Melo Group Applies For Showroom Permit At Site Of Twin 60-Story Island Bay Towers, With Demolition Now Pending

Melo Group has applied for a construction permit to build a showroom on the Edgewater site where the twin-tower Island Bay project is planned.

A demolition permit for an 18-unit apartment building on the site is also pending.

Plans for the showroom were submitted to Miami’s Building Department on February 23.

Melo will spend $780,550 to build the 4,450 square foot sales center on a property at 725 Northeast 24 Street, the permit states.

The twin towers of Island Bay will include 792 residential units and 12,600 square feet of retail, according to the utilities deal.

The towers will rise 649 feet above sea level, or about 637 feet above ground.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

 

Top two photos show the building where a demolition permit is now pending. It will be replaced by a showroom, for which a construction permit has also been filed:

(photos: Ryan RC Rea)

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Anonymous
20 days ago

Miami 21 – 3.8.2 C – “All Thoroughfares should terminate at other Thoroughfares, to form a network. Cul-de-sacs should be permitted only when supported by natural site conditions. Thoroughfares that provide View Corridors shall not be vacated.”

Island Bay Towers should not be allowed to continue under the current design. Cesar Garcia-Pons should require the maintenance of view corridors for existing residents, as well as the secondary, tertiary buildings that are sure to infill central and west Edgewater.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Agreed!

Anonymous
19 days ago

Agreed the design is way to WIDE for the view corridors and the amount of space is way to small for two huge towers. One maybe but not two and they need to be oriented to preserve everybody;s view corridor as designed they block the most possible views which is ridiculous. When is the PUBLIC hearing to comment on this abomination.

Anonymous
19 days ago

You’re citing Miami 21 in a neighborhood destroyed by waivers from it, with identical box towers along the bay, parking garages along the streets, and dog turds along the sidewalks? Where were you ten years ago?

Anonymous
19 days ago

Ten years ago I was still in university, didn’t even know what Miami 21 was, let alone how to interpret it. I agree. We also need no parking minimums in the urban core, 300 unit density in Edgewater, and some other updates. This ‘proposed’ project, and a few others before it are a blatant, F.U. to the entire neighborhood by blocking view corridors. It is time to stop allowing that now. Dozens of more towers will come in Central Edgewater. The few projects along the water should not get to block the view corridors down streets.

Azarius
19 days ago

I wanna know how all these people supposed to get around. There’s isn’t enough Infrastructure or jobs in the immediate area for that kind of zoning

Anonymous
18 days ago

Which waivers?

Anonymous
20 days ago

Does anyone know if the Metromover expansion to Edgewater is for real?

Anonymous
20 days ago

Where did you hear this? I hope its true.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Me too.
We are in desperate need of Metromover in Edgewater

Anonymous
19 days ago

I think the only way to make the Metromover a better and bigger system is to privatize it and make it with a fee.

Anonymous
19 days ago

We need a fee on the metro mover, air condition the stations, more frequent service, and keep the homeless who squat on the trains out.

Anonymous
19 days ago

The Metromover actually has pretty frequent service, particularly compared with the Metrorail system. There’s room for one or even two northern loops above 15th street, encompassing Wynwood to its western edge and Edgewater. Up to 36th St would certainly make sense.

Anonymous
19 days ago

no it isn’t. They can take the money from the increased revenues which they will gain from these huge projects and apply it towards transportation – such as people mover.
Just need to make the cars either longer if possible or more frequent.

Anonymous
19 days ago

…and larger capacity cars and speed. Oh wait, that would be called MetroRAIL!

Anonymous
20 days ago

They need to fix the heavy flooding on 23rd and 22nd street.

Anonymous
20 days ago

post photos of it on the “I See Change” app.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Melo doesn’t “need” to fix anything. The city of Miami needs to fix the flooding.

Anonymous
20 days ago

i like them simple but have an elegance…should sell quite well

Anonymous
20 days ago

Mana, you reading this? Wake up!!

Anonymous
20 days ago

Good. Knock down all those ugly apartments and homes. Time to build for the future. Make Miami more presentable.

Anonymous
19 days ago

those old homes are more beautiful than these new towers

Anonymous
19 days ago

The 1910s and 20s ones, yes. We need better preservation of what’s left, and sell air rights for taller, better and looking towers. However, this 1950s shack should have gone twenty years ago.

Anonymous
20 days ago

These will topped off by 2022

Anonymous
20 days ago

Shovels already in the ground

Anonymous
19 days ago

Doubt it. That design will never past muster because of the view blockages and their only permit is to build a sales center and to demolish the old motel that it is going to be built on. After their initial plan is DENIED they will have to go back to the drawing board. Years away IMO.

Anonymous
18 days ago

This project is already approved

Anonymous
18 days ago

I haven’t seen or heard anything regarding that approval. When and by who?

Anonymous
17 days ago

If you look at the City’s website you can clearly see that their shoreline plan is still UNDER REVIEW and has NOT been approved. Plan B2019000012 (miamidade.gov). The only thing that has been approved is the demolition permit and the construction of a sales center on that location. That’s it.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Go melo group go!

Anonymous
20 days ago

So its 2 towers from Melo , Waldorf Astoria and 3 towers with Baccarat.going neck to neck

Anonymous
19 days ago

I think only one tower from baccarat going up first.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Found the approved plans on Related’s project

https://www.thenextmiami.com/related-group-likely-launch-sales-one-brickell-3q-2017/

3 Towers. Hopefully they solve the Brickell bridge traffic problem somehow

Anonymous
19 days ago

Is the Foster & Partners project at 1201 Brickell Bay dead?

Anonymous
19 days ago

These single loaded buildings should be prohibited. Back facades look ugly from Biscayne Blvd just a blank wall full.of emergency lights….way to ruin the City!!

What does the Urban Design Review Board exist for?? Embarrasing.

Anonymous
19 days ago

These are some really boring boxes. You’re only seeing renderings from the Biscayne Bay, since they’re going to be ugly AF from Biscayne Blvd. No doubt single corridor loaded storage unit-looking things like the rest of them.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Melo has to hire even Arquitectonica to make something decent, kek.

Anonymous
17 days ago

The Melo Group hired Arquitectonica to design something decent?

Rumpelstiltskin, you’ve been asleep for far too long!

Anonymous
19 days ago

Super excited for this because this will make the baywalk one continuous path from Pace Park to Icon Bay.

Anonymous
19 days ago

This. Everyone here worried about view corridors. The most important thing is the connected bay walk for the neighborhood. This project needs to happen just for that reason.

Anonymous
18 days ago

agreed that the backside of these bland towers that face biscayne blvd are much like storage units or communist bloc housing….and how will those bayfront views age when the army corp of engineers builds that earthen levee to control sea rise???

Anonymous
20 days ago

Arquitectonica has very, very little design imagination.

Anonymous
20 days ago

I like these

Anonymous
19 days ago

That doesn’t mean that Arquitectonica has very little design imagination…

Anonymous
19 days ago

Might have something to do with the budget they are given to work with.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Well, they’re given a lot of small budgets on a lot of projects they get to design for developers in this city then.

Anonymous
19 days ago

the existing buildings were cute. THey needed renovation but still charming.
However that is what happens when the demand is so high that you can spend the money to knock them down and build a very tall building and not even see a dent in the profit margin.

Anonymous
19 days ago

In what way are you privy to Melo’s profit margin on this project?

Anonymous
18 days ago

Many buildings in Edgewater, mostly prewar and not on prime waterfront land were cute and should have been restored instead of demolished for parking garages spanning entire blocks for a tower fronting the bay. I can’t say the same for this one.

Anonymous
17 days ago

I see you have a problem getting over the concept of Capitalism?

Anonymous
19 days ago

oh yeah… NYC and SFO are back up an running already, we already got what we were going to get…

Anonymous
19 days ago

Didn’t know NYC and San Fran were dead in the water?

Anonymous
19 days ago

DO NOT BUILD THESE MONSTROSITIES!!!