Melo’s 35-Story Miami Plaza Already At Level 12 Just Months After Breaking Ground

Developer Melo Group is moving quickly on construction of their 35-story Miami Plaza.

Photos taken earlier this month show that the tower had already reached level 12, just 17 weeks after vertical construction commenced, according to shell contractor L&R Structural.

Groundbreaking took place in January, with two tower cranes installed in April and vertical construction shortly after.

Miami Plaza will include 435 apartments next to the School Board Metromover station when complete. The developer is also now wrapping up construction on the 625-apartment Art Plaza towers a block away.

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Are you reading this Mana? This is what a developer looks and acts like. Buying property and sitting on it for years and years does not make you a developer, it just makes you an obstructionist to progress.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or a slumlord.

Anonymous
2 years ago

for that you need tenants. most of his properties sit empty.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t understand. Everyone is clamoring for “infill”. Melo is the only one delivering. How many buildings have gone up by this firm while everyone sits on their hands? And…who gives a shit if they are empty? Not your loss nor mine. I’m sure if they read these absurd comments they would wipe their butts with them. Do you really think these people are influenced by the crap that is written here? You guys are so self-centered and full of yourselves that you really think this matters. Nincompoops.

Leandro P.
2 years ago

OK…..Melo should run for Governor!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or a hoarder

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mana will be busy building and developing a huge project in Panama.
Forget about him for the next decade.

Anonymous
2 years ago

paaalease… land owners have every right to hold on to land and develop it when they want. is anyone telling you when you need to upgrade your home, apt and what you need to do with it? this isn’t Cuba.

Construction Expert
2 years ago

Not to take anything away from Melo or the hype, but this is actually a normal pace. Rule of thumb for these types of projects is that each floor takes about a week when going vertical, after the land is pre-developed. So it takes about a floor a week for exterior, and another floor a week for interior after it’s topped off. Which translates to the average completion time of these high-rises, 2 years.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Melo needs to take control of Flagler St

Rosa Bernal
2 years ago

Simply Amazing!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

No thanks, I don’t want a mediocre developer of market-rate apartments screwing with Miami’s most important street with far more potential, but I suppose it’ll look better than that Israeli tower or Centro.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can anyone, including Melo, screw up Flagler any more than what it already is? Its filled with crappy, run down businesses that peddle cheap electronics and luggage. Rodeo Drive it ain’t. Anyone, including Melo, can improve on what’s already there. Flagler, as narrow as it is, will never be Las Ramblas, or Champs Elysees, or The Magnificent Mile, or Fith Avenue. The most we can hope for, if all the riff-raff moves out, is a quaint little street with nice little shops and galleries, and a scattering of cafes…our version of Las Olas. Maybe.

Anonymous
2 years ago

you are by far the smartest person in this forum -well said.
so many people have this lame ass ridic expectations for Miami – this ain’t no Pairs, NYC or London — Flagler can’t compete nor should it – not this kind of city. Not everything has to be like somewhere else… if you like somewhere else better then go there. Miami sucks – get used to it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

And for Melo’s next trick.. breaking ground on their twin apartment towers downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey Melo haters, choke on this….

Anonymous
2 years ago

Im happy to see Melo building on all these empty lots. My only issue is I hate to see these developers build quick and cheap. White stucco boxes with no appeal! Inside every unit is like walking into the same unit from all the other buildings in Miami. White, white, white and more white! Cheaply built condos with no personality! I’ve been to Chicago, New York, Seattle among others… You should see how beautiful the architecture in and outside these buildings. From unit to unit you can can tell the difference… Yes these lots are finally being developed but if your going to build something cheap and ugly that shouldnt be acceptable just to fill in an empty lot.

Anonymous
2 years ago

These aren’t condos. These are market rate apartment rentals. There’s a demand for more market rate and affordable. Concur on plain white boxes, but they’re built cheap on purpose; for affordability.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But should Miami go this route? Box after box after box? Miami should be a showcase of grand architecture, that is if we want to be recognized as a major world city. Granted our needs are much greater than just buildings, but once they’re built that lot is lost, sometimes for a lifetime. I don’t blame the developers as much as I blame the City for approving them. Developers are so hungry to build in Miami, that I’m sure that if the city was to set outstanding architectural standards, developers would continue to build, only then will they build outstanding properties.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Geez you people are all talk and no action.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wouldn’t you be one of the ones who bitch about Doral, Kendall, or any other burb being devoid of any real architectural gems? You guys want to have your cake and eat it too. I’m starting to think your wives don’t let you get a word in at home so you come here to gripe. Oh wait…most of you are only married to your hand. My bad.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Si.

Anonymous
2 years ago

THANK YOU, I don’t know everyone ignores the fact that we are getting a boring, cheap looking urban core!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, I agree, those empty lots full of weeds were way more exciting.

Were you people in a coma or something?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agree, but don’t ask for affordable housing for the proleteriat. If we build a bunch of 1000 Museum towers, where will the po’ live?

Construction Expert
2 years ago

Not to take anything away from Melo or the hype, but this is actually a normal pace. Rule of thumb for these types of projects is that each floor takes about a week when going vertical, after the land is pre-developed. So it takes about a floor a week for exterior, and another floor a week for interior after it’s topped off. Which translates to the average completion time of these high-rises, 2 years.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s For Typical Floors. Lower Floors are NOT typical.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i’m a crackhead and i hate melo for kicking me out of my empty lot

Anonymous
2 years ago

Now that’s a comment that makes sense.

chino
2 years ago

These building plans they download from a Brazilian web site for $50 a piece.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only 12 levels after a year? Slow for Melo.

marc
2 years ago

7 months

Anonymous
2 years ago

dO YOu NOt knOw hoW TO rEad ??

Anonymous
2 years ago

lol, maybe the title changed, but i read it as 12 months after breaking ground.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dyslexia?

Anonymous
2 years ago

17 Weeks