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Plans Advance For Brickell Supertall Towers By Foster, May Include Hotel

Plans Advance For Brickell Supertall Towers By Foster, May Include Hotel

The developers of The Towers by Foster and Partners in Brickell are moving forward with the project and submitted their plans to the city for approval last week.

The proposal includes:

  • Two supertall towers, at heights of 81 stories and 79 stories
  • 660 residential units (Option A) or 550 residential units/220 hotel rooms (Option B)
  • 1,162 parking spaces (some buried underground), 172-189 bicycle racks
  • 34,731 square feet retail/gallery/restaurant/cafe
  • La Puerta Del Sol, a public plaza on the ground floor

Revised plans to modify the 2004 Villa Magna MUSP were filed on November 28, meaning approval could come as early as December 28, if Miami’s Planning Department gives the green light.

The development team includes:

  • Developers: Corigin Real Estate Group, Florida East Coast Realty, and McCourt Global Properties
  • Design Architect: Foster & Partners
  • Architect of record: ODP Architects
  • Landscape Architect: H.L. Martin
  • Structural engineer: DeSimone

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

A new tall building without Architectonica, Related or Karp. It shows…

Anonymous
Anonymous

seriously..building actually looks good

Anonymous
Anonymous

World-class building in waterfront location.

Marc305
Marc305

This project seems to be better than the original Villa Magna. Especially because it will have the very first covered public plaza in Brickell. Having that shaded area will be nice in the middle of summer. The fact that both towers will be connected is also a nice touch. This is the last empty lot on the bay in Brickell so I hope it gets built.

aceraroja
aceraroja

The street ending in a public plaza on the water is the greatest thing being proposed by any of these recent projects.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Love the height, but developers need to get serious about transit by not building obscene amount of parking and instead lobbying for transit.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dude what are talking about? I’m not going to spend $1 million and up on a place only to see people like you try an make me take a bus or train because YOU want me to.

Get in the real world buddy, that’s not how it works.

Marc305
Marc305

Exactly! And that has been the case for every high end client I have helped since 2001. These are affluent people who are forking over large amounts of cash and they are no getting rid of their cars just because their building happens to be close to public transportation, period.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Don’t worry they eventually will, once it takes 40 min to get onto I95 from anywhere in Brickell. If rich New Yorkers use the subway it will eventually happen here as well. You can only build so many lanes on a highway.
I give it 5-10 years before it will take 2 hours to get from downtown to west Kendall/Homestead. That is a 4 hour commute each day. So I doubt that anyone would like to waste a half days worth of working hours stuck in traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Clap Clap Clap

Anonymous
Anonymous

Big deal… I’m still not going to spend a million dollars and up on a pad and not have a parking space.

Anonymous
Anonymous

you’ll need that parking space to park the car you wont be using cause you can get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time. There will be a tipping point where it takes longer to drive somewhere than to take transit. That is why NYC’s subway is successful. Mark my words.

Anonymous
Anonymous

NYC’s subway is successful because it’s cheaper and more convenient to move around town. You don’t have to search for a place to park and pay some exorbitant price for a coupla hours.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Soooo….let me get this straight. If I’m living in Villa Magna and I’m rich. It is going to take me 2 hours to get to Kendall/Homestead?? 4 hours round trip??? I mean I get it…to get to my job in Homestead to pick the tomatoes is okay because I drive there early, but the 2 hour commute from Homestead BACK to my bayfront Brickell condo is going to be torturous. I see what you mean.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re wrong
NYC was built with little or no parking. Miami is a huge parking lot. Not conducive for mass transit.
Mass transit takes effect when an urban center, emphasis on urban, grows its density. Not when highways and parking lots are built.

BDub
BDub

It’s the city’s and county’s responsibility to provide transit that people want to ride.
Recent headlines include 2/3rds of metro rail cars out of service, and 20% absentee rate for bus drivers.
I’m a transit support and sometime rider even. But unless local governments can get their act together, a dearth of parking is not going to force people to take public transit.

Martim MSK
Martim MSK

The transit in this city blows. I ride the metro most days to work and the cars are always non-functional, in terms of A/C, they are poorly staggered in terms of timing and because of that, always packed to the brim. Riding anywhere between 8:15-8:45 is more of a headache than a come up. The County should be ashamed of such a garbage product.

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

Maybe the owners don’t want to ride the transit but the consuelas that make their beds do.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Yohan is right, but that’s my problem with this building. Too high end and spacey. NO DENSITY for the heart of Brickell. It belongs in South of Fifth, not this location. There are enough units floating around like this already.

mondocondo
mondocondo

The City needs to end these phony-baloney MUSP “amendments”, that have no standards, and start applying Miami 21 uniformly. The hulking monstrous podium on a premier bay site like this is an obscenity. The hypocrisy of Tibor Hollo’s lawsuit attempting to subvert the 1111 Brickell Bay development that has the temerity to block some views of his Panorama is truly astounding. Villa Magna’s setbacks will be even more obnoxious than Hollo’s objections to 1111, leading to a cramped, crowded concrete canyon street scene literally one block from the bay. Jade Brickell by comparison is going to look like it’s set in a park. What a contrast. Maybe the planners in the zoning department need to get out of their city provided cars and walk on the streets some time. What a shame. An opportunity missed.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amen!

Anonymous
Anonymous

So, what they’re proposing to do with this one area really bothers you that much?

Miami21 is someone’s idea of how things should be built and structured. It shouldn’t have never been crafted and implemented for the city of Miami.

Oscar
Oscar

Wait… city’s shouldn’t have zoning codes? I mean, aren’t all laws and codes “someone’s idea?” What?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dude, Miami21 is someone’s idea, thought up to pacify NIMBY’s almost two decades ago. Miami already had zoning codes before Miami21 was initiated.

If you don’t believe me, do some research on your own about Miami21.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oscar, the guy isn’t saying cities shouldn’t have zoning codes. Let me paraphrase…i think he is saying Miami21 sucks. And, it does.

mondocondo
mondocondo

No, what is bothersome is that this project was approved as an exception to Miami 21, which would have provided for a more balanced podium – shorter, and with greater setbacks from the street. Walkability and the street feel are preserved under Miami 21. This is a huge advantage over these legacy MUSP approvals, where the podium garage is built right up to the sidewalk, and towers 14 stories in the air. Want to see the contrasts? Go look at the new Flatiron podium and then look at the buildings across the street. It’s like the Borg have landed. Or even worse, go see the new Panorama podium, which has absolutely no respect for the sidewalk or the street feel. That’s the point. People talk about ditching cars to walk and ride bikes to make this town more user friendly, but how are you supposed to do that when the City permits these monster podiums that crowd out the side walks and then squash the feel of the streets? The abuse of “amending” these ancient MUSP zoned projects has got to end. Everyone in the city is now committed to the concepts of Miami 21 except its own zoning department,… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dude, FlatIron has it’s own MetroMover stop. Brickell is blessed to have the MetroMover running through it. Hot-ass Miami is not conducive for much walking in the daytime in the kind of humidity it has. Stop making Miami out to be like some kind of other city that you think should be emulated. You wanna ride a bicycle in the streets of Miami?… I dare you. A lot of people are not that anxious to be walking around on crowed streets in the daytime in Miami, now at night, that’s when you’ll see the people coming out in very interesting amounts in Brickell.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nothing in brickell was built on a human scale because it was never meant for humans to live. It was meant to squeeze as many box shaped securities in as possible.

The city of Miami could not care less about green space, walkability or traffic taming.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not sure what you mean about human scale….but it is nice to walk around Brickell Bay Drive, past the art installation at Jade, along the waterfront and Biscayne Bay National Park, past St. Jude’s Church and take a relaxing stroll into the 9 acre Simpson Park, then over to the Underline park to buy fresh flowers on the way to Publix, then along Coral Way, past the Southside Elementary school and back to the 1201 Brickell Bay Drive area.
Southside is an A rated school…it would be nice if more people were well educated and knew more about the neighborhoods they rant about.
Sometimes its nice to walk north along the waterfront to jogging path around Brickell key, or the Mary Brickell Park, the Miami Circle, Bayfront Park, and Museum Park.

Ilovearchytectures
Ilovearchytectures

Excellent point!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lets get this built!

Ilovearchytectures
Ilovearchytectures

This building is going to block the views of the cheap high rise Tibor Hollo built across the street. Is he going to sue the developer like he’s doing with the one across from Panorama tower?

MiamiArchi
MiamiArchi

lol, he is the developer. Or at least part of the team of Developers

Ilovearchytectures
Ilovearchytectures

In that case, we see how much doble standar are in the building business

Anonymous
Anonymous

Florida East Coast Realty is Tiber Hollo!

Anonymous
Anonymous

He is going to sue himself. Damn me! How dare me!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Panorama Tower and the proposed Yacht Club at Brickell expansion are quite nice for Miami standards. These proposed towers are quite terrible for Normal Foster’s standards.

not marc
not marc

BUILD IT!!!

Ilovearchytectures
Ilovearchytectures

Looks like two out of the three towers from The Icon are making love or at least hugging each other

Look like stretched and rigid bands of DNA

If the same building is designed by architectonica half of the comments will be negatives

If we build more like this, around The Club at Brickell Bay ( 1200 Brickell Bay dr) we will be released from watching that ugly building built in 2005 by the same developer

Anonymous
Anonymous

It takes ~30 minutes to get from this location on Brickell Bay Drive to the bridge on Brickell Avenue, just several blocks away. Now, try adding several thousand cars with the addition of Panorama, this project, Yacht Club, etc.

I love the development on Brickell Bay drive, and hope they utilize the water way similar to how the waterway has been developed in Battery Park in NYC. But it is criminal that these developers are not required to put funds to a dedicated infrastructure fund.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Developers DO put funds dedicated to infrastructure. AND, the tax incremental financing programs keep some property tax revenues in the neighborhood EVERY single year.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They should reconsider those openings in the middle of the building. Echo Brickell and 900 Biscayne have similar openings; the wind is very, very high there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why would anyone want to live in a crowded rectangular beehive. I would love to see the queue waiting for the elevators during peak foot traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Few will actually live there. It’s another nice place to park South American cash. As long as bank CD’s are paying next to nothing, expect more condos.

Anonymous
Anonymous

#1. See the post above about all the nice parks and things to walk to and to see in the neighborhood.
#2. The highest paying jobs are in the neighborhood.
#3. Miami-Dade most educated population lives here.
#4. Huh? You would LOVE to see the elevator queue? Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The design leaves a lot to be desired.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I totally agree
Yes, we got the height but it’s still just another cigarette box building….