Photos: Melo Group’s 60-Story Downtown 1st Rising Quickly

Developer Melo Group is moving quickly to build their 60-story Downtown 1st apartment tower, after two other buildings they completed nearby reached 100% occupancy, new photos show.

The shell contractor now appear to be near the top of a 14-story podium that will include parking spaces and lined with offices.

There appears to have been seven new floors added since August 20, when six floors were completed.

Downtown 1st will include:

  • 560 residential units
  • 2,925 square feet of commercial space
  • 12,930 square feet of office space
  • 453 parking spaces

The photos also show Moishe Mana’s 13-story Nikola Tesla Innovation Hub. Mana is spending an estimated $15 million to renovate an office building.

 

(photos: Aaron DeMayo)

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Anonymous
1 month ago

They’ve built a taller building in less time than its taken Mana to remove a building facade and gut an interior..

Anonymous
29 days ago

He’s been busy changing his mind on floor tiles…

Praise Melo
1 month ago

Thank Melo once again for having big d energy

Anonymous
1 month ago

Mana has come to a full stop on that project

Anonymous
29 days ago

A frown just spread across my face reading that they won’t be posting till Thursday 😭

Anonymous
29 days ago

Is it Monday and Thursday now the only days when we can see publications?

Anonymous
29 days ago

Eventually

Anonymous
29 days ago

I remember back around 2011 when it would update multiple times THROUGHTOUT the day. Now we are lucky if we get one day. Fridays stopped too

Anonymous
1 month ago

Topped off by Christmas

Anonymous
29 days ago

Consistency is the key to success…

Anonymous
29 days ago

its getting to the point i dont come to this site as often as i used to…..its too inconsistent

Anonymous
1 month ago

Meló just builds.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Every time I hear Melo, mine rises too!…then I think of Mana to get it back down.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Melo will complete this tower by the time TNM resumes publishing…

Anonymous
1 month ago

By the time Mana has begun renovating the existing building, melo has completed 10 towers , Mana moves at a snails pace

Anonymous
29 days ago

Again???

Anonymous
29 days ago

I’m still down for those 2 croquetas a day for the internship at TNM #justsayin

Potential Intern?
29 days ago

I’ll do it for free, I hate to see this site struggle I love keeping up with the articles + the comment section :/

Anonymous
1 month ago

This Melo project looks nicer compared to others, and it’s moving fast!

Anonymous
1 month ago

No surprise there! It’d be weird if it wasnt…

Anonymous
29 days ago

curious… 560 apts, and 453 parking spaces.
so that could mean 107 apartments will not have any parking, no parking for any of the office spaces, or commercial space and also no spaces for any guest parking of the tenants. Or shift some to commercial and even less to apartments?

I do love a walk-able place, but is this reasonable or realistic?

Anonymous
1 month ago

This area will look great once Mana wakes up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

While there may be a need for affordable housing, Melo’s lightening built buildings have exceptionally thin interior walls, narrow, dangerous garages, are crime-infested, with dirty hallways and elevators that smell like weed. Management and security in all buildings is poor. You get what you pay for.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is a TON of affordable housing in this City.
You guys need to visit other American cities like Seattle where you cant live near the core for less than a ton of money.

Anonymous
1 month ago

2:
I think one difference is that “we” love to show off our money in cars and bling.
Other cities find us “tacky”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tons of affordable housing? Why are rents so expensive if we have affordable housing?. there is affordable housing in opa locka but would you want to live there ?

Anonymous
29 days ago

Want and need are two different things.
Except for a lighthouse operator, no one NEEDS waterfront accommodations.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Then those who are forced to live outside of the core, need reliable transportation to get to it, not their personal, traffic causing personal vehicles.

Grady Muhammad
29 days ago

Yes I would, there’s part of opa-locka that’s crime free it’s the ugly apartments were most the crime happens. Slumlords collect money and don’t fix shit

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s just be honest, they just don’t want to live in Northside or Brownsville, steps away from Metrorail stops that take you right into downtown.

Anonymous
29 days ago

No because Govt Housing Projects have been located just off those stops. Not a great neighborhood amenity for the middle class.

Grady Muhammad
29 days ago

I do and did 2. Now I live in little Haiti close by a Future bright line station in the Magic City District

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not the first time you come over here and cry about melo buildings having thin walls and dangerous garages and now you made up a new lie: melo buildings are crime infested
Besides being a frustrated architect are you a frustrated code inspector ?.go and cry at the zoning department .city hall or the police station

Anonymous
25 days ago

All one has to do is check the police reports for Melo’s buildings. Do your research. The reports are numerous, ans include suicides and murders.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Mana hahaha what a clown

Anonymous
29 days ago

Relax your Mana boner.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please, stop Melo!!!
He is infesting our city with ugly, poor quality buildings

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ The “Pretty Police” is again, on the case…

Anonymous
27 days ago

Are you all shutting down? What’s with these “pauses” on pushing out new content?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The good news, Melo delivers at lightning speed; The bad news, he build mostly crap!

T G
1 month ago

They are satisfying the most critical need right now, and that’s affordable condo living. Tired of these luxury condos that go up and go for $3k+/mo for a 1 bedroom

Optimist
1 month ago

They could be better looking though.

Anonymous
1 month ago

the Meloville neighborhood by school board is pretty rough architecturally, yikes. But Melody and Downtown 1st aren’t horrible.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Aria is very nice.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Melody is a boring box, but at least not an ugly box(es), like Downtown 5th.

Someone that knows
1 month ago

No, they can’t. Because if they were better looking, they would cost $3K+/mo for a 1 bedroom like TG stated above. You can’t design a Ferrari and price it like a Camry. if you could, every developer would.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I just wonder what a person has to do to get hired by the “Pretty Police?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not being blind and appreciating nice buildings to look at.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not even close to true. Nobody is expecting 1000 Museum but there could be more consistency in the quality of design in the Melo buildings. Where he gets in trouble is where he tries to do something “different” like that god-awful grey painted form on Art Plaza or hideous logo on Square Station. Just keep it simple like Melody and they could all be fine.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Melody!!!! Are you joking!!!!
You must be the looser who designed it 😂!!!
That building is horrible
All other that came after look wayyyyy better including Downtown 5..
Melody is an ugly ass box

Anonymous
29 days ago

Hard to take your criticism seriously. “YoU mUst bE thE LOSER wHo DesIgnEd iT”.

k.

Anonymous
29 days ago

youre correct….that building should have been forced to have some style simply because its across from arsht …..its a terrible box

Anonymous
27 days ago

lol

Anonymous
29 days ago

Melody!!!!!!!!!
You must be on drugs!!!!
Probably one of the worst buildings by the Melo group, definitely one of the worst in the city!!
Their set of buildings along 14th are better in every way.

Anonymous
25 days ago

But can you explain why it’s an objectively bad design? The scale meets the needs of the neighborhood. They utilize the same lighting design as the Arscht Center to mirror it, and they even reflected the angles of the Arscht Center’s facade on the parking garage. It’s not a masterpiece but it’s fine.

What’s your argument for why the architecture is so bad other than it’s “boring” and a “box”. (Not sure if you’ve noticed, but a lot of high-rises are rectilinear. It doesn’t automatically define a building as “bad” architecture).

NYC Loves Miami
1 month ago

Miata is always the answer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Melo Group, you’re under arrest for constructing another ugly tower!”

– The Pretty Police

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Critical need or not, it’s still crap

Anonymous
1 month ago

never seen the crans inside the actual building before..

Anonymous
1 month ago

The same procedure is occurring with 830 Brickell.

Anonymous
29 days ago

True, and many others. The cranes and concrete pumps go up in the core/elevator shafts