Photos: Former Riverside Site In Brickell, Now Closed

The Brickell waterfront lot that was formerly the home of Riverside is now vacant.

The public riverwalk is also now fenced off.

Riverside was a food and entertainment complex that opened in early 2020, with capacity for 2,000. It was not meant to be permanent, and opened by using a temporary permit.

Records show that a lien on the property was issued by the City of Miami in 2021 for a noise violation.

The property is owned by a company controlled by Carlos Mattos.

Mattos also owns the Tobacco Road property at 650 South Miami Avenue, with plans to co-develop it with Brickell City Centre developer Swire Properties.

Swire also plans a separate expansion of Brickell City Centre to another lot that is directly across from the Riverside site.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Lets dream a bit: what about a beautiful park by the river?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Annnnnd here we go with another “park nut!”

Se me paro'
1 month ago

Yeah, really. Another park open to the homeless encampments? No thank you.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol.. and nearby that area, we already paid for a huge doggy toilet.

Tom
29 days ago

Make the developer bend, MiMi has the goods… put a park on part of the property…. Parks are great … the beautiful people have a place to walk their doggies.. and successful people can lounge on a bench and have friendly chats….. just like they do in Paris,NYC,…..

Anonymous
29 days ago

Yeah.. this city elected people need to use their governmental offices to take other people’s property (all while using taxpayers money do it) and make this site a park where successful people (?) will soon complain about unwanted people who come there and dog shit all over the place. That is, if doesn’t sit empty most of the time like Bayfront and Maurice Ferre Parks (which both are right across the river from this site) and that stupidly placed and unused (to name a few) Biscayne Park. After the city of Miami should’ve learned a lesson when local elected government officials spent millions of the taxpayers dollars back in the day on another area nearby in the Brickell and named it the “MIAMI CIRCLE PARK” which sat empty for years with tarps over it, it then became a huge doggy toilet where people started complaining about stepping in dog shit all over the place. And now we see a few other clueless people come on this site clamoring for more “parks” after the examples of other parks in the area and nearby… GOT IT!!!

Market Urbanist
26 days ago

“just like they do in Paris, NYC,”…elitist cringe.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, I want another park for my dog. My Terrier wants more options open to her.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A park along the river a.k.a. south Miami Riverwalk AND a nice tower(s). Hopefully those mature royal poinciana can be relocated for shade, too.

Tom
29 days ago

Make the developer set aside some of site for park, if they will not do it, the next developer will! As for up keep ?add to Miami budget , puts people to work

Anonymous
29 days ago

^
Yeah, just use all that local governmental power and “MAKE” the owner(s) sat aside some space there for a park… and then make the taxpayers pay for it and pay for the upkeep of it.

That’s a brilliant idea Tom.. especially after people are already paying obscene high fuel prices for their car, depressing rent prices, and some overwhelming prices at the supermarket.

Sheesshh.. some of the smartest people in the world are on this site.

They call me...
27 days ago

There are several empty parks near this development site.

The one directly accross the river has plenty of unshowered homeless people…if that is your cup of tea.

There is another empty Riverfront park, 3 parcels toward the bay. Its very nice.

The park covering the entire circumference of Brickell Key is less than 5 block away and is terrific.

If you walk up the river 2 blocks the Underline park is cool.

If you walk up the river 6 blocks, Jose Marti Park is loaded with programing and excellent riverfront activities.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Another Ken Russell blunder. He should of pushed to let the Riverwalk section stay until the property owner decides to build something permanent. Now we are going to have a fenced off section for the next 10 years as this lot will most likely be used as staging ground for the new BCC towers.

Make America Smart Again
1 month ago

Do you expect people to take you seriously when you use “should of”? Seriously?

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

grammar lame

eymay
1 month ago

This is the comment section of an online blog dude, not a college essay

Anonymous
1 month ago

Does anyone take Ken Russell seriously? When he’s not talking about yo-yos, he’s making the city codes gender neutral. He’s just as bad, if not worse than Corolla.

Residents Ignored
26 days ago

And that creep Marc Sarnoff. Sarnoff and Russell are so useless to the public yet so valuable to out of town based developers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Another Ken Russell blunder. He should of pushed to let the Riverwalk section stay until the property owner decides to build something permanent”

Yeah.. even though it was just “temporary” and a “lien on the property was issued by the City of Miami in 2021 for a noise violation,” let’s just blame the black man for not doing everything in his power so the River Walk could stay open. Now this idjit doesn’t blame Carlos Mattos for any kind of snafu that happened with this project after he was given a permit to do it.. no, he calls it “another Ken Russell blunder.”

Geezzus.. I mean seriously, where do people like you come from?!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agree, but Ken Russell is white. He is currently running for Congress against some dimwit who can’t string a sentence together.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay, my mistake, I was thinking of Keon Hardemon.

Bribe dude
26 days ago

Keon “Pay to Play” Hardemon. That dude never turns down a bribe.

Anonymous
1 month ago

He’s actually half Japanese which makes him a poc.

Elizabeth Warren
1 month ago

Yes, all of us who have even 1% non-white genes are considered POC, thank you very much.

go marlins
1 month ago

Hahahaha this is like a line out of the office.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m a Democrat but this is why we lose. Always with the identity politics and Ken Russell isn’t black. The original poster was most likely referring to the pavers by the water since he mentioned the Riverwalk and not the entire property.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
If all Democrats think like you, then for the love of gawd I can’t think of any reason why they call themselves “Democrats.”

Anonymous
29 days ago

I’m a Democrat too and I agree with this 100%

Anonymous
1 month ago

Time to rethink your politics.

They call me...
1 month ago

Hahaha….he said, “Idjit” !
That’s great.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Well hurry up and build on it, dont end a river front venue and leave it empty for potentially years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hear ya. Plus, this plot of land has a big Metromover stop by it with a rail extension that can take you back and forth from the Brickell area to Downtown. And being next to the river, at least four towers should’ve been built on that land at least four or five years ago!

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean like the years it sat empty before the Riverside food and entertainment complex opened?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Geez that didn’t last long. Was able to go once and it was pretty cool. Lots of little nooks and areas to hang out. Had something for everyone. Brickell could use a space like that. It’s kind of a shame this in such a prime location is going to sit vacant. Right off the metromover too. Not ideal!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Another Mary Brickell Village would be a great addition

Ciparoo
1 month ago

But there’s already a Mary Brickell Village like 2 blocks away…?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Look Ciparoo, stop making sense on this site…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not sure if he means open-air retail and restaurants along the river topped by some towers, which is the best use of the land.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Yeah, turn this site into “open-air retail” that’s already right next to a huge semi “open-air retail” mall that have restaurants in it also.

Boy, people like you guys really make sense.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I will never understand people who move to a vibrant and loud area just to complain about the noise

Anonymous
1 month ago

I will never understand people who thinks someplace making noise outside that goes on until the wee hours of the morning and interfere with other people trying to sleep is perfectly acceptable.

They call me...
1 month ago

Play music and have fun….but please stop driving your Ferrari at 9k RPMs in Brickell at 2am.
That’s annoying.

Anonymous
1 month ago

*your rented Ferrari*

Anonymous
1 month ago

From what the article said – “a lien on the property was issued by the City of Miami in 2021 for a noise violation.” I know you’re trying to make a dumbass comparison but that has nothing to do with some people driving on a street in Brickell in a Ferrari at 2am.

Noise Pollution
26 days ago

Excessive noise, especially excessive bass noise, is painful to residents and to all animals.

Jack Ruan
24 days ago

This 100%

Anonymous
1 month ago

Where is the guy who’s always saying “Miami winning” on this site and doesn’t say “Miami losing” when he reads articles like this?

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should move all the Riverside restaurants to the parking lot in front of the FTX Arena, at least it would be better than a parking lot before they build something there.

Anonymous
29 days ago

And what about the restaurants in Bayside Marketplace and downtown?

Anonymous
29 days ago

Bayside Marketplace? You mean that trashy “mall” where only Latino tourists hang out?

Anonymous
29 days ago

^
Yeah, that mall.. you know, the one that looks like where you live.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Poor timing, they opened days before the pandemic in 2020 I believe.

Drac
1 month ago

I bet the Melo Group would love to buy and develop this site.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Please no. This site is too prime for their junk.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Does anyone know if there is any project to be built in there?

They call me...
1 month ago

Yes, there is.
But the developer isn’t going to announce anything until he gets renderings for Shawn.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

Joe CARollo
1 month ago

Redbike was cool there…

Anonymous
29 days ago

One of the biggest problems with Miami is that officials who are elected put things or allow them to be put in obtuse places. Case in point.. where Parrot Jungle, Jungle Island, and the Miami Children’s Museum is. Parrot Jungle and Jungle Island should be out near the Everglades, and the Miami Children’s Museum ought to be somewhere downtown next to a Metrorail or Metromover stop or just outside of downtown with a stop near it. ULTRA and all the other outdoor music concerts will go and be awesome at this site. But nahhh, this town love to put shit in d u m b a s s places and then wonder why attendance is very lacking at them and few people go to them, or complain about the noise they hear from them… smh.

Parks needed
26 days ago

So true. Watson Island should be a public park. Instead developers took it over. And Children’s Museum is just another for profit school. Ken Russell caved in to developers and up zoned Watson Island. Wait until the traffic gets worse there…

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is the perfect location for a Flea market. They should move the Opa locka-Hialeah flea market to this location. we need a flea market on Brickell

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh gawd. Might as well bring a Dollar General, Wal-Mart and Presidente along with it. Hell, let’s get a whole fucking Section 8 complex while we’re at it. That will really make Brickell shine.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I believe you have and love fleas?

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about a permanent farmers market like The Original Farmers Market in LA.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People, that site is prime for livable towers on it.. this area and towers built on it plus the Metromover stop nearby makes this site sell itself!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great idea, but wrong site. There are plenty of other underutilized blocks downtown which could accommodate it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. they should let somebody put and open another “Flea Market” there so the people in Brickell and Downtown will know where to go to buy cheap shit.

lol…