Melo’s 58-Story Downtown 1st Tops Off, One Year After Breaking Ground

Melo Group’s 58-story Downtown 1st tower officially topped off yesterday, just one year after groundbreaking, according to the developer.

It is the tallest tower ever built by Melo.

“After just a year from breaking ground, we are proud to top off. Downtown 1st is another project that showcases our compromise of enhancing Miami’s urban core and the continued activation of downtown Miami.” said developer Martin Melo.

Test piling for the tower began in March 2021, with a tower crane installed by May 2021. In June, a foundation pour was completed.

Downtown 1st will include 560 market-rate rental apartments, 10,000 square feet of office space, and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Melo says it has delivered 3,342 residential units to the neighborhood in just four years, and all are fully occupied.

The projects delivered by Melo in the past four years include:

  • Miami Plaza – 425 units
  • Art Plaza – twin towers, 667 units
  • Square Station – twin towers, 710 units
  • Melody Tower – 499 units
  • Downtown 5th – 1,042 units

 

(photo: Kyle Merville)


 

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Anonymous
5 months ago

Walk by it daily and have seen it sprout up quickly. Should serve as a catalyst for foot traffic for the immediate area currently used mostly as a public toilet bowl…can only improve from here. Cheers to Melo for taking initiative to develop the downtown core! Well deserving of all the rewards soon to come.

Not Anonymous
5 months ago

that toilet is in need of deep cleaning 🤢.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yes! For those who haven’t walked by this building, the sidewalks smell like piss and there’s literally crap all over. And surprising to nobody the majority of those properties are owned by Mana.

Anonymous
5 months ago

You guys must be the types of people who sniff’s the sidewalks like a dog?

Anonymous
5 months ago

the city of miami should hire Melo to help solve the affordable housing crisis.

Anonymous
5 months ago

That’d be far too sensible…plus Melos keeping pretty busy

Anonymous
5 months ago

The City of Miami shouldn’t mandate asinine parking requirements steps away from rail transit and actually enforce Miami21 on design guidelines, and encourage the use of TDRs, etc. to allow developers to build more units.

Joe CARollo
5 months ago

What you mean? Who doesn’t love cars?

Anon
5 months ago

Very embarrassing to think of all the surrounding projects that have taken over three times the amount of time this project has taken

Yeet
5 months ago

LETS GO MELO! Super cool how fast these guys are able to build!

Downtown Blue Voter
5 months ago

Game-changing

Anonymous
5 months ago

What’s the game?

Not Anonymous
5 months ago

affordable housing in Downtown, proof that you can build tall buildings fast, etc…..

Anonymous
5 months ago

What the political hacks who he votes for play, according to his name.

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
This guy just can’t wait again to get his marching orders from another red ex-president to go storm the Capitol building again so he can see some people on the red side hang the vice president.

lol…

T G
5 months ago

Need more of these, instead of ultra luxury high rises. Melo buildings are solid and affordable.

Anonymous
5 months ago

We need both

Melo is sigma and chad
5 months ago

“Melo says it has delivered 3,342 residential units to the neighborhood in just four years”

BASED

Al santis
5 months ago

Because they are all crap w them making real money abusing buyers and renters with their business model of only using their privately made cheap shiny crap and charge 400% upside. Guaranteed those elevators will start breaking soon with months prior to repair over and over.

Archiami
5 months ago

Melo began the 58 story height Downtown 1st AFTER Mana had already started the Tesla Hub facade demolition. Melo topped 58 STORIES OF CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION HIGHRISE, while Mana is still doing asbestos testing to remove the ductwork foam of the derelict Tesla Hub skeleton. What a fiasco this guy is.

Vision, first of all.

No Jobs
5 months ago

He’s holding and waiting. He’s got $500 million in real estate around the Flagler area. He’s waiting for the street renovation that he bribed the government to be complete. And after it’s finished, he will begin to demolish all those garbage buildings.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Any news on downtown 6th?

Volvoshine
5 months ago

Should break ground by the end of this year

Anonymous
5 months ago

I hope so… right now, I would like to see some renderings of the project.

Not Anonymous
5 months ago

and finish before the end of next year

No Jobs
5 months ago

What about downtown 69?

Anonymity
5 months ago

High density living space, office space, AND retail. A lot of cities would kill to have this going up in their downtown. Not only does Melo do what he says he will, he doesn’t waste any time.

Anonymous
5 months ago

It shouldn’t take that long just to pile blocks on top of each other

Bob
5 months ago

And not ONE Supertall has a permit or utilities deal ? With this economy that they have created the cards will hit the table soon.

Anonymous
5 months ago

In the residential business, the economy has been going through ups and down cycles for decades and will continue to go through these cycles so its nothing new. And if you don’t believe that, look it up. The ones who are truly affected when it happens are the millionaires and billionaires.

-Mana
5 months ago

Anyone can build a tower. What I’m doing takes vision!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Mana manana keeps talking a good game including his recent puff piece in the herald. Visions like that do take time, but everybody’s patience is drying up as rates climb and this cycle matures. Meanwhile Melo is banging out building after building and absorbing what may be the majority of Manas ideal rental and office prospects. His pockets seem deep enough to hold on for a while especially if he’s been buying g with cash so doesn’t look like he’ll be doing much of anything for years to come imo.

Downtown Blue Voter
5 months ago

Define Vision

Anonymous
5 months ago

Define “peaceful protest” and “woman.”

Anonymous
5 months ago

Saw the holy ghost in my coffee the other day…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yeah.. I bet it looked like coffee.

Ken steffes
5 months ago

Most of Miami is an over priced shit hole; once you go outside your glass bubble.

No Jobs
5 months ago

Exactly! People are getting bent over and they’re taking it.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Geezzz, if I would’ve written what Ken wrote, I would’ve gotten fifty “down votes” by now.

Wow
5 months ago

Amazing

Anonymous
5 months ago

It’s not just Miami. Many cities in the state, such as Tampa and Orlando, are among the most unaffordable in the country: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-least-affordable-state-us-miami-tampa-orlando-naples/#app

Anonymous
5 months ago

“unaffordable?”

But, who lives there then?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Like I’ve always said, “I wish I was a Melo!”

Melo is not beta nor soft
5 months ago

We need more of this type of construction. Hopefully the rents will be market rate and not $3k for a 2 bedroom. Especially since this area is homeless galore.

Anonymous
5 months ago

$3k for a 2 bedroom is way below market now.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Thank you. People gotta realize this, we’re not living in the 1980’s anymore.

allow my post or get kicked in your nuts by a mule
5 months ago

or in 2020

Anonymous
5 months ago

^
Tell that to D Chump…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Well, for starters, $3,000 for a 2 bedroom is definitely market rate (if not below). That amount for 2 bedrooms is extremely reasonable. Now $5,000 for a 2 bedroom does seem ridiculous but there are plenty of renters paying it.

Also, your name should be “Melo is neither beta nor soft”

No Jobs
5 months ago

This is not San Francisco or NYC. Miami doesn’t have high salaries to demand 3k for a 2 bedroom in a shitty area. You guys saying 3k is perfectly reasonable are a bunch of chumps.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Brickell is a shitty area? Maybe you should expand your circle. Sorry but I don’t know many people whose salaries don’t allow them to pay $3k for a 2 bedroom.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Sir the average household income in Miami is around 45K, you don’t know many people whose salary don’t allow them to pay 3K for 2B. You’re delusional my friend, that’s about 90% of the people in the United States

Anonymous
5 months ago

I’d say the delusional one is he who thinks people are entitled to live in a 2 bedroom in a beautiful downtown area in one of the biggest cities in the US for $3,000. That train has left the station.

Smart Developer
5 months ago

“Beautiful downtown area” hahahah. You mean the homeless encampment outside the lobby of this building??

Game Changer
5 months ago

Duh! Dis init’ new york o San fran… Blah blah blah. YOU LOSER!!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

um.. wtf?

Ciparoo
5 months ago

3k for 2br in this area will be sold out in a day