FAA Approves One River Pointe To Rise 797 Feet

Downtown Miami’s One River Point towers have been granted approval by the Federal Aviation Administration – again.

The project includes two 60-story towers connected at the top.

According to a letter issued by the FAA on January 16, the towers are permitted to rise to a height of 788 feet above ground, or 797 feet above sea level.

In 2014, the FAA approved a building height of 928 feet above ground on the same property (that approval expired in September 2018).

Then in 2019, the FAA issued another approval for the towers.

In November 2022, a partnership to build the towers was announced between developers Shahab Karmely of KAR Properties and Edgardo Defortuna of Fortune International Group.

The new partnership purchased the site from the original developing entity for $58.85 million.

Rafael Viñoly will remain as the architect, with adaptions from the original design for today’s market and lifestyles, a press release said.

The developers recently obtained a $38 million loan to be used for sales and marketing of the project, according to The Real Deal.

The project is expected to include 386 luxury condo units, with sales launching this year, the report said.

 

 

 

 

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Anon
20 days ago

Such an impressive building. Downtown is poppin

anonlatino
19 days ago

Latin american wealth. We built this city from the ground up

Hilarious!
19 days ago

Yeah, you all can build a city from ground up but you can’t change the place you hate and ran from?

Anonymous
18 days ago

We appreciate all your contributions, seriously, but if you could relay the message to latin america to learn to drive how we do in this country before coming here, we’d appreciate it!

Juan
18 days ago

Soon Miami will overtake Los Angeles as America’s 2nd City

Build Miami River
20 days ago

The Miami River is finally reaching its glory and living up its spot at the center of Miami!

Anonymous
20 days ago

Bout time. This city’s been around for a century and the majority of the river is still undeveloped – HOW?????

Pleezzee
20 days ago

Because tourist don’t care about Miami’s little dinky river… not when they can go to Miami Beach.

New Miami
20 days ago

Everyone talks about the gimmicky attractions and seedy crowd in Miami Beach. People are over going there and want to experience Brickell and soon the Miami River for authentic upscale entertainment and scenic experiences.

What the?...
19 days ago

Tourist go to Miami Beach and you say it’s because of “gimmicky attractions?”

Well maybe they need to build more of those “gimmicky attractions” in Brickell and on the Miami river.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Exactly people from around the world don’t come here for the river… they come for the beach.

Anonymous
20 days ago

What about the people who come from all over the world to live here? They come to be near offices and city attractions along the river in Brickell, not Miami Beach. Miami is looking for lifers, we already got tourists.

Anon
20 days ago

Yes because there is nothing on the river…..? Thats the point? If we had a riverfront like chicago’s it would be the number one destination in the city

Pleezzee
20 days ago

“Thats the point? If we had a riverfront like chicago’s it would be the number one destination in the city”

Even if there were a riverfront in Miami like Chicago’s, it still wouldn’t be nothing compared to the experience you can get from the vast Atlantic Ocean like Miami.

No Comparison Miami River Tops Value
19 days ago

There’s tons of beach destinations in Florida, in my opinion better and more affordable ones than Miamk Beach. There’s only ONE city like Miami which could have a kick a** river Greenway for city enthusiasts.

stop assuming
19 days ago

Every time you see a boat in the Miami river, they’re headed towered the outlet to get to the bay and ocean.

what U talken bout Willis?
19 days ago

Haha.. “city enthusiast.” Miami has places like the Virginia Key area and very, very few people in Miami and visit it.

Anon
20 days ago

The Miami River is the core of Miami and should be completely developed, luxuriously elevated and maintained. Look at any city, and the riverfront is the hub.

Anon
20 days ago

Yeah it just blows my mind how so much of the river is completely undeveloped at this stage of the game

New Miami
20 days ago

I know! There have many iterations of the Miami River Greenline development project since 2001(plans online) and with Miamis current boom it’s the perfect time to make this development project a priority, it would enhance Brickell Downtown and metro accessible areas, and bring sustainable prosperity to Miami for generations to come.

Anon
20 days ago

To be honest, the “greenline” or whatever you want to call the Riverwalk should not be completely dependent on private development – the city and state should have built it with tax dollars decades ago, like almost every other modern American city with a river cutting through it. We will be waiting another 30 years if it’s only funded by private $$$

Anonymous
20 days ago

Agree 💯 the city, county, FDOP, state and federal government should collectively fund this hugely valuable needed project and mega-opportunity zone.

Anon
20 days ago

Right. This is a public works project in a city that doesn’t invest in their public…..

Anon.
20 days ago

“We” can address this together. “We” ARE the City. The future is up to us.

Bruno
20 days ago

I think the “we’s” should get educated on the Miami River Greenway plan and how private property ownership works.
Study the Burt Harris Act, study history, and then appreciate what HAS been done by the people who worked their tails off to make this great city this great.

Anon
20 days ago

So grateful for Bruno and his historical knowledge! We can learn from those like him who may have helped this city what it is today, and being the vision and energy of this new generation to see this project through.

Miami River Greenway, Coming Soon
20 days ago

Correction it is/was called the Miami River Greenway (aka the Riverfront).

You can look up the hiking trail, it goes all around the river in Brickell, Brickell Key / Claughton Island, Bayside Park, downtown.

Page 21 shows the expansive Miami River opportunity zone. Downtown, Brickell, and Riverside/Little Havana are in the eastern “Lower River” zone. There are three zones.

This 2001 plan is the most thorough detailed plan I have seen in Miami and possibly Florida. The city even had surveys for new amenities in Jose Mart Park, with a diagram of an emergency call center (which 20 years later I thought would be a good idea, low and behold people have been wanting it for 20 years, and my ideas aren’t novel…)

I suggest that developers, city and investors take a second look at what people have been wanting for over 20 years all along the Miami River.

https://www.miamirivercommission.org/PDF/greenway.PDF

Anon
20 days ago

This is a great plan. It’s a shame the city has done next to nothing to implement it over the past 20 years.

Mega Opportunity Zone - FREE (already paid) Plan
20 days ago

It’s literally a gift from Google and historical records. I bet people forgot about it… I mean all the hard work and expense of “studies” has been done. Let’s just do a quick refresh and get moving on the Miami River Greenway!

We have this tax money to fund it now and developers like Chetrit committed to helping and building up there, let’s cease this opportunity.

Um....
19 days ago

Yep.. and then put a fence around it and pay police to keep people out at night.

Bruno
20 days ago

Yes, I attended those meetings of the Miami River Commission in the early 2000’s when the framework was drawn. Kimley Horn drew the plan and it won national awards.

Miami River Greenway
20 days ago

I can see why it won national awards – I’m so impressed by the plan, as well as the visual organization and presentation for the time. This reminds me of the great educators who taught me in South Florida at the time.

You can even see the skyline does not have many, if any, Brickell high rises on the opening page, yet the drafters had the foresight to plan for the mega river development project…

Which leads us to today. We are gifted with this vision and would be at great loss if we do not see it through.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Why follow an outdated plan from 2001. Why little havan small… oh right cause you say so. No real reason

USA 🇺🇸
20 days ago

Isn’t the Army Corp of Engineers chipping in for a new levy system? Maybe it is going to be a federal project with supplemental aid from state/county/city, and developers.

Bruno
20 days ago

No there haven’t.
The Miami River Greenway plan hasn’t changed much.

What are you even talking about “Greenland development”?

NYC Transplant
20 days ago

I think the key point here is to define exactly what “this stage of the game” actually means. One hundered years is very young by U.S. standards. Beyond that, you may as well date the “people coming to live year round” age of the city from the widespread deployment of A/C. Having moved here three years ago from a northern city, and having lived in both Chicago and NYC, I can tell you it’s completely obvious how new Miami really is. Full-year residents, corporate relocations, philanthropy…all these are coming. Rome wasn’t built in a day and Miami won’t be either.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Not to mention how many historic buildings were destroyed for parking lots and speculative development which never came, which creates assumptions Miami is “new.”

Let’s go
20 days ago

I’m very aware of Miamis youth and it’s history. It is still mind boggling that the river is almost completely underdeveloped while neighborhoods like wynwood, the design district, and midtown have sprouted from nothing in just the last two decades.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Miami can seize this moment to promote and incentivize the Miami River Greenway, ripe development zones. The high rises should be centralized just north and south of here where the metros go.

If you look at a map, it makes sense to add density here, rather than only a narrow vertical skyline that further decentralizes Miami.

Bruno
20 days ago

????

Bruno
20 days ago

The zoning on the Miami River allows for high density downtown and tapers down to Marine-Industrial.
It is very difficult to find any riverfront land that is not developed, or in the development process.

Bruno!
20 days ago

So build around what is developed along the river, and what is developed will be replaced or repurposed eventually? That is what’s being done in other opportunity zones across Miami…

Mega Miami Opportunity Zone
19 days ago

I would identify an area like Riverside where developers want to go higher, grant conditional waivers attached to extensive riverside enhancements.

At the same time, we should NOT rely solely on development to lead the way, we need to lead the way with public improvements, all along the river and in Brickell all around the metro… as well as other metro stops that need security and aesthetic infrastructure for housing along car-less corridors.

Anonymous
20 days ago

The river is not the core… the bay is core of Miami

New Miami
20 days ago

The Bay is off the coast of Miami. It’s nice to look at, but so is the River and the Atlantic Ocean. The river impacts more Real Property and geographically is smack dab in the center of Miamis thriving metro core.

Remember that Miami Beach is it’s own separate and distinct municipality from Miami…

Geographically, the Bay separates Miami from Miami Beach. Whereas the Miami River CONNECTS Miami. It is the seam of Miami’s fabric. Let’s not let that seam tear, let’s reenforce it with quality, beautiful luxury development!

Anon
20 days ago

Can you explain how one body of water *separates* while another *connects*? Why doesn’t Biscayne Bay also *connect* by your logic?

I think Biscayne Bay unites Miami and Miami Beach.

Anon
20 days ago

Most people that I know who live in Miami and Florida rarely go to the beach. It’s one of the best amenities to be within a 5-10 mile radius of the beach, but it doesn’t impact day-to-day life and not a “must have.” In fact many would rather livd off a barrier island or a bay coast for long term longevity and still have guaranteed easy access to the water amenities.

Miami River Greenway, Coming Soon
20 days ago

The Bay is huge and probably will never have a metro, at least for a very long time realistically speaking.

The River already has several metro lines crossing it, and could be a great place for biking, jogging, recreation just like the iconic and crowd pleasing Hudson River Waterfront Greenway – spent years sitting under the FDR highway without ever thinking I’m under a highway. The same can be here along the river in Miami.

Bruno
20 days ago

VOTE FOR PEDRO!

Bruno
20 days ago

Is anyone going to tell him that the Largest Cruise ship Port on planet earth is in Biscayne Bay & City of Miami?
If so, let him know that the cargo Port is also there and the cargo portion drives over 4x the amount of fees as do the cruise ships.

Pour Me a Port
20 days ago

Bruno Ive been going on cruises from that port since I was a child. It’s kind of irrelevant though, nobody is saying to remove or relocate the port. It’s fine and amazing to see the new cruise terminals! (Now if only our airport looked like those..)

Serious Question
20 days ago

What does the current Miami government invest in then? There’s so much more tax revenues pouring in, more than ever before…

Anonymous
20 days ago

The same reason they don’t invest in burying utility poles and upgrading streets. They would rather push for “muh legacy” projects by renaming streets and parks after their buddies and putting in dog statues.

Bruno
20 days ago

The hub of New York City is the Hudson. River?
Or is it the East River?

Miami 311
20 days ago

Hudson River is far nicer than East River. If you ever rode a bike along the path that goes along the entire waterfront (no spot blocked “because of private owners”) or had a picnic on one of the many public piers, you’d know it was one of the best places in NYC and one of the only places to keep people feeling grounded among the tall skyscrapers. Miami needs to make sure it includes this, as Brickell looks more like Manhattan each day.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Have you actually looked at how disgusting the river water is? It’s a gross river and thus development along it adds no value. The little river up north is even worse somehow

Anonimato
20 days ago

Helloooo! The river is for locals , the ocean, the beaches and the bay is for the world ! The only reason why the river is picking up is because there’s barely any ocean or bayfront property left to be built … lol

River Luxury Life
20 days ago

If by the “world” you mean tourists, sure.. rather enjoy the riverfront with successful sophisticated locals.

Luxurious Luxury Guy
19 days ago

Yeah Crackhead Bob peeing himself on the river seawall sure is the sophisticate.

Insider Miami
19 days ago

I’ve seen people take a dump and wear nasty things on Miami Beach, it certainly has its share of crackheads if not more than any other spot.

On the other hand, the river is a natural ecosystem with just as much value of we create landscaped and amenity-rich scenic paths all all along the way connecting different neighborhoods in Miami (real Miami, not Miami Beach).

Miami Beach may attract tourists and part time folks but those who are here to stay want riverfront access in Brickell and they drive to much nicer beaches along Floridas golden Coast.

Love River Activities ❤️
19 days ago

You can see dolphins and manatees in the river – it’s gorgeous! As a resident I would enjoy this every day, as a tourist id come relax here after shopping all day in Brickell and downtown. I wish we could go kayaking on the river too and go on dinner river cruises to see all of Miami’s hidden gems!!!

More Luxury Housing in Prime Brickell/Downtown
20 days ago

Great for greater Brickell and downtown! West of the underline in Brickell and just east of the Miami River in the CBD is the hottest new development zone in Miami. It will look like Miami Ave and Brickell Ave in only a few years.

anonymous
20 days ago

There’s no such thing as “greater Brickell”. “Greater Brickell” is a city called Miami. This neighborhood is downtown.

Alcoholiotic
20 days ago

Oh boy.. here we go again!

Okay, there is no CBD or west Brickell in Miami.

Happy now?

Anon
20 days ago

There is a definite inflated sense of self-importance to some people who live in Brickell. Some of them I swear would vote to rename Miami “Brickell” if given the chance (hence, terms like “Greater Brickell”). It’s a nice neighborhood and definitely having a moment but relax, it isn’t the whole city.

Chill
20 days ago

Sorry but you know it’s true and ya’ll know who you are

Anonymous
20 days ago

Stunna!! Just hope sales velocity is enough to get to shovelin asap…

Anonymous
20 days ago

always loved this project….hope sales are off the charts…..

Anonymous
20 days ago

why gated in this part of the city streets should be public

Anonymous
20 days ago

If you’re on foot, the streets are public. You only go through a gate if you’re in a car.

Anonymous
20 days ago

true but its another reason for a higher HOA fee and this is too downtown to justify the gate

anonbttm
20 days ago

the streets within the Riverfront development aren’t actually public. But pedestrians are allowed access because they have to provide access to the waterfront.

Anonymous
19 days ago

I have to think that eventually, as the surrounding area improves, those gates will disappear, right? There are quite a few commercial spots in the development that would surely want to have more foot traffic as downtown continues to increase in density.

True
19 days ago

Probably will remove gates when no longer needed to justify expense, especially as insurance premiums rise for waterfront buildings.

MMN
20 days ago

Shame it got a 200 foot hair cut. I wonder what that will do to how this looks. Proportions and all that.

Pete
20 days ago

I LOVE this project! I hope it gets built. Does anyone know if sales have begun?

anonlatino
19 days ago

miami is closed go back to NY

Pleezzee
19 days ago

If it wasn’t for Flagler (who was a New Yorker) and his railroad back in the day way way wayyy before you were born, Miami would still be just a little SWAMP town.

Name
20 days ago

836 units that’s more than some cities – how are they going to accommodate the traffic or the parking ?

Anonymous
19 days ago

Perhaps you are new here. Everyone’s gonna take Metromover everywhere at all times.

Kas
19 days ago

Lmao

Class Up the Metro / Rebrand & Rezone
19 days ago

I will take Metromover everywhere as soon as the city and developers clean up around the metro stops and add public amenities that drive up upscale businesses and residences! I may be successful but I’m not a transportation elitist like some people of the same class. It’s a pain in the a** to drive here.

What the?..
19 days ago

“I will take Metromover everywhere”

You mean, the Metromover goes everywhere?

Are you sure you live in the city of Miami and MiamiDade county?

Metro and Metro Zone Bright Refresh
19 days ago

Agree, before the city adds any new metro stops it needs to prove the values by completely rebranding each station and surrounding blocks to look like something from a utopian future. Don’t say it’s not possible, look at Brightline – that should set the bar for Miamis transportation and aesthetic.

Micah Lloyd
19 days ago

Everyone in here gloats over every shiny new building post. So shallow…..not enough consideration about liveability, traffic, the number of cars each condo skyscraper puts on the roads. Brickell is already a traffic nightmare. As a rule of thumb I NEVER go to Brickell. Let’s gloat about metrorail extensions, new stations and maybe the most logically missed opportunity of ALL TIME……..Why the hell isn’t there an east west line from downtown to FIU?? World class city with 3rd world transportation. Wanna be a big city like New York…..get Big City transportation.

As good as it gets
20 days ago

They’ve wasted so much time.
Sales starting sometime this year.
As much as I love this project.
I’m still dubious

Jeremey Howlett
20 days ago

Is that a water flow off the side of the building? If so , that’s a big mistake. It will cause too much splash and will need to be turned off during wind.

Keep the waterfall, add glass to keep it in check.
19 days ago

Love the waterfall, let’s get soakin wet.

Bob
20 days ago

Why is this is an appealing structure? From the rendering… it’s light colored and airy and not a dark grey like 90% of its neighbors. Developers insist on having dark grey monoliths that currently define our city. Sadly, they are missing the point. Light is all about what a tropical city should be. Please ….build it so it reflects the rendering.

Anonymous
20 days ago

“Rafael Viñoly will remain as the architect, with adaptions from the original design for today’s market and lifestyles, a press release said.”

So either it’s going to remain two boxes only more boring, or hopefully something else like the redesign of One Brickell City Centre.

calivalle
20 days ago

A game winner for downtown Miami, specially for river views…

Miami4Life
20 days ago

hopefully the design stays the same!!

Anonymous but Famous
19 days ago

By the way, the Miami River Walkway will prove to be a desolate, dangerous failure at night, but don’t take my word for it. Walk 100 yards at night and not to mention sit down to watch the river and you will note an increasing annoyance and desire to get away. Why? The little umbrella lights, meant to guide you the short distance between your car door and your house are used, and they hit you in the eyes. Great lighting design would incorporate varying degrees of twilight with some spotlights and indirect lighting of increasing and decreasing, flowing intensity (but we’ll never get that as each developer designs its own little chunk of the path and installs the cheapest alternative). So a pleasing continuous experience is impossible. And let’s not get mean and contend that the powers that be don’t care but for sure they are completely ignorant of the issue. I repeat hey, DDA and City officials go there at night to see what l mean….. differing surfaces and greenery will be a disappointment but will be at least tolerable. But a single brain should be in charge of the lighting for the complete length.

To Famous but Shortsighted
19 days ago

First of all! People don’t even go into Central Park at night, your fear tactics are futile. I thought the same about waking around Miami Beach but residents addressed the issue. Don’t sweep problems under the rug buddy!

Anyway add lighting, manned security kiosks and lit emergency cellular pots always within sight, and more people that go in and enjoy the safer it will become.

To Famous but Maybe Onto Something
19 days ago

Maybe what you’re saying is right, there needs to be a City unified lighting and security plan. Not a patch work.

Adding On
19 days ago

Or a single group of brains with experience accomplishing the vision Miami wants…

Original
20 days ago

Look, just build one tower at a height of 1000 feet with the same amenities on top and call it a day.

Anonymous
20 days ago

We need them taller!!

Anon
20 days ago

Taller doesn’t automatically = better architecture.

Marco
20 days ago

Agree. Taller doesn’t automatically better.

MINDSET
20 days ago

Um, he just said he would like to see these buildings taller.. is there a problem in saying that?