Melo’s 667-Unit Art Plaza Gets Zoning Approval From Commission

Miami’s commission voted on June 22 to give final approval to Melo Group for a rezoning of the Art Plaza property.

The vote allows Melo to proceed with the project, which will include:

  • Twin towers, 36 floors each
  • 667 residential units
  • 15,000 square feet of retail
  • 886 parking spaces

91 of the 667 units will be designated as workforce housing, according to Miami Today.

Art Plaza is considered the second of a three-phase project, Melo’s attorney told the commission.

Square Station is considered the first phase, and is under construction across the street with 710 units. A third phase called Miami Plaza is planned at 1502 Northeast Miami Place with 437 units.

In total, 1,814 apartments will be built when all phases are complete.

 

 

Art Plaza site and new rendering:

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Melo single-handedly changing that neighborhood. Restaurants and bars will follow and hopefully connect it to the Wynwood/Midtown area

Anonymous
4 years ago

Yeah, but I’m not sure if aesthetically it’s all that great.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You prefer empty lots?

Anonymous
4 years ago

better than commie blocks?

Atlantalove
4 years ago

Just how familiar are you with socialist housing developments? Because if you think that this project in any way resembles any them, then you are seriously clueless. Folks want affordable housing in the urban core yet expect architectural masterpieces at every turn. Just how inexpensive do you think world famous or established/recognizable architects are? The more bells and whistles, the more the established pedigree of its creator is, the more expensive it ultimately becomes. As it is, these are going to be pretty expensive apartments. Tack on a recognizable design moniker and you just might as well wait for the next cycle and sell them as condos. Wonders never cease.

aceraroja
4 years ago

Funny cuz socialist modernism has been an incredible fount of fabulous architecture the world over. This is just the same cheap trash everyone builds all over Miami. But I’m not a Melo hater, they really do help normal humans live in the city. The maintenance in some of their older buildings is, well, bad, but ya know you can also get a 2/2 for $1600 on the bay so heyyy.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Agree but this design is nicer than the others. But I’m with the others, better than empty lots. Still tons of land for the signature towers coming later.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Exactly!…I wish some people would stop bitching so much about the design of an apartment building and view things in the long run. And I agree, there are still tons of acres sitting there empty and waiting from NE 14th st all the way up to 36th st.

Marc305
4 years ago

You are exactly correct the Melos are uniting Downtown to Midtown. I have shown their units and they are not bad I really don’t think they look that cheap. Melo projects are for the working class and this project has direct access to the Metromover. Haters will hate but I personally think they are doing a good job.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Excited to have some density in this area

Anonymous
4 years ago

To all the architecture-haters out there…really? Get a life! These buildings aren’t designed for you to look at; they are designed for the people to live in them. Corner units are extremely popular/valuable and that’s why most buildings will always have at least four corners…”a box”…in fact, glass railings for a rental is quite a luxurious feature. Just be happy the city is developing and Melo is creating what should be affordable housing for locals in a few years time.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Right! I remember when these same lots were deplorably empty and people were begging for somebody to build something on them.

marc
4 years ago

I’ll take people living in these buildings patronizing the surrounding businesses than half empty buildings doing nothing for this city.

Anonymous
4 years ago

i dont understand why people think a moderatly priced rental that clearly serves REAL people not wealthy part time residents should rate up there with a condo that sells for millions…these buildings are not meant to be iconic landmarks… they are meant to house alot of folks who otherwise could not live in the urban core….its great for this area and i live 4 blocks away and look forward to retail and pedestrian traffic

aceraroja
4 years ago

Those condos for the rich and absent are pretty boring anyhow. These aren’t worse.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Sexy curves.. 🙂

CTo@Arch
4 years ago

Honestly I give the Melo one thousand Kudos!!
Not only are they providing the best “BANG for your BUCK” housing in the urban core, but also their ARCHITECTURE is superior to all the other local developers who specialize in “RENTAL” (MILTON for example). Most of the people in this board should understand that a “RENTAL” will never be a CONDO, and judging this building base on a “RENTAL CONCEPT” shows that it is not bad at all!! I’ve been following the Melo since they started, and both this and Square Station right across are a HUGE improvement to previous works by the same company.

Anonymous
4 years ago

i wish I was a Melo 🙁

Yohan Perez
4 years ago

If we can forgive them for putting that hideous soviet bloc building Melody behind the Arsht center and ruining that image forever, we can applaud them for the transformation they are doing to edgewater.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I google mapped this area an can not believe this area is not booming right now. So much land so many empty lots right next to downtown it amazes me. I don’t think the building is ugly it’s just nothing special about it. In Miami we don’t get the beautiful brick building because of the climate. We have to add balconies to add value down here but I really makes the buildings ugly. Without balconies i’m sure they could do something more beautiful, like One Bayfront Plaza.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I like the curves on the sides and down the towers, but the parking garage like Station Squared, is splotchy nonsense which looks awful even when concealed in the middle.

Ryan
4 years ago

Does the dark part of the design on the side look like a ummmm…. Nevermind

Miami Hottie
4 years ago

Look, the area is still a shithole, but every single one of these buildings helps the area change. From 5 years ago going forward in about 2-3 years, traffic will be significantly worse, and its already bad.

Anonymous
4 years ago

In a few years, you wont be a hottie, but neighborhood will be on fire.

Joel
4 years ago

That a hideous building, not going to lie.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It might not be the best looking, but Melo is doing what literally no other in Miami has, which is build urban housing within reach of an average Miamian, which I believe supersedes the design. Once you have 400 people living within those few blocks, the neihgborhood will have some life and others will follow with more. Thank you for making city living attainable melo!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Forget em, a lot of these people were happy with looking at nothing but blocks and blocks of empty and trashy weed covered lots.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Terrible, but better than the wasteland that there is now.

Alpina
4 years ago

melo, from ugly to uglier…they are 100% garbage. a mid range product doesn’t have to be so crappy

anon
4 years ago

No one else can build a building like that and get such low rents. There’s a reason it’s not beautiful. They’re doing something we need, affordable units

Procalc
4 years ago

You and people that think like you are exactly the reason why developers deliver such a poor product that lacks on good taste and descent design… because there is always another mediocre that buys mediocre products. At the end you get what you pay for. I totally agree, inexpensive doesn’t have to be tacky.

Anonymous
4 years ago

How many projects have you developed, Procalc?

Hilux
4 years ago

I am an architect that has done work in both an architect’s firm that does high rise residential, and i also worked with a developer not on this resent boom but in the previous one and i have to agree Melo’s project at least from the architectural point of view are disappointing and has little to do with budget.

Anonymous
4 years ago

any proof on the low rents? I’ve seen lots of people cite this…

Anonymous
4 years ago

I want to agree. Lived in a Melo building once, the pool deck was just an expanse of painted concrete. Couldn’t be bothered to put a single potted plant or even place to sit down. Price was right but only because the entire area is overpriced.