New Rendering Of Island Gardens Released, Settlement Deal Up For Vote This Week

Island Gardens has released a new rendering.

The project appears to have undergone significant value engineering, the new rendering shows.

Mehmet Bayraktar won approval in 2002 to build a twin-tower and retail project on taxpayer-owned land, but never built it. Only floating docks for super yachts have been installed, along with a private club.

Public access to the waterfront property has been closed off by Bayraktar for years. Miami normally requires a baywalk to be built behind any new development even on privately owned land, but none was opened to the public as part of the Island Gardens marina and club.

The developer is suing the city after commissioners voted to hold the developer in default of a lease for the land, which could cost the city $200 million should it proceed to trial. A settlement that would cost the city $20 million is scheduled to be voted on by commissioners May 9.

According to Globest.com, the project is slated to include:

  • Twin towers, 575 feet and 375 feet
  • 200 hotel rooms and 105 timeshares in taller tower
  • 300 hotel rooms in shorter tower
  • Shopping center with 221,000 square feet of retail
  • Parking garage with 1,500 spaces in three stories

 

 

Older renderings and a model:

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Anonymous

The New design looks like the typical Miami high rise. People driving on the causeway will see two square boxes.

Anonymous

I hope it doesn’t happen now.

Anonymous

Not impressed…

Anonymous

And we should be impressed. That’s prime land and deserves a signature building, not this boring excuse for a lack of vision and bucks to make it happen.

Anonymous

It is the most prominent space in Miami which could be recognized worldwide and this is what they come with???? Give me a break.

Anonymous

Smh huge disappointment to what this site can be not thrilled or excited about this new rendering, hopefully someone will wake up and go back to the drawing board

Anonymous

Hopefully the city will make them go back to the drawing board because no one else will.

Anonymous

Good luck depending on the city. They never saw a development they didn’t like.

Anonymous

uh huh.. right after the city ‘braintrust’ cleans off the lube from it’s collective arses after losing a lawsuit to kick this scumbag off the most precious property we have that’s been languishing since 2002 and blocked off from public access for years.

Polo

Watered down to the typical boxes you see all over Miami. The old renders look much better!

Anonymous

The usual Miami downgrade from the original amazing render switch. Everything proposed so far that I’ve seen since keeping track years ago have went from amazing to cheap. I want to see one thing built in Miami to where money isn’t an issue… 1000 museum is the only building in Florida worthy to be mentioned among other buildings around the world!

Anonymous

Including Brickell city center. Remember the very first renderings?

Anonymous

Aston Martin too…if it gets built

Anonymous

it is a “rendering” not a “render”

Anonymous

Even though I’m sure the city has made mistakes in this process, its time to get Mr. Bayraktar out of this project and give it t someone who will deliver, pay fair value, and create public benefit. At the end of the day it is PUBLIC land, and not a parking lot for the visiting richs’ toys.

Anonymous

yeah.. the city just tried that and got dry jail sexed !!!! pay attention !

SMDM

Agreed, but they are literally trying to settle a $200M lawsuit down to $20M because this is Florida and courts side with the rich instead of the public.

Anonymous

This guy gave Miami politicians a taste of their own medicine and overpromised while under delivering for years! Good for him, but bad for all of Miami…

Anonymous

Not worried with the design. It will probably change a couple more times before construction begins in 2050

Anonymous

Gee, you’re really an optimist….

Anonymous

sounds more like a realist based on recent history of this site.

SMDM

Look at Resorts World Miami at the old Herald site and Marriott Marquis at the old Miami Arena site… how long have those projects been out there and no progress? Even Marriott Marquis scaled down design 3 times and still no signs of construction any time soon. Anon is a realist.

Anonymous

They went from interesting architecture to mundane square boxes.
It’s so Miami…
Please don’t forget to highlight the cooling tanks on top. That will be total Miami signature and iconic

Anonymous

The City of Miami should take back the land…..

Anonymous

> Parking garage with 1,500 spaces in three stories

How about no. Take that $200 million and extend the metromover from Omni…

Anonymous

Did you read the article ? $200 million isn’t just sitting around for the county to use.

marc

Pay them the $20 million settlement and tell them to beat it. This land is worth wayyyyyy more than the sweetheart deal they paid for and sat on for almost two decades. This land cannot be turned in to anything less than a world landmark.

Anonymous

If by “significant value engineering” you mean completely different design.

Anonymous

No, it means designing and building as cheaply as you can.

Anonymous

I know what it’s supposed to mean, but here the after looks nothing like the before.

Anonymous

Literally every major project in Miami has initial renderings with curves or a unique design and then turns into boxes. Same thing with the Miami Convention center.

Anonymous

If the city allows this piece of crap to be built they should all lose their jobs. Truly some of the ugliest bldgs I have ever seen!

Anonymous

Destined ???? This shitty invented and languishes in it every single day !

Anonymous

This city is destined for mediocrity

Anonymous

Destined ???? This shitty invented and languishes in it every single day !!

Anonymous

The biggest carpetbagging scumbag to be shoved down Miami’s throat since MANA !!!!

Anonymous

Grow some balls and let them take the City to court. They have squandered a prime piece of real estate that the public owns for 20 years!

Anonymous

pay attention !!!! the city is now trying to figure out how to pay this scumbag a buttload of money because they sued to kick him out and lost !!!!!

Anonymous

I can at least say it’s good to see they are still going to build something there. I’m so disappointed that they won’t build something that will be a landmark for the city! In my opinion this is the best piece of land in Miami with views of downtown,Miami Beach and the port. I’m 100% sure the developer could have had a joint venture with another developer to make this something you only have to come to Miami to see. Instead you get the typical of Miami cheap watered down squares with retail as if we don’t have enough retail already. Sorry guys I’m just a little pissed! You had over 17 years just to come up with this crap!

Anonymous

looks like crap. Even the dock they put in looks temporary. What are they benefiting from taking 20 years to do anything?

Anonymous

He literally threw some sticks in the water and brought in a few double wides !!!! It’s a freaking trailer park !!!!

Anonymous

what a shame!!!

Lyin Ted

the old renderings are way cooler!

Anonymous

It is 2019. Autonomous vehicles are here. IoT and Smart Cities are around the corner. Soon we will have flying cars. Why are we still building like it’s 2007?

Anonymous

>IoT and Smart Cities

hype