Melo’s 60-Story Island Bay Tower In Edgewater Submitted To The FAA At 649 Feet

Developer Melo Group has filed an application with the Federal Aviation Administration to build a 60-story tower in Edgewater called Island Bay.

Melo’s application was submitted on November 9.

Island Bay’s north tower will rise 637 feet above ground, or 649 feet above sea level, the filing states

Construction is expected to begin on approximately May 1, 2021 and wrap up around July 28, 2023, according to the application.

The project will include two 60-story towers. The application now in the FAA system appears to be only for the north tower, as of this morning.

In February, Melo signed a deal with Miami-Dade County to supply water and sewer to Island Bay. Seawalk work was also said to be underway.

The twin towers of Island Bay will include 792 residential units and 12,600 square feet of retail, according to the utilities deal.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

 

 


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Anonymous
3 months ago

finally….someone did renderings that show the other buildings nearby and didn’t pretend they were on some untouched land with no other condos in sight

Anonymous
3 months ago

Agree, now is time to stop allowing this free-for-all, and to uphold urban planning principles, maintaining the view corridors.

Miami 21 – 3.8.2 C – “All Thoroughfares should terminate at other Thoroughfares, to form a network. Cul-de-sacs should be permitted only when supported by natural site conditions. Thoroughfares that provide View Corridors shall not be vacated.”

Which streets in Edgewater have been vacated?
– NE 28th St – Icon Bay – Arquitectonica, Related
– NE 29th Terrace – Biscayne Beach – Thom Filicia, Eastview Development
– NE 31st & NE 32nd Street – Arquitectonica, Related
– NE 23rd Terrace & NE 24th Street – Island Bay (This project) Arquitectonica, Melo
– NE 27th Street – OKO Group, will they request to vacate also?

Island Bay project should not be allowed to continue under the current design. Prioritize the view corridors of existing residents. Maintain view corridors for the secondary, tertiary buildings that are sure to infill in central and west Edgewater.

Anonymous
3 months ago

funny, no one who lives near those areas or streets you listed seem to care about anything you’re moaning about. Are you being hindered by any of the things you’re concerned about?

Anonymous
3 months ago

The opposite – everyone that lives near here is annoyed they won’t be able to see the bay as the drive down the street anymore. It’ll be the service corridor and emergency exit of a building.

The entire city is subjected to the backside of Paraiso Bay. It is the ugliest thing and won’t get better with age.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“everyone that lives near here is annoyed they won’t be able to see the bay as the drive down the street anymore”

Oh, that’s why I see so many wrecked cars in MiamiDade?.. because too many people are looking at “Bay Views” instead of paying attention when they’re driving?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Haha that was funny!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Another poorly planned monstrosity by Related Group. They keep doing the same thing rinse and repeat. Zero future planning involved.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Isn’t this Melo?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Another “HUGE UGLY PROJECT” that no one who actually lives in miami will be able to Buy!!!!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

You must not be from Miami. Those condos in Miami are selling like hot cakes.

Anonymous
2 months ago

By foreign investors hiding their money….

Anonymous
3 months ago

This is truly UGLY……….
Next please…..

Anonymous
3 months ago

I wouldn’t call it ugly.
Let’s just say it’s un-imaginative

Anonymous
3 months ago

Well, it was designed by Architectonica so that’s the best we can expect.

Renata F.
3 months ago

Honestly…… random curves that do not provide any purpose to the program of the building and walaaaaa you get another Ugly 700sqf building obstructing the views of the bay!!! Welcome to Miami

Robbie
3 months ago

This is exactly what I had in mind Renata…. where is the creativity here…. I really wonder who actually pays to have this “DESIGNED” take over 100% of the footprint and few random curves along the balconies which will probably be noticed “ONLY” in the rendering, once this is constructed I wonder if the curves will even be visible.. Miami can do way better than this!!

Azarius
2 months ago

I’m surprised this building is getting so much Hate.. it’s not like you can see the bay from your car from Biscayne Boulevard! And if you live in a building in this area you’ll still have views of the bay… the building sits off the ground so if your shopping or walking the area you’ll actually have bay views from either side of the building… I thinks it’s a great addition they jus need more though streets east of BB

Anonymous
2 months ago

Everything you said is true… but I just like to whine!

Anonymous
2 months ago

You do realize a lot of the buildings in the area are way under 60 stories, right? I’m not supporting anyone who complains about a view going who isn’t directly on the water, because that’s what happens when you don’t live on the water, your view isn’t guaranteed. However, if these buildings weren’t massive walls of units only facing the bay, then the density allowed under the zoning would force shorter buildings with units all around instead of one pretty side facing the bay and an ugly side facing mainland. Then, all the surrounding buildings wouldn’t lose as much of a view, too.

Azarius
2 months ago

Correct but the thing of Downtown Miami “The hologram city” is to push for more height spread throughout. Look what it will do for the skyline, understanding theses thing don’t benefit residents directly but they do on so many other factors

Anonymous
3 months ago

EXTEND THE METRO TO EDGEWATER!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

To all of Miami and Miami Beach!

Anonymous
3 months ago

great idea, but no old train tracks nearby. They run alongside N Miami Ave. Cheers

MiamiArchi
3 months ago

Im sorry But I will be so disappointed if the City of Miami lets this building go forward and Block the views of the bay on two of those streets.
(the city will have to give the end of the existing streets and the streets air rights to the developers, it is not owned by the developers, but by the city)
Just having a 20′ high area full of columns so you can still “kind of” see the bay from street level is not enough.
Its a give away and destroys the potential of the properties behind this building and what could be built in the future with the street bay views. So sad.

Bernie
3 months ago

You make an interesting point but property rights allow an owner from building something that blocks bay views…

MiamiArchi
3 months ago

Not if they don’t actually own the property. The city would have to give them the public land (the road) for this current design that blocks the street views to go forward

Anonymous
3 months ago

The only way to prevent blockage of the bay view is to be the first closest to the water. Short of that there will be many buyers who will not have bay views. That’s just a fact. If you purchase a condo in a building that is not directly on the water, it should be understood that at least some views will be blocked. Get over it! It’s a city.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s actually not a fact.

There are zoning rules for a reason. And Miami 21 – 3.8.2 C states that Thoroughfares that provide View Corridors SHALL NOT be vacated.

Anonymous
2 months ago

But if you look at how the older waterfront buildings like Hamilton and Charter Club are built, they don’t make a wall that block off the Bay. They build with units all around so you can also offer different price points of units, with those facing the Bay having higher rents than those facing west. Agreed that unless you are directly on the water, it’s not your entitled view, but the modern buildings are really doing a disservice to the entire neighborhood. The backside of all these buildings are horrendous and then existing buildings are forced to look at unfinished concrete.

zachJ305
3 months ago

100%…this is just a giveaway of taxpayer-owned property…even if Melo pays for the air rights the city is losing future taxable value from properties between this and Biscayne Blvd who would have had views of the bay at the end of the street. This is a terrible precedent for the city to set.

Anonymous
3 months ago

well said m8

Anonymous
3 months ago

its called walking around the buildings and going on the bay walk

Anonymous
2 months ago

Have you tried to walk the bay walk in Edgewater? It’s practically nonexistent. It’s piecemealed with these new buildings who close off access whenever they want. Icon Bay hasn’t allowed the public to walk on their portion of baywalk since March “because of covid.” It’s a shame you can get public benefits for adding a park and baywalk TO THE PUBLIC, and then after construction rip off the city by claiming it private.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Good, I hope the city do give those streets away and tax whoever gets them. The more vacant land taken off the back of the tax payers in this city, the better. I’m sure that people who live in these buildings now weren’t guaranteed any view that’s north, south, east, and west, wouldn’t be blocked by some kind of structure. That’s like the city guaranteeing a developer the people living in their proposed new building will never hear police or ambulance sirens at night.. it just can’t be done.

liz
3 months ago

This is a great project for the area! There is nothing there at the moment. The boardwalk will be great for all of us that live in the area. It will activate this area 100%. Go for it Melo don’t listen to the haters!

Anonymous
3 months ago

The boardwalk is required, no matter what they build, so let’s not be peddling that nonsense. Melo and the other developers can start building within their private properties, and the City should start enforcing it.

Anonymous
2 months ago

And let’s be real, the condo association will complain about the public walking on the baywalk and end up restricting access after it’s built.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How did the Brickell bay area handle this?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Higher density and height allowed in Brickell, so this wasn’t as big of a problem. These Edgewater buildings are stuck at a certain number of units, so they face all the units to the bay with a wide rectangular footprint that acts as a wall because no units face the west side. That’s why the Bay side has fancy glass and the Blvd side has ugly concrete. Not a problem in Brickell because of the density allowed, you have nice facades and balconies on all sides of the buildings, not just the side facing the Bay. It’s nicer to look at for surrounding buildings, and plus, that area was dense for a long time. Edgewater is starting to become tall and dense, so where you previously didn’t have tall buildings, now you have them, and as explained above, they’re ugly to the neighboring buildings since the balconies and glass only face east.

Dan
2 months ago

Great point. This is such a flaw in the unit cap in edgewater.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami getting sexier by the minute.

Anonymous G
3 months ago

Agreed.

Anonymous
3 months ago

..and winning!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Winning what, higher and more flooding streets?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Don’t understand why Arquitectonica only pays attention to the front facing the water and leaves the back so mehhh here, this reminds me of the back of Marina Blue. Really sad to leave such a big and notorious structure like that forever, with that back so underwhelming.

Anonymous
3 months ago

i own in the venetia and am really pleased with edgewaters growth….yes…more congestion…. more headaches… but i chose to live in a city and love the energy from what its becoming on this side of the bay

Anonymous
3 months ago

I like your comment because you understand that views but no liveliness in the area you live in is meaningless.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Arquitectonica is just poisoning this city with single loaded corridor buildings that are terribly ugly on the back and rob all property owners on the back side, in addition to just aesthetics. We need to stop approving these one-sided “luxury” projects that look like a 60 story “we’ll leave the light on for you” Motel 6 on the back.

Anonymous
3 months ago

King Melo > Serf Mana

Anonymous
3 months ago

Edgewater winning

Anonymous
3 months ago

These are actually beautiful

Anonymous
3 months ago

A little bit of a hike to the garage though.

Robin stan
3 months ago

These buildings look fine, in fact they look better than fine. People here complain about any development that isn’t on par with Okan tower; not everything built can be that over the top. This development adds far more to the urban fabric than it detracts and it should be embraced.

Anonymous
2 months ago

You really think Okan will get built? The ship has sailed. If they couldn’t generate pre-sales BEFORE Melo’s twin towers went up, they certainly won’t now. Who is going to pay hundreds of thousands to a million for units that are inches away from the Melo building?

Anonymous
3 months ago

question, why is everyone on this site who comments so negative? I have a condo in Paraiso and love the area and always look forward to visiting. I’m always on this site to learn more about the new projects and amazed and in awe of all that is happening. Why are you locals so high maintenance and hard to please. The only thing I don’t like about Miami is the level of bitching the locals do.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Might as well get used to it.. a lot of people in Miami have very weird taste.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Because you live in one of the worst offending condos in Edgewater that has started this chain reaction of future projects blocking off the bay….

Anonymous
3 months ago

Night and Day.. these New projects changing Edgewater for the better!

Shawn Kouri
3 months ago

Somebody’s got some dates for the timeline.

Anonymous G
3 months ago

Two stunning buildings!! This will be awesome for the skyline.

Does anyone know who the General Contractor will be?

Anonymous
3 months ago

General Contractor. Yeah NT construction. Nobody Talented

Anonymous
3 months ago

Another triumph for Melo! Getting it done every time. Providing housing for those that live and work here. Also, bringing life to some former desolate areas. (although not the case for this project)

Hey Mr. Mana- will you ever finish anything in Flagler area? Or will you continue to let the heart of downtown languish? (shame on you)

Anonymous
3 months ago

I LOVE THIS!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Looks like that horse drawing meme where it started out strong and gave up at the end. Why is the side of the building facing mainland (Biscayne Blvd) so unfinished and ugly looking? Do people not get balconies on that side of the building? Or are all the units just facing east? Mehhh

Anonymous
3 months ago

Unfortunately no one ever cases about the back of the buildings

Anonymous
3 months ago

there has to be a way to stop this from happening. Ugly, more of the same, without regard for beauty or creativity.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Anonymous
3 months ago

There is. All you have to do is scrounge up millions of dollars to buy the land and pour in hundreds of millions of dollars to build your building that accounts for beauty and creativity. Sheesh, people forget that these are private ventures and not some non-profit art show. This is a mid-tier luxury project. Look at sunny isles and you’ll find a bit more creativity but it comes at a cost that the overwhelming majority of readers on this site will never be able to afford.

Audô
3 months ago

It’s almost as if it was out of budget to design the west side of the building. So nice and then so ordinary to the one part residents will see on a daily basis.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Oh they sexy🥰

Anonymous
3 months ago

Let’s hope the buildings end up actually looking like the renderings. I’m talking to you, Paraíso.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Chicago has 7 skyscrapers under construction, Miami has 10…. which one will beat which

Anonymous
3 months ago

Not on the same degree of NYC

Anonymous
3 months ago

Boring….

Anonymous
3 months ago

And Ugly…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Wow – I’m i55 yrs old, 35 yes ago I was a student at rented an old beat-up apt in that same spot. My friends didn’t want come over saying it was bad neighborhood, although I never had any issues.

Shawn Kouri
2 months ago

How can he get to 60 story towers done in two years that’s not possible.

Shawn Kouri
2 months ago

Unless if they want to use pre-fabricated Modular Construction methods. It’s much more durable in a category five hurricane because all the components are built in the factory. Also, the costs of building are 10% to 30% cheaper compared to traditional construction methods and it allows the buildings to be built faster. It can be done in a matter of months, less than a year. It’s also more environmentally friendly.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Waiting for this cause it is the final missing link in the baywalk. 2023 can’t come fast enough.

POLO
3 months ago

This project, and Aria, are Melo’s two best projects.

Robbie
3 months ago

This project is garbage just like Aria!!!!
Two overpriced towers designed by one of the worst architects this city have!!!! Name on good Arcquitectonica project in the city of miami……

Anonymous
3 months ago

I think Melo would’ve came out better using their own in house architects.

Anonymous
3 months ago

sad…… but true lol

Anonymous
3 months ago

0% of creativity!!!! Two big towers with a “RANDOM” curve with 0% purpose!!! Welcome to miami architecture!!