Bayfront Plaza, which is to be 1010 feet tall.

So it never made any sense whatsoever that the FAA would be seriously suggesting that the proposed but not yet built skyscrapers, including two supertalls, should be chopped literally in half! Even the FAA isn’t that delusional. They would have to be somehow claiming that already built buildings which surround the proposed towers and are well over 470′ in height are not a threat to planes but the newer ones somehow would be, including Hollo’s proposed project just a few hundreds yards to the west of the Sky Rise proposal that has already been rubber-stamped by the FAA. The report in the DBR was a head-scratcher of the most unbelievable kind, it made one wonder if a zombie apocalypse was already beginning within bloated federal agencies.

7 years ago

The entire report never made logical sense to me. I mean, how can you tell someone who payed over $100 million dollars for two or three acres of land just one or two years ago that NOW their dreams of building a sixty five, seventy, or eighty storied tower can’t go beyond “475ft” amongst towers that have already been and are right now being built well beyond that height?

Thats too many lawsuits to try and battle in court.

7 years ago

That’s what happens when you charge users for content.

7 years ago

Praise the lord.

will i am
7 years ago

I like reading the DBR but cannot fathom paying their published rates. They are just to high! They need to lower pricing and release some of their content on the web san charge. They typically have good content.

Maybe they have Madrid owners who don’t like news aggregators (google news)?

7 years ago

In case people don’t already know this, and it applies to most pay news sites, to read stories for free just copy the headline, paste it into google, then click on the story that pops up in the search, and voila, its free. you are welcome.