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

“Ha! Eat my dust, Okan. “, Melo.

Lidia N.

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

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

Melo employee?

ARIEL MARTINEZ

NOPE BUT I RENT AT SQUARE STATION ACROSS THE STREET

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Sandra

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

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

Anonymous

Hi Sandra, is Melo hiring?

Anonymous

The condos are foreign owned but they are fully rented…

Anonymous

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

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

Let’s compare Miami to NYC instead. LOL

iFlyMIA

What’s with all these breaks, TNM?

Danny

Fr !!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

This area needs office space…

Anonymous

Then take your money and build some.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

CEC

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

“international city..” HA!

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

Anonymous

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

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

All unnecessary displays of the American flag are tacky.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Its going to be completed when Okan starts piling work.

Anonymous

Hopefully soon.
This area will never be the same.

Anonymous

Good!

Rene Gonzalez

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

Well Okan is filthy rich so…

Anonymous

If Okan actually gets to the piling ?

EJS

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

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

Anonymous

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

LOL

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Interested

This is hard on the eyes!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

so stop looking at it.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

So the UDRB has no teeth?

marc

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

this area needs office space

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

NYC Loves Miami

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

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

Anonymous

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

marc

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

Noelia Alvarez

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

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

Anonymous

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.””

NYC Loves Miami

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

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

Anonymous

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

Troll

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

He or She would rather whine about the Melo Group.

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

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?

Anonymous

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

NYC Loves Miami

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

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

Thanks for the reply!

Anonymous

What are the odds Okan bails out ?? lol

Anonymous

1000%% bye bye

Anonymous

Great!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

TROll.

Anonymous

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

Catch up buddy!

Melo?

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

Anonymous

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

Polo

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

They have no say when it comes to piling work.

Anonymous

Sorry, everything can’t be designed by Arquitectonica.

Anonymous

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

POLO

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Even the renderings look cheaply done.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

So if still has not been approved why are they breaking ground ?

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

another disaster for an already boring, dull, repetitive, sad looking downtown.
this is what I think of miami…it had so much potential, water front, bright, open, blue skies with beautiful vegetation but they managed to turn it into a non functional, backward thinking, poorly design, congested mess, corrupted city.

Anonymous

You mean, you think empty and desolate lots are beautiful?

Anonymous

I had a dream; it involved a big wrecking ball smacking down all of Melo’s towers of terror and replacing them with ones that actually look nice.

Anonymous

So move thousands of people out because these buildings aren’t nice in your eyes ? Most major cities are filled with far more bland buildings than Melo buildings.

Anonymous

Forget it.. I guess where he/she lives was designed by a starchitect.

Anonymous

damn you have crazy dreams… I wonder what your wife thinks.