Melo Group Submits Plans To Build Their Tallest Ever Tower: 58-Story Downtown 1st

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board is scheduled to review a new Melo Group proposal to build a tower in the Central Business District called Downtown 1st.

The tower is proposed to rise 58 stories, or 557 feet in total (the roof is proposed at 537 feet, with the elevator equipment roof rising 20 feet higher). That is the tallest ever for Melo Group, which has become Miami’s most prolific developer.

Downtown 1st will include:

  • 560 residential units
  • 2,925 square feet of commercial space
  • 12,930 square feet of office space
  • 453 parking spaces

A 14-story podium will be lined with office space on all levels that include parking space (floors 2-13). There will be synthetic grass adorning the garage on the south side, which faces ramps to I-95.

The 15th floor will include two pools on the north and south sides, as well as a fitness center and amenity space. There will also be air condition compressor units on the floor, along with five residential units.

Melo Group’s in-house architect is designing the tower.

The developer purchased the property at 34 SW 1st Street for $13 million in 2018. Zoning permits up to 80 stories.

The UDRB review is scheduled for this Wednesday.

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Anonymous
4 months ago

I think Melo already started this and is finished!

Anonymous
4 months ago

537 ft rooftop with 58 stories? Units are designed for midgets.

J.
4 months ago

What is this? A tower for ants???

Anonymous
4 months ago

Melo keeps kicking @ss!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Melo now is like…………..
“They see me rollin’
They hatin’
Patrolling and tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty”

Sophia M.
4 months ago

I see a lot of Haters on this site!!! Lol
Melo is simply another level!! Amazing rental building at great location; keep the prices low and more people will keep coming to the center of the city. Kudos to Melo

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol this is great

Anonymous
4 months ago

We missed you guys. What the hell was going on? Is everyone ok during this pandemic?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Welcome back TNM!

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s great to see TNM return to regular updates! Glad to have you back!

Paul
4 months ago

The Next Miami is back! I just want to say how much I appreciate this site. It is world-class as far as real estate development news sites go.

Anonymous G
4 months ago

Agreed

Anonymous
4 months ago

Office and residential with balconies, good work

Anonymous G
4 months ago

Would be a nice additon to the skyline!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Approve

Anonymous
4 months ago

You know that because this is Melo, they’ll be breaking ground in Dec and topping off in May lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

Welcome back TNM! This project would be great for the area!

Jack Mehoff
4 months ago

Melo product is blah. Leaves a lot to be desired. Apparently walls are paper-thin as well.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That explains why you won’t (as if somebody cares) be living there.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Bienvenido a Miami.. TNM

Anonymous
4 months ago

Welcome back TNM! I missed having somewhere to complain about parking podiums!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Typical Melo you pretty much already know what to expect… Hey welcome back TNM I missed you guys I couldnt wait till 1pm got here! Im kind of disappointed though… that long lay off and all you guys have are 4 stories? Come on guys did you lay some people off?

Anonymous
4 months ago

During these days and time of covid 19, do you realize the projects that got

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sorry

canceled or prosponed?

POLO
4 months ago

They should fire the in-house architec!

Anonymous
4 months ago

@POLO are you jealous!?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes!!! Exemely!!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

welcome back guys, miss this page, glad your back!!!

Wet The Raccoon
4 months ago

Unfortunately this project got rejected. Hopefully Melo keeps his head high and tries again.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is just uninteresting and unimaginative in comparison to Related Groups proposed development down the street. It looks no different than any of their other developments. Cheap and definitely won’t age well.

Danny Costa
4 months ago

Yea, why do the architects and developers lack such creativity with building designs? Invest in your building! Congrats Melo, you just designed what looks like any other bland balconied, boxy, vanilla looking tower. I’ll give some props to the podium though (although podiums suck). The grass looks pretty cool.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The podium is one of the better aspects of this buildings aesthetically. I still wonder how well this development will age, it just seems disposable. I guess the building works well as infill and that excused the bland design to an extent; but still the Related Groups development down the street is a much more promising and innovative.

Anonymous
4 months ago

why dont you do your own tower and stop hating on Melo 😉

Danny Costa
4 months ago

Working on it (:

Anonymous
4 months ago

Please… the above two posters don’t have that much initiative.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Initiative or Money?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Initiative, money, drive, imagination, fortitude, blah blah blah… take your pick or picks.

Georgie
4 months ago

Welcome back TNM. I have a suggestion- offer the address and map BEFORE the narrative.. That way we won’t be “blind” to the context as we read about the amenities & design

Calivalle
4 months ago

Awesome to see this type of development for the area… Hopefully it will bring more developers..

Anonymous
4 months ago

In house architect = just keep the proposed plans we’ve gathered over the years and recycle them. 😉

Jack
4 months ago

Would encourage everyone who blows smoke up Melo’s behind go watch the Urban Design Review Board rip their plan/application this past Wednesday. Their application was unanimously denied (6-0) for failing to adhere to basic architectural standards and considerations. And when given the opportunity to accept the constructive criticism or stubbornly question the intelligence of the board, Melo chose the latter.

Glad that the board stepped in to stop another Melo monstrosity in its tracks.

Jack
4 months ago

Link is here. You can skip to the last hour and a half

https://miamifl.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=445

Anonymous
4 months ago

So the Urban Design Review Board consider Natiivo good looking architect but the design of this building “substandard?”

No wonder people call the government of Miami a “Banana Republic.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

OMG!!! some things do never change, another box, to add nothing but ugliness to the skyline.

Shawn Kouri
4 months ago

And another condo though? Really? That’s why so many people are being priced out of Miami. Also that’s a small amount of office space. More office space please. However, the grass going on the walls of the building makes it look like a sustainable building. You might as well just go green and make the building solar powered. If construction brakes ground in 2021, it would be completed in late 2024 or early 2025.

Not Gene
4 months ago

Actually, there’s a lot more wiggle room on renting a condo than an apartment. Condo landlords vary in asking price and contracted rents greatly, whereas apartments have strict pricing reliant on algorithms that don’t budget regardless if a building is 0% or 99% vacant.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yawn. Get a better job and no one prices you of anywhere.

Shawn Kouri
4 months ago

Oh yes.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Welcome back TNM!
Attractive looking building, but the pandemic has changed the world. Urbanism is dead and the suburbs are back in focus and expanding. I don’t think these projects are feasible anymore. Expand on the edge of the Everglades and keep building gated communities and new suburbs. No one will ride on mass transit for a long time.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lol nothing has changed, if anything people will realize that in the middle of a pandemic there is still so much to do in a big city than small town. People can work from and are taking advantage of this temporary situation and are traveling around. Big cities will be sought out even more once they realize how boring small towns are👻

Anonymous
4 months ago

Live – Work – Play – and get covid.

Not Gene
4 months ago

You know who thinks these projects are feasible? Investors (commercial lenders and buyers). If they can break ground, that means a lot more people with relevant experience think it’s feasible than an anonymous naysayer.

Anonymous
4 months ago

those who bash suburbia are people not capable of living in their own thoughts to begin with. the whole point of it is to get away from the hell that is all of you people. Sure you won’t have nearly as many amenities but you could still bang your loving spouse in the backyard at morning. what are your priorities?

Anonymous
4 months ago

But thats still not as fun as doing it on the balcony ngl, there you got 2 great views

Anonymous
4 months ago

Too much parking & another blank wall.

There, I said it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

no one cares