Miami Wave Proposed With Hotel, 550-Foot Observation Wheel

A $400 million hotel and observation wheel called Miami Wave is being proposed to fill the FEC slip in downtown Miami.

MiamiEye Development LLC has hired a lobbyist to push the plan, according to Biscayne Times.

The observation wheel would rise 550 feet. The hotel at the base would follow a design patented by Miami resident Haskel Mayer, who is also a partner in the company proposing the plan.

There may also be space for two museums in the project, Mayer told the paper.

The FEC slip is nine acres, and has been used to dock boats since the 1890s. City officials are now considering an RFP to lease the space for marina purposes, but say development there isn’t being considered.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Save the public waterfront!!! Say no to this monstrosity. Stop the giveaway of prime public real estate to developers and private enterprises.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I say yes to the project it’s not like we won’t benefit from it. It’s not like its a condo where unless your rich they won’t even let you in the building. I think it’s beautiful an would be a nice addition to the water front.

SC
2 years ago

What are you afraid of? Progress?

Anonymous
9 months ago

I’m afraid of losing valuable waterfront. Valuable to the people of the city.
Why pave over the bay which makes Miami special. there are plenty of sites available. this is greed at the expense of the fabric of the city and ruins the waterfront.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Put this on Watson Island, since those developers haven’t picked up a shovel.

GBA
2 years ago

Hahahahahaha-oh wait, you’re serious?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Now this would be perfect for Watson Island along with a nice park. I think it’s best to be there so it’s not blocking any views and your looking at the whole downtown and Miami Beach area. I hope their reading this and go after that property instead, I think it’s a win win for them the city an residence.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Watson Island land is already spoken for.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The county took the land back from the developer.

Anonymous
2 years ago

no it did not, it failed to in court and now the developer is sue for damages!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Spoken for by whom?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’ve seen a lot of observation wheels that are beautiful but none like this. It would be one of a kind something different I hope It get built. Knowing Miami it won’t get approval but can you imagine if it did? With this project along with MWC, 1000 Museum, Skyrise,signature bridge, river walk project, Genting and the rest of the downtown projects Miami would look amazing! If all these projects get built I see our skyline being top 10 in the world!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agree

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not going to happen. Ever.

The towers across the street will fight this as they should.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then put it somewhere over there on Virginia Key.

suomynona
2 years ago

Horrible suggestion.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ill tell you where they can put it. It don’t shine there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Put it in Broward. They don’t know any better.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I live in Broward…and you’re absolutely right. LOL

Gene
2 years ago

You bet we will. This is ludicrous.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah just like you fought Ultra.

suomynona
2 years ago

And Ultra agreed to pay more in rent, reduce the number of days the park is closed by two thirds, reduce sound levels and have a cutoff time for concerts.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What do you know, do you own across the street from this proposed project or are we or do you just have opinions with no merit.
Awaiting your answer.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Go get Parcel B built

Anonymous
9 months ago

All this well connected developers should stop taking public land in the name of progress. Only few green water front public spaces keeps shrinking

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not a lover of overdevelopment, but this is a beautiful and unique structure. Finally something imaginative for Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

STOP THE GIMMIC NON SENSE AND LET GENTING BUILD A CASINO F RICK SCOTT

Anonymous
2 years ago

Rick Scott was actually supportive of the project. It’s the folks up in Tallahassee that won’t give them the license for gambling

Afi Keita James
2 years ago

we Floridians want big huge casinos and the skyrise building.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh look, somebody who can tell everybody in Florida what they want and don’t want.

Okay, king Afi Keita James

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you walk the water front often, you know why it would be fine to fill in the slip.
Look at the map.
That cut out collects trash, collects plant life that rises to the top and shrinks like hell in the the summer.
Filling in the slip would IMPROVE the waterfront and keep pedestrians from walking all the way back to Biscayne blvd.
Pedestrians would have a straight shot from museum park to Bayside and beyond.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um yeah, you got it all figured out.

Polo
2 years ago

Fantastic project that should on the Skyrise site near Bayside.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No, none of this should be built.

Anonymous
2 years ago

And to think we had Beckham ready to fill in the slip and create a continuous park/baywalk from the PAMM to the AAA behind his new stadium….if RCCL and the condos were able to scare him away, this gross looking thing will never happen.

Anonymous
2 years ago

All major cities have this.. why can’t we..

Anonymous
2 years ago

I like the design
All you haters of this project can’t see beyond.
This would be a catalyst to make downtown a vibrant area.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Observation tower? Miami is Flat, go up 3 stories and you’ll see it all.
All these comments Glorifying this, goes to tell how easy it is to bait the General public.
With just a render everyone jumps on the bus with no explanation on details needed!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Such a short cited comment. Its genius.. since the invention of the ferris wheel how many have copied yet non have reinvented. Hate the idea or love it… the designer of this wheel should be celebrated!!

Dan Wilson
2 years ago

If there was something that would solidify Miami as a Top 10 city in the world, this is it!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think this would be such a great thing to bring to Miami. It’s so innovative and well thought out. This is something futuristic and such a great idea!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not gonna get built. Save the waterfront.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Save it to do what?

James L.
2 years ago

All the people hating on the project don’t realize what this thing will do for their property value… this project is a must!

James L.
2 years ago

All top tier cities have their own unique attraction, this is what Miami needs!

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s what I said about Genting’s Resort Casino!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Definitely a major plus for Miami.

B. Osborn
2 years ago

What an amazing and novel idea. An engineering marvel!! Mr. Mayer should get an award for such a beautiful design. I hope this passes.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It has its merits. The London Eye is a major tourist attraction. Before it was built overlooking the Thames, many thought it wasn’t a fit aesthetically with that ancient city. This one planned for Miami is much more ingenious and a better fit for a city more famous for tourism than the arts. What would be cooler yet is to combine it with this idea, a giant wave pool for surfing, an idea that has been “floating” around since 2007: http://bit.ly/2KUBNav

Anonymous
2 years ago

That Ferris wheel in London still looks out of place to me.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just curious, but do you have a problem with “The Egg,” because some people think it “looks out of place” too? http://bit.ly/2IZMbMw

Anonymous
2 years ago

Someone thought it was a good idea to take the Ferris-wheel out of the amusement park and put it in London’s skyline where there’s iconic structures like the London Bridge. Now, while the “Egg” building looks odd in my opinion in London, it does function as a commercial building in a financial district, unlike something taken out of an amusement park and placed centerfold in one of the worlds most renowned city’s architecture.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful project! Never seen anything like this…. Miami skyline needs something original.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Stop filling the harbor with buildings.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Harbour?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Explanation for you……the bay….okay you understand now 🙂

Katie
2 years ago

How awesome would it be if something this special was where we call home!?

Gary
2 years ago

Amazing design! Gorgeous project and beautifully situated to enhance our skyline. Tourists and locals alike will have another unique destination further emhancing our amazing city. Congratulations to the visionary designers who are bringing this to life.

Nyc john.
2 years ago

Too many talkers. Not enough doers. Build it. Fix the whole bayside area as well it is dated. Clean up downtown build more hotels in that area with rooftop bars. Make it a vibrant destination.

SC
2 years ago

OMG. I absolutely love this design. How creative and forward thinking.

Magazine
2 years ago

I think something similar to Chelsea Pier, on the west side of Manhattan, would be great for this space. Perhaps not enough money in it that a luxury hotel / condo may provide, though.

mondocondo
2 years ago

At least there you have something to see once you get in the air. Cheers.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

Chelsea Piers is a great project because there are so many things to do when you go: ice skating, bowling, gym, indoor soccer, gymnastics, parks, food, views, boat excursions, and just walking.
I’d love to see something of that calibre in Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, for whom???
Not enough people in Miami for that. You guys have to realize that downtown is still a ghost town.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

Chelsea Piers attracts people from all over NYC because there are THINGS TO DO when you get there and yes, even parking.
If you want more people in downtown, give them reasons to be there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bowling, ice skating, gym……as if you can’t do all that in Akron or Milwaukee. BFD

Magazine
2 years ago

Going to guess you haven’t been to Chelsea Pier. It’s a magnificent project and attraction for many. Rock climbing, fitness facility, indoor soccer fields, basketball, banquet center, etc.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Am observation wheel with full amenities is a better proposal than a soccor stadium , and more parks. Miami is an outdoor city.. how many more green spaces will stay empty except for the homeless. If you want people to come, you need to give them a reason to come. Something unimaginable .. iconic

caspmct
7 months ago

First that ‘iconic’ guitar-shaped hotel, and now this. how many ‘icons’ of bad taste do you people want? And what is innovative or interesting about a ferris wheel? They’ve been underwhelming people for centuries. You sound like someone who hasn’t actually set foot in a park in years. Miami does have some decent open spaces (finally), but we should fight for waterfront that serves everyone, and against cheesy tourist bullshit that just enriches tasteless developers, greedy investors and corrupt local officials.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The condo owners were able to shu away David Beckham when he wanted to build his stadium on this site hoping to create the same feel they have in San Diego with the Padres Stadium. More than likely they will put up a fight against this project too, because you know, it is ok for them to obstruct the view of all the future buildings that will be built behind them, but it is most certainly not ok for a new building to do the same to them… Freaking hypocrites!

Anonymous
2 years ago

what?

blocking the view of hypothetical buildings is not the same …

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah because Panorama and Miami World Center are all hypothetical… Idiot!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I always thought taller buildings should be built to the back and be stepped down towards the water. Capital cities preserve their view corridors to major buildings and monuments all the time; coastal cities should do it too with coast lines and major bodies of water. Both at the street level and in the air.