Fifteen Group Revises Plan For 38-Story Tower Above Historic Church, Wants To Sell TDRs

Developer Fifteen Group has submitted revised plans for a project at 1836 Biscayne to make it more appealing to preservation officials, as well as make the project more economically viable.

Plans call for a 38-story tower with 352 residential units and 637 parking spaces above the historic First Church of Christ at 1836 Biscayne Boulevard. The auditorium would be open to the public and either become a grocer or retail store. An similar design was already approved earlier this year.

Changes were made to the parking garage, in response to comments from members of the Historic & Environmental Preservation Board who had expressed about the massing of the garage and light pollution from cars inside.

Other changes include the scope of demolition of the historic church. An earlier proposal had called for the 19th street facade of the church to be altered, but the alterations will instead be made to the west facade, which Miami’s Preservation Office supports since it is out of public view.

The developer is also requesting that the building be declared historic which would allow them to sell 2 million square feet of TDRs. Those rights could be worth nearly $20 million, and could be sold even if the residential tower isn’t built.

Miami’s Preservation Office is recommending approval of the plan, and the Historic & Environmental Preservation Board will review it this week.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Doesnt look to bad but if i was the developer i would turn the church section into a theater for performing arts, plays, music and comedy shows.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It is simply ridiculous how Miami lacks architecture with character. We didn’t inherent enough old building and when they find one, instead of celebrating it, they dwarf it with a monstrosity on top. What is the Historic Board doing????

Anonymous
5 years ago

I am afraid the church will end up being a CVS or a Walgreens.

Anonymous
5 years ago

That was a beautiful church

Anonymous
5 years ago

Call me crazy, but I don’t think that will fit a 38-story tower with 352 residential units and 637 parking spaces

Anonymous
5 years ago

wasn’t the first building better looking?

Martin
5 years ago

You can do whatever you want with good connections in Miami..Corruptions!

Kesley
5 years ago

Yet another Miami design revised to be more bland and generic.
The other design looked better. It had a futuristic feel to it which was a nice contrast to the church.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Repugnant!!! They should do ultra-modern minimalistic building in order to create some interesting juxtaposition with the historic building.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Does anyone know who the architect is?

Anonymous
5 years ago

look at the titleblock

Anonymous
5 years ago

Why do people have such a hard time with the fact that developers usually try to maximize their revenue? Economics play a larger role than satisfying the whims of a select few.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It is true developers will always try to maximize their revenue but our city should have serious institutions that protect our historic buildings and urban fabric to MAXIMIZE its potential using enough regulations to protect these few treasures that we have. If you travel, you will see that the most amazing cities are the ones that were laid out always respecting the old in order to create the ‘new’….and a poor design box on top of this church is simply a slap in the face

Anonymous
5 years ago

The new building shouldn’t have been so modern is all.

Anonymous
5 years ago

20m for 2m SQFT of TDRs? Im sorry but the 3rd party market is no where near $10 per sqft. is TNM just guessing here?

Anonymous
5 years ago

The tower now has awful cheap-looking unaligned stripes of windows, and is conjoined to what appears to be disguised to look like 1960s-looking office building. Everything changed except the main issue of hovering over the church. The new building must coordinate with the old. Heart Tower in NY or the redevelopment of the Tokyo Central Post Office in Japan are good examples, although classical architecture is best.

another anonymous
5 years ago

The architects are ADD Inc. They are originally a Boston based firm that was known for safe and permittable projects. They create very boxy and trendy solutions. They are not considered a stellar design firm and have recently been aquired by a large Engineering/Architecture conglomerate called Stantec. They are doing work in the design district and midtown and the solotions seem all the same. They also are doing the most bland design of the Miami World project. ADD Inc were the architects that had designed the controversial and very unimaginative Media Tower for the Omni in 2010 for developer Mark Siffin. They are a developers architects that keep their fees in line.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hideous

Anonymous
5 years ago

Do you guys remenber the Arquitectonica Option, it was sooooo much better

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hopefully, some really nice billionaire would buy this perfect church and preserve it, so it won’t get destroyed like this. This makes no sense to me. It is ugly and almost disrespectful.