$185M Riverside Wharf Applies For Construction Permit

The $185M Riverside Wharf complex has moved into the construction permitting phase.

Records shows a construction permit was applied for on December 22, with plans submitted on January 4 and now in review.

A private provider is being used for plan review and inspections, according to Building Department records.

There is no contractor attached to the permit as of yet.

The permit filing roughly matches the specs previously announced for the project:

  • 165-key Dream Miami luxury hotel
  • “World-class” 30,000-square-foot nightclub and rooftop dayclub
  • “High-energy” 12,000-square-foot event hall and mezzanine
  • The rebirth and expansion of The Wharf Miami, with 16,000 square feet of signature restaurants
  • A private marina capable of accommodating megayachts
  • New public riverwalk along the development site
  • Pop-up Garcia’s Fish Market on the grounds, where locals can get the freshest catch daily

The developers said in August that they plan to break ground in the second quarter of 2023.

The Wharf Miami will close temporarily when construction begins, and will reopen permanently within the new development upon completion.

MV Real Estate Holdings in conjunction with Driftwood Capital and Merrimac Ventures are the developers.

Cube3 architects is designing the complex.

 

 


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Anonymous
12 days ago

Wow! I know some are tired of NY comparisons, but between the new/expanding Underline, the I95 Underdeck, 9 acres of expansive park space at Jose Martí Park, and cool, trendy spots like Dream Hotel being built along the river, Brickell and Downtown along I95 and the Miami River are looking more like Chelsea and Hudson Yards each day…except unique with MIA character.

Anonymous
12 days ago

With any hope, there will be a major upzoning next to the Jose Marti Park area so that its not lagging behind so badly. The Flagler bridge has a good walkway and pedestrian accessibility. You could go from the Warf to the River in and around that area easily. Would be very nice to get some commercial food spots on the park too.

Anonymous
12 days ago

It’s already zoned appropriately. The aging infrastructure there cannot support higher density, or you get another unwalkable vertical suburb like Edgewater. Riverside/Little Havana should redevelop by smart growth principles, like historic designation and restoration of prewar single-family and apartment houses into high-end restaurants, boutique hotels, etc., and sell the air rights to build higher in between or elsewhere.

Modern River Zoning And Use
12 days ago

If what you’re saying is true, then we should invest in new infrastructure here, just like other areas in the City that are further from the core, airport, and Brickell/Downtown.

Do you mean further up the River? I can see there being a need for historical preservation there. However, the Wharf’s location is the opposite of “unwalkable.” It is close to underutilized metro stop. Not only that, but patrons can drive in without congesting Miami’s inner blocks.

It’s the ideal spot to invest in new modern infrastructure, connect downtown to Brickell at a key access point, with beautiful city/water views and major private partners. These look like amazing plans for Miami.

Hello
12 days ago

This is one of the worst pedestrian experiences in the city? It’s literally under and directly next to i95?

Anonymous
11 days ago

Perfect. That cuts half the cost. Existing shaded infrastructure already built at no extra cost in current budget. It’s a gift and no other city in Florida has this type of infrastructure. Budget can go directly to landscaping, walking and bike paths, splash pools and public art. Where some see an obstacle, I see an opportunity.

Anonymous
11 days ago

It’s not just I95 it’s a huge waterfront bridge. If you have ever seen DUMBO in NY, you understand the value (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). I am pretty sure Beyoncé and JayZ even lived there at one point. It was a beautiful spot under the overpass.

Quick Low Cost Update to Spur Investment
11 days ago

The City, County and private partners can uplight the grand columns under the I95 overpass. The lights can be centrally controlled to change colors for different occasions. This can be done quickly at relatively low cost.

It would greatly enhance the western Miami skyline. Also it would help draw attention to the opportunity zone and open up the vision of how phenomenal this area could be in a few years.

Anonymous
12 days ago

I think you could be right about height zoning. There a few really tall high rises west around the river, and concentrated density, so there could be more high rises here as zoned.

Maybe the city needs to just invest enough in essential infrastructure, landscaping, security, and marketing and it would catalyze resurgence and refurbishment of historical structures, by the private sector.

Anonymous
11 days ago

You can not build hi-rises there, its zoned T4R, only three floors, four units per parcel right now, and no commercial on Jose Marti Park. Thats not appropriate considering Brickell and Downtown are right beside it.

Anon
11 days ago

There should be restaurants all around and a low maintenance Eiffell Tower size monument in the center with lots of green space and splash pools for people to sit. People would come all over the world and Riverside would profit as much as the high rises in Brickell even with three floors.

Anonymous
11 days ago

And how would this then be affordable? There would be people from all over the world and three floors to spread them out on, and you think this will preserve affordability, the neighborhood, what? Its scary unrealistic.

Anonymous
11 days ago

The areas around the nice fancy perimeter of new Jose Martí Park and monument will be high end and lower but the higher zoned areas around that perimeter will have amazing views of those nice areas, park and monument and be affodable, except nicer because there will be a luxury base to support and fund infrastructure. Relying on Brickell and downtown isn’t going to be enough to provide the critical infrastructure the Riverside area needs to sustain itself and prosper.

Anonymous
11 days ago

FANTASY LAND! Thats not how a free market works, you cant preserve prices, just the crappy buildings around there. GROW UP!

Anon
11 days ago

Just a non-financial estimate, based on non-expert view of market trends and proximity to high value areas. Someone else called for affordability. Of course there are many factors and nobody knows what the future holds.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Why keep it so short?? Just cause you say so? No one has said a legitimate reason why it should be kept at 3 floors of height in that area, not one person. This concept that views belong to people who live further away from the water is insane. The tallest buildings in Chicago are all on the river or next to it. Why limit the imagination of the people of the city.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Um, Chelsea is Chelsea because it’s not Park Avenue, which you are calling for spot zoning…-I mean upzoning Riverside. The major developments within walking distance across the river are our Hudson Yards.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Miami will never be a replica of NY, nor should it, but there are a lot of people from NY in Miami. Of course we will see cultural similarities. Yet Miami has its own unique background, cultures, and geology, all that make it special.

To me the “River District” could be a sister to the “Meatpacking District” and “Hudson Yards.” Underutilized parts of popular areas, redeveloped and reimagined. The “River District” is a sub part of Brickell and Downtown, just like the “Meatpacking District” is a subpart of Chelsea and the West Village.

Hudson Yards evolved out of the extension of the Highline. Similarly, Miami’s Underline can eventually connect to Jose Martí Park.

Hello
12 days ago

The delusion

Another Anonymous
12 days ago

To clarify, I (the original thread commenter) did not suggest upzoning. I would like to see smart modern zoning. Someone else suggested upzoning. I think NY got upzoned too much and left. I personally wish there was a way to incentivize modern development and refurbishments without resorting to upzoning.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Maybe it’s less about up zoning and more about updated districting…

Anonymous
11 days ago

Updating the district would require an upzoning, the Jose Marti side of the riverside area has zoning for no commercial on the park, and three floors of height where they are at 4ft elevation. Considering the flooding risks building up is going to be necessary. Stop being delusional about keeping that area short. As-Is, it’s a low-slung suburb right now, the same as Wynwood Edgewater. There are no places to eat, shop, or do business around there, its all just square box housing and no commercial. WHY WOULD YOU BE PROUD OF PRESERVING THAT?!? They have dense food desert sprawl suburbs in Miami Gardens and Hialeah, it’s not worth saving and its the crux of the city.

Anon
11 days ago

It should be upzoned to the extent required for advancements, as long as a central monument is confunded by developers, removal/relocation of the out of place old community pool that doesn’t serve a broad patron base, replacing it with splash pools (keeps families cool in summer, prettier to light up, costs less to maintain and doesn’t block the pedestrian flow) and green scapes for broader base of communities to sit and relax along the waterfront and spectate at the monument.

Anon
11 days ago

Splash fountains* (like rosemary square and successful coastal cities around the world)

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Anonymous
7 days ago

The Eiffel tower plaza is more than 20 times the size of Jose Marti park.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Consider easing up on the community involvement in small buildings. Most of them are mom-and-pop real estate owners around Jose Marti. The kind of community involvement you’re talking about makes a neighborhood like California and it ends up inert. Then only large corporate developers can do anything in terms of building. That leads to real gentrification. Allowing more organic chaos, with setbacks, taller buildings – especially near water, and disallowing merger of land folios, with limits on retail space footprint, these innovative ideas will lead the way forward. NOT OLD HAT NIMBY’ism packaged as community development YIMBY’ism.

Anon
11 days ago

Easing up? I would think mom and pop shop would want to increase their incomes with a broader pedestrian base and nicer public facing support. Nobody is advocating for another Walmart or Target, it would be great to see elevated authentic Cuban and local culture and shop owners involved and profiting from the elevated community experience. I imagine infrastructure and pedestrians only help their businesses especially when cost of living has gone up throughout Miami.

Anonymous
11 days ago

you are delusional Anon. Good luck with that.

Anonymous
11 days ago

CUBAN?!? Why does that culture get to rule over Riverside like that? Why keep it short, oh right just cause you think its important and you want to push this nonsensical Urbanist idea so that you can say “see I help preserve this neighborhood into obscurity”

Anon
11 days ago

I don’t think one culture does. We are a metropolitan melting pot. I’m not Cuban, just trying to bring people together to some mutual vision that does not obstruct growth, infrastructure improvements, beautification, tourism and real estate market growth. Things are improving naturally. We are seeing a broader American and international community relocate to Brickell and Riverside.

Anon
10 days ago

If you don’t want to obstruct growth then why keep it short? You’re full of it.

Anonymous
11 days ago

What increased foot traffic, there is no commercial near or on that park?

Anon
11 days ago

There is commercial nearby and mlre on the way. Have you seen that new development rising fast by Chetrit? Or how about all the new construction and plans for SW2nd? It’s all walking distance to the park and could grow around Jose Martí Park.

I believe Mr. Chetrit is American/ Moroccan. I’d love to see Groot develop a Moroccan or Middle Eastsern restaurant concept there, maybe Lebanese or Israeli. I’m not sure if Brickell has an upscale restaurant with these cuisines yet.

Bs alert
10 days ago

There is no commercial near the park. You have to walk 6 blocks to get to something

Anonymous
10 days ago

6 blocks is nothing. I’d walk further in below freezing snow storms across sheets of ice in NYC. There should and will be more restaurants retail and nice commercial activity along the western front of Brickell.

Brickell has the most conveniences of any neighborhood in Miami, but there are plenty of offerings not yet in Brickell that could be successful in or around this neighborhood.

Anonymous
7 days ago

None of what youre talking about is affordable anon, none of it is meaningful to the area, its a disney attraction inside a city and its not organic. You’re artificially keeping it small, it would be much taller without your obstructionist attitude. Youre not preserving anything your obstructing growth from an organic place.

Different Anons Here
11 days ago

It seems there are different anons posting, who all want to see this area succeed. Apparently we have similar styles, overlapping ideas…but some different thoughts on how to achieve this, especially in terms of upzoning/downzoning. That’s okay.

I personally have NO strong opinion on that as long as it’s done NICELY – I’m more concerned about cohesion, connectivity and public facing quality.

Please keep this in mind when reading the comments.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Beautiful and innovative project!

Anon
12 days ago

Perfect downtown connection to the River District in Brickell!

Anonymous
12 days ago

Except with a lot of things those neighborhoods have that Miami does not…

Anonymous
12 days ago

Dream Hotel has been one of the coolest and nicest spots of Chelsea in Manhattan! This is incredible and will further activate the riverfront, and overlook the new and improved Jose Martí Park and I95 Underdeck and Brickell River district.

Can’t wait to see this valuable and central spot developed!

Dream in Miami
12 days ago

The Dream Hotel was one of the coolest spots in Manhattan. The rooftop always had a line and great dance floor and views of the river. “The Beach” at Dream was like a slice of Miami in a concrete jungle. I am not sure if it’s still there but was definitely an iconic part of NYC. Looking back, it kind of always resembled Brickell, Miami, too!

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Congrats and Bravo Miami River
12 days ago

We have been advocating for a complete Miami River Greenway / Riverfront for awhile – this is a sign of hope for that. Those that initiated this vision will be surely pleased, as well as newcomers.

I love to see private investment pouring into the the Miami riverfront. I just hope the City of Miami has a general masterplan to make sure there are consistent essential components carried through each new development of the riverfront and plans to maintain the space as one complete and connected space from Riverside and the Wharf, to the inlet on both the Brickell and Downtown sides of the Miami River.

Big congrats and bravo, Miami!

Checo
11 days ago

There is a masterplan.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Master plans evolve. Communities and developments change. Urban borders reshape as infrastructure is added. It’s inevitable. Otherwise we would all be sitting around a Chickee, Checo.

Checo
11 days ago

You have a poetic gift for backtracking, and then stating the obvious.

Anon
12 days ago

Can’t wait to have this as a key component of downtowns resurgence

Anonymous
12 days ago

Hopefully. That area of Downtown is considered the pit of despair. It will take a significant push along with the courthouse construction and brightline for anything to really change. The courthouse area has changed a lot since covid, its just not the same anymore and won’t be anytime soon. It is filled with “un-housed” people and lacks police presence under the I95 overpass, and the court house doesn’t bring lawyers in for commerce anymore cause every hearing and proceeding is online.

Anonymous
12 days ago

I understand, but it has improved a lot in only a year and seems to be progressing mostly. I recently saw the homeless lined up the in front of a van, maybe 100. Maybe the City or private entity are providing needed food or resources or helping relocate them to a safer location.

This area is changing rapidly and such a prime pivotal waterfront central location. Brightline added beautifully lit date palms and city bikes, and I would love to live anywhere along SW2nd Ave in Brickell or Downtown and walk and bike throughout the City.

Checo
11 days ago

One of the main problems is the do-gooder vans who are feeding the homeless on the street.
Instead of walking a few blocks north where meals, beds, clothing, medical attention, and mental health/substance abuse attention are plentiful, they stay under the bridge and wait for the do-gooder van and stay on the street.

Miami continues to have the lowest homeless population per capita of any major city, and the gov’t, business community, and non-profit community do extraordinary work in taking care of people. A big problem are the people, who have good intentions, incentivize the people who need a lot of help, to get just a little food….enough to stay on the street.

Anon
11 days ago

Solution: So urgently enact a law or city ordinance that the do-good vans, in order to feed people, mist transport them to the Hospital District, with the mission of feeding the homeless in an area that has the infrastructure to provide medical care.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Are the “do-gooders” funded by other areas and leading the homeless there?

The Law
11 days ago

There already is a law. Park in a parking space. If you are serving food, serve it in a safe place – not impeding traffic. Current activities to regularly provide meals on streets in downtown causes accidents and place people at risk of being hit by oncoming traffic. We have seen many people get hit by Brightline nearby sadly!

Anon
12 days ago

It’s one of the worst parts of the city, for sure. It will take a long time to turn it into something attractive, walkable, and livable. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with that part of i95 but there are just acres and acres of blight and asphalt parking lots.

It’s shocking to see in otherwise extremely valuable, downtown land in close proximity to waterfrontage…

Anons for Miami Riverfront / Brickell Underline
12 days ago

It could greatly benefit from DDA-like CRA designation (aimed to accelerate elimination of blight), until then the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County should fill in the caps. We can do so by allocating a special committee and budgeted funding that serves in special projects to enhance this area.

This is justified b/c it’s high value and prospective income for greater Miami, and b/c real estate prices have risen astonishingly around this area and these communities should get benefit of the annual real estate taxes being collected by investing directly back into these opportunity zones.

Anon Power
12 days ago

Thanks, great answer

Checo
11 days ago

The Riverside Wharf project IS within the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority TIF.

There are special committees.

it would be a shame for you to stop coming up with all these new ideas, so I hope that knowing your new ideas are 40+ years old, and the fact that the Riverside Wharf project is announced here after years of planning should indicate that these ideas work, and they take time.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Had no idea the Wharf had CRA (tiff) funding but the connected part in Brickell and Riverside across the river does not (not obvious by public observation or permanent geographic features). This is a huge problem for Miami, deterring development and a cohesive connected Miami Riverfront.

What about the highly walkable areas along the river in Brickell, around the Underline, and Riverside? Presently there is no CRA TIF funding there…

How can Miami expect a cohesive unified riverfront when it has chopped off the most prime central pedestrian river waterfront location from getting DDA funding. The City and County should step in to supplement the DDA until the CRA zone is expanded here.

Expand the CRA TIF here. Expansion would make most sense, these areas are being built up naturally as cohesive parts of Brickell and downtown. Also there is a huge wall that is a natural barrier to the west (the ground level parts of i95 along the Brickell border), so this area is naturally understood by the community and evolving within Brickell.

According to urban development 101 a neighborhood center needs a public gathering square or area, and for denser Brickell, where parks are being replaced by supertalls, it is the Underline and will eventually include new One Southside Park. It’s already been established as the “Brickell Metro Stop” and all the public domain and buildings west of it refer to only Brickell in the names, signage and public knowledge of the community. There needs to be TIFF cra funding across Brickell, Riverside and downtown, otherwise we will see gaps in connectivity that will cost more to fix later.

The City and County should step in until the bureaucratic process catches up to modern private development.

Checo
11 days ago

The Downtown Development Authority boundaries are clear.
https://www.miamidda.com/wp-content/uploads/2019_DDA_MainDistricts.pdf

The Brickell neighborhood boundary on the west ends at SW 2nd Ave.
On the north bank of the Miami River in the Central Business District, the DDA area is from bay to the river.

Of course I disagree with your assessment. Just because the 1,700 plus Chetrit project is not in the DDA boundary does not mean there is a “huge problem” and they are going to stop construction. Obviously, they are building anyway. Same for Michael Stern’s project on SW 2nd Ave. Not in the DDA boundary, but moving right along anyway.

it isn’t a HUGE problem. It is not even a small problem. There is no problem at all.

Open up Google Earth in your browser, zoom to frame up Brickell and West Brickell with the Biscayne Bay to the east and I-95 to the west, and then use the hourglass icon to go back in time.

10 years ago, West Brickell was dominated by 2 and 3 story multifamily buildings. Today, there are high rise apartment buildings that dominate that area. No City and no County needed to “step in” to make that happen.

“Modern private development” as you call it happened, and the City and the County stayed the hell out of the way.

Anonymous
10 days ago

Just Google Brickell and you’ll see a clear boundary without subdivisions without digging back in time like those archeologists that delay, obstruct and complicate development. You’re so fixated on this past when nothing was developed as you explained.

Anonymous
10 days ago

If we are going to dig back in time go to when Brickell was just a subdivision of mansions only east of Brickell Ave.

An Anon
9 days ago

True. As far back as 1997, the Brickell border has been understood as the entire area East of I95 and south of of the Miami RIVER.

“By the late-1990s, the name of South Bayshore Drive, between SE Eighth Street and Fifteenth Road, became a point of frustration for residents and businesses in Brickell. Given that South Bayshore Drive stopped at SE Fifteenth Road and then continued into Coconut Grove further south, many people associated addresses on South Bayshore Drive with Coconut Grove creating a lot of confusion in Brickell.”

https://miami-history.com/news/1950s-era-brickell-apartments-sold-for-20m/?fbclid=IwAR0WdvICtSt9fL9ugtmaN7zcd6NYznqxFuuJvs3XZl3czvdIgNWKgN1MSBE&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

Anonymous
10 days ago

It’s not a problem for new development but by the time they are done we will need more cohesive public facing roads landscaping etc and unified within Brickell. It’s a concern for the thousands of people who already own property in this part of Brickell and know their neighborhood as Brickell. The underline and Brickell metro stop are at the center of Brickell and I95 is a logical border already established in all modern map, whatever zone you refer to was conceived before there were high rises in Brickell and a need for a central public square did not exist.

Anonymous
10 days ago

It is obvious that the main reason those projects are able to succeed and draw in residents is because they are in Brickell. As much potential as there is west of I95, it doesn’t have the same look and feel and could be enhanced with connectivity to Brickell.

Anonymous
10 days ago

The boundary is I95. You propose a boundary to be one block East of
I95, which is basically a giant shielding wall and man made neighborhood border, leaving one narrow block out of the neighborhood. That’s ludicrous, unjust, and goes against all modern principals and logic and will not sit well with anyone who takes a second to understand what you’re proposing.

People Define Neighborhoods
10 days ago

Many obsolete names exist in Miami. I bet you can find Claughton Island (Brickell Key) on a few. Or some may say “Burlingame Island.”

An Anon
9 days ago

True, in 1997 (about 25 years ago when most of us were alive) the Miami Herald referred to “Brickell Key” as Claughton Island, and now look…

Even then the entire Miami mainland East of I95 was known as Brickell.

Anonymous
7 days ago

The DDA or someone in newly developed north/east Brickell appears to be trying to misappropriate the Brickell neighborhood name and identity, and forcing the original Brickell areas to be renamed, but it won’t work because residents will not allow that and the Miami public would be confused. The area east of I95 has and always will be Brickell even as it expands to Biscayne Bay.

Possible Cause of Blight and Proposed Solutions
12 days ago

It’s what happens when we don’t allow CRA zones to expand with natural progress of development. Legislatively the CRA needs to go through bureaucratic hoops to expand its reach and influence. The CRA eliminates the blight within it zone, as created, but ironically can be a hard stop around the CRA funded area creating blight there. Also (speculatively) human nature for some is to compete with outside districts that don’t provide direct funding.

Solution: Maybe we could codify that the City and County create buffer funded extensions around the CRA zones that allow the good work of the CRA zones to thrive and serve outside of the CRA, that or codify a mechanism for CRA expansion and more frequent checkpoints for opportunity expansion.

Checo
11 days ago

Come on.
You are making a lot of false assumptions, conflating ideas, and proposing solutions that would create more problems.

If this is interesting enough to more than type about it, you may consider joining the SE Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, or at least attend a few meetings.

A basic understanding of how Miami Government (the business community, the non-profit community, etc) is easily learned by taking action, getting involved, and attending a meeting or two.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Huh Checo? The new urban developments in Brickell should be influenced and governed by Overtown? Or even the “West community”?

The parts we are discussing in Brickell are east of I95 and are no where near Overtown, physically disconnected from the “West Community,” and the public understands it to be Brickell.

Riverside if anything seems like a part of the west community but everything east of I95 is understood as Brickell or a part of downtown.

An entire city population can’t be gaslit into thinking they are connected to an area that they are not physically or culturally near. People who live here probably have never spent time in Overtown, makes no sense. They spend time along Brickell And Miami Aves and primarily patronage Brickell.

It sounds to me like a few individuals from areas west of I95 just want to try to claim parts of Brickell for their own interests and fiscal gain but it is a futile effort. There is a huge wall dividing pedestrians from most parts of Brickell from other neighborhoods to the west.

Those areas can naturally improve on their own and in partnership with Brickell, and create connective areas that don’t presently exist, like Underdecks, but no need to try to block an area from reaching its full potential and inevitable cultural growth that already happened years ago.

I’m simply helping everyone work together to help all Miami grow together cohesively.

Checo
11 days ago

What?
That first paragraph makes no sense.

Someone is discussing CRA’s and the DDA, as if they are the same.
Someone thinks that there is a HUGE PROBLEM because the DDA boundary does not West Brickell or every inch of the City.
Someone thinks that the City and County should step in.

It is very clear to me that the someone is woefully ignorant of how government works and interacts.

That someone, or someones, would be well served to learn more.
The suggestion is to attend a meeting, join a board, or something, anything, to get to know that areas, jurisdictions, and governance structures of this city.

It is great that you think you are bringing people together.
People have been together well before you thought about that.
Miami has been growing together for a long time.

Someone likes to post solutions that are looking for a problem that does not exist.

Miami Winning
10 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions! These are shared views and accessible to all people for public comment. We would like to go to these meetings, but are busy with our jobs. We have reps attending though. Please feel free to also share these ideas and any others you have at local meetings. It’s good to have a lot of ideas and forums, but we can’t let that stall us. Let’s keep winning.

Correcting “False Assumptions”
9 days ago

Correcting “False Assumptions”

According to the Miami Herald, the area we know as “Brickell” was not even Brickell originally. Look at the map from 1997 neighbors.

Miami and Brickell Aves did not extend north of 15th. First, Second, and Third avenues did now have “southwest” attached (we should go back to those names and drop the “SW” from these avenues – they are NOT even west of I95).

Even then residents pitched for the naming of “Brickell Bay Drive” because the residents identified as “Brickell” and confusion was occurring. The same patterns linger today except in other parts of Brickell.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Clean, safe and creative underdecks

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Anonymous
12 days ago

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Checo
11 days ago

Whoa….who considers this the “pit of despair” ??
Certainly no one who has traveled the world, or who has been to downtown LA in the last 5 years.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Checo we should listen, highlight the potential, and improve it, without gaslighting. Everyone see the high value potential and wants to see it succeed.

Mike
12 days ago

Glad I moved here. Can’t wait for these improvements.

Melo is sigma and Chad
12 days ago

Glad its moving forward, north bank of the river needs more development.

Truly A Magic City
12 days ago

DREAM big in the MAGIC CITY, anything is possible in Miami.

**BrIcKelliSta**
12 days ago

Wow amazing! But please keep in mind we need extensive renovation to upgrade existing metro in Brickell! We should be leveraging existing metro and also adding world class public art to Brickell like the Eiffel Tower!

Anonymous
12 days ago

Great ideas, Bricklista. Agree with you there. That would ensure these new businesses, investors and residents do well here and prosper, which would inevitably enhance all of Miami.

Checo
11 days ago

Is the assumption that businesses are not doing well, and that people are NOT prospering without this “NEED EXTENSTIVE RENNOVATION TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING METRO” ?

Seems very unfair to take money from other people through confiscatory taxes to build you a better station when the station is perfectly fine. To take money from other people so that you can have some art, an Eiffel tower, a pony, or whatever else it is that you want other people to buy for you.

Miami Winning
11 days ago

I love the Brickell station and don’t see need for renovations. I am a huge fan of the Underline. We can keep up with those kinds of improvements around the blocks nearby and river, to connect to the Underline and Brickell station.

Checo
11 days ago

Agreed.
It would be nice if you could walk from Metromover to Metrorail without the ups and downs, but that is really a nice to have, and not a necessity. The Metromover works very well along the Brickell Loop, every station is clean, and busy.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Who needs the Eiffel Tower when you can have LSD-induced murals, dog statues, and a giant toenail clipper!

Anonymous
12 days ago

Jose Marti Park reminds me of the Parc du Champ de Mars (the lawn that houses the Eiffel Tower). Not that I was alive in 1887.

JMP is probably the best spot to place a monument of this stature, considering supertalls on Biscayne Bay would never want to have views blocked.

Riverside is also zoned low around this park, and it would add value to the western side of Brickell and Downtown which would have even more spectacular City view than presently. It would be seen from South Miami, Gables and Wynnwood, too.

The Eiffel Tower was built in only two years! Jose Martí Park is going to be redesigned soon. It’s time for Miami and Florida to have a beloved international landmark, and Jose Martí Park is the perfect central location for it to shine.

Anonymous
4 days ago

What are you talking about? The Parc Du Champ de Mars is 20 times the size of Jose Marti Park. Just look that up please.

Bikes + Ferries FTW
11 days ago

When water taxi network in Miami/Miami Beach? It’s a no brainer… all these people begging for mass transport. Grade separated bike lanes and ferries, cheap and immediately deployable

Checo
11 days ago

Since I’ve lived in Miami/Miami Beach, the water taxi has been tried no less than 3 times. Sometimes subsidized, and sometimes not. Every time, it failed.

It is a very pleasant ride!! Would be great to see someone figure it out.

Jose Mart Park Ferry Stop 2024
11 days ago

It would be a huge success if there was a ferry stop at Jose Martí Park, leading to a modern timeless large scale monument. This would numerous pressing issues of the times:

1) transportation from mainland to Miami Beach with walkability to Brickell and downtown (construction of the station can be ready in few months rather than 20+ years)
2) modern riverfront space in Miami River Greenway / Riverfront
3) spawn housing in metro stop areas
4) activate businesses and economy
5) reduce traffic on the roads

If we are building an entire metro line for the World Cup, at least have a ferry stop setup to bring world travelers to Miami Beach. More stops can follow once it becomes a huge success.

Casey
12 days ago

Jetsons

Anon
12 days ago

It does have a jetsons vibe…I’m not crazy about the architecture.

What exactly is it inspired by? What is the design pulling from? Something from Miami’s past? Traditional materiality? Spanish and/or Cuban motifs? Perhaps some of the river’s history?

No…it appears the designers have decided to instead place a lunar base on the Miami River, informed by literally nothing around it.

Anonymous
12 days ago

You can say the same from every box built in the last fifty-plus years that looks the same as buildings anywhere.

Anon
12 days ago

true

Checo
11 days ago

I can’t speak for the architect and his inspiration, but it looks to me that is was inspired by the Miami River (that’s the river very close to this building). The building looks like it has a flowing movement like a river does, and the materials (concrete/steel) seem to pay homage to the working river. For anyone who has walked from the mouth of the Miami River to River Landing, you will have seen these types of buildings a hundred times.

Anonymous
10 days ago

Amazing how much money these people were able to make over the past few years with that simple outdoor bar serving overpriced drinks to all the drunks of Miami

Anonymous
12 days ago

Wasn’t wharf supposed to move to bayside in the interim

peej
12 days ago

No, that’s an additional concept by the same ownership group called Pier 5, but it will likely be very similar to The Wharf.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Well, at least the better side is facing Riverside, and atrocious rotten cheese facade along I-95.

Sub Tropics
12 days ago

Meanwhile the American dream Mall Miami is pretty much stalled still

Revision How We Retail
11 days ago

That’s not a Miami issue. It’s a national retail phenomenon. Many malls are not successful in todays culture, bringing trains to them won’t help, people want unique creative experiences like walking under revisioned overpasses to innovate refurbished historic structures repurposed as fashion boutiques or new modern hotels with rooftop pools.

Checo
11 days ago

American Dream is still moving along. The project is tied to the turnpike interchange and highway improvements. They can’t get an ASPR until those projects are near complete, and without Site Plan Approval, they can’t do a whole lot of anything.

Anonymous
11 days ago

No, it’s stalled, probably permanently. Large enclosed malls are a fading business plus the parent company is barely able to keep what they got open.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Also I believe there’s so much vehicular traffic around the proposed spot… imagine if a mall that size was there.

Checo
11 days ago

As of 3 months ago, Triple 5 was still moving forward. The Turnpike extension is delayed until 2025 and that is definitely causing the developer more delays. The mall has already been redesigned to have much less enclosed space, more hospitality and open air.

It is always a long shot to open a $5Billion dollar anything. Still wishing them the best of luck.

Anon
12 days ago

No office space :/

Offices are Close
11 days ago

People can walk or metro from here to the huge supper tall office buildings in Brickell. Eventually there will be lofted creative office suites and design houses around this new river area like those that opened in NYC after the city cleaned up the “MP District.”

Checo
11 days ago

There are millions of sq ft of office within a few hundred yards walk.

Anon
11 days ago

Glad you’re promoting them. People are free to live, walk and work wherever they please. I’m sure people will work close by, but I also bet people who work in Brickell will want to live here too since it’s a short walk over the bridge or metro ride away.