Downtown 5th Breaks Ground – Melo Group’s Biggest Project Ever With Twin 53-Story Towers

Melo Group has broken ground on one of the biggest projects ever in downtown Miami.

Downtown 5th will include 1,042 apartments and 12,506 square feet of retail. No other development within the CBD has ever been built with such a large unit count.

It is also the biggest single project ever for Melo by number of apartments.

Miami’s UDRB unanimously rejected the design in a July vote, but the board only serves in an advisory role and permitting continued to move forward.

On October 8, Miami’s Building Department issued a construction permit for excavation, pile, and site and soil improvements, There will be an estimated $100,000 in foundation work.

The permit to begin vertical construction was applied for in December 2018, but still not approved. An expedited life and safety review to allow for work to begin faster was requested on October 7, but has been denied by Miami’s Building Department.

A total of $249 million in hard construction costs is estimated on the permit.

The project was approved by the FAA last year for a height of 495 feet above ground, or 508 feet above sea level.

 

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marc
2 years ago

“Ha! Eat my dust, Okan. “, Melo.

Lidia N.
2 years ago

whats the deal with the design of this project!!!!! It looks just like any other Downtown Miami building!!! Way to go Melo!! keep them coming!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I Agree with you Lidia!!! Good Job Meló , can’t wait to move to this building! ?Right on the center of Miami and with beautiful views all around it!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Melo employee?

ARIEL MARTINEZ
2 years ago

NOPE BUT I RENT AT SQUARE STATION ACROSS THE STREET

Anonymous
2 years ago

Maybe crap like Centro and the jail across the street, but that’s about it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I am one of the biggest proponents of the Melos, the Omni district has seen a renaissance because of them. Having said that I was hoping they would come up with something special for this project. Buildings that might even complement Okan in some way. Instead we got these two Soviet Era cement boxes and I find it disappointing. I know my opinion does not matter to them, but they could have done better.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree. It’s dull and boring but very utilitarian. Sadly.

Sandra
2 years ago

I think the design looks like any other Downtown Building. They are actually doing buildings for us local people! Okan is a building that will mainly be empty because all buyers will be foreign, locals cannot afford this type of buildings. We know that many of this condos never happen, everything stays in a pretty rendering design. In my opinion they don’t need to complement Okan, they can’t complement something that is not approved or not on the site. We as locals need to understand that Okan is a Luxury very expensive condo which you are comparing to rental building, IS NOT THE SAME!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

you are so very right. Kudos for an intelligent comment. Hugs to you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hi Sandra, is Melo hiring?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The condos are foreign owned but they are fully rented…

Anonymous
2 years ago

how much do you think a condo owner has to rent his unit, when he paid for the unit 700 dollars the sqf…… dont compare a condo to a rental.

Anonymous
2 years ago

These Towers are perfect to bring “LOCAL” residents into downtown!! I keep seeing comparisons between Okan which is selling at 700 dollars the square feet against these two towers which will rent at about 1600 dollars a month for a full 1 bedroom with 1 bathroom unit. One is oriented for foreign millionaires and the other for the workforce of this city!! Wake up people!!! Let’s compare apple to apples!! BTW the actual design is no less than Caoba a block away or the two towers on top of the brightline station.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Let’s compare Miami to NYC instead. LOL

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

What’s with all these breaks, TNM?

Danny
2 years ago

Fr !!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This site is a lot of hard work. Take a break every now and then TNM…don’t burn out!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

They do it for free !! Give them a break !

Anonymous
2 years ago

This area needs office space…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then take your money and build some.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or lobby for companies to move back downtown from Doral.
Sadly, they can’t build them fast enough.

Anonymous
2 years ago

it’s supply and demand and highest and best use and profit – bozo.

Anonymous
2 years ago

love that Melo included the American flag in renderings. We don’t see that very often in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

One of the benefits of Miami tbh. No unnecessary excessive flag waving Americanism. International city

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, everyone who ran from their country to be here in this country wants to wave the flag of where their from.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, typical. If they love their flag so much, then why are they here?

Anonymous
2 years ago

So people can wave the flag of the country they’re from because it’s an international city, but not the flag of the country the city is in? Makes sense.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“international city..” HA!

Miami has the feel and sound of Latin America… straight up Third World.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Funny because either americas biggest flag or biggest flag outside of texas was supposed to be built in bayfront park but the cubans thought that was racist and would take away from the “miami” vibe we have here AKA north cuba

Anonymous
2 years ago

No I think most people thought the ginormous flag was just a tad tacky and out of place where the guy wanted place it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

All unnecessary displays of the American flag are tacky.

Anonymous
2 years ago

the cubans are the most pro american and conservatives of all hispanic groups living in the USA look it up.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, and Cubans are very gullible to if they think the GOP ever gave a damn about them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Its going to be completed when Okan starts piling work.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully soon.
This area will never be the same.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good!

Rene Gonzalez
2 years ago

Okan will not be built!! They are way over their heads on that project. Plus you cant ask 700sqf on that area when you can buy on the bay for way less..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well Okan is filthy rich so…

Anonymous
2 years ago

If Okan actually gets to the piling ?

CEC
2 years ago

The Melo’s, Jorge Perez and the architectural firm “Aquitectonica are responsible for a large part of the current Miami skyline. They are also some of the most criticized. The Melo’s build practical buildings. That is why it is relatively easy for them to get financing, build fast and fill them up. Mr. Perez, I think, initiated the growth that has changed Miami from a relatively unimportant medium size city to an international destination. Arquitectonica is as good as any architectural firm in the world. Review some of their international building designs as well as some of their local work such as the American Airlines Arena. If all their designs are not “monuments” it is because their clients want buildings that “make money”- not buildings that would put them into bankruptcy. Remember this is a market anyone can participate in: “Lead, follow or get out of the way”.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please, cut it out with the lame excuse for Arquitectonica, they have unimaginative architects and won’t hire new talent.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah arquitectonica’s international designs are night and day from the trash they end up giving Miami for the most part…

EJS
2 years ago

Hmmmm…does this put Okan Tower in jeopardy as a project? Hope not, but the value of those units facing Melo’s two ginormous towers just plummeted.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t think so…
They will complement each other and make it more urban

Anonymous
2 years ago

Let’s be real do you really think they would built Okan?
This new towers will actually be for us Locals! Melo keep them coming! ?. I’m here to rent ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

Okan is super nice but should have been built on Biscayne—this is where all the stars should shine.

NYC Loves Miami
2 years ago

That makes too much sense. Sunny Isles has some all-star towers. Scoop some of those up and put them on Biscayne in downtown and Miami would be good to go!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Blame the stupid height restrictions imposed on the city in various areas.

Anonymous
2 years ago

HELL YEAH! LOVE ME SOME MELO. F THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND BUILD ANYWAYS!! ??

Anonymous
2 years ago

Have you seen the news from New Orleans? Cities have these reviews for a reason. Follow them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You mean, Miami has a French Quarter like New Orleans?

Interested
2 years ago

This is hard on the eyes!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please.. all those empty lot have been hard on the eyes for decades.

Anonymous
2 years ago

so stop looking at it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s what I told a girlfriend once, “you’re hard on the wallet!”

NYC Loves Miami
2 years ago

If the rendering was of better qualify, I think people would look at this project more favorably. These buildings will look just fine. In fact, it may turn out better than expected. Can we really expect every building, especially rentals, to reach Zaha Hadid level of excellence?

Anonymous
2 years ago

So the UDRB has no teeth?

marc
2 years ago

Piling needs to be done for a building that’s getting built regardless.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, who cares about living in the Taj Mahal, the city is in dire need of more apartments.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I thought it was rejected by some sort of bureaucratic design board?

marc
2 years ago

Piling needs to be done for a building that’s getting built regardless.

Noelia Alvarez
2 years ago

it was rejected by a very “BIASED” UDRB board… Look it up!!! Mr. Behar happens to be the architect of Okan… and this will block half of his views. Welcome to Miami 😉

Anonymous
2 years ago

has Behar recused himself? That’s definitely a conflict of interest.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No. He’s on record saying that he doesn’t believe that project is right for this site.

Miami Today News:
“Board member Robert Behar led off the comments about the project.

“I commend you on a great presentation. You almost sold me on it,” he said, but his final assessment is that the mass of the two towers and pedestal parking levels is not right for the property.

“On a project of this magnitude, it is really significant that you’re maximizing the complete envelope. This is two big boxes … yes, it’s a tight site [but] two solid square towers going up 500 feet is the wrong approach for the site,” he said.

Mr. Behar added, “You are maximizing capacity … it would be a tremendous mistake for this location.””

Anonymous
2 years ago

this area needs office space

Anonymous
2 years ago

… and it’s just waiting for you to supply them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful original design. Stunning. And the original wave pattern at the retail area – so unique and compelling – never seen anything like that before. Wowza

Anonymous
2 years ago

Troll

Anonymous
2 years ago

why are people complaining? This design looks no different than 1010 Brickell

Anonymous
2 years ago

Did the Miami Building Department recieve a big check from Okan to block this??

Anonymous
2 years ago

“An expedited life and safety review to allow for work to begin faster was requested on October 7” ** Life and safety review ??!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Remember, they must review things slowly in this city.

Anonymous
2 years ago

God forbid our buildings have functioning sprinklers and safe evacuation routes.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What, you think the Melo’s just woke up last month and decided to get in the development game?

Anonymous
2 years ago

That was denied, so how come construction has started?

Anonymous
2 years ago

ETD 5 years ? …… good timing to start , by that time the cycle is up again 😉

Anonymous
2 years ago

What are the odds Okan bails out ?? lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

1000%% bye bye

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can’t wait to see these towers gracing the skyline.

Anonymous
2 years ago

TROll.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, that term “troll” payed out a long time ago.

Catch up buddy!

Melo?
2 years ago

Melo = inexpensive rent because of cheap product and build. Ask anyone who lives in one of their buildings if they are satisfied.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I really can find other things to do with my time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

More cardboard trash development from Melo. Shame. The city should be more responsible in allowing them to build such cheap projects and then charge $2k/month for 500 sqft. How many city officials getting fatter pockets??

Anonymous
2 years ago

Would you rather have them build projects that could lead them to bankruptcy or something that can provide the locals affordable rent?

Anonymous
2 years ago

He or She would rather whine about the Melo Group.

Anonymous
2 years ago

this towers should top off by early 2021 and will fill the only gap left on the miami skyline and will displace some of the homeless that live on this area

Anonymous
2 years ago

How do you displace homeless who live on the street with a tower?

Anonymous
2 years ago

You do have a point there… I mean, how can you get more displaced than being homeless?

Anonymous
2 years ago

you displace them when you build a new building. homeless hang out at empty lots and abandoned buildings. they don’t hang out at new buildings

Anonymous
2 years ago

But, the homeless are already displaced. You can’t “displace” a person who already has no place.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You displace them from the building area, yes they are still “displaced” by virtue of the word, but they are displaced from the area in discussion.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No they’re not, because the streets is their home. They actually have a freedom that most people in this country will never understand.

Anonymous
2 years ago

what does having freedom has to do with being displaced? they are displaced from the street they live in. have n’t you noticed they usually hang out and sleep at the same place?

NYC Loves Miami
2 years ago

If any real estate professionals care to answer this- Will there be or is there an exodus of people moving from Miami Beach to downtown/Brickell? I’ve been checking the rentals in Miami Beach and there seems to be a lot of inventory, especially in South Beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The mainland is getting a lot of new apartment inventory so the choice of paying outrageous rent in some worn out seventy five year old apartment building on Miami Beach or paying almost the same amount for a shiny new toy across the bridge is a no-brainer for a lot of people.

NYC Loves Miami
2 years ago

Thanks for the reply!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is getting some really ugly buildings added to its skyline.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Love how the illustrations show guy freezing in a coat while couple of women are just enjoying the apparent 80F weather in shorts and almost tank top. Who does this stuff? At least make it make sense.

Polo
2 years ago

This is Melo’s biggest, and ugliest project to date. What is the purpose of the Miami’s UDRB if their opinion doesn’t count?

marc
2 years ago

They have no say when it comes to piling work.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry, everything can’t be designed by Arquitectonica.

Anonymous
2 years ago

For those of you who don’t understand, the comment above is “sarcasm” folks.

POLO
2 years ago

Arquitectonica woud of done a hell of a better job tnan these hideous 1970’s towers!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah POLO.. I bet you think Natiivo is the “shiznit!”

Anonymous
2 years ago

really….??? you should see what they have around 25th street!!!
Honestly this is a step up when it comes to Melo construction.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Even the renderings look cheaply done.

Anonymous
2 years ago

you complain about renderings while the Melo make millions and millions!!;)

Anonymous
2 years ago

What kind of renderings do they have to present to you for you to get the point?