Melo Group Signs Deal To Connect 1,042 Apartments To Miami-Dade Utilities System, Applies For Demolition Permit At Downtown 5th

Melo Group’s 51-story Downtown 5th project is a few steps closer to beginning construction.

On September 4, the developer and Miami-Dade finalized a utilities deal that will allow for the project to be connected to the county’s water and sewer system.

According to the agreement, 1,042 apartment units will be connected to the system, along with 12,506 square feet of retail. Melo will pay a $992,028 connection charge.

On September 16, Melo applied for a demolition permit to begin clearing the lot, city records show.

The demolition permit lists 5,000 square feet to be cleared, at a cost of $15,000 (the land is now mostly vacant).

Downtown 5th is proposed to include twin 51-story towers, with a 12-story parking garage that will have 1,049 parking spaces.

In July, Miami’s UDRB unanimously rejected the design for the proposal, which was designed by Melo’s in-house architect. Board members criticized the proposed massing, articulation, lack of creativity, and overall appearance of the design. The UDRB is only an advisory board to Miami’s Planning Department, however.

Okan Tower is planned directly next door. A permit was filed by Okan to begin construction on the same day that Melo filed for a demolition permit (September 16).

 

 

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Anonymous

Didnt realize okan was directly facing this building – looks like its literally on top of melo here with direct views of someone elses kitchen 🙂

Anonymous

Behar (Chair of UDRB) is also the architect of Okan Tower… Wonder why they unanimously rejected….

Anonymous

If both projects are apartments, it won’t matter. People will rent them to be centrally located and close to Virgin Train. But if they are condos, good luck selling those.

Laura I.

looks like a regular miami “Rental”, i bet the views will be great, and i doint need to be able to afford $700 sqf to be able to live on this location.

Anonymous

At least they disguise the parking garage really well.

Anon

and the award for the most optimistic person on earth goes to…

these are buildings are hideous. your comment could easily have been “at least they spelled “5th” correct” and it would have been more reasonable.

Anonymous

I could not agree more, this is such an ugly, plain, repetitive design

Anon

Thank you! i’m not a parking hater, just think it’s hilarious that’s the take from this awful, uninspired design.

Anonymous

Seriously? “these are buildings are hideous” and you complain about 5th being spelled incorrectly?

Anonymous

Ha!.. simply H I L A R E O U S!!!!

Anonymous

Seems this site is filled Parking haters. This is a city people and it is only the 21st Century, we drive cars because teleportation has not been invented yet. Get over yourselves.

Anonymous

You need density and demand from the people to make mass transit viable. If we continue to build and allow parking, especially in an urban center where you can walk to EVERYTHING YOU NEED, then we will never be a real city like New York, Chicago, London, Paris, etc. If you eliminate garages, then you can induce demand for transit and trust me, it would make everyone’s lives so much easier. Using transit is less scientifically proven to be less stressful. You don’t have to deal with the traffic even if you’re stuck in it. You can distract yourself with reading, gaming, work, etc. When mass transit works, everyone benefits. How many parking garages do we have in downtown that are empty on the weekends? That’s because downtown is a ghost town, which is proof we don’t need more parking spots. Additionally, you’d also be able to fill more dwelling units in your project, and those make more money than the parking garages do. It would be in the interest of the developer to eliminate parking. More units per project, and then higher land values when transit stops are added and activated.

Anonymous

Improve public transportation first. when people see that our local government is making a real effort to improve our transportation system not just in the urban core but everywhere in miami dade,they will start using it and we will see less parking garages.

Anonymous

They’re working on the county bus routes right now. The SMART plan will take forever. The private sector can help by creating an environment that demands better transit which will put a flame under the government’s you know what to get the job done. Also what the dude below said on elections. Vote out lane adders and vote in transit geeks.

Anonymous

Miami’s politicians’ suburban mentality will always prevail if we keep ignoring the importance of local elections.

Anonymous

so right, for the first time, and thanks to you guys, I am paying attention to that and this year I will make my vote count locally!!!

Anonymous

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Anonymous

OK. I get the argument. But, how will people living in these apartments, without cars, get around? Are we assuming that these people will live and play in downtown only, or any of the adjacent areas? Look at the subway grids in the cities you mentioned. They all have several inter-connected lines that really make it viable for people to move all around their cities without a car. That can’t happen here, and wont, for a very long time. Even if they found the money to build Metrorail extensions, or more Metromover lines, it would take decades to have it in place. What if you want to go to a Dolphins game or a concert up in the stadium? Go to a restaurant in North Beach, or the Gables or South Beach?> How much will it cost for Uber to get you to any of these places? What if you have a family? What if you are on a date? You guys don’t think of any of these things because you don’t do any of these things. You are somewhat self-centered and have tunnel vision. Not everyone in the city is twenty-something, single and broke. There is truth to your… Read more »

Anonymous

Uber/Lyft

Anonymous

Ok Einstein, when was the last time you took Uber/Lyft? My girlfriend and I took it last month from the Port of Miami to Coral Gables, $27 bucks! Like the other guy wrote that much can almost fill my tank of gas. It is ok every now and then but you cannot do that multiple times a week.

Anonymous

More like 90,000 people living downtown. Just Google it 😉

Jskrilla

It costs $350+ for car insurance in Miami-Dade county, and thats for a late model vehicle with minimal coverage. Add in the fact that you have to pay to park EVERYWHERE and traffic in this city is an absolute SLOG. If you work in the Urban core or very close to MMO or MetroRail, you truly can live off of getting the occasional $40 RT lyft/uber to go out to Sams Club in Doral and NOT need a vehicle. I know because i’m doing it now.

Anonymous

Well good for you! At least you are talking the talk and walking the walk. I love my convertible and I would never give it up. Different strokes for different folks, live and let live.

Anonymous

I have lived both in NY and Chicago and guess what, even with their great public transportation their traffic is still awful. The difference with Miami is that our Metro goes no where and it is above ground with no A/C which means that 10 months our of the year you are sweating bullets just waiting for the trains. Most people don’t like that and they much prefer to be in their cars with A/C. Furthermore according to your logic everyone who lives in Downtown should work in Downtown and refuse to do anything else outside of Downtown. In what world do you live in? People who live in Downtown may work or have family in South Beach, Doral, Aventura, or Sunny Isles. How are they supposed to get there? In the Metro? or transfer 2 or 3 times on a bus? or better yet pay UBER/LYFT what would cost a full tank of gas every time you go from Dade to Broward? Then you talk about Downtown as if it was Brickell, having lived there for 2 years I can tell you that it becomes a ghost town after sunset and no one wants to walk around there, people… Read more »

Anonymous

As someone who as also lived northeast, this is something big that a lot of locals need to wake up to. Great transit systems still have their issues. Prime example: 2 metro trains collided in DC yesterday and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of commuters had to find alternatives (walking, hours long bus lines, premiums on ride sharing, etc.). Traffic will get worse regardless, but we’re really limiting ourselves into how dense we can get if we dedicate more space for cars than people. Congestion isn’t bad; it’s actually a sign of prosperity and city where people want to be. The better a city does, the worse the traffic gets. That said, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t create an actual transit system and keep accommodating to car culture.

Anonymous

Hideous. Bring on the melo lovers though.

Anonymous

Not an beauty but at least it brings in over 1,000 units to the urban core next to an metromover station.

Anonymous

And over 1,000 cars, too. Ridiculous.

Anonymous

absolutely.

Anonymous

This building is ugly, I am glad UDRB stood up and did their job. Melo can build inexpensive and dense without it looking messy. The same concept goes to the affordable buildings that slap bright colored paint on buildings in allapattah.

Anonymous

you have no taste. That rainbow proposed building in Allapattah is neat.

Anonymous

Okan knows Melo 5th will be topped off before they start going vertical ??

Anonymous

yep. Knew this was going be an issue from the start. Half of Okan Tower will be blocked by Melo rental tower. Maybe Okan can make that side office space instead of residential??

Anonymous

Okan Tower won’t be built, our Glorious Maximum Leader will use his unmeasurable wisdom to destroy Turkish’s economy.

Anonymous

Erdogan has been doing that himself.

suomynona

Looks like your standard downtown residential tower. I don’t understand the hate at all.

Anonymous

I know the bar if pretty low for “standard,” but this is ugly as sin. The prison across the street looks better.

Anonymous

lol unanimously rejected design, Melo plows ahead anyway

Aria

Hideus, this “developer” should be banned.

Anonymous

Rejected by UDRB? Smash that MF utilities button!

Anonymous

Desperately, and I mean desperately needed to revive that area.
Can’t wait for OKO to start building too

Anonymous

Sorry, I meant to say OKAN

Los

No one ever ask how dangerous this buildings are. In perspective leave 1 car on in a homes enclosed garage and most likely the home inhabitants will suffer from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Now you have 500 cars plus in enclosed parking garages plus 500 plus kitchens with stoves and ovens. I am not a statistician but the averages say high rise fire with limited chance of escape. The City planners are greedy in there haste to appease even greedier develelopers.

Anonymous

Clearly this is not one of those projects with a glossy set of renderings that hide the ugly truth of the design. As awful as it is, it’s likely to be one of the few projects built that looks better than its render….though that isn’t saying much.
Also, Okan is going to be visually ruined by being smashed up against these twin towers of travesty.

Interested

By far, the ugliest, most poorly designed hi-rise project I have ever seen.

Anonymous

I happen to like the look of these buildings.. beats the heck out of what’s there now.

Anonymous

Someone needs to stop these guys. Melo is holding back the progress of the city by building terrible products, from the design stand point to the quality aspect. All their projects are terrible and falling apart.

I invite you to visit their rental buildings and take a look at some of their units, they look like they were built in the 60’s by a handyman.

Please stop these guys from acquiring valuable spaces where better properties could be built to enhance the architecture line of the city, with at least acceptable quality.

Anonymous

“Melo is holding back the progress of the city?”

These lots that Melo are building on has sat derelict and empty for over two decades. I would rather look at what you call Melo’s “terrible and falling apart” projects than go through another ten years of looking at some dilapidated and empty weed strewn lots just waiting for someone to develop them to some crybaby’s liking any day.

Anonymous

Unfortunate set of buildings. Why anyone would want to live a unit facing directly into another is beyond me. The site would have better handled with one tower, taller and slimmer.
I guess people here don’t know much about point towers?

Anonymous

And I guess you’ve never been to really big cities.

POLO

Their was an article a couple of months ago on this site that these towers were not approve by the city of Miami. What happened?

marc

This work that is being approved has nothing to do with the designs. It’s work that was happening regardless. Melo is building, what the finished product will be is still being worked on.

Anonymous

No, it was not approved by the volunteer advisory UDRB, they are not the city and do not have any actual command

Anonymous

They should approve with incentives. I mean, anything to save a dying area

Anonymous

1042 more toilets to an already strained system and all going through his cheap ass plumbing system. LMAO