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:

 

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marc

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

Anonymous

Maybe they can build a tower on top?

Lidia Maria

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

marc

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

Anonymous

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

Climate change is the biggest hoax ever

Anonymous

Tell that to the drowning Polar Bears.

Anonymous

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

Im sure whatever Melo builds will be an eyesore too

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

I hope the city deny the trash melo

Anonymous

I hope you learn to write properly in English.

Anonymous

“I hope the city deny the trash melo”

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

POOR OKAN!!!!

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Knock it down! It’s ugly anyways

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Tear that shit down.

Anonymous

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

Lol.