Developer Releases New Details Of Complex Designed By Rafael Viñoly In Zoning Filing

The developer planning the massive Casa Forma complex designed by architect Rafael Viñoly has released new details of the project in an application for a zoning hearing, as it continues to move through the approval process.

A request for a zoning hearing was filed with Miami-Dade County on March 10, and documents relating to the filing were submitted on March 14.

According to the new filing, Casa Forma will include:

  • 1,441 residential units
  • 143,328 square feet of office
  • 7,959 square feet of retail
  • 1,532 parking spaces (with 600 dedicated to the Miami-Dade School Board and Arsht Center)

The 54-story tower will top off at 649 feet above sea level, which is the maximum permitted by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department on the property.

An affiliate of Crescent Heights is the developer. The project is also being developed on land owned by the Miami-Dade School Board, which will have its headquarters in the new complex as part of the deal.

 

 

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Anonymous
6 months ago

This building would look better if it was split in two. Its’ width is overpowering.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Yeah, with an axe

Anonbttm
6 months ago

Man…if only this were being developed under Miami 21, which addresses tower girth, we’d have a better design…

nonmous
6 months ago

But we have something called the “Urban Development Review Board” to address these issues.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I have as much faith in the UDRB as I do in Washington. I mean, they approved Downtown 5th FFS.

Anonymous
6 months ago

The URDB is a joke.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

Stop body shaming the poor building. What if I said you should be split in two?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Talk about a view blocker.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

For some reason it reminds me of a cruise ship

Anonymous
6 months ago

Blocking who’s view, MeLOLdy?

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

?

Anon
6 months ago

What are the new details…

Anonymous
6 months ago

The “picture” showing the building from the bottom. Next week we’ll one showing from up and so on.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Exactly!

Antennae
6 months ago

I know Viñoly would have been capable of something more striking. I’m surprised and in awe from this insignificant design. Other than the fact that it curves, it’s anybody’s design.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Still more impressive than One River Point.

calivalle
6 months ago

this is way too massive ,split it up

Anonymous
6 months ago

Frankly at this point just build anything. Let’s focus on quantity and then we’ll get quality, once we achieved more density.

Antennae
6 months ago

Not only that but really, that area without some form of infill is dicey at best. No Man’s Land
As much as I don’t like this building, I’ll take it so that it spurts some humanity to the area.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Hong Kong would like to speak with you.

anonymous
6 months ago

it looks FAT to me!!!

Adrian
6 months ago

Reminds me of that tower in São Paulo

Conno Sir
6 months ago

El Focsa de la Habana

Bryan Riley
6 months ago

Hopefully this project will have a large amount of work force housing. We can’t just get shiny new offices for MDC school board.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Haha, not here. That’s what acres of vacant lots in Overtown are for!

Bryan Riley
6 months ago

There are different levels of housing subsidies. Not all are equal. County/city or in other words public land should require one of these levels. Income restricted, government housing, senior, or work force housing. Private land owners in other areas can build what ever they want within zoning rules. Even then they usually use this subsidy model to get zoning waivers.

ao1
6 months ago

There are no subsidized units in this building, but it does unencumber the parking lots and admin buildings of the School Board, which are currently untaxed—any development on them would unlock a large increment that can be rolled into subsidy in a Tax Increment deal. As part of the agreement for this building, the rest of the 10.5 acres that the school board owns in Omni would be developed with agreement of affordability for all levels—from ELI up to market rate.

Bryan Riley
6 months ago

Awesome reply. This is the type of discourse we need 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Downtowner
6 months ago

It looks gargantuan. Way too tall AND wide.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Looks a 1990s design

Anonymous
6 months ago

Lets talk about the Literal “elephant in the Room”… The Podium..

Johnny
6 months ago

This is very big , thick and has a lot of girth.

Antennae
6 months ago

Ooooh
Your words sound sexy to me

Anonymous
6 months ago

THE UGLIEST THING IN MIAMI…

Anonymous
6 months ago

1,532 parking spaces? I’d say that’s about 1,500 too many.

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

It clearly says 600 are for the school board and arsht center

Anonymous
6 months ago

For all of those who think more cars in downtown Miami is great, please explain how those narrow two-lane streets are going to handle the traffic.

Anonymous
6 months ago

how those narrow two lane streets are going to handle the traffic in downtown miami ? build a expressway on biscayne blvd.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

the two extremes

Anonymous
6 months ago

Expand the metromover

Real Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

Agreed. Free, high quality public transportation is a right.

Anonymous
6 months ago

^Sir Trollalot

Anonymous
6 months ago

Yes, I’m totally entitled to free transit, a roof over my head, healthcare, college tuition, and to “peacefully protest” about something that has no effect on me so I can loot Target for the newest Star Wars Lego sets.

Anonymous
6 months ago

You don’t need a study to show that wouldn’t work over two-lane streets.

nonmous
6 months ago

Like those narrow two-lane streets have been handling traffic since it was created.

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

In case you haven’t noticed, most of downtown is currently a ghost town 23 hours of the day. So the traffic will be completely different when these new buildings are built.

sigma chad who?
6 months ago

i am beginning to notice you make many comments worth less than the space you take up in this comment section. do you even go downtown, the sidewalks are full of people? yesterday you were all about saying parks are empty, also not true.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Not the case anymore with all the nocturnal New Yorkers

Anonymous
6 months ago

Make Biscayne a 4 lane one-way, and NE 2nd the same in opposite direction.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

That undermines the entire identity of Biscayne as a “Boulevard”

Anonymous
6 months ago

So will speed bumps, but that logic seems to prevail from some of this posters, too.

Anonymous
6 months ago

^^They want to live in a big city downtown, but want the car traffic levels of a suburban cul de sac. They can’t stand car traffic but want to live in a downtown. Silly little hipsters.

Anonymous
6 months ago

One-way streets are literally the worst thing you can do to streets if you want to improve walkability. That, and adding move Metromover flyovers, but apparently it doesn’t matter as long as some people on here get a free shortbus-in-the-sky to overpriced clubs in Wynwood while complaining about housing prices.

Anonymous
6 months ago

How would adding more metromover routes hurt walkability? People like me who don’t drive get around by walking and taking the mover, but it’s not one or the other.

Bryan Riley
6 months ago

When you go to the zoning meetings and see the developers lawyers and reps argue for how they will use lackluster infrastructure. The mitigation is laughable. The things they say will make you do a double take. The infrastructure has to catch up at some point. Right?

Recently the River Landing project had a 6 floor traffic jam just to exit the parking garage and it wasn’t even that busy. They started letting everyone bypass paying because of the backup. More to come with Block 55 next.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I guess the people could just walk? Sorry, no sympathy for people sitting in traffic jams in an urban center.

Anonymous
6 months ago

^^Most of those people sitting in downtown traffic jams are downtown office workers driving into their offices from outside of downtown or leaving work to go home outside of downtown. How are they gonna just walk to and from Hialeah or Kendall or Pembroke Pines? This had to be explained to you?

It’s bizarre how many of you treat downtown like it’s a bedroom community.