Melo Group Preparing To Build Yet Another Tower At 6 Plaza Site, Asks For Removal Of Historic Designation

Melo Group is asking the city to remove historic designation from a downtown Miami building it owns, in a move that is likely to allow for the developer to build another tower.

An annex building adjacent to the historic Central Baptist Church is likely to be demolished for the new development project, if a city board approves removal of its historic designation.

The annex building was constructed in 1946 adjacent the the church (itself built in 1926). Lawyers for Melo say that only the church, but not the annex building, is worthy of historic designation.

Melo’s 6 Plaza LLC entity bought the annex site last year and intends to develop it, according to an agreement filed at the time of sale.

The original 1926 church building would still maintain its historic designation and protection.

The 6 Plaza site and church are both adjacent to Melo’s Downtown 5th site, where another twin tower project is planned by the developer.

Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board is scheduled to consider removing the historic designation at a September 3 meeting.

 

To be demolished if city approves:

 

48 Comments
most voted
newest oldest
marc
1 year ago

Nope. Force them to use the building they bought knowing it was a historic one.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Maybe they can build a tower on top?

Lidia Maria
1 year ago

What makes you think that’s a historical building!?

marc
1 year ago

The fact that its designated as such and they bought it knowing it was. Not a surprise to them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Marc Marc Marc, I usually agree with your comments but just because something is designated as something does not mean that it cannot be litigated and reassigned. I say let them go through the due process and if they lose they lose, but if they win let them build it. Miami is not Philadelphia and what does it matter anyway, this whole area will be underwater by 2200 or sooner.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Climate change is the biggest hoax ever

Anonymous
10 months ago

Tell that to the drowning Polar Bears.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Let’s use this logic for every vacant lot downtown.

SORRY YOU CANT BUILD HERE. YOU KNEW IT WAS A PARKING LOT!!

Sounds like an awful idea because it is an awful idea. This building isn’t historic – it is an eyesore.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Im sure whatever Melo builds will be an eyesore too

Anonymous
1 year ago

Dont bitch about infill later. You are all defending the 3-story eyesore for the sake of going against Melo. I’ll take an ugly 40 story building over a stumpy historically insignificant “annex” any day.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Me and you both. There are some beautiful buildings worth saving and this is not one of them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Eyesore? It’s one of the few buildings you’ll find that isn’t.

You must be the same sort that applauded when the snobs persisted Europe tear down their beautiful cities to build ghetto commieblocks and soulless garbage that nobody could ever be fond of.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love the way you connected all those dots and reached that conclusion from my one sentence comment. Brilliant. It’s like new math…2+2+2=7.

POLO
1 year ago

Agree 100% with Marc, specially if it is to build another ugly square box!

Anonymous
1 year ago

You can’t even get one building approved here but you want to rip a designation from a building that already exists for another paper tower…

Anonymous
1 year ago

The current building goes well with the church, I have to disagree with Melo on this one. Plus they have to submit new designs for their proposal on 5th street.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The current building and parking lot look like trash in this corridor of downtown.

The church has had tax-free money for YEARS to improve the facade, interior, and do out reach and they’ve sat while downtown and their neighborhood have struggled. Bulldoze it and move on.

If you love it so much, buy it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What do you mean by this? What does this have to do with melo? This church is nearly 100 years old?

Anonymous
1 year ago

The church is. The annex, which is what they are trying to demolish isn’t. The Annex is a POS.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m all for melo providing more “affordable in reach” apartments but I’m gonna have to say no on this one. We very rarely respect history down here and this looks to me to be something we should try and protect.

Anonymous
10 months ago

This is Church property which nobody told them they couldn’t sell.

Anonymous
1 year ago

A real developer would incorporate into the design but god forbid melo isn’t allowed to build another stucco barrack for the “middle class” of Miami (at 1700 for a 1/1 is it really for the middle class?)..

Anonymous
1 year ago

The building has a basic stucco facade with boring windows found on homes in Homestead. There is nothing significant about it.

When you were last in downtown, did you go out of your way to see this architectural wonder?

Nope. You didn’t. Because it isn’t an important building.

Olga Garcia
1 year ago

1700 for a 1/1 in “DOWNTOWN” is a steal!
I’m sure you will be better off buying an apartment at Okan I’m sure it will be so much cheaper!

Aria
1 year ago

I hope the city deny the trash melo

Anonymous
1 year ago

I hope you learn to write properly in English.

Anonymous
10 months ago

“I hope the city deny the trash melo”

Please northerners, hurry up and move to Florida.. especially Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Keep the facade and develop something with a historic feel to it that has character…

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s B.S. Keep the building and build whatever the hell they want around it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sometimes facadism with modernism looks great, like Hearst Tower, but after seeing the Wolpert Apartments, we know what developers are capable of ruining in Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’d never let a lawyer tell me what building is worth saving and what isn’t. What, they can’t build on top of it?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lawyers are the ones who designated it in the first place, idiot!

Anonymous
1 year ago

No way ….. build in another empty space ….. no more shoe boxes please

Anonymous
1 year ago

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree and I don’t. Its a tiny 3 story building. Id say let them build with with an incorporation of the old building in it, as a design piece, or in some fashion.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What bothers some people is not that this Building will be demolished,what bothers them is that Melo is building another project

Anonymous
1 year ago

POOR OKAN!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why, because they want to replace with another crappily designed typical Melo building?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Would you all still consider this building a historical site worthy of preservation if say…Hadid or Gehry had designed the replacement? Hypocrites.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Melo is the only developer keeping Cervera in business so all their brokers have to have comments to make a few dollars at the expense of the rest of the city. No thought or anything, just $$$$ in their eyes. Pathetic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Knock it down! It’s ugly anyways

Anonymous
1 year ago

Knock it down! Knock it down! Knock it down!…feels just like a Trump rally.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I don’t know what Trump rally you’ve been to or heard.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s a play on words dude. Lock her up?

Anonymous
1 year ago

And this is everything wrong with the USA in general. Tear it down and forget about history!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Tear that shit down.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m a Melo cheerleader, everytime Melo announces a project I cheer and cheer and the Melo haters cry and cry. and the crackheads are crying too,they need to find a another place to live

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol.