First Zoning Comments For Giant 1,441-Unit Tower Planned Next To Signature Bridge

Miami-Dade planners have completed their initial pre-application review of a massive mixed-use tower planned in downtown Miami.

The 649-foot tower is being designed by Rafael Viñoly architects.

After reviewing the proposal, county planners noted that the number of residential units proposed is consistent with what zoning allows. Under Dade’s Rapid Transit Zoning rules, up to 1,535 units would be permitted (the proposal calls for 1,441 units).

However, planners asked for clarification on several design elements.

According to the county, “cantilevered balconies, awnings, weather protection elements, and the like are permitted to encroach into the right-of-way up to six inches from the curb face.”

The submitted plans however “appear to indicate that parking garage, office areas, and other enclosed building areas on levels 2 through 12 are encroaching beyond the curb face,” the notes say.

The county also wants clarification to ensure the project meets the minimum 40 percent glazing requirement, has sufficient screening of the parking garage, and meets open space and landscaping code.

The project is proposed to include:

  • 1,441 residential units
  • Amenities spread over five floors
  • Offices and an auditorium for The School Board of Miami-Dade County (totaling around 100,000 square feet)
  • Offices for Crescent Heights (19,673 square feet)
  • Ground floor commercial
  • Nine levels of parking

The towers will top off at 43 stories.

 


 

 

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Anonymous
8 days ago

Standing at my podium, I’m trying to watch my sodium

-Young Jeezy

Anonymous
8 days ago

Young Jeezy is a brilliant wordsmith.

Anonymous
8 days ago

WAY too large and wide. Break it up, please.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Seriously. This thing is going to dominate the skyline in an awkward way.

Melo is sigma and chad
8 days ago

Probably get a nickname like the block because it will dominate the Melo/Omni area skyline

Anonymous
8 days ago

yes this tower will dominate the melo/omni area skyline it will overshadow the melo towers it will block views to these towers from biscayne bay

Anonymous
8 days ago

Damn, I can’t afford a place to live… but I definitely won’t move into a building that overshadows other towers and block the views of towers from Biscayne Bay.

lol…

Anonymous
8 days ago

It’s perfect to me, break up your family before you break up buildings

Anonymous
6 days ago

That’s what your mom said about my d*ck. I told her no it’s not and no I won’t.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Viñoly is a brilliant architect.
I’ve always loved his designs as I’m into minimalism. This tower will look great from a distance but it won’t blend well with the bridge from a street level scope

Anonymous
8 days ago

Well, 432 Park Avenue is an eyesore from Central Park. Frankly, this tower looks better from a bridge perspective than any Melo or Related box.

Anonymous
8 days ago

I’m sorry but that podium still looks like a bunker

Paul
8 days ago

Send this one back! I’m as YIMBY as they get but this is an abomination. It has the narrowest sidewalks and then cantilevers out over the sidewalk and even into the street.

Anonymous
8 days ago

This is an area that deserves broad sidewalks. It’s across the street from a world class performance center.

Anonymous
6 days ago

That’s never used and was another product of city money being abused 10 fold costing 4 times more than it should. Same token the Dade County School board is to get 100k SF of office and boardroom space in a luxury tower……cmon now, hands starting to get greased already

Anonymous
8 days ago

That’s FUGLY! Why can’t they put some world class design here?!?

Anonymous
8 days ago

Yes. Break it up and build three towers.. one at a 649ft height, the other at a550ft height, and lastly, a 450ft height tower. This proposal would look much cleaner that way.

Anonymous
8 days ago

So, you mean like One Brickell, which is hardly world class or clean looking at all?

Anonymous
8 days ago

Because it’s not a world class area. It’s a bunch of parking lots.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Is the 80’s Architecture having a South Florida Comeback?

Anonymous
8 days ago

What do you mean comeback?
It’s never left.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Except practically every tower built in the 1980s blows away anything built in the last ten years, save for 1000 Museum, Paramount Worldcenter, and Echo Brickell.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Ha! Thanks for the funny.

Anonymous
8 days ago

That ugly base has to go! By the way, that design is not original. It’s a copy of the Italia Tower in Sao Paulo that was built in the 1950s!

Anonymous
8 days ago

it looks a little like the italia tower but it’s not a copy, you are exaggerating

Anonymous
8 days ago

I’d say looks a lot more like the Copan building also in São Paulo, not Italia

Karl Isen
7 days ago

Not even close…the Edificio Italia in Sao Paolo was built in the mid 1960’s and does not have the prominant ” brise soleil” that was introduced by famed brazilean architect Oscar Niemeyer. That design is more vertical even though it is about 100 lower than this proposed design. If anything, Viñoly is paying homage to Niemeyer making the balconies look like brise soleil or sun shades. The difference is that Niemeyer uses this on the sunniest sides of a building which in Brazil would be the north and west facades. In Miami, it should be used for the south and west facades as that gets the most sun exposure. Viñoly uses the motif predominantly on the east and partial south facade…or rather for mostly morning light. That facade however, is the most prominant to the public from Biscayne Blvd, Maurice Ferré Park, Arscht Center and Plaza, Signature Bridge and Museums and is also set up to be a beacon as viewed from the water and Government cut. Viñoly utilizes the horizontality of the facade effectively to create the monolithic designs that made Niemeyer’s and other prominant Latin American architecture distinct and desinged effectively to the climate to which this building does as well. It becomes more of a back stage to the more elaborate and expressive Signature Bridge and also will have the most prominant views of Biscayne Bay with the Signature Bridge in the foreground which will more than like ensure pre-sale success and make for an elite status development.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Parking Lot Land!

Anonymous
8 days ago

monstrosity

Anonymous
8 days ago

all the architect wannabes and charlatans are having a meltdown

Anonymous
8 days ago

It’s a beast that’s for sure.

Shawn Kouri
8 days ago

Miami Dade county public schools needs a new office building. Maybe. The original building just needs more windows for natural light. But this is good so officers can be in one building

Anonymous
8 days ago

Oh sure. That is all that it needs.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Honestly, dozens of people say it’s hideous. I say it’s decent looking. It’s not the best building on the block, but it provides plenty of infill. Instead of shaming the architectural engineer for the design of this building, let’s hope that the building we have now can sell as much units as possible for the people that are moving from up north.

Anonymous
8 days ago

I approve

???
8 days ago

Can’t say I love it or hate it but as long as I’ve been on this site I still can’t understand why Miami doesn’t have better designs? Even some buildings being built in Orlando and Tampa look better…

Anonymous
5 days ago

At least it will overshadow the unattractive, poorly-constructed Melo buildings in the area.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Amazing design. I love the large windows and the shape of this building. Enough with boxes. Architects must be more creative. Rectangles and squares this is not fun 😆

Anonymous
8 days ago

Get back under your bed…

Anonymous
8 days ago

Get back in your cardboard box-fort.

Anonymous
8 days ago

As long as these comments don’t translate into it becoming a box with juxtaposed balconies and pukey mural covering the garage.

Anonymous
8 days ago

I didn’t like this design and I still don’t love it. However, upon doing some digging and realizing this is the THIRD PROPOSAL in a decade for this lot, please please just build something.

At this point in Miami’s growth, it’s obvious that our sea of parking lots is the result of rampant NIMBYism and layers of bureaucracy. Will no longer be so picky about designs. Anything is an improvement over Parking Lot Land.

Anonymous
8 days ago

unfortunately, it will block the sun for about a half mile north of it.
Perhaps these should have sections and not a huge solid shower curtain effect.

Anonymous
8 days ago

North of it?
I”m told that in Miami…or at least in downtown Miami….the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Aaaahhhh.. just love anything that blocks the hotass sun in Miami.

Anonymous
8 days ago

So close to all that noisy, raised traffic.

Anonymous
8 days ago

You sure wouldn’t live there huh?

Dr. Movie
7 days ago

Nice that there allowing all these new high density residential towers for the obvious rich, meanwhile where are the disabled and poor workers supposed to live?

Anonymous
7 days ago

I guess in your opinion the developer of this project is supposed to worry about that?

Anonymous
8 days ago

pretty building.
Will look much better than the bridge.
( bridge didn’t need the arches for support), they could have added those out over the water for an ‘art installation’, and could be seen by everyone.

But the building is great.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Suspension bridges do need something for support. I like arches.
Then again, I can see how some would rather have big old towers like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Mackinac Bridge.

Melo is sigma and chad
8 days ago

The age of behemoth towers as arrived in Miami. If it has more ground level activity it would be perfect

Anonymous
8 days ago

Not my aesthetic either but happy it’s not a square box and development in that particular area is also in urgency

John
8 days ago

Looks cool…

Anonymous
8 days ago

Man. I miss the old Miami. Don’t get it why they want to turn out city to a dam New York.

Anonymous
8 days ago

The county of MiamiDade has an Urban Development Boundary line and everyday more and more people are moving to Miami. If you don’t like it or can’t hack it, then move! Trust me, you won’t be missed.

Yet Another Anonymous
8 days ago

The arts center for ugly architecture.

Anonymous
8 days ago

it is a mammoth building thats for sure, I like it.