First Paint At 648-Foot Chetrit Miami River Tower, Second Tower Breaking Ground Soon

Chetrit Group’s 54-story rental apartment tower on the Miami River continues its rapid construction with painting now underway, new photos show.

The tower is being built as a “premier rental building,” the developer said recently.

Two retail buildings are also now under construction, according to the developer.

Groundbreaking on a luxury condo tower is planned in early 2023 with a target completion in 2026, the developers said.

Eventually, the development will be known as The River District, with 4 million square feet of new development.

The district will include about 1,600 residences, Class A office space, 30,000 square feet of retail, a boat marina that can accommodate 60-foot vessels, and 2,000 covered parking spots.

David Grutman of Groot Hospitality has partnered with Chetrit to oversee dining and entertainment in the massive new development.

Kobi Karp is the architect.

 

(photos: @dontbuybluth)

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(images: Kobi Karp)
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YEET
25 days ago

These guys are moving at a Melo speed! Very impressed at what I see so far! The final product should look amazing

Happy
25 days ago

I AM GROOT!

Anonymous
25 days ago

Maybe construction-wise, but I remember this development has been on the books since at least 2015. So glad to it is coming off the ground.

Brickell Underline District Advocate
25 days ago

This is a gorgeous addition to Brickell, and it’s going up stunningly fast. It will activate underutilized portions of the Brickell riverfront. This vibrant new Brickell community will attract patrons throughout Miami and South Florida with high-end entertainment, retail, and dining experiences, and enhance tourism in Brickell and Downtown.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Three words: Transformative for Brickell.

It likely will be transformative for Miami and Downtown too. Supposedly, developers committed to major upgrades to Jose Mart Park 👍 maybe we will see the developer and DDA work together to expand the DDA cra to this area for long term support, or they can work together in unison to enhance Brickell and Downtown.

Anonymous
25 days ago

I’ve heard their contribution and additional funding is halfway to what’s needed for the park to start getting upgraded…I think about 20m is still needed

Brickell Underline District Advocate
25 days ago

Thanks for this info! I’ll start thinking of how we can get extra funding…

I found photographs of the architects renderings that I’ll share soon. It’s a step up, but has some drawbacks that can be addressed. It may have been a draft, since more funding is needed. It could easily be tweaked to make it more cohesive with adjoining River District Brickell and enhance functionality and recreational use of the prime waterfront location.

Brickell Underline District Advocate
25 days ago

Just to clarify, the architectal design for the Chetrit River District Brickell is stunning and perfectly designed.

I’d like to help get extra funding for Jose Mart Park. The landscape design for this park could be revisited, but is a great start.

Anon
25 days ago

In New York developers have to actually complete their infrastructure improvements before they are even allowed to break ground.

Anonymous
25 days ago

It’s usually the same deal in Florida, where local governments have concurrency, time-certain obligations for developers to meet.

Drac
25 days ago

I just hope they finally move that stupid looking FPL station downtown.

anon
25 days ago

It is downtown…?

Drac
25 days ago

Yep, right on the river.

Anonymous
24 days ago

If FPL gets permission to add a surcharge to your electric bill to cover the station relocation costs then they just might.

anon
25 days ago

Jose Marti Park is cute but downtown has the expansive Museum and Bayfront Parks which will only see further investment and activation.

anon
25 days ago

I know people are upset with the lack of Greenspace in brickell but it just is what it is – if you want parks move to Park West

Welcome to Brickell
25 days ago

Park West is nice but I spend more time in Brickell. There is a developed and close community that I love here. What green space it has and may soon develop, always seems magical. It keeps getting better. Park West is a nice spot on the metro from Brickell and hope to visit soon.

Miami River Greenway
24 days ago

We had green space in Brickell – the Miami River Greenway. It has a lot of gorgeous views and recreation spots. It’s being restored and will be the best trail in Miami soon!

https://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2014/january/13/meet-the-miami-river-greenway/

anon
24 days ago

This website is from almost a decade ago. Is this even still in the works…?

Brickell Underliner
24 days ago

We’re bringing Miami River GreenwY back! I’ve seen very early renderings for Jose Martí Park and heard Chetrit committed to (maybe half, 20 mil) to completely reoutfit the park like Hudson Yards, and connect it to the Underline via the new “River District” that is going up fast.

Brickell Underliner
24 days ago

It appears the original Miami River Greenway plan was conceived in 2001, but may have been forgotten or only partially completed.

Over 20 years later, it is the perfect time to revisit this 95 page city-wide master plan document, with historical images, renderings, and engineering charts. It may have been the catalyst for the Brickell and Downtown we see today…

Preface, this plan is likely outdated but could hold valuable insights and data that could be helpful to current and future projects, or spur a revival.

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

Anonymous
25 days ago

Haven’t seen the retail portion get going yet, but this tower is sprouting very quickly and 54 stories will be more than double what it is now, which will look enormous especially compared to anything directly West of 95…

Spot On
25 days ago

“which will look enormous especially compared to anything directly West of 95…”

Good… now start building some towers west of I-95.

Anon
25 days ago

How about a supertall west of I-95?

Singapore is strategically placing its first supertall inland from the main highway off the coast. That is smarter because it doesn’t block up the coastal roadways with traffic or block the entire city from getting morning light.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Don’t know how things are done in Singapore, but here in the States and Miami, the demand, deposits, and financing have to be present for a private developer to consider developing something (unless it’s an all-cash project built on speculation). There is no “strategically placing” a project by some omnipotent hand SIM City style.

Downzone Towers on the Bay / Upzone Inland River
25 days ago

Good point. It’s a free market and maybe Singapore had smart leaders who preemptively used zoning to get the city built in uniformity for long term prosperity.

If we want to ensure long term prosperity too, we can down zone and require setbacks along the Bayfront going forward, preserve views of the water from a little ways back which is still “waterfront” if nothing is blocking. (They will become more waterfront over time as sea levels rise too.)

Super tall bayfront high rises are unnecessary for tax revenues since low rises along the bay, with high square footage can cost just as much as all the units in a high rise combined.

Super talls along the bay block views and make everyone’s insurance premiums go up lowering the overall quality of the city over the long run. I know a few super talls managed to get approved and we will see how they do, but going forward Miami should rethink its zoning strategy. Super talls around I95 and the Miami River is ideal spot for super tall zoning and has lots of traffic access points.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Ideally supertalls would be integrated into the existing metro lines and have their own metro stops leading into the building…

If a developer could build a supertall in central Brickell along SW 1st Ave, it could be profitable even if developer had to include a connecting metro platform directly into the building. It would add density without traffic.

Yes Please
25 days ago

First ever super tall without a parking garage, connected to a metro?

Anonymous
25 days ago

The real-world economics of condo development planning just shot clear over your head.

Anonymous
25 days ago

A lot of talk for somebody who doesn’t understand basic principals of real estate, and uses sea level rise as an excuse. Newsflash, if it was such an issue, people wouldn’t be spending billions.

Anonymous
24 days ago

^yes that Downtown Towers guy uses lots of dressing over his Word Salad to gloss over the fact that he said and knows little.

Anonymous
25 days ago

How about we finish building up east of I-95 before building so tall in an area which already allows appropriate height and density? You talk about traffic, yet have you actually seen the roads in Riverside? Hardly touched since the 1950s…

anon
20 days ago

I don’t think FAA would allow a building super tall west of i95

Anonymous
25 days ago

Leave Riverside/Little Havana alone. No need to gut Miami21 any further. Instead, encourage historic designation and restoration of prewar single-family and apartment houses, build mid-rise along Flagler and Eighth Streets, and transfer the air rights from historic properties to build taller east of I-95.

Anonymous
25 days ago

I would never suggest replacing Little Havana or making it harder for this community, just thinking of ways to connect and grow together.

Maybe Miami can kindly relocate the homeless shelters on the downtown side of the Miami River and build supertalls of state of the art offices and residences here and north of 8th street along the waterfront around I95…

Anonymous
24 days ago

Bro, Riverside has been dying for an upzoning since 2015! Obstructionists like yourself put the kabosh on that last time and now we have a housing crunch unlike any other in the country. Upzoning a neighborhood doesn’t replace it in any way. Stop protecting the faux preservationists at the cost of inclusivity. On a 5000 Sqft lot, you could put 30 units on a 15-floor building, have setbacks to allow light and views of the river and downtown, and have ground-floor retail or food services on Jose Marti park. The city could disallow the merging of land parcels in the Riverside area and it would create a new-style neighborhood with thinner buildings and less chance for corporate takeover since most large commercial retailers need a larger footprint…. More mom-and-pop businesses. BUT NO LET’S KEEP IT SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSES WHEN IT’S ACROSS THE STREET FROM A BILLION-DOLLAR DEVELOPMENT THAT’S 65 FLOORS TALL?!?!?

Upzone Riverside
24 days ago

Upzone Riverside north of 8th street and so it mirror the new high-rise developments across the river in Overtown and neighboring developments in Brickell. South of 8th can stay single family.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Check out the stunning photos and video of exteriors/interiors at the links below.

This is one of my favorite new developments going up in Brickell.

https://miamiresidential.com/theriverdistrict/

https://youtu.be/3xFzMYvav6w

Mad Dash
25 days ago

I’ve heard condo sales are moving at lightning speed and several companies are committing to open up space here as well. When you combine location with the right developer and an awesome hospitality team, this is the result.

Melo is sigma and Chad
25 days ago

Its rising quickly and glad the other one tower will begin soon.

transplant
25 days ago

Need more Kobi Karp buildings. And please less Arquitectonica.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Meh, Kobi Karp can be Kobi Krap a lot of the time. Case in point, Edgewater Collective.

calivalle
25 days ago

Love this project…

Melo, the true giga chad
24 days ago

what happened to all that glass from the renderings?? lmao

Anonymous
25 days ago

This looks nothing like the almost all glass renderings…….shame

Anon4Anon
25 days ago

More glass is coming to the cladding! It’s already stunning though. This will be the jewel of the western Brickell Miami skyline until something else can outshine it. Let’s see what else is in the pipeline while this continues to phenomenally progress.

Anon
24 days ago

Maybe it’s not (read that in another comment), but either way it has a lot of glass compared to most construction in present Miami and beautiful. Hopefully this sets bar and helps reduce costs for more glass use in Miami and Brickell. #MiamiWinning

RenRich
23 days ago

Definitely not as pretty. Definitely residential though.

Yadda
25 days ago

I love the towers and infill, but how come no one is calling out the deceptive renderings showing all glass towers. The end result is white stucco with green glass 30%) less glass than the tenders depict??!

Anon
25 days ago

The build is beautiful and true to the newer renderings above. It still has a lot of glass. Maybe the next building will have more. I know all glass looks beautiful and we should advocate for more especially on Brickell’s western front, but people living in Florida like having at least some concrete interior walls to decorate. All glass can get very hot and intrusive to privacy.

Anonymous
25 days ago

People can’t decorate structural concrete walls which are behind inches of insulation, veneer, etc.

360 Miami Skyline
25 days ago

I wouldn’t call this infill…

It’s one of the most visible locations in the Miami skyline–at the gateway to Brickell and Downtown. Thankfully, it sets bar higher for new development here to create a more impressive western skyline, which is needed in Miami.

waaahhhh!
25 days ago

Because we didn’t invest a dime in this project and whining about what the developer chose to do is futile.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Um, it’s the skeleton. The glass is the cladding, which hasn’t been installed yet.

duh
25 days ago

Thats painted stucco bro, hate to break

Design Pro
25 days ago

Stucco isn’t bad when it has design. The round shapes make it look even more expensive than a square glass cookie cutter building.

anon
24 days ago

Didn’t say it was bad but it’s the cheapest finish you can do on a highrise. We don’t clad our buildings in glass and/or stone like they do in New York and Chicago and Boston – we got the cheap stuff.