Developer Agrees To Build School Classroom To Allow For 424-Unit Downtown Miami Tower To Proceed

Aria Development Group has signed a deal with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to allow for their 501 First tower to move forward.

The developer will contribute towards the cost $534,644 of building a new 22-seat classroom to meet demand generated by the new building.

Aria is planning new tower is called 501 First with 448 residential units, which would have created a 9-seat deficit in area public schools.

The 40-story tower is being marketed towards those who want to rent their units on Airbnb or other short term rental platforms

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

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

I think this is money towards an addition at an existing school rather than a singular stand alone classroom.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thank you for clarifying. I was very confuse what one random classroom in a condo would be used for

EJS
1 month ago

I’m so not understanding this article requiring a 22 seat classroom from a developer. TNM, can you please elaborate a bit more?

Anonymous William
1 month ago

These are impact fees imposed on the developer. Then they wonder why its so expensive to build housing. 448 is allot of units but adding fee’s on top of fee’s discourages development. Especially in areas that don’t necessarily have the pricing to support it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Huh? Those impact fees (concurrency) are standard everywhere!

Marc
1 month ago

I understand impact fees and all, but definitely lol’d at these two sentences being one after the other:

“….which would have created a 9-seat deficit in area public schools. The 40-story tower is being marketed towards those who want to rent their units on Airbnb”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great point Marc.
9 seat deficit…..

It makes sense to consider future adjustments to use, but the Administration of Public Schools is so loaded with graft and waste it is sickening.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice addition to the area.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wow, a whole classroom! How generous. Downtown/Brickell needs safe & local schools from elementary through high school. That is, if they want to attract and retain families.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sigh. And there should be an International Airport within 15 minutes of downtown and shore power.

YES EINSTEIN!!!! Downtown DOES need “safe & local(?)schools”.
Downtown does have them.
If you walk downtown tomorrow, the next day or the next day, you will see with your own eyes the families being “retained” in Downtown.

POLO
1 month ago

It looks like a typical Vancouver tower.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, a Vancouver tower with balconies!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Public Education is a Monopoly.
The biggest racquet in the USA in line with 1st Class Mail Delivery.

40% of Property taxes go to fund public schools.

If you own a $1m house in Miami-Dade County, you pay about $20,000 in property taxes.
$8,000 of your bill goes to Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Is that fair?

A good number of Miamians who own $1m properties send their children to PRIVATE schools which cost more than $8,000 per year.
Is that fair?

Should individuals pay $8,000 toward public schools (even though they may not have kids…..and even if they send their kids to a private schoool) AND pay $11,000 for Private Pre-K??
Is that fair?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes. It is fair.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Shut up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is that going to be a one-room school house for elementary thru high school? In any event, those who attend will certainly feel… isolated.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I am assuming this is an addition to the public school in the district not an offshoot but don’t know for sure.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This building is gonna be filled with Airbnb visitors and young professionals.. they should allow for a code discount when calculating seats for this type of scenario.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And what happens in 5 or 10 years when market conditions change and instead of short term rentals, the building is occupied by working class families? What then, Sherlock?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly. Hotels are already exempt. If they can generate the impact, they should mitigate.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Speaking on behalf of Sherlock. I say, evaluate then.
If ever working class families decide to take up residency next to the highway in a 450 ft apartment, and the newbie who moves in finds that he doesn’t have seat, then the newbie moves their kid to another school.
The private sector has already filled the void where public schools have not met the need.

Has anyone seen the size of the new KLA school in Brickell???

If the newbie is too dumb to think about this in advance, then the newbie and his kid have bigger problems.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should actually require hepa filters to clean the pot smoke out of the building’s ventilation system. This will wind up like Opera or 485 Brickell.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why one room classroom ? MDC wolfson has plenty of classroom space why doesn’t MDCPS work with MDC more.

Anonymous
1 month ago

they do, with SAS and New World

Anonymous
1 month ago

And they need to work with them for elementary school classrooms because they have plenty of space. The Lil Havana campus even converted a office building into classrooms and its mostly empty classrooms.

J.M.
1 month ago

Great idea!

Anonymous
1 month ago

we need more schools in downtown miami. we need carpentry schools, truck driving schools and security guards schools

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dade County can’t build schools #EducationalDisaster

Anonymous
1 month ago

It can build schools but this kind of public/private scheme works for both parties.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You need a qualifier. Miami-Dade County can’t build schools well or efficiently.