Melo Group’s 58-Story Downtown 1st Nearing Completion, Leasing Underway

Finishing touches are now being put into place at Melo Group’s 58-story Downtown 1st, a photo by Kyle Merville shows.

The external elevator system used during construction is now being removed, Merville wrote.

Test piling for the tower began in March 2021, with a tower crane installed by May of that year. In June, the foundation was poured.

Opening is scheduled for November 2022, according to the project’s social media. That would make total construction time around 1 year and 8 months, incredibly quick for a building of this size.

Downtown 1st will include 560 apartments.

Leasing is now underway. Prices start at $2050 for a 1 bedroom, $3050 for a 2-bedroom, and $3550 for a 3-bedroom.

 

(photo: Kyle Merville)

 



 

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Melo is sigma and chad
5 months ago

Another infill completed, thanks Melo. Please buy more lots

Mike
5 months ago

👆🏻Really? 😂 man please…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Melo should buy Mana’s lots!!

Muhammad
5 months ago

Right Right ✅, he eventually will build. LOL

Anonymous
5 months ago

Melo should buy Māna’s lots!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

I would rather see something far better on prime real estate in the historic core than what Melo would deliver and Māna won’t.

Muhammad
5 months ago

Then buy thier holdings then. Put up or shut up

YEET
5 months ago

It’s crazy how fast Melo builds. They are delivering a good product that is much needed in the Miami area. No the building isn’t iconic but it doesn’t need to be. Its a perfect infill that serves a purpose. Glad Melo is building this and building this at the rate they build it at.

Makes me really want to see their construction schedule and how they sequence their build.

Drac
5 months ago

Plus its near a Metromover stop.

Anonymous
5 months ago

its not the aston martin…but this building is actually a nice looking tower…lots of glass in the front and nice contrast between balcony color and facade…and melos buildings are nicely landscaped and im hoping this one will be also

Original
5 months ago

The Aston Martin is a “Condo” building, where as “Downtown 1st” is an apartment building. And the land alone that the Aston Martin Condo Building was built on cost $100 million dollars.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Looks way better than Downtown 5th. There is beauty in simplicity.

anon
5 months ago

Simple melo is the best melo.

Melo, a true giga chad
5 months ago

Downtown 5th already looks like it was built in the 80s

Anonymous
5 months ago

Because they know it won’t be visible once Downtown 6th is built and Okan tower too.

Anonymous
5 months ago

You mean like versus apartment buidings that look like they were built back in the 1940’s?

anonymous
5 months ago

will catalyze the surrounding area – it’s incredible how fast this went up and how desperate this inventory is needed in this part of downtown.

Melo is sigma and chad
5 months ago

meanwhile, there is a office two blocks east that still hasn’t been renovated yet

Se me paro'
5 months ago

Half a dozen lots in the area need to be developed before becoming a lively area.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yea mana is the one doing that renovation

Melo is sigma and Chad
5 months ago

of course

Anonymous
5 months ago

Can’t wait for Downtown 6th to break ground!!

Brooklyn
5 months ago

Does Melo have a specific advantage when it comes to building with pace? Seems like they hire the same contractors as everyone else…

Melo, a true giga chad
5 months ago

The put the right amount of money in the right pocket.

anony
5 months ago

It’s about quality. They skimp on insulation, subflooring, sound proofing, waterproofed elevator pits. The buildings are structural sound, but not much more. Very basic construction.

Giga chad Melo
5 months ago

I live in a Melo building and it’s pretty solid. No complaints except that their rents are getting higher and higher.

Melo, a true giga chad
5 months ago

As it should. No gimmicks, no games. Just delivering units after units. Missioni Baia still trying to figure it out.

Melo, a true giga chad
5 months ago

Hopefully this will help in hobbo reduction in that area.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I wish melo would start building in allapattah , they would revitalize that neighborhood really quick but they still have some projects in the pipeline in downtown , midtown and edgewater so it’s going to take a while for them to move into allapattah

Anonymous
5 months ago

Allapattah, Liberty City… Pretty much all of 7 Ave corridor.

Giga chad Melo
5 months ago

They need to! Too much damn single housing in those areas. And it’s not the nice houses either. Looks like straight out of the outskirts of Guadalajara.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Why is the rent so cheap? Does the building not have the same amenities as most other buildings? Or are the advertised rents just the starting prices to be followed by increased in the near future?

Anonymous
5 months ago

It says prices start… so that’s the cheapest apartment probably on the second floor facing a wall or something

Anonymous
5 months ago

“Prices start at $2050 for a 1 bedroom”

If you work on a job making 10, 12, or even 15 dollars an hour, there’s nothing cheap about that.

Anonymous
5 months ago

What does that have to do with prevailing market rates?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Really?.. so what does a $2050 starting price have to do with people who live in Miami and only make 10,12, or 15 dollars an hour on some job?

Anonymous
5 months ago

The commenter was asking why the rent prices of this building are so far below the prevailing market rates. In case you have been absent from Miami lately, 1 bedrooms in this area are going for above $3,000.

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Well, in case you’re new to Miami, let me fill you and him in about this city and county. “Miami” has recently become a very attractive city for snow birds from northeastern states and people who are tired of trying to keep up with ballooning rent prices in California. Right now there are people who have been living all their lives in MiamiDade county in places like Hialeah who are getting shocked when they go to sleep one night, and wake up the next morning to find a note on their door that says their monthly rent has now increased some 300 to 400 dollars. Right now there are people in Miami complaining about new comers from places like NYC and bidding wars are starting for what was once for them an apartment they can afford with their monthly MiamiDade paychecks but, they’re getting outbidded. Oh yes, if you don’t know or heard anything about that, I suggest you catch up on the apartment rental news in Miami and MiamiDade county. So I’ll say again, if you work on a job making 10, 12, or even 15 dollars an hour, which is the average hourly paying job in MiamiDade county, then trust me, there’s nothing cheap about new apartments starting at $2050 for a 1bedroom.. and especially not if you also have two hungry kids to feed.

Anonymous
5 months ago

“recently”…. lol

Anonymous
5 months ago

I’m not new to Miami, but thanks for your condescending response. My comment was fact-based, simply saying that in the urban core, newly-built apartments are renting for much higher than $2,000. I wasn’t making a statement on whether that is too high or too low.

But since you want to go there, if people can’t afford their rent increase, they are welcome to get a better job or move to a cheaper area. Nobody is forcing them to stay in their $10/hour job. This may come as a shock to you, but everyone doesn’t have a god-given right to live in a brand new apartment building in one of the most desirable locations in all of South Florida. I am a lifelong democrat and will never vote for a republican but entitled folks like you sure make me wish we had more than a binary choice sometimes.

Anonymous
5 months ago

If you work a job making 10, 12, or even 15 dollars an hour, you definitely shouldn’t be living in a brand new “luxury” building with gym, pool, etc and probably not in the heart of downtown.

Melo, a true giga chad.
5 months ago

Facts. People tend to forget that no one owes them anything. You want to live in a new downtown highrise? Get to work.

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Who said anything about “owing” somebody something? I simply said a new apartment building with prices starting at $2050 for a 1 bedroom for people making 10, 12, or 15 dollars an hour in this city ain’t cheap… and that’s a fact!

Anonymous
5 months ago

People making 15 or less per hour are in the market for old studio apartments and boarding house rooms in Allapattah and Little Havana, not brand new 1 bedroom apts. downtown with pools and gyms.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Right… you’re not saying they’re owed anything, just that we should all feel bad for anyone who makes $10/hour and therefore can’t afford this brand new luxury building. Did I capture your sentiment?

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Look, I’m going to say this one more time for you dummies… prices starting at $2050 for a 1 bedroom apartment still isn’t cheap to people who are working on jobs making10, 12, or even 15 dollars an hour. Now you can argue with that fact until you’re blue in the face but it still won’t change it.

I’M TALKING ABOUT PRICES VERSUS HOURLY WAGES AND NOTHING ELSE!!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

I’m going to say this one more time for you dummy. Your comment has nothing to do with the original comment. $2,000 for a 1 bedroom is very cheap for the current market prices. Nobody is talking about minimum wage workers and their buying power except you. Stay on topic or move the fuck on.

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Man, you’re just one clueless shit eater. If you and others like you don’t see what I’m talking about, then I can’t explain it any plainer or better for you mindless goofballs. Now run along and play with your doll collection, girlyman.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The only mindless goofball in this thread is the fool who believes people making $10/hour are forced to stay in that job and never make anything better for themselves. If they can’t afford a brand new luxury building in downtown, they should get to work and maybe they can eventually live in this place (that you believe they are already entitled to live in).

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
LOOK IGNORAMUS, I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE OR WHAT PEOPLE WHO MAKE $10/HOUR SHOULD LIVE IN, MY COMMENT IS ONLY TALKING ABOUT PRICES VERSUS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MIAMI (10, 12, or 15 dollars an hour) MAKES AND WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THEM. APARTMENTS STARTING AT $2050 ISN’T SOMETHING THAT’S CHEAP TO THEM.. GET IT!!!!! I’M TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK AT PRICES THROUGH THEIR LENS VERSUS SOMEONE WHO MAKES SOMETHING LIKE $40/HOUR LOOKS AT THOSE SAME PRICES THROUGH THEIR LENS.

Geez It perplexes me why idjits like you keep trying to tell me what I think instead of just reading what I wrote.

Anonymous
5 months ago

And I’m telling you how these prices are “cheap” according to the current rental market, no according to some minimum wage worker who has no business even renting a unit in this building in the first place. So, again, your comments were and still are completely irrelevant to the original post. Does it make you feel better to type in all caps or is that just a signal of your generation?

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Look, there is no way you can correct my statement. You’re talking about something completely different than what I commented on. Again, I’m talking about what some people think when they see the starting price(s) for these new apartments in this building, and to them that’s not cheap!

Read my first comment again:

“Prices start at $2050 for a 1 bedroom”

If you work on a job making 10, 12, or even 15 dollars an hour, there’s nothing cheap about that.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Great. These prices are cheap in relation to the current market but not cheap for people who would never live here in the first place. Amazing contribution. Thank you.

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Thank you… now you’re kinda getting what I’m saying!

Yet Another Anonymous
5 months ago

If you are making $20 an hour therefore actually bringing in a real 15 an hour at full time it would be $2,500 a month just enough to afford it a little bit of food and nothing else.

anony
5 months ago

yes, their amenities lack, building has no insulation and elevators are always broke. Remember you get what you pay for.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Wow. These rents are super cheap for such a prime location.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Should we expect also a downtown 2nd, 3rd, and 4th?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Wait for them…

Zz01
5 months ago

Wouldn’t be surprised if there is a Downtown 3rd building placed somewhere on the undeveloped lot between the Ivy/Wind/Mint complex and the highway overpass.

Anonymous
5 months ago

There are already plans for that lot by the developers of the Ivy/Wind/Mint complex.

tnm
5 months ago

Where is there next rental tower going to be built?

Melo is sigma and Chad
5 months ago

downtown 6th next to Okan and downtown 5th

Anonymous
5 months ago

With much better architecture than Downtown 5th, one would hope.

anonymous
5 months ago

How many 3-bedrooms? There’s a shortage all over for family-sized units.

Joe
5 months ago

Each floor has 7 1br, 5 2br, and 1 3br per floor, so I’d say there’s about 40 3-bedrooms total in the building

Dean
5 months ago

It actually works out better for a 4-person family to take on two 2-bedroom units within the same building rather than packing like sardines into one 3-bedroom unit. The father can have his office and shared bedroom with wife along with extra privacy while the kids get their own rooms and more shared space like the extra living room for doing their homework. Price-wise it’s a small premium to pay on the two units vs the one 3-bedroom when you consider all the benefits

Anonymous
5 months ago

A 4 person family can’t fit into a 3 bedroom apt? Each kid would even have their own bedroom!

Giga chad Melo
5 months ago

Who in the hell would leave their kids alone in a unit by themselves? You would need a full time nanny.

anonymous
5 months ago

Not a bad mix. Thanks!

Chris
5 months ago

In total it has fifty 3-bedrooms. One per floor from floor 16 to 56 and 10 in the top 2 floors.

Floors 57 and 58 have five 3-bedrooms, one 2-bedroom, and five 1-bedroom

GOYITO
5 months ago

Thank you to all who make our community safer, healthier, and greater! Sorry for the unpopular position.

Goyito
5 months ago

Each construction project increases temperatures of the “Urban Heat Island” and will intensify storms. Upon arrival of a strong hurricane, the claims from coastal developmentl will break Citizens Insurance and FEMA. Are we supposed to destroy our environment and its resources to accommodate outsiders moving here? Enough is enough!

Anonymous
5 months ago

“outsiders moving here? Enough is enough!”

I would suggest you move to somewhere like Montana… you can live in plenty of open land there with nothing around you for miles and miles and then you won’t have to worry about anything destroying the environment or all those pesky outsiders moving in.