Related/ROVR Propose 3 Towers To Replace Downtown Miami Parking Garage

Related Group and partner ROVR Development have submitted a proposal to redevelop downtown Miami’s College Station Garage with three towers.

The three towers are being designed by Arquitectonica. They feature an “iconic” design cascading at different heights with asymmetrical curves that will be illuminated at night, the developers say.

The height of the three towers will range between 39 and 48 stories.

The project is proposed to include:

  • 1,200 rental apartments (average units size: 722 square feet)
  • 1,357 Miami Parking Authority parking spaces
  • Residential amenity spaces
  • Ground floor retail, with a potential fire station, urgent care, and art center

The existing garage is a seven-story building with 1,439 spaces. The new development would have eight full levels of parking.

20% of the apartments will be reserved for low-income households at or below 50% of AMI and 15% of the project will be reserved for workforce households at or below 140% of AMI; the remainder of the project will serve market rate residents.

Completion would take 60 months after the developers close on the property.

The developer are proposing a 99-year lease, with rent payments during construction. After completion, the MPA would receive a portion of the net cash flow.

A partnership between Terra Group and Apollo Global Management has filed a competing bid. An MPA committee has ranked the Related/ROVR proposal first, according to the Real Deal.

The MPA’s Off Street Parking Board is scheduled to vote on the proposals at a meeting on February 2.

 


 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

Iconic like triplet hoes

Anonymous
8 months ago

Too cluttered – terras proposal looks much cleaner

Anonymous
8 months ago

Agree

Anonymous
8 months ago

I might like this one better if the balconies lined up, the cladding was all glass, and the parking pedestal didn’t look like a text message bubble orgy.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Very crowded. I think this proposal would look better as two, taller towers. Why would anyone want to live looking directly into another building that close?

Anonymous
8 months ago

The same reason people bought into Icon Brickell, where you can see somebody else’s toilet from your windows.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Is it weird that i find this fascinatingly ugly yet also very cool at the same time. I say build it lol

Anonymous
8 months ago

Agreed

Anonymous
8 months ago

Why three towers that have so little spacing between them? This property can have close to 1,800 units by-right, they should build that so there is more affordable and more income to the city.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The development community is definitely trolling us now with this “iconic” nonsense.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well, I kinda can’t blame them. After all, we were gullible enough for the word “luxury” being slapped on absolutely everything.

Anonymous
8 months ago

three cheese graters

Anonymous
8 months ago

Pretty, but awkward looking. And only 18 loungers by that tiny pool? Imagine the battles.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The two proposals are so different that it is difficult to compare and decide which one is better. The city should establish the competition criteria so that a fair comparison can be made, orange with orange, apple with apple.
Terra and Apollo’s proposal is for two 52-story towers, 856 apartments, 1533 parking spaces, 181,000 square feet of office space and 16,000 of retail.
Related’s proposal is for three towers of different heights (
39th and 42nd floors? But isn’t it three?), with 50% more residential units (1200), less garage (1357), no offices and no information on the retail area.
What’s best for the city? Sincerely, I do not know. They are so different proposals that I find it impossible to compare.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Which ever had affordable housing. That’s what miami needs

Anonymous
8 months ago

What’s best for the city is more housing and less parking.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It would be replacing a parking garage. It needs to have sufficient parking to serve the nearby buildings that were constructed without it.. (loft 1 and 2, centro, etc)..

Anonymous
8 months ago

I disagree.. Why would you need to compare it apples to apples? The best way to get creative is to give bidders the freedom to come up with different proposals. I’m sure they do have some guidelines they need to abide.

Realtalk Reilly
8 months ago

That College Station parking garage does not have as many available parking spots as advertised, due to a situation that I assume will continue with the new building and garage.

Currently the top three floors of the garage are used exclusively by the occupants of The Loft I and Loft II buildings across the street. Reason being, “The Lofts” project was originally supposed to feature three buildings, The Lofts I, II and III. The third one was the largest of the three and was going to include a parking garage to accommodate residents of all three buildings (I and II have no garages).

However, the market crashed during construction and the third building never got built, leaving residents of the first two Loft buildings with no parking. So the developer arranged a deal (which I guess has been continued by the condo association?) to lease spaces at the College Station city garage across the street.

Meanwhile the space across the street from this garage where The Loft III was supposed to be built, the long lot along the east side of NE 2nd Ave between 2nd Street and 3rd Street, is still undeveloped.

I wonder why (a) they never finished The Loft III when the market came back, or (b) why these developers aren’t more interested in building on that lot instead, where they won’t have to demo an existing building and deal with the city as their landlord for 99 years?

That parking garage is a very heavy-duty concrete structure. Demo and debris removal is going to cost a fortune. If I was a developer looking to put a building there, I’d put it across the street on the vacant lot.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I currently live in Loft II and you are correct, the associations have continued a contract and we pay MPA for the use of the garage. We have about 500 units in Loft II and roughly 400 in Loft I. For those of us that live in downtown but work outside of downtown a car is necessary and imagine the number of cars about to be parked in the surrounding streets just from these two buildings once this garage is gone. Not to mention there is also a shuttle service to the Port at this garage and now that cruising has started again we are seeing the cars fill up the garage. Nights the the Miami Heat plays downtown is so congested it can take 45 min to come down 2nd Ave from 11th to 3rd and many of these cars are parking in this garage. I hope no one is foolish enough to think removing the garages will remove the cars. It’s just going to cause more frustration with traffic as more cars circle around looking for parking. Parking garages may not be fun to look at but let’s face it, the public transportation system here is a joke, so Cara aren’t going anywhere anytime soon in Miami. Let the fun begin!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Related Group was the developer for Loft 1 & 2. So they worked out a deal with MPA so the residents could park in the garage to get out of their promise of Parking in Loft 3. Now they have this proposal which may or may not eliminate the parking for the residents of Loft 1 & 2. You have a very good question to be answered as to why they didn’t pick up where they left off with Loft 3 when the market returned.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nice looking towers

Shawn Kouri
8 months ago

It’s going to have affordable housing. This makes downtown Miami more accessible, and low income families can live in downtown. The funny thing is that it doesn’t even look like an affordable housing complex. I wonder if this is going to replace that affordable housing tower that’s next-door to the Wolfson campus

Azarius
8 months ago

For seniors which doesn’t make since when the college is right there!

Anonymous
8 months ago

LOL implying MDC students can afford housing or need housing in what is a commuter glorified community college.

Not Anonymous
8 months ago

also agreed

Anonymous
8 months ago

At or below 50% of AMI isn’t really low income and people will still complain and demand Homestead prices. The checkered windows make it look very cheap and nasty. Funny, a lot of Miami’s affordable housing developments at Metrorail stops look better than most everything Related/Arquitectonica excretes this side of the bay.

Melo is sigma and chad
8 months ago

Downtown Miami finally getting density throughout it. Just hope they keep these exact designs

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nice and different skin, but not “iconic”.

Arnold
8 months ago

Horrible concept like most Arquitectonica design

Anonymous
8 months ago

This one I like! Finally something different than the usual box!

Not Anonymous
8 months ago

agreed

eymay
8 months ago

what’s with people replying agree to every comment

Not Anonymous
8 months ago

what is wrong with it

Anonymous
8 months ago

Still the same ugly window and balcony placement from Arquitectonica, however.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I think it looks awesome.
Architectonica might finally be coming out of its design block

Anonymous
8 months ago

You must be working for them- bec you are whached. (!)

Anonymous
8 months ago

I dont think it’s bad or the best design but it is different from the ugly stucco boxes with balconies we are used to seeing. What I don’t understand is why the majority of the proposals in Miami are so bad? I have seen proposals in Tampa, Orlando that look better yet Miami’s offerings are 3 times as expensive! I guess the plan by developers when building in Miami is build cheap and sell high! They dont spend extra money on a better design because no matter how it looks they still sell.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Orlando and Tampa have n’t built a single skyscraper

Anonymous
8 months ago

Guess you haven’t been doing your research… youtube water street Tampa or look up real deal Orlando!

Anonymous
8 months ago

water street has high rises but they are not skyscrapers the same goes for orlando.both of these cities have a few nice high rises but nothing out of this world

Anonymous
8 months ago

I bet the boxes on the side are painted stucco too.. It would look dated in a heart beat!

Anon MIA
8 months ago

PLEASE STOP with that silly Iconic word.
We are not Renzo Piano et al
This is pedestrian Miami architecture.
Stop it!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Road Rage architecture Miami…. 11 negative shots. January 2022

Anonymous
8 months ago

Looks like a slum

Anonymous
8 months ago

Looks like Pokemon Diglet or Dugtrio

Anonymous
8 months ago

that looks horrible

Anonymous
8 months ago

This would look good in GTA tho

Anonymous
8 months ago

Can’t say it’s not different…

Lop
8 months ago

I would like to see the floor plans to know how separate are they. Not my favorite but this is an interesting proposal. No balconies!!

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s good to see a small local firm like arquitectonica get some exposure.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Keep the parking garage.

Elchichon
8 months ago

Architectonica 🥴
All of Miami will be designed based on a few knuckle heads. Bring in new ideas!

Connor
8 months ago

Call me stupid but I say we build both this proposal and Terras proposal on an adjacent property. Why not have both???

I just cant decide with proposal I like more. I like the design of both towers. I like how related is including affordable housing but I also like how Terra has lined the parking garage with residential units to “hide” the parking.

Connor
8 months ago

I’ve made up my mind! I know you all were very anxious to here my opinion so I have decided……that I like…………door number #2 the Terra/Apollo proposal better!