Melo Group Request To Change Zoning Near Arsht Center Fails

Melo Group’s effort to up-zone land near the Arsht Center was indefinitely deferred by Miami commissioners last month.

The developer has been trying to change the zoning on a 1.23 acre property at 47 Northeast 14th Street for nearly two years, with little success.

Currently, Melo’s land and all of the surrounding properties are zoned to allow for a 24-story story building and 500 units per acre. Melo was requesting T6-36-0, allowing for a 36-story building.

Miami’s Planning and Zoning Department recommended denying Melo’s request, since it appeared to be just an attempt to circumvent the Public Benefits Program of the Miami 21 zoning code. The program allows for increased FLR and height (up to 48 stories on Melo’s property) by making a contribution towards affordable/workforce housing, Public Parks and Open Space, Green Buildings, Brownfields, and Civic Space or Civic Support space.

Another option for Melo would be to purchase TDRs from the owners of a historic property. By doing so, Melo could increase FLR and Height at a lower cost at a reduced cost.

In February, Melo Group said that they would begin work on a 760-unit project in the area in late July, after seeing strong demand for their 500-unit Melody project down the block.

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Anonymous
5 years ago

If only this was a Related Group trying to up-zone. Silly Melo for thinking they could up-zone without being corrupt -__-

Anonymous
5 years ago

So, how much money is currently in this ” Public Benefits Program “, what and where and how has this money been used so far, and who controls the fund guidelines ? I have heard of no new public park, open space or affordable housing recently. And how much money would Melo pay into the fund for 24 additional stories?

Anonymous
5 years ago

They most likely wont be paying into the “Public Benefits Program”, they will buy the TDR’s from a historic building at a discounted rate as opposed to buying them from the city.

Anonymous
5 years ago

TDRs do not allow for an increase in density. only FLR and Height

Anonymous
5 years ago

No need for increase in density the property lies inside the Omni residential increased density area -500 units/acre. T6/24 significantly more restrictive on intensity than T6/36 including bonuses. It will be a tight fit for 760 units under 24.

Anonymous
5 years ago

a fund for affordable housing!!!!????……the melo projects are the ONLY projects that regular people can afford!…..and why should they pay into a smokescreen fund that will vaporize without any real public benefit…..let them build in these areas that are desperate for residential and retail and watch these buildings fill with locals who can live and work in the core of city….

Marc305
5 years ago

I agree, let them build. Melo buildings are very unattractive but they serve a purpose, just like you said. The are the actual cake – not the icing on the cake. Case in point Melody and Auberge.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yes, Melos should be able to build, but nowhere near the downtown. The ugly crap they construct would be OK west of I-95.

Alex
5 years ago

Here is the new project by the Melo Group, is called Square Station here is a link to their site http://www.themelogroup.com/project/square-station.html
Based on the higher level of design in relation to previous such as Melody i would say is a CONDO not a Rental, the site doesn’t specify. Building looks great for the site!!!