‘Lush Green Oasis’ To Be Built In Front Of 100-Story Waldorf Astoria On Biscayne Boulevard

The developer of downtown Miami’s 100-story Waldorf Astoria Residences has announced plans to build a “lush oasis” along several blocks of Biscayne Boulevard.

Developer PMG is sponsoring the green initiative and has already fenced off the area set to be transformed, in a 5-year collaboration with the Miami Parking Authority.

The plan was discussed at a March board meeting of the MPA.

Swiss landscape architect Enea has been hired to design a green space that “will exude nature, warmth and beauty, as well as encourage walkability,” the developer said.

The green installation will integrate parking with native trees and shrubs, inviting benches, decorative lighting and pavers. The design plans also include a teahouse with beverages, pastries and other prepared food.

“The new Green Initiative is part of PMG’s continued commitment to the city of Miami. We’re creating an inviting sanctuary in the center of this dynamic, energetic downtown,” said Ryan Shear, Managing Partner of PMG and developer of Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami. “The environment will be reflective of the welcoming experience we hope to instill throughout Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami and the surrounding neighborhood.”

The green space will run along 3rd and 5th Streets on Biscayne Boulevard, surrounding the exterior of the surface parking lots in the median of the street. A majority of the parking spaces will be preserved, PMG said.

The teahouse and garden will be located at the end of the 4th street lot.

Construction is planned to begin within 12 months, and work will last for another 6 months after that once it gets underway.

The 100-story Waldorf Astoria Residences tower is planned across the street from the new green space.

The hotel and residential tower will rise 1,049 feet and become the tallest U.S. residential and hotel tower south of New York City.

A total of 360 residential condos are planned inside the tower, along with 205 hotel rooms and suites.

A demolition permit for the Waldorf site was applied for earlier this month.

 

A rendering showing the green space, tea house, and 100-story Waldorf tower:

(photos: Ryan RC Rea)

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Great idea! Love this collaboration with the city – should serve as a catalyst to make BIscayne more pedestrian friendly from the river up through the Opera house similar to La Rambla in Barcelona!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Or like Champs-Élysées in Paris!❤️

Anonymous
4 months ago

Oui🤩

Anonymous
4 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Anonymous
4 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

POLO
4 months ago

Need to beauty up the hood for the incoming wealthy residents of Waldorf Astoria!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Absolutely!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well…its a 3 year deal.
They need to pretty up the parking spaces in front of the Sales Center to get the Sales Contract deposits past the rescission period.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Biscayne Blvd is very “walkable” unless you dont know how to walk.

But, why would anyone walk along the Miami River and turn up Biscayne instead of continuing to walk along the beautiful waterfront?

(Was this posted by someone on the sales team who hasn’t bothered to walk the Bayfront?)

Anonymous
4 months ago

Biscayne is NOT walkable with his traffic lights turning green to pedestrians every 10 minutes for just 10 seconds. It also feels more like a highway with so many lanes. It needs less lanes for cars, a lane for bikes and more shading trees.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It is walkable. I have done it. No problem. Maybe I am the most intelligent/competent walking person on the planet, but probably not.

When I walk this area, there are dozens of walkers walking, maybe they are all world class walkers overcoming the most unwalkable conditions known to man, but they all seem to make it look easy. They seem to walk just fine. If what YOU are saying is that YOU find it unwalkable, that is a different story. Everyone has their own challenges in life.

It is sad, but probably true that some people walk along Highway US1, and don’t want cars on the highway, they want shade trees, an organic smoothie station every 50 yards, a soy latte station on alternating corners, and mother figure to provide encouragement as they take each step, “Good boy!! You are walking!! You are walking!! That’s a good boy!!”.
I get it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

HA!!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Amazing! Now add sped-bumps to Biscayne Blvd, reduce the lanes, add a bike lane AND MOST IMPORTANTLY time those traffic lights correctly. You wait 10 minutes to cross and you have less than 10 seconds when you finally can. No wonder every day it’s a hit and run #smh

Anonymous
4 months ago

*speed

Anonymous
4 months ago

Speed bumps would be great on Biscayne so people will stop driving as if they were on the highway.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Actually all the streets of miami even highways need speed bumps. Too many morons drivers in this city.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Right some people confuse Biscayne BLVD for US Highway 1.

(Maybe because of the signs on Biscayne Boulevard that read US Highway 1)

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes please add speed bumps and more traffic lights

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Lol.. this guy think Biscayne Blvd is some suburban residential street.

Anonymous
4 months ago

But it is… and it will be more and more as people move to Downtown.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I use Biscayne a lot, both driving and walking. I’ve seen people who must be doing 50 sometimes weaving between the lanes. It’s unsafe.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Starting at the bend by the Aston Martin, cars and motorcycles regularly seem to test their 0-50 capabilities as they head north. It’s not an ideal situation.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Because they know that you have to accelerate quickly when your light turns green in order to run the next yellow light 3 blocks ahead.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah I’m sure the wealthy super car owners will love those 💀 they’d be gone within the first week. Money talks, broke folks leave lame comments on TNM

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well I’m sure you aren’t one of them so I’ll wait for them to eventually complain.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes its one of them who spend stimulus checks to rent lambo.

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Well, people spent their stimulus check on what they felt like spending it on.. did anybody tell you what and how to spend your stimulus check?

Anonymous
4 months ago

People better spend it on rent because there won’t be much stimulating them once they get evicted…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Good riddance! We need people who obey the speed limit. Why should our city cater to the 0.1% of our population. The wealthy have the luxury living anywhere they want, when they want. The people who live in this city day in and out, would like to not be ran over by a rich idiot’s drunk kid partying here for the weekend. Some of you guys on here seem to think our city and residents, should bend over to the rich to please them.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Who do you think is going to pay for your tunnel and Metromover fantasy?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Boy there are some clueless people living in Miami. If you think only rich kids get drunk and drive fast in certain parts of this city, then people like you are really walking around with blinders on and ear muffs covering your ears.

“We need people who obey the speed limit”

lol… good luck with that.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sounds from your comment that the only apparent drunk is you.

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ If I’m the only drunk driver on the streets, then you obviously have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You shouldn’t be drunk on the street, but obviously you are still blogging on this site drunk. Please sober up and get it together. Or, at minimum, go blog somewhere else. Thanks

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Okay Pope Anonymous, anything you say…

Anonymous
4 months ago

They wannabe rich are the most ridiculous people in this city.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you want cars to go more slowly…time the traffic signals so that cars can drive at a moderate speed form Flagler to 15th street with all green lights.

Our monkey Bureaucrats, probably and purposely, time the lights to “try” to catch cars at every red light. Astute drivers know, that you can miss all the reds, but you have to step on it right when your light turns green, and you have to travel a few MPH over the speed limit.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Bike riding should be illegal on City streets. Want to ride around on a bike like a 10 year old boy, move to Weston.

You should be a speed bump.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Look, you’re trying to mess with my targets…

lol…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Part of me wants to upvote that first half.

But second part is a no go. I’m against speed bumps.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You should get your license revoked with that kind of serial killer mentality

Anonymous
4 months ago

The fact that nobody can figure out he means RUMBLE STRIPS like on a highway to alert drivers AND pedestrians that the speed should be reduced and make a audible rumble to alert surroundings and a physical rumble to alert driver

Anonymous
4 months ago

You need to time the TRAFFIC lights so the cars can flow through the CBD without having to stop every three blocks.

Anonymous
4 months ago

When buying into a new building built on the busiest street in the middle of downtown Miami, you gotta deal with traffic. The world isn’t changing for you no matter how much you spend on your unit.

Want peace and tranquility in an upscale setting, move to Singer Island.

Nice try, WA sales team lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

Bayside Market better revamp ASAP!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

More gringos are coming!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Bayside Marketplace has always been a “gringo” tourist trap. This tower’s demographics would go to MWC, BCC, or the Design District.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you are referring to Americans of Latin descent and Latin Americans, they are everywhere – at mall of the America, at Bayside, and will probably buy most of this building.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m not against this at all — but shouldn’t the city have posted signs that they were going to be leasing this land for people to be aware?

PMG is taking good care of this it seems, but what happens when Bayside leases segments and doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do (sky rise….)

Anonymous
4 months ago

That Skyrise ugly duckling was Berkowitz’s idea.. so don’t equate the two players.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I am still hopeful the SkyRise gets built.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You would come out better trying to hold your breath underwater for ten hours.

Anonymous
4 months ago

i am 1000 percent behind this …its beautiful…but the homeless using the benches as beds and toilets HAS to be dealt with…we cannot allow parks to be held hostage

Anonymous
4 months ago

Haven’t you heard about the price of renting?.. get ready to see more homeless people.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Oh puhlease, have you heard about all the jobs for which companies can’t find workers? These people aren’t homeless because of rents being high, they are homeless because of poor mental health, drugs, poor accountability and no personal support system. They should be helped to get fit to work, then they should be helped to get jobs and then they too can pay rent like anyone else. In the meantime, we need our parks and streets clean and safe.

Anonymous
4 months ago

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Anonymous
4 months ago

yeah you are right it is mental health and then when the police aren’t allowed to police because those crazy liberals will be all over them. some of those homeless showered would be hot.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Funny, but I thought I saw on TV in January the police just trying to guard the capitol building in Wa DC but weren’t allowed because they were getting their asses kicked by hundreds and hundreds of lunatic insurrectionist conservative Trump Storm Troopers?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami is one of the best large cities in the nation for the way they handle homelessness.

The truth is, most homeless in Miami ARE the chronically homeless who refuse beds, refuse, programs, and refuse treatment.

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Gee, where would society be if didn’t have you to figure out everything that’s wrong in this world.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s very easy. Museum Park for example can simply add small dividers or pieces of art in the middle of those benches. Then they need to police the area and close the park at night

Anonymous
4 months ago

Both Park Avenue and the section Broadway that runs through the Upper West Side in NYC have regular displays of statuary along the medians. It’s a great look.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hope the statuary won’t offend anyone 🤨

Anonymous
4 months ago

Large homeless populations seems to be the way to go in many liberal controlled cities, SF, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, etc. Maybe Miami should give it a try.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Large public restrooms with bathing facilities, why does Miami have the worst public facilities? It’s hot 24/7 and it’s like Miami doesn’t give a duck

Anonymous
4 months ago

Source?

The Homeless Trust, Chapman Partnership, Camillus House and the myriad of organizations who work with Miami’s homeless population SHOULD be known and applauded for their great work.
People in Miami seem to care than other major metros.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Remove all those parking spots! Make Biscayne totally pedestrian friendly with activations all throughout where those parking spots are.

Strebor Eciruam
4 months ago

Miami is the prettiest girl in the 🌎.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I see you haven’t been anywhere else on this planet.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I was born in Paris, lived in Rome and Amsterdam in Europe, then NYC and LA in the US and I can tell you, Miami has the most potentials and it’s growing beautifully. It will soon be the best city in the world. Almost there!

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol…

Anonymous
4 months ago

So is this part of the Green Biscayne plan?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nobody knows apparently

Anonymous
4 months ago

Close Biscayne to traffic and make it a long promenade!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Okay.. then what’s your suggestion for rerouting it?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Get rid of Space and all those shitty clubs

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yall just make up reality. Those clubs aren’t taking up street space from north to south.

Anonymous
4 months ago

They all wanna live in a utopia until they get some money in their pockets.

Anonymous
4 months ago

these people are living in anti-car lala land with no solutions and denying that most people want or need to use a car.

Anonymous
4 months ago

most people don’t want a car, there is just no reliable alternative in miami.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Really? Why all the cars and road congestion? Is that not de facto proof that most people want cars?Quit drinking.

Anonymous
4 months ago

that huge highway called I-95

Anonymous
4 months ago

Workers getting to work>>you walking hand in hand with your boyfriend to buy avocado toast

Anonymous
4 months ago

The trust fundarians and community college students on this forum don’t care about getting to work.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Expand it down to the Bayfront Park Metro Station!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not really sure how you fit all of that while still preserving most of the parking.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Here’s an idea that extends Bayfront Park to the west and adds underground parking to Biscayne Blvd. https://bit.ly/3mxI7dS

Anonymous
4 months ago

Maybe the City/County will conduct a study for 50 years to see if that’s viable.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Funny how these people who are mostly Republicans cry about Democrats spending money but don’t mind how much money is spent to get things their way.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is turning out to be a truly transformative endeavor!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Iconic

Anonymous
4 months ago

5 year collaboration? And what happens after that? Is this temporary?!?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Maybe 5 years of developmental collaboration

Anonymous
4 months ago

Could be. It’s not clear what that means.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I was about to comment about the nice project, when I got stuck in from of the TV watching this clown, senile corrupt politician that some people still consider the líder of the free world ! Vote has consequences
BTW nice project, we need more green space and be more environmental friendly
🤨

Anonymous
4 months ago

Enabling election fraud has consequences.

Anonymous
4 months ago

How do you survive daily being this dumb?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Look, the fake media is lying, I had the biggest turnout of people to see my inauguration in history!

– The Fuhrer, Donald Trump

lol…

Anonymous
4 months ago

At least Donald Trump was not kept in a basement during the campaign, forced to choose a VP that was out of the primaries because not even the Democrats liked her and also Donald Trump wouldn’t be hiding for six days during the fall of Kabul and refused to answer questions to an sold out Main Stream Media🤨😋

Anonymous
4 months ago

I know it’s been years since I told you that I’ll pick one magazine out of the hundred that I read and get back to ya, but there’s just so many to choose from!.. so just keep waiting and you’ll see which one of the hundred magazines I choose to get back to ya!

– Sarah Palin

lol…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Is this all you can use as arguments 😳
This President and the Media that help
Him to be elected has the blood of 13 heroes and 160 Afghans in their hands!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

“This President and the Media that help
Him to be elected ”

If you had the intelligence of a dog, you’d be chasing your tail all day.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You probably elected him too!
Good for you
But
Even a dog will not believe the Taliban, less likely given them the names of the Americans that still trapped in that hell he created just to have an photo up on September 11!! 🤨

Even a dog wouldn’t empower our enemies the Iranians, China after the virus they sent to the world, the Russians getting an oil pipeline in Germany to control EU energy source,😓 why canceling our own pipeline that made us energy independent from the OPEP,

I dog wouldn’t continue empowering the Hezbollah and Hamas ( the terrorists du jour) leaders by showing how weak and senile he’s 🤓
Not even a dog chasing his tale wouldn’t keep the border open to cartel members bringing illegal immigrants with Covid ….
Like someone said before.. vote has consequences!! 🤨

Anonymous
4 months ago

Story so far. As Afghan crisis unfolded-Biden vacationed. Harris didn’t work weekends. Pelosi hosted a Chardonnay brunch. Schumer partied. And they thought Trump was unfit for office.

Anonymous
4 months ago
Anonymous
4 months ago

What we need is people who are not from this country to shut up about politics here because no one asked you to flee the shit hole you were born in and fled from so you could beg this country to take you in no matter which party is in control.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Only Trump called other countries sh.. holes… you most be a Trump supporting person if you talk like that 😋

Anonymous
4 months ago

No, I’m not… I just hate it when someone who fled the country they born an raised in and begged this country to let them stay here regardless of what political party controlled the oval office or the house of representative and the senate, now have the audacity to talk shit about the politics in this country as if they have some kind of understanding or right to do so.

Anonymous
4 months ago

If the person is a citizen has the right to do so, like it or not … you Xenophobic a…🤓!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ O’look, a smuggler…

Anonymous
4 months ago

No! A citizen!! Born and race here 🤗

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ “Born and “race” here”

Yep, you certainly were.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lol a sprinkle of landscaping on a surface parking lot and people say it’s like the Champs or La Rambla which is just absurd. Kind of pathetic…shows how much people want a world class city and green space but how far Miami has to go to become one. Step number one..no surface parking lots in the urban core.

Raul
4 months ago

This segment of dead parking space is to me one of the sites with highest potential as a quality gathering space in the entire City. It has the width, length and adjancency to Downtown to be the most valuable public space in the city. It is easy to imagine it as a pedestrian promenade if it were designed with good taste and luxurious materials unique to the city of Miami, à la Ramblas of Barcelona or (for a neighboring example), the Paseo del Prado in Havana. I can imagine unique pavement designs and coral stone, along with native Florida vegetation and water features.

This current design, however, is very humble and although it introduces some gardening, it places obstacles right in the middle of the space and it leaves the parking in place. Ideally it should be a wide central walkway with vegetation and benches on the sides, away from the Traffic of Biscayne Blvd.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This will be a major improvement for the area.
Does anyone see this for what it is?

If you are selling $1,500 per sq ft condos at 4th and Biscayne, and some minivan offloads abuela and abo, and 8 kids, it’s not good for the sense of arrival at the Waldorf Astoria.
Ditto for the small army of knuckleheads waving PARKING $25 signs and berating anyone in a nice car.

If your contribution to Miami is to block off and control Biscayne from 3rd to 5th….VOILA! Waldorf User Experience protected for the fee years needed to sell, and the “get the people out of their cars” cultists are none the wiser.

Brilliant move PMG! Congratulations to the Public Relations team (I know that you are posting here, reading, and laughing!)

Anonymous
4 months ago

Green Initiative, but keep all the parking spots…. huh?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Some people who comment on TNM site are super smart…

Anonymous
4 months ago

dITTO

Anonymous
4 months ago

Did they really need a Swiss Landscape Architect to do this project? A South Florida project team with better knowledge of tropical materials could have been selected. Makes no sense.

Anonymous
4 months ago

No, we don’t need ArquitectonicaGEO to give us another shadeless wasteland.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Put an Eataly there! Maybe an Equinox?

Anonymous
4 months ago

The real question becomes.. who will purchase that shithole Bayside. I’d hate to live anywhere near there!

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s not that bad. It just needs a renovation

Anonymous
4 months ago

A decent renovation, unlike the one previously proposed with the giant hairpin.