Miami Beach Approves Deal To Build Second Tallest Tower In The City, With 3 Acre Park

Miami Beach commissioners voted yesterday in favor of finalizing a deal with Crescent Heights to build a tall luxury condo tower in South Beach in exchange for a public park, according to the Herald.

When completed, the Arquitectonica-designed 44-story tower will stand at 519 feet. Only the Green and Blue Diamond towers are taller, at 559 feet.

A total of 410 luxury units will be built. The developer will be permitted to rent the units on a short term basis with a minimum of 30 days, but condo owners will not be able to rent their units short term despite zoning in the area allowing it.

The skeletal remains of the South Shore Hospital, which has been an eyesore for years, will be demolished within six months of zoning approvals or 60 days after a development agreement.

As part of the deal, the developer will fund construction of a new 3-acre park and other public benefits. The city will pay for a bridge to connect the park to the baywalk.

Completion of the park is required with 2.5 years, while the tower must be completed within eight years.

 

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Azarius

Super happy this went thru another transformational project to highlight Miami plus a new Park!

Anonymous

The park connected to baywalk will be amazing, but hopefully it doesnt take 8 years as mentioned before – no mention of the timeline yesterday?

A. Nonymous

At the end of the article it says the park must be done in 2.5 years, the tower in 8.

Anonymous

incorrect, part of the park has to be done in 2.5 years with the remaining part having to be completed in 8. How much of the park has to be done in 2.5 years I dont know.

Anonymous

My bad just saw that!!

Skank del Hexxxio

Great addition to the City of Miami Beach

peej

This is great news!

Now if the City would improve the pedestrian bridge design to something more iconic & fitting to South Beach…the angled columns are a nice touch, but otherwise this could be built anywhere.

Anonymous

A huge “park” on a beach… yeah, another dumbass idea that only some brainless people in MiamiDade would think is appropriate. Now watch how empty this park sits.

Go ahead, thumbs down vote me….

peej

Your optimism is appreciated! Thumbs-down incoming…

This has nothing to do with Miami-Dade County–it’s a Miami Beach issue, but nice try.

Anonymous

It has nothing to do with my “optimism.” I read and watched people raise a lot of stink about wanting the “Miami Circle” park.. and then we read how all it did was turn into a big doggy toilet for Brickell’s residents. Way to go there Miami with people’s tax dollars.

And by the way, I thought Miami Beach was in MiamiDade County so do other people get to be on this park besides the people who live on Miami Beach? Maybe you know something I don’t.

Market Urbanist

What is your point exactly? Or do you just like to bitch?

Anonymous

Hey stupid-ass Market Urbanist, can you read or do you just like jumping into other people’s conversation because you love getting pimp slapped?

Anonymous

“Maybe you know something I don’t.”
Yes, apparently so..FYI Miami Beach is not park of City of Miami, just like City of Coral Gables is not part of City of Doral.. So it’s safe to assume you do not live in Miami beach and did not vote or have any say on this project.

Anonymous

What?.. please make sense when you write something. “FYI Miami Beach is not park of City of Miami,” I have no idea what that means. I said “Miami Beach is in MiamiDade County.” And being so, your tax dollars will go toward maintaining this park. Get it, got it, GOOD!!!

Anonymous

Easy easy!! It’s only a park buddy no need lose your marbles over it, its obvious you do not live in the beach so just worry about your nearest park. now breathe!!

Anonymous

O’looky, another unpaid moderator looks to put his two cents in. Now stop worrying about what other people are talking about and go back to sleep in your rocking chair.

Anonymous

Beach =/= Park. Green space is a park sand is not a “park”.

Anonymous

Of course sand can be a park. They dont have to be “green” in color or folliage.
What are they teaching kids in school?

Sometimes parks can be brownish and rocky like the Grand Canyon National Park.
Sometimes parks be sandy with water like the Biscayne Bay National Park.
Sometimes they are full of Micky water like Everglades National Park.
Sometimes they are concrete like skate parks.
(All of this should go without saying.)

Anonymous

South Pointe Park is extremely active. Lummus Park is extremely active, there is nothing to suggest this park wouldn’t be too.

Polo

Great project, but they should tone down that hot pink. I also hope this project doesn’t take 8 years to complete. My impression was that they were to start construction in 2019.

Polo

What does hot pink has to do with LGBT ISSUES?

Anonymous

You crazy. That hot pink is the best part of it. Like Miami Vice (Heat) new jerseys. This is the new Miami. I’m all in!!

jefferson brackin

Consider the generational impacts of strengthening, leveraging and protecting this asset. Russell Galbut is building resilience and has started a movement on Miami Beach. This is the tipping point…

Stale Durhack

Only old rotten two faced scum bags like Frank or Gayle would be against such an incredible project. Fast track this.

Mark-Anthony Barnes

The integration of the crossover for the Baywalk completes this overall good design making it worthy of the front seat section it will now occupy in the city. I’m not at all convinced that the pink path shown in the above picture 2 will be crossing the road where it is currently shown. It is more than likely going to be integrated with the regular pedestrian crossing shown in white. I could be wrong, but don’t think I am since I am relatively certain state law has something to say about stop signs and signage at all pedestrian cross walks. For that photo to be true would require either (1.) Two stop signs in the space of what looks to be not more than 25-40 ft or (2.) A regular stop sign at the West Ave section along with yellow flashing lights and a big sign in both directions just before the pink cross walk intersection. Renderings always look so nice until you imagine all the laws/regulations that need to complied with that aren’t being shown in the picture. Now if we can only get the city to also muster the courage to take on the Alton Road fly-over and… Read more »

Anonymous

The park would make a great Metrorail Baylink stop.

Anonymous

Got a name for this puppy?

Anonymous

Mansi? Puppy!

Valerie

To Me the most important thing is if the abutters are happy. Anyone can have an opinion they don’t have to live with. This project is long overdue the condition of the site was an insult to the community and an embarrassment to Miami Beach

Anonymous

ugly capital records building

Anonymous

oblong vs. circular, 44 vs 14 stories, steel and glass vs concrete. Other than that an exact duplicate

Miami Fan

Another Park? Really? Miami Beach has no shortages of Parks.

This is just to monopolize the condos and hotels that are already in place to charge astronomical prices.

Anonymous

the condo was going to be build, just a question of whether is was going to be spread out over 2 blocks, or all contained in one vertical tower on one block, with the city getting the left over block as a park. So the amount of condos is the same, no difference, and the city gets a free park to boot. Seems fair to me.

Anonymous

Miami Fan, you’re absolutely correct.