Lawsuit Settlement Will Allow Bayside Expansion To Move Forward

Developer Jeff Berkowitz is giving up on a request for county funding for the SkyRise project, according to the Herald.

In a letter, Berkowitz said that he was unable to meet county requirements for to obtain $9 million in funding. Instead, he will move forward on the $430 million project without it.

A lawsuit filed by Raquel Regalado and Norman Braman had threatened to help up both SkyRise and Bayside’s expansion project, the Herald wrote. The owner of Bayside increased their mortgage from $79 million to $250 million in December 2014 to help fund the expansion, according to The Real Deal.

The Bayside Marketplace Renovation and Addition project includes the renovation of the existing outdoor common areas and waterfront plaza; the renovation of the existing open-air, two-level parking garage; the addition of two new levels of parking; and a new retail addition to provide new tenant shell spaces along Biscayne Boulevard.

 

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Jesus
5 years ago

Can somebody explain to me why this is a bad idea, building Skyrise? For those of you who may not know about the history of the Eiffel Tower, there was opposition and protest against the Tower being built. Imagine if they had listened to those that said they didn’t want it built. And before we start saying that it was opposed for reasons other than the way it was to be built, just look at what Charles Alphand, a respected Parisian artist stated before the construction of the tower:

We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection […] of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower […] To bring our arguments home, imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk Notre Dame, the Tour Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream. And for twenty years […] we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal.

So, who in 2050, after it’s constructed and all, is still going to be opposed to this? No one’s now opposed to the Eiffel Tower. In fact, people travel to France just to see it. I hope the useless opposition to this tower is laid to rest.

Anonymous
5 years ago

because its fugly

Anonymous
5 years ago

Ok Jeffery Jesus ok.

Marc305
5 years ago

I am with you Jesus. I am looking forward to it. I think it will be great!

Former Miamian
5 years ago

I’m not against the idea of building Skyrise. I am against the idea of public funds being used for the project, such as this proposed $9 million grant from the County. The developer doesn’t need the additional funding, and that money could and should be spent on a number of other more pressing issues by the County.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Did you not read the article??? The developer rescinded his application for the $9 million from the county. So now all the anti skyrise people can stfu. It passed a legal referendum and is no longer seeking any public funds Whatsover.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Why so hostile? Relax, everything is going to be okay.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Exactly everything will be ok and it WILL get built…..

Anonymous
5 years ago
Anonymous
5 years ago

# 9 made me laugh. lol . Very interesting info though.

AA
5 years ago

Because the Eiffel was ground breaking in material and structural design. SkyRise is not, it’s just an ordinary tower with little to no purpose. 50 years from now it will be just another building in Miami.

A completion of the BayWalk and RiverWalk (and the addition of some dining/retail along these areas) would be the best way to attract more tourists to Downtown, not a one-off expensive amusement park ride.

Anonymous
5 years ago

You do realize that the $9 million they requested from the county was for site improvements around skyrise such as plaza and baywalk connection to Bayfront park. Oh well I guess we can forget that….

IloveMiami
5 years ago

I’ve been to Paris, seen the Eiffel tower. Rode the elevators to the top. Dined at Jules Verne. Ice skated on the rink in winter. Not once did I care about the groundbrealing materials or the structural design – even though I knew its history. Didn’t care. I just wanted to experience it. Just as tourist from around the world who spend millions in Orlando fantasy parks will come to experience Skyrise too. Lets bring them down here! If it takes Skyrise to do it, even if its ugly (to some of you snobs) so be it. I still think we are crazy for trading a 20th Century Fox theme park at Zoo Miami for a few bugs. Just saying.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This is no Eiffel Tower and it wont represent the Magic City like the aforementioned tower represents the City of Light. It’s a huge bobby pin with a casino at the top. Aesthetically, Skyrise is garbage and it will soon be supplanted in height by neighboring skyscrapers. The Eiffel Tower stands out of the skyline. The wont in a few years. I think akin to the CN Tower/Space Needle/Fernsehturm would be better for this location and something that isn’t just a poultry 1000 feet in height.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

There is only one Eiffel Tower. Neither CN nor Space Needle, nor any other tower can take its place and I don’t think the people who designed them had that in mind. You are not completely wrong about the hight in reference to its future surroundings (some of those buildings might never get off the ground) nor do I find fault with your bobby pin argument. But, having said that, please tell me who has produced an alternative? Other than the beaches (not always family friendly), what else brings people to Miami? Our fantastic museums? We were all bashing PAMM on this site just a few days ago. Is it our theatre district? Six shows per year and a few concerts? We lack the charm and views of San Fransisco, the history of Rome, the romance of Paris, the energy of New York, the sophistication of London, the “stars” of LA, the architecture of Chcago. I could go on. My point has always been, if it isn’t going to hurt us, build it. I don’t care if it is an iconic building, a stadium, a theme park, a light tower, a casino, a theater or what ever. Build it and they will come. We will all benefit. My opinion, and apperantly, just mine.

AA
5 years ago

Let’s be honest here, the only reason you were at the Eiffel Tower was because it is legendary, famous, and historic. It became those things because of its groundbreaking design and contrast to the rest City of Paris. SkyRise is none of that. It looks like another condo building in the massive Miami skyline.

Also, thinking that a single amusement park ride on top of a tower is going to take people away from Disney is pure insanity.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

Yes, yes and yes to your three reasons. Paris is over 2000 years old. There are many landmarks there that are legendary, famous and historic. Can we compete with any of those places? Hell no. We shouldn’t even try. Skyrise will be ours and ours alone (not that anyone else wants it). I never suggested that anyone would not spend their money at Disney to come here, but some might come down after Disney if Miami had more family fun attractions for them to visit. We have nothing other than the beaches. We really have to get off our high horse and stop bashing things like this. Casinos, aquariums, theme parks, giant wheels (London Eye), what ever. Not much other than beaches, sex, raunch, drugs, sports and corrupt politicos are putting us on the map. Again, just my opinion.

aceraroja
5 years ago

Yeah you’re right, Miami definitely has trouble attracting tourists. lol

Dave
5 years ago

A one-off expensive 1000 foot tall amusement park in Miami’s most visible location that will most certainly be out of business in a year or two. And the City will be stuck with what to do with it after the developer has run off since it is on PUBLIC land. Why can’t Berkowitz just build this on his own private property?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Skyline IS groundbreaking.
You really have no idea what you are writing about.

Laz
5 years ago

I like the concept of having a landmark, even one that’s visible from South Beach and the causeway, but also think that particular design is seriously missing architectural interest. The Magic City deserves better!

Anonymous
5 years ago

The Magic City is all smoke and mirrors

Procalc
5 years ago

Does anyone has more details or rendering of work to be conducted at Bayside?

J
5 years ago

So to my understanding, the Skyrise and Bayside expansion/facelift are the same project right ? They are working on both together like a single project ?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yes, they will be done together and part of the same joint ongoing project as it seems.

Anonymous
5 years ago

There are enough uninformed posts here, that it is important for people to get their facts straight.
Here is the Skyrise Presentation. It is definitely going to be a major staging challenge. Very impressive..

https://youtu.be/9B57lGeYmS0

IloveMiami
5 years ago

Thank you for sharing the link.

Anonymous
5 years ago

skyrise looks totally lame and shouldnt use public funds.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Its not using public funds read the article……………….