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Gary Nader's Plan For Condo, Hotel Towers And Museum On Biscayne Boulevard

Gary Nader’s Plan For Condo, Hotel Towers And Museum On Biscayne Boulevard

Former Related Group president Roberto Rocha has teamed with art dealer Gary Nader on a plan to develop a Biscayne Boulevard property owned by Miami Dade College.

The proposal calls for replacing a 2.56-acre surface parking lot owned by MDC at 520 Biscayne Boulevard with a project that includes:

  • Tower A – 144 condo/hotel units (142,272 rentable sf), 228 luxury residential condo units (450,718 sellable sf)
  • Tower B – 300 luxury residential condo units (692,100 sellable sf)
  • Latin American Art Museum (122,902 sf)
  • Theater (1,600 seat)
  • Conference Center (29,150 sf)

Nader’s proposal, called ‘Museu’ was unsolicited, and MDC is asking for alternative bids from other developers, due early November. In a May letter, Nader had said that he hoped to begin marketing the project during this year’s Art Basel.

Fernando Romero Enterprise is the architect.

 

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marc
marc

Wow, a design in Miami that isn’t a balcony box. Nice

Gables
Gables

This looks awesome. What a great win for the Miami skyline and for Miami-Dade College. Let’s hope this move forward.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I would say build it!!!!! It is exactly what Miami needs to improve and move out from ‘party town image’ to a more ‘mature but modern image’

Anonymous
Anonymous

Move over Jorge Perez!!!! A condo with an art museum as an amenity…And design by a firm that is not Arquitectonica….a plus!

Anonymous
Anonymous

wow…it would improve the cultural level of ou city

Anonymous
Anonymous

No!!! We need casinos!!!

Juan Eugenio
Juan Eugenio

The design as shown is a hair brain idea. There is absolutely no engineering behind this design. The slenderness ratio of the towers in the high winds zone will make the structural columns and bracing rather large and the floor plates pretty narrow where it would force the price points for the condo units to be close if not higher than Zaha Hadid’s Tower. Given that the market is softening, the financing would be difficult for this cycle. Also, the cantilevered balconies as shown are so thin and would act as wind foils. The architect was paid to do pretty drawing with out any supporting engineering. The developers are salesman tapping into the aesthetic value hoping that they can entice their high-end art buyers to finance with pre-sales if MDC would accept the proposal. Their precedent is MOMA and tower in NYC. Difference it that that MOMA started with Rockefeller money, is the only Modern Art Museum in a huge city/market and had world-class developers create the tower based on the sale of the remaining property. The idea is valid, this development could work and have MDC made whole from the beginning rather than have MDC as a partner or… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

blah-blah-blah….this is schematics!!!

Karl
Karl

PRE-SCHEMATICS, but a propsal needs some semblance of credability, point taken from the prior. This is an open competition now. Ideas matter the most, ideas that benefit MDC, the City…etc that can be exectuted. Hopefully this sparks great interest from credible teams as this is a signature location to create a landmark for Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

very nice design!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Love the design for the museum, the towers are easy of the eyes too

Anonymous
Anonymous

Best teaser ever….I realy hope it gets built

marc
marc

For you guys who keep harping on or think you know what MDC needs or should or shouldn’t do. Read below what MDC actually wants for that land ie. requirements for a bid.

In MDC’s request for proposals, the competing applicants must meet these minimum requirements with their bids:
▪A performing arts theater of at least 1,600 seats.
▪A conference center of at least 3,000 seats.
▪A museum of at least 100,000 square feet.
▪At least 228 parking spaces.
▪Frontage on Biscayne Boulevard for the college.
▪Compliments the Wolfson Campus and is sensitive to the neighboring Freedom Tower.

Marc305
Marc305

Thank you marc, for once again bringing facts to the discussion. This location will not and should not be anything less than what MDC wants it to be. It amazes me how many hounds want to have affordable housing in Brickell and Downtown, the land value is too high for that to ever happen. Even if this particular proposal does not get accepted I hope a similar one does.

John
John

Sensitive to Freedom Tower suggests that it won’t be a massive structure as proposed above. I guess this whole debate is moot.

Anonymous
Anonymous

stunning project in the perfect location for it. Has wonderful art to compliment it. Need to look no further for anything else in that location.

Samir Patel
Samir Patel

Why the hell did the 3d modeler put ten museum park in the back of that first rendering in the left? Seriously that looks exactly like Ten Museum Park.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You are mistaken. The building shown in the rendering to the left is NOT Ten Museum. It is a rental tower named “Vice” on N.E. 4th Street that PMG has proposed and has been approved that PMG expects to break ground for in January.

Samir Patel
Samir Patel

Are you kidding? I meant in the 2nd photo. The skinny tall tower in the left portion of the rendering. That is clearly a copy of Ten Museum Park. (However Ten Museum Park is located at 10th and Biscayne). Not saying Vice may not look exactly like Ten Museum Park. But if it does I would say that would be odd in itself.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I thought the exact same thing. It threw off my frame of reference on the rendering.

Anonymous
Anonymous

With PMG’s luxury 1000 foot tower two blocks south on 3rd Street and Biscayne along with this tower at 5th Street and Biscayne and Zahids 10,000 Museum Park just down the street it appears that prices will certainly top $1000. Per square feet. Who would have thought a year ago that this part of town, with Miami World Center coming, will end up being the Epicenter of the new Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I did, but, alas, didn’t buy in. Still rationalizing it by thinking that area will eventually be a touristic nightmare with SkyRise, Bayside, PortMiami, AAA, etc.–essentially becoming Miami’s Times Square.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Could you elaborate on ‘time square’?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Congested tourist trap

Anonymous
Anonymous

Anyone with half a brain would’ve realized it some time ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous

bet you the site isnworth over 100MM….just put a FOR SALE sign on it, sell it and use the funds to expand the College…no need for a second museum at MDC

Afi

I Hope this gets built.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I love how it complements the Freedom Tower.

Anonymous
Anonymous

As a public institution, MDC must solicit and consider competing proposals. They are due in early January….unless the schedule is changed. The review and selection process will take several months. A decision will probably not be made until April, May or June. So the selected developer may celebrate at NEXT year’s Art Basel…..;-)

Anonymous
Anonymous

“As a public institution, MDC must solicit and consider competing proposals. They are due in early January….”

Funny, but the article states: MDC is asking for alternative bids from other developers, due early November.

Anonymous
Anonymous

120,000 sft museum is BIGGER than PAMM.

Not even PAMM cannot mantain itself and always needs taxpayer help…

Pie in the sky…in a slowing condo market.

Makes no sense to put that burden on Miami Dade College.

MDC please rethink this!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

A donation of 80M in art, the building itself, 10M the first years….i don’t think is burden

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nuts….we need cheap.Housing which will.activate urban living and urban retail more than ART

we have already an Art Museum that cannot sustain itself!!

enough of Taxpayer money helping these developers!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Plenty cheap housing already exists, and more is in the pipeline. Not sure why you think it’s necessary on a site with rare air–great access in a booming area with unobstructable views. Guess you feel entitled to things that should sell for $1k/foot

Yet Another Anonymous
Yet Another Anonymous

“Unobstructable”? Let’s not forget about ” skyrise”.

Anonymous
Anonymous

miami Dade is the BIGGEST college in America with over 160,000.students….
they already have a museum.at Freedom.Tower
why another.Museum????

what the students and teachers need is Affordable Student Housing!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

What they have is a convenient Metro stop linking campus to affordable housing…demanding affordable housing in a prime location is just delusional.

Anonymous
Anonymous

thank you!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

how many students housings exist next to a 70,000 student campus??

why build.another Museum?????? to help Nader get an inflated tax donation??

someone at the Miami Herald should.investigate the real.motivations for this fake Museum!!

Nuts that a guy like Padron would get involved in thia scheme.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Incorrect. 27,000+ students attend Wolfson

Anonymous
Anonymous

Plus this isn’t a four-year university where people relocate for their studies. The majority of students either live with their parents or already have a job/domicile and are trying to advance themselves.

MrDreTheOne
MrDreTheOne

Affordable and on Biscayne Boulevard? Sure..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because they make money out of it!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

27,000+ students go to Wolfson Campus

Karl
Karl

Fernando Romero is Carlos Slim’s son-inilaw and has won most of his significant work (art museum, aquarium) because it was bank rolled by Slim. While the Museum dedicated to Latin American work is interesting, it turns it back to artist that are living and working and that are Latin or of Latin origin in the US. This is an Art Gallery on steroids and will compete with PAMM and other Institutions dedicated to the Arts. Furthermore, Romero has zero understanding of the Miami climate with this design with the flying terraces. While interesting from an aethetic-formalist view, large public terraces are rearly utilized in sub-tropical climates due to the high humidity. The Plaza of Phillip Johnson’s Museum in Miami was a total failure as an example of not understanding the climate. Gary Nader,it seems, is really leveraging high luxury condo development to create a new massive gallery to which he is really proposing an old world view of gallery and the promotions of high-end painting and sculpture that can be sold to the high networth Latin American clients that he courts. If Gary Nader was interested in public participation, he would have proposed a far more engaging museum with immersive… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get off your high horse. This project is perfect for the location and I for one hope it gets built!

Another Anonymous
Another Anonymous

Why cant they take this to another location on Biscayne that doesnt use public land for mostly private use. It won’t get built plane and simple, and it idiots like you that cant see that this is high-promo. Have you noticed that the renderings are inaccurate and fully for effect. Note that in one they have 10Museum next to it, in onother they have the sun very low on a SE orientation and in what looks like a beach scene in Rio. If they are creating promotional materials without the care to place this correctly on the site, what makes you think they are really spending the money to create something that benefits the public?

MrDreTheOne
MrDreTheOne

The public land / private development stigma in this city gets a little to ridiculous sometimes, this “public land” is currently a freaking parking lot -on our main boulevard nonetheless- practically anything is a better use of this public land, what do you suggest? Don’t say a park. The renderings are supposed to be embellished because they ARE promotional, don’t forget this is an unsolicited bid. So let me get this straight….it is the sun orientation of the rendering that makes you distrust this proposal? okay…

Anonymous
Anonymous

First, he or she states unequivocally – “It won’t get built plane and simple” – and then goes on a tirade about inaccurate renderings and the developer not really wanting to benefit the public.

This person doesn’t seem to trust his/her own beliefs, because if this person thinks this project won’t happen, then why cry foul?

Anonymous
Anonymous

i think thisnis dilusional…market is slowing down and someone is trying to control.this site with ZERO money

Anonymous
Anonymous

Who is this,Karl Marx????

Anonymous
Anonymous

delirious…whynwould Miami.Dade support building a second museum instead of a student housing that is what is needed for Downtown.

What has Gary Nader developed

Anonymous
Anonymous

Student housing, realy? How big is the downtown campus?

MrDreTheOne
MrDreTheOne

Student housing on Biscayne Ave with bay views? Not feasible, that is prime real estate. This is an excellent and appropriate proposal for the site with world class architecture, I want to see any bid that is better than this one.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Student housing infront of biscayne?? What a waste!!!

Marc305
Marc305

The land value is too high for student housing that will never happen, but I do hope this projects gets a green light.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Funny, that spot has been there for decades, if student housing was really a “must need” don’t you think MDC would’ve built some there by now?