Miami Innovation Tower Could Be Break Ground In Less Than A Year

Construction on the Miami Innovation Tower could be underway by this time next year.

Developer Michael Simkins told a local news outlet that he intends to break ground on the project by May of 2016. Construction on an office building would begin 18 months later, while an apartment project would break ground a year after that.

The Innovation Tower is a key component of the Miami Innovation District, which aims to attract tech companies to a nearly 10-acre area of Park West. Simkins told Local10 that the district ‘as we currently have it, would not work’ without the Innovation Tower.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, whose daughter is running for Dade County mayor, opposes the exterior advertising on the project. He has said that he will introduce legislation next month to block the illuminated mesh skin of the tower.

 

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Grato
6 years ago

Ms Regalado should move to Montana. I really think she should be involved in a village of no more than 200 inhabitants.

Anonymous
6 years ago

This is besides Skyrise, one of the most promising projects to transform downtown into a vibrant, illuminated city and Ms. Regalado is opposed? Where is her sense of urban design and dynamism? We should all oppose her. Just the mention of her name gives me the creeps. Please ban her

Anonymous
6 years ago

How does building big towers, heavily subsidized by the tax payers, with little intrinsic economic purpose, accomplish anything for downtown? Little more than flash in the pan.

Anonymous
6 years ago

1. Neither is significantly subsidized by taxpayers. 2. There is value.
3. Both adds millions in property tax revenues, for starters.
Please read a book on the subject.

Anonymous
6 years ago

We are all doomed if Regalado is elected

Anonymous
6 years ago

Miami mayor Thomas Reglado said that he would introduce legislation to block the illuminated mesh skin of the tower” WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marc
6 years ago

Ms. Regalado is also against getting TriRail to downtown siting already to the Airport Station being good enough. Short Sighted is her middle name.

REinMIA
6 years ago

So sad to see these would-be leaders do everything in their power to stifle innovation and big thinking. It is almost as if they don’t want Miami to prosper. Say what you will about the architecture of Skyrise or the mesh skin of this tower (though I love the freshness of it personally), but they are projects that take a chance and in the process make Miami a more dynamic and interesting place. If we all have to approve of every architectural design of each and every building that is built, we will have a vertical version of Weston not a city. Do you think the bold designs of Chicago a century ago were universally loved? Hell no. I don’t even think the city should have a say.. If we stifle innovation, we stifle the very life blood of the city. I will never vote for either Regelado or any other of the Braman proxies.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Them Regalados ARE NOT GOOD for Miami future get rid of them boOo booo

Anonymous
6 years ago

It’s ironic to think her (Regalado) whole platform is to bring high paying jobs to Miami. Does she for one minute think that by blocking these high tech, urban progress projects is the way to go? It just makes me laugh. I will do all in my power to campaign against her. She should have no saying in anything related to urban renewal. The sound of her name signals incompetence.

marc
6 years ago

Her idea of bringing in high paying jobs is the mega mall in west dade.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I really really hope all you guys show your frustration at the polls when it’s time. Complaining here won’t do much. No to regalados!

Anonymous
6 years ago

i agree it is important that not only people on this site but all those that we can get to the polls do because it is not only this but transportation moving the civil courts out of downtown and anything that means progress and jobs for the urban core and the city . when she looses this election she will probably run for Mayor of Miami so stay vigilant !!!!

marc
6 years ago

That’s right. Another thing Regalado is for is moving the civil court out of downtown because it’s hard for citizens to get to downtown. What a genius.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I dont really like the thought of a huge advertisement building….but realy Reglado’s daughter is a moron. We should not be a mayor of any city she shouldn’t be allowed to govern anything bigger than a condo association. She is nuts and cynical at that.

Anonymous
6 years ago

typos all over the place, sorry, She shouldn’t be the mayor of any major city and should not be allowed to govern anything more than a condo association*.

Jz
6 years ago

condo association board?! hell naaaaaw!!!

Just say no
6 years ago

LED billboards are illegal in Miami-Dade County. Isn’t that a hurdle?

Anonymous
6 years ago

regaled the father was for the advertising towers in the omni area right by the performing arts center and now he is against this project. he says its different but all it is that his daughter is running for MDC mayor and i guess her campaign is to oppose everything and file law suits she is becoming the candidate of no!!!!!!!!

Downtowner
6 years ago

There is already an electronic billboard in front of AA Arena that run adds, a few more along I-95 & I think also 836. Not sure how much of this will be visible within downtown & if the amount of light emitted will bother neighbors at night?

Regalado-less Miami
6 years ago

Regalado means a gift…She thinks that the mayorship is a gift to her as she is the defender of the old way. Miami is a beacon, a lightning rod to the south as to how new innovation in a free market system works. If Miami is to embrace the new it needs the infrastructure in place to advance itself. Political Infrustructure too, not the politics of special interest for the small group. The law suite against SkyRise Miami will be dropped because it is baseless and Norman Braman will focus more on Marco Rubio and his chances to become President as JEB stumbles. Mayor Regalado’s changing of laws in Miami against this project will pit Overtown against the Mayor and his dwindling special interest group and will expose his hypocrisy further to which the other commissioners will not ratify. In all cases, the Regalados stand on the wrong side of progress. In time the best gift will be the exit of both Regalados

Anonymous
6 years ago

Regalado’s opposing of the LED advertising on the innovation tower is comical at best. He might as well “introduce legislation” to have the asphalt-gray color of Miami-Dade streets “blocked” and to force them all to be painted lime green.

Believe it or not, this is NOT a banana republic, it is still within the United States of America. As such, an elected official does not get to be a tyrant and demand that all things be done according to his own personal whims.

RunRabbiRun
6 years ago

Is everyone who comments on here a shill for Sarnoff? Or are he, the wifey and a few of their “consultants” doing the commenting?

marc
6 years ago

Or how about no to both of them. No to nepotism

Anonymous
6 years ago

Oh please, just because everyone agrees this development should happen does not make them ‘shills’. There is a real opportunity to bring in a great commercial tech village to downtown Miami and the irony of it all is some politicians daughter who wants to be a politician is against it… against bringing jobs and bright flashing lights.

BRIGHT FLASHING LIGHTS? This is Miami.