Production Piles Are Now Underway At Twin Downtown 5th Towers, Each Will Rise 53 Stories

The twin Downtown 5th towers are now moving to the next phase of foundation work.

Contractor L&R Structural Corp. wrote on social media yesterday that production piles are now underway at the construction site.

The project is the biggest ever for developer Melo Group, which has a reputation for building fast.

Downtown 5th will include two 53-story tower, each rising 502 feet. In total, 1,042 residential apartments will be built in the two towers.

A parking garage will top off 14 stories above ground, and include space for 1,049 cars.

On the ground floor, a total of 12,506 square feet of retail or commercial space is being built. Miami Worldcenter is nearby with several hundred thousand square feet of retail.

Melo’s in-house team is the architect of Downtown 5th.

 

(photo: l&r structural)

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes,it’s better than an empty surface lot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Is it, though? There are so many other uses that could go here.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Like another museum?.. or how about a Ferris Wheel?

Anonymous
1 year ago

thank you, these people settle for anything just to fill a lot, I prefer an empty lot than another building that add nothings to this city.

Anonymous
1 year ago

YOU, “prefer an empty lot” but you don’t speak for everybody. There are thousands of us in this city who are tired of looking at these empty lots in the downtown area and beyond in Miami that’s been making the city look ridiculous for decades and decades. It’s time for a change bro and a lot of people are tired of waiting. So if you don’t like what Melo is building, there are plenty of small towns near the Alabama and Georgia border you can move to that are probably more accustomed to your taste.

Claudia
1 year ago

How about “YOU” buy these lots yourself and leave them empty!!!
Unless you own the lots there isn’t much you can do about it! Get over it!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s why we’ve been witnessing so many empty lots for so long right now. Personally, I’m tired and have been tired for a long time of all this “Land Banking” crap that’s been holding back this city for so many years.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The city needs to pass a law that discourages “land banking”.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Go live in a real world before commenting and bringing the blogger group IQ down.
You are suggesting that a private party pay property taxes and keep their lots vacant with no use at all in perpetuity?
At least a donated park has a public benefit.

Claudia
1 year ago

how you buy the land next time and you come up with a different type of use for it!!!
This is exactly what this city needs rental units in downtown for the workforce!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

No it isn’t. This is shout in your face ugly. The empty lot was a lot more subtle.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah.. Miami World Center was built to just depend on those empty lots in the area.

There must be a lot of people who live on farms commenting on this site.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Applicable to other areas.

René Gonzales
1 year ago

I don’t really understand the hate!!
Building looks just like any other downtown miami concrete block! The difference is that this one is Directed for the workforce of the city!! Kudos to the Melos!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I personally like what they are doing on the grounds!! Activating them with retail and a plaza!!

Lidia N.
1 year ago

I see people here talking about this site as if we are talking Brickell!! have you been by this area?! Kudos to the Melos for having the B@lls to actually invest and build here, this is literally in front of our “GORGEOUS” federal prison. This is a perfect building for this location. The fact that is a rental and not a condo makes it even more beneficial for locals trying to relocate to our greater downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

1000 more cars into downtown. Just what’s needed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah.. along with Brightline/Virgin, MetroRail, and MetroMover.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Truth

Anonymous
1 year ago

You act like all of the spaces will be used and alot of people will walk and take the metromover.

Anonymous
1 year ago

A lot of people already DO walk and take the metromover.

KRR
1 year ago

downtown is supposed to be busy…

Anonymous
1 year ago

MELO keeps raising the bar!!!!
whats your move now Okan!….

Sophia M.
1 year ago

this building will be a great for the local WORKFORCE of the city!!
way to go Melo keep them coming!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

I like it!!!! Keep it up!

Anonymous
1 year ago

More life to downtown! I don’t understand the people saying they rather have an empty lot. That’s just ridiculous and short minded. The building isn’t the most gorgeous architecture in the world but not every new building will be. It is absolutely a better option than an empty lot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not only that, this will also give people who need the jobs work building and maintaining them.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love Melo, I lived in a Melo building before, recently I went to one of the newly completed buildings in the Omni district and I was quite disappointed with the attention to detail and the weird floor plans for some of the rooms. I hope they don’t sacrifice aesthetics and workmanship to build fast….

Anonymous
1 year ago

** I hope they don’t sacrifice aesthetics and workmanship to build fast….

Hint they will.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They already have. This twin tower is doubly ugly.

Anon
1 year ago

** I hope they don’t sacrifice aesthetics and workmanship to build fast….

It’s their specialty!

Anonymous
1 year ago

LOL

Gucc
1 year ago

I don’t like the design either but honestly, what do you expect to be built across the street from the jail? It is literally next to it. I’d say it is fretty good building for that location. Though Okan tower would have been better built little far away

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow
So happy to see this moving forward. This area is in dire need of attention. Hopefully, this and Okan help to revitalize it

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank God this doesn’t seem to be slowing down Okan ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Complements the Federal prison, Centro, and future courthouse in an architectural ugly contest.

Anonymous
1 year ago

New York City has probably the first, second, or third best skyline in the world.. I hope you don’t think every building there is a thing of beauty.

NYC Loves Miami
1 year ago

Exactly! There are many public housing projects in Manhattan. Google NYCHA buildings in Manhattan and click images. If any of those buildings were announced to be built in Miami, some people on here will go into cardiac arrest.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Another Melonstruosity !!!?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Looks like something straight out of the East German School of Architecture.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes…

Ain’t it great!.. downtown Miami is growing and growing.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The only saving grace is that this POS will be largely hidden by Okan Tower from the north. For an incremental cost that is minimal, you can design things that make a city proud. This is garbage. Just like the piss poor “lighting” scheme at the top of the Panorama, which looks like a poorly strung up set of Christmas lights from Wal Mart. Do these two penny developers have no shame? I am an investor and a developer, and there are ways to do things right. This town is filled with builders that cut corners to an embarrassing degree.

PS- Can we just disconnect the Panoramama’s stupid lights if they aren’t going to make them right?

Anonymous
1 year ago

All that criticism but no examples of anything (if you truly are a developer) you’ve done in comparison.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Melo makes the ugliest shit

Anonymous
1 year ago

Luv me some Melo.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Downtown Miami winning!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Dollars to donuts once the Turk recognizes the writing on the wall (the back walls of Melo’s project)… they’ll pull the rip and flip cord.

Anonymous
1 year ago

if the cost of urban vitality is the occasional soviet block style tower so be it

Reinaldo Valdes
1 year ago

Nice project! To house our homeless!! Land Bank does not exists for workforce or low income housing!
Let OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LEADERSHIP GUIDING LIGHT OF MALICE, SELF SERVICE AND IGNORANCE LEAD US INTO BANKRUPTCY NEXT FINANCIAL CRISIS.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Boy am I glad you’re not in control of any political office.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I wonder what was Melo will be proposal and building next week. So far every proposal they have they have finished or started working on.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes.. and thank gawd they came to Miami!

Anonymous
1 year ago

When I first saw the renderings of the chosen new courthouse, Melo instantly popped in my mind.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We already knew Melo would top of their tower before Okan even started on ground work. Go Melo Go!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Should have kept the emerald lighting and glass apperance. But 14 floors of parking is nice.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Very poor design. Terrible finishes and Melo is horrible family. They look at you over the shoulder. They should be banned

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nuts. who rents these places? where are the jobs? Miami makes zero sense.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They’ll work at the Fortune 500 HQ’s and tech hubs located downtown. Oh wait….

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol lol^

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think a lot of people buddy up in these apartments. Having 3 people in a one-bedroom.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Maybe just a tiny drop of the workers that make up Downtown Miami’s daytime population of over 200,000?

Anonymous
1 year ago

….working at gov’t jobs, restaurant jobs, and luggage stores, all part of Miami’s low-wage economy. And FYI downtown workforce is really around 150K, and that’s small for a metro with 6 million plus. That’s about the same sized downtown workforce as downtown Cincinnati (2 million metro), and with 3 less F500 companies. Ouch!

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s what Miami World Center should be doing, attracting major companies, thus jobs/employees. So far, mostly condos and apartments. I can’t blame MWC however, since they’re just trying to sell off the various lots recouping their money along with huge profits. I feel like these stipulations should have been a part of the proposal at the very beginning when various concessions were given,for example the closing of an entire street.

POLO
1 year ago

Those condos on the south side of the Orkan Tower below 500 FT will be worthless.

Azarius
1 year ago

I really think these will be the future workforce housing pricing, the building will just be there to fill up the spots for all the ppl that want to be in the area but don’t have the funds for 1000 Museum, Okan, Paramount budget

Anonymous
1 year ago

Those mentioned are condos.. these will be mid-priced rentals.

Anonymous
1 year ago

POLO is used to seeing and going to empty lots and a boring downtown Miami.

manguito
1 year ago

the design is horrible

manguito
1 year ago

the design is horrible

Anonymous
1 year ago

short and ugly

fuck you Melo

Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you for such an intelligent and insightful critique.

Fredo
1 year ago

I enjoy blogging on this site. Unfortunately, you bring the average IQ down for all us bloggers.