Melo Group Gets Utilities For 58-Story Tower; Construction Permit Pending

Melo Group is quickly moving forward with plans to build a 58-story tower known as Downtown 1st.

City records show that a construction permit has been filed for and is now pending. The full plans were submitted in August and are now making their way through various city departments.

On October 14, a utilities deal with Miami-Dade was recorded with the county clerk of court. According to the agreement, the county will provide water and sewer for 560 apartments along with 2,925 square feet of retail and 12,930 square feet of office.

On the same day, a Unity of Title was recorded for the property. It is normally needed to obtain a construction permit from the city.

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board voted unanimously last month to recommend denial of the project, according to Miami Today.

The UDRB vote is only a recommendation however, and the final decision rests with Miami’s Planning Director. In 2019, the UDRB recommended denial of the twin-tower Downtown 5th project, but it was subsequently approved by Planning Director Francisco Garcia and it is now under construction. Earlier this month, Garcia resigned.

 

 

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Anonymous
11 months ago

Meanwhile in Mana land…

Anonymous
11 months ago

Melo Built this tower already!!!!

Azarius
11 months ago

Don’t forget this tower is planned across the street from here https://www.scribd.com/document/271049988/liquidsieger

Anonymous G
11 months ago

This needs to be built ASAP! Great additon for the area.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Thank you for using the correct word “built,” instead of “build.”

Anonymous
11 months ago

Than you Melo. For providing greatly needed housing for those who live and work here. And at the same time, cleaning up former desolate and dangerous areas of downtown.
Mana- holding the city hostage with ongoing Flagler Street delays. Shame on you.

Anonymous
11 months ago

It’ll be finished before corona virus is cured

Anonymous
11 months ago

Good.. lord knows alota people need the jobs.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Who in the board would object to this building?
It’s perfect for the area.
We need activity on the western fringes of downtown

Anonymous
11 months ago

They’re there for the whiners who don’t wanna see any progression.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The chair of the board who is the architect of Okan right next door. It’ll ruin the views.

Can take the guy out of Miami but...
11 months ago

Dear Miami,

Can we borrow the Melo Group?

Best,
San Francisco

Anonymous
11 months ago

Exactly! The betters of San Francisco have deemed that they will keep the city as a museum rather than a living city. Unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job and can afford 3k plus for a one-bedroom forget about starting a career in the bay area. Leave it to local governments to provide “affordable housing” while they enact every type of barrier for new development. We get what we vote for I suppose and for those of us in San Francisco, we get more homeless and higher rents.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The UDRB had plenty of subjective reasons to criticize the architecture of this building, but suggesting denial basically because of the placement of pools is laughable. The only person on that board I stan for is Robin as his critique on the placement of the air condensers was the only intelligent thing to come out of that whole meeting.

Anonymous
11 months ago

UDRB.. just some useless entity holding back progress. I guess they just don’t get how people are tired of looking at the same ole junk that was built seventy five years ago and over in Downtown Miami.

Anonymous
11 months ago

boring, more of the same.

Anonymous
11 months ago

All of his buildings look the same

Jesus
11 months ago

Yeah, all of the skyscrapers built in Miami seem to always be planned to be homogenous with the other buildings. It’s not terrible but variety would be nice.

Anonymous
11 months ago

They are infill towers marketed towards the middle class. Building “unique” towers cost much more than what the average person is willing to pay. Miami has plenty of developers that cater to the uber-wealthy which is totally fine. This project may be bland but I am happy that downtown is finally getting more density and not another pretty but mostly empty shell.

Anonymous
11 months ago

And to add on to what you wrote, it’s just a damn apartment tower!.. and it looks just as good or better than a whole lot of them I’ve seen lately.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Miami keeps winning with these beautiful new projects!

Anonymous
11 months ago

As of today Melo is already on the 4th floor of the project top off expected by Christmas!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Oh wow its already topped off…amazing!

Jack
11 months ago

Before all of you crazy Melo lovers get to the comments, just a friendly reminder that this building was unanimously denied at the Urban Design Review Board. Items that were contested were the pools on both sides of the tower and the mechanical equipment present on the pool deck.

A simple recommendations that the board made was to re-orient the tower to maximize sun exposure. You are only guaranteed forever sun exposure from the north and to the south, and yet the architect chose to put two pools on the side of the podium that could eventually be blocked from sunlight from future development.

Of course, Melo doesn’t care because they seem to have zero concern on the longevity of their projects. Do you Melo lovers realize that this building will be here forever and it’s within UDRB’s purview to make recommendations based on that reality? Let’s call this project what it is…an ugly 58 story rectangle.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The pools are in the front of this building (east) and the opposite (west) side of this building. Now I’m pretty sure that some people wouldn’t mind swimming in cooler water on the west side and vise versa while the sun is beaming down and heating up the water on the opposite side. And as far as you calling this building “ugly,” I can you show you many, many, ugly buildings in downtown Miami that the people of this city endured for decades.

Jack
11 months ago

Really?

Jack
11 months ago

You’re logic is there’s already ugly buildings so no problem adding more ugly buildings to that pre-existing stock. Got it

Jack
11 months ago

YOUR*

Anonymous
11 months ago

Please.. now, NATIIVO is ugly, but you don’t object to a structure like that going up downtown.. do you Jack?

Anonymous
11 months ago

Jack feel free to build your own Masterpiece.

Anonymous
11 months ago

who gives a damn about “POOLS”.. I need to rent in this area and I need to be able to pay decent prices, I cant afford a 700 dollars per SQF tower.. An these Bureaucrats are talking about a “pool”
Give me a break!!

Anonymous
11 months ago

… and who gives a damn about any kind of “GIRL..” I want a 22 yr old pretty girl with 36-24-38 measurements, and I need her to not care about my McDonald’s budget. All these people talk about me getting an “ordinary” girl.
Give me a break!!!

Anonymous
11 months ago

nobody is telling you to get an ordinary girl nobody gives a damn if you get a fat,ugly girl. for a lot of people that need affordable housing in downtown miami, swimming in a sunny pool is not a priority whoever does n’t like melo buildings should n’t live there

Anonymous
11 months ago

And nobody is telling you to that downtown is the only place that you can live in either. Now, I don’t want a fat ugly girl, I want a 22 yr old pretty girl with 36-24-38 measurements dammit!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Nobody wants to live in this humid jungle without a pool. $1200/mo apts in Kendall got pools. No pool in Miami==mostly section 8 crap.

Anonymous
11 months ago

so this building should n’t be built because the pools may be blocked from sunligh?

Jack
11 months ago

This building shouldn’t be built because it’s envelope is far to big for the site dimensions and the architect failed to adhere to basis principles.

Thank you for coming to my ted talk

Anonymous
11 months ago

it’s not like it’s going to endanger the lives of the neighbors

Anonymous
11 months ago

Jack is a “Johnny Come Lately.” The projects that were approved in the vicinity where Melo is requesting to put the tower were way more massive.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Jack is probably one of the losers from the board lol!!! who are you Jack? Come on? come clean?!!! Look at this building and then look at all the other buildings in that vicinity. There is absolutely nothing wrong here. Its a nice “Rental”, obviously not a 700$ SQF condo that only Coke Riders can buy. Was your decision “PERSONAL” JACK?! Come on give us the truth?

Anonymous
11 months ago

Looks good but why can’t we have new original structures like they do in Dubai? Not complaining, I actually like this one but I think we can do better. If I only had the money to do it🤪

Anonymous
11 months ago

see southside park tower

Anonymous
11 months ago

100 Museum? Aston Martin Residences? Dubai has an oil-rich monarchy that bankrolls marquee towers as a strategy to put Dubai on the map as a tourist destination. The monarchy has been successful in bringing in tourists to Dubai but are all the towers a resounding commercial success?

Look at China and all of its really awesome towers that are aesthetically pleasing but are mainly used as veneers of success. Look into Shanghai Tower. It’s very impressive but it’s a 2.4 billion dollar commercial flop that was financed by state-sponsored companies. I am sure the Chinese people would prefer to have more money in their pockets than financing supertall skyscrapers in a couple of super-wealthy cities on the coast.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Preach brother preach!

Anonymous
11 months ago

For the Marshmello fans:

Melo Made It Wrong

Anonymous
11 months ago

That’s what I told your mom:

You Made The Cake Wrong!