Photos: Overtown’s Block 55, Which Will Soon Be Demolished For Sawyer’s Landing Vertical Retail

Below are photos of the Overtown lot known as Block 55 that will soon become a construction site for the Sawyer’s Landing project.

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency awarded the property to a developer last year, who plans a vertical mixed-use project with retail and residential.

 

 

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Anonymous

Swerdlow Group and Arquitectonica should be sent back to the drawing board on this one.

Anonymous

We need parks, but in the right locations.

AndrewN2
Anonymous

Third from last is not too bad?

AndrewN2

Look at who we beat out..Chicago and New York. Both cities have world-renown parks.

Anonymous

Except are very walkable, with good transit, and not filled with ugly boxes on parking garage pedestals.

Anonymous

No they just stink to high hell, and are dirty and nasty and have terrible weather. No city is perfect.

Anonymous

Nope, you’re right.. considering also right next door in the county we have one of the biggest federal parks in the nation, the “Everglades National Park.”

Anonymous

We’re 3rd from last place.

Anonymous

New York City – Land 468.5 sq miles, Population 8.5 million.

Chicago – Land 234 sq miles, Population 2,716,450.

Miami – Land 36 sq miles, Population 463,347.

Miami is not even close to the size of these two places. Plus remember, Miami is hemmed in to the west by the Everglades National Park and to the East by the Atlantic Ocean.

Oscar

If you’re going to use city population instead of county, you should definitely not be citing Everglades National Park

Anonymous

Miami population should never just be the city of Miami itself we all know everything is basically included from surrounding areas

Anonymous

Actually the city of Miami is not hemmed up to Everglades, city of Miami border only runs just past airport north to around 79 th st and south just past the grove

Anonymous

Yes, demolish those horrible blighted trees and all the rest of them in the city. We’ve destroyed most of them, let’s eradicate the rest as soon as possible.

Anonymous

Pictures of trees?

Anonymous

Is this building really going to be half billboard?

Anonymous

Trade rare green space in the City of Miami for some generic big box stores and a parking garage.

Paradise indeed.

Anonymous

Right. I mean this green space was so highly utilized. What a shame to put affordable apartments there instead.

Anonymous

True.
>115 workforce housing units

That will certainly be a nice addition. Hopefully these are 2 and 3 bedrooms for families.

The other 400 will be “market” rate.

Anonymous

Thank you for your decent and logical response. I would have responded with a not-so-polite one….
Some people…

Anonymous

The only thing highly utilized in this land was the mangos to give nutrients to the homeless. At night it’s just a bunch of druggies with no pj’s giving bj’s

Anonymous

How would you know?

Anonymous

surely just a concerned citizen who went on a “fact finding” expedition

Anonymous

He’s one of the druggies.

Anonymous

Should be a park

Anonymous

I swear, Miami is the only place I’ve seen where some people think that everywhere should be a park.

Anonymous

It’s because they aren’t enough!

Anonymous

I agree we need more parks, but just in the right places and existing ones utilized better. Bayfront, Museum, and Lummus Parks are minutes away, but they’re wastelands.

Anonymous

Guess you haven’t seen very many places…Miami ranks 43rd out of 51 major US cities in park space per capita.

Anonymous

Show us your sources

Anonymous

Miami has the Atlantic Ocean next to it and some people want to compare this city in park land to land locked places somewhere like Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, or kansas just to name a few and as examples.

Anonymous

In the county of MiamiDade there is the giant Everglades National Park.. all for your enjoyment whenever you want to go and wouldn’t take long to get there. How many times have you been there?

Anonymous

Everyone should have parks in walking distance, not driving.

Anonymous

In that case, why not right outside their door?

Anonymous

I’m honestly all for more parks in downtown (and often one of the ones complaining about not having them) but this just isn’t a great site for one… it’s right up against an elevated highway on one side. That’s not really conducive to the peace and quiet one likes to enjoy in a park.

We do need more parks in Miami… but in the right places… just having them somewhere so we can have “more” doesn’t really help anyone.