Melo’s Twin 35-Story Square Station Towers Top Off In Under A Year

Melo Group continues to build faster than anyone else in Miami.

Foundation Work for the developer’s 35-story twin-tower Square Station started last October, and the project has already topped off.

The project wasn’t even approved before beginning construction. It was recommend to be approved by Miami’s Urban Development Review in March, and approved by the office of Zoning in April.

Each tower will have 355 units, for a total of 710 apartments. Prices will range from $1,600 a month for a one-bedroom to $2,500 for a three-bedroom.

As part of approval, the developer is building 96 workforce housing units and a public plaza. A 913 space parking garage is also included.

 

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Andreas K
3 years ago

You can have affordable rentals OR groundbreaking architectural design with exquisite finishes, PICK ONE. Melo has a finite budget to create a product for their end user, in this case, the working class. How many times do we have to have the same discussion?

If you want mostly high end buildings (like Singapore or Dubai), you need to have a population with high income, which means high paying jobs. Maybe we should focus on attracting Fortune 500 companies to Miami, instead of bitching about design. SMH

Anonymous
3 years ago

Or you can have common materials with good solid design, not glitzy starchitecture, but not painted stucco concrete blocks either.

Andreas K
3 years ago

Which building would that be?

Anonymous
3 years ago

If only everybody else can be at this speed. Including county leaders.

Anonymous
3 years ago

love it!!!melo is almost solely responsible for that area developing into a important part of urban core….i imagine art plaza will be starting foundation work very soon as lot has been cleared…go melo!!!

Marc305
3 years ago

Melo is definitely doing their part, now it is time for other developers to come in and start building. That will diversify the architecture, make this area more dense, and make this neighborhood thrive.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Dense” is great if you have adequate mass transit like NYC. It’s a nightmare when you have a 900+ parking garage with no effective mass transit that will be adding more traffic downtown.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Absolutely. The masses seem to forget that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Plus, cars are a huge financial drain. Not having to own one is a huge savings!

Anonymous
3 years ago

You can throw a football from these apartments and hit the School Board Metromover station. It’s literally next to the property. If residents still want to drive for a trip that can be competitively served by transit, well that’s their choice. Mass transit in Miami isn’t where we need and want it to be, but saying there’s “no effective mass transit” for these residents is just not true. They can easily walk/bike to the mover, metrorail, free trolley routes, metrobus, and soon brightline AND tri-rail.

Gene
3 years ago

You’ll find similar buildings in Moscow or Beijing. Housing for the mindless masses. No thought put into the design, no individuality, but IT’S CHEAP RENT.
Be careful what you wish for kids.
Miami’s slums of 2040.

Anonymous
3 years ago

and where do you suggest those mindless masses live????

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey Gene, the Melo Group told me they waited and waited for your designs to lead the way in that area…but they ran outta patience and couldn’t wait for you any longer and decided to start building.

AndrewN
3 years ago

They have a pro-forma. They built what they could within that pro-forma. These units are not going for $3000-$5000. We should be celebrating they are building housing for the people who actually live in Miami rather than condemning them for not building housing that becomes 2nd and 3rd homes for the wealthy who just visit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What are they going for ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Damn dude, can you read?!

Anonymous
3 years ago

? You wrote what they are *not* going for. Is it 0-3000? Or 5000+?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazing how fast you can build cheap, shoddy buildings with essentially no architectural design. Stacked shipping containers would be far more interesting. Melo is quickly destroying the little design integrity that Miami has. Shame on them and the city design board’s approving this crap.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I applaud them for providing the ONLY affordable housing in Miami. It may not be the best quality but these buildings are meant for the short term, not generational quality.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“… not generational quality.” Is that another way of saying “not built to last”?

Anonymous
3 years ago

i dont understand these angry viewpoints…every major city on earth has apartment buildings that look far worse than melos buildings and not every rental building could or should have some unique design feature that may please onlookers….the most important thing is vibrant communities where there was once vacant lots and no one builder allows the average miami resident to live in the downtown corridor…

Anonymous
3 years ago

“… not every rental building could or should have some unique design feature that may please onlookers…” Why not? Why can’t aesthetics count?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because your reference of what “looks or does not look good” is not everyone’s reference.

Ilovearchytectures
3 years ago

I agree, a building is a building, that anger is narrow minded
How much variance you can have in a building…. balconies, windows and walls!!!
They might differ a little but at least it’s better than a crack users empty lot
(:-)

Anonymous
3 years ago

Is this a sarcastic post?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Stacked shipping containers? I have some gripes about the architecture, mainly the parking garage, but I wouldn’t go that far. At least it’s not a box and the rest of the building looks like it has order.

Anonymous
3 years ago

People who are getting flooded out on Miami Beach will take them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nah, they’ll just pay up for all the necessary infrastructure if the big one hits. Maybe Irma scared some people straight, but you’ll still have naysayers unless disaster strikes.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Seems more likely to get flooded in Brickell than Miami Beach.

Marie Scotto
3 years ago

So far the BEST building by THE MELO GROUP. About time someone starts providing housing for the middle class in THIS CITY. For too long has the middle class been absent of our downtown, with projects such as these, this problem will be fixed!! Keep bringing them Melo!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Residents at Melo’s Melody tower are happy with quality… who are making these negative comments?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Source..?

Anonymous
3 years ago

As a resident I can say it’s quite nice, but Im probably not nearly as wealthy as most posters here.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You’re so modest……..

Anonymous
3 years ago

I can tell you based on first hand experience, that Flagler on the River is a complete mess of construction issues