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.