Revealed: Developer Files Plans To Build Major Supertall Tower In Brickell

Plans for a new Brickell Supertall tower called Major have been formally filed with Miami-Dade County Planners.

Major is proposed to rise 1,049 feet above sea level, or 82 stories, according to the newly filed plans. The 1,049-foot height is the maximum that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved for Miami thus far.

Major is proposed to include:

  • 259 residential units
  • 50,490 square feet of commercial / food and beverage spaces
  • Approximately 250 parking spaces (stacked spots accessible by car elevator)

Plans show restaurant space on at least four or five floors, along with event space, wine storage, and a cigar room.

There are three floors dedicated to fitness, sports and wellness, including a spa with a mineral pool and champagne pool, a padel court, boxing area, and F1 and golf simulators.

A club house is also located on floor 35 with its own pool and party room.

The 82nd floor rooftop appears to be private penthouse space, with its own outdoor pool, pool house, lounge, and kitchen.

Studio Sofield is the design consultant, with ODP the architect of record.

JDS is the developer. A disclosure form lists Michael Stern as ultimately controlling 100% of the purchasing entity through a series of LLCs.

This building will be demolished to make way for the new supertall:

(photo: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
10 months ago

Not your typical looking Miami condo which is refreshing!

Azarius
10 months ago

JDs is serious about their developments and this would be a great replacement to what’s currently there! More density ‼️

Anon
10 months ago

And more density is desirable because…???

MEAN MACHINE
10 months ago

Because it’s better than scattered sparsity.

TobiasR
10 months ago

And it gives an urban atmosphere.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Lol…love your comment!

Anonymous
10 months ago

I guess, but its only 260 units. So its better than nothing but 260 units for 82 floors means this is going to be extravagence first, density second type building/planning, when in reality this city desperately needs proper infill and housing for general populace, not just luxury stuff.

Drac
10 months ago

Reality is, people who have or can get the money, build whatever they want and people can afford.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

yeah, it reminds me of those slender towers in Billionare’s Row

Hawk
10 months ago

Michael Stern is not a bluffer. He just topped off a supertall tower in Brooklyn. This feels legit.

Miami Native
10 months ago

Why the heck would turning Miami into NYC be a good thing?

Hawk
10 months ago

Because one building turns Miami into NYC.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I love it, hopefully they ramp up speed and get the shovels in the dirt on this one soon. We’re really about to see this rise with the Waldorf, Okan, Cipriani, Legacy, Southside, and now potentially Bayfront Plaza… buckle up!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Beautiful!
Keep building taller and taller.

Original
10 months ago

I agree. However, I don’t understand why the maximum height can’t be increased a measly 51 more feet to make it 1100ft? I can’t believe that 51 more feet will have an effect on a passenger airline jet that has to climb to an altitude of about 3000ft before approaching downtown and Brickell. It’s time that the governing body in Miami say to the FAA that this is what we are going to do in this city because we run it, and we’ll deal with you to make some concessions we think makes sense.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Are passenger jets the only aircraft that use that runway? I’m pretty sure the FAA has all aircraft in mind.

Original
10 months ago

Tell me this, which came first, the cities or the airports?

Anonymous Again
10 months ago

As a former Air Traffic Controller for the FAA, I’ll just say that you’re dreaming. If anything you should lobby on shutting down the runway or missed approach that interferes with the building heights downtown. Or you can try your luck with which came first, the chicken or the egg.

nonmous
10 months ago

^
Concerning downtown and Brickell, I’ll refer you to the anonymous comment below that spells out exactly how passenger jet planes take off and land at MIA.

Anonymous Again Again
10 months ago

I’m pretty sure they use their wings and engines.

Nancy
10 months ago

“that this is what we are going to do in this city because we run it” 🙄 bla bla bla Calm down please! You look ridiculous.

Original
10 months ago

Haha.. a “negative Nancy.”

MDC
10 months ago

You must be trolling…is that how you see things?…federal laws take a back seat to city laws? And “we run it”?…what a chump.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

Yes, these limits are pathetic

Anonymous
10 months ago

“Measly 51 more feet”? Have you ever run a marathon (26.2 miles)? But surely you have already run 5 miles. And whoever runs 5, runs 6 miles, obviously. And those who run 6, run 8. Those who run 8, obviously run 12. And those who run 12, run a marathon, 26.2 miles. But who runs 5 miles, runs a marathon? No, sure. Likewise, if the FAA approves 1051 feet tall for buildings, that doesn’t mean it could approve a measly 51 feet higher and go up to 1100 feet, or then a measly 100 feet higher, to 1200 or, why not, 2000.

Drac
10 months ago

^ Um, what?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Break ground and then I will believe.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

Yeah, there are like 10 supertalls pending but only 1 is under construction, so I take this one with a grain of salt.

Anonymity
10 months ago

It would be nice to see one of these developers actually follow through with his threat to build one of these super tall proposals instead of just talk about it. It’s getting a little embarrassing. 😡

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

true

Deep sea creature
10 months ago

which one?

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

the Waldorf

Anon
10 months ago

The fast approaching recession will end most of these supertall rumors. None have even applied for a building permit.

MEAN MACHINE
10 months ago

Oh look, Nonotrodamas has spoken…

Anonimity
10 months ago

Not so fast. One has to consider the level of seriousness these proposals were made in the first place.

MEAN MACHINE
10 months ago

^ Yeah, and I predict a fast approaching end to your financial situation and you”ll be rich soon.

Now go get it boy!

Anonymity
10 months ago

Already am, thanks.

ignoranymous
10 months ago

^ Only in your dreams…

Nope
10 months ago

This design resembles something you see in New York

NYC Transplant
10 months ago

Yes it does. The thing is that in NYC, balconies aren’t as valued, partially because they collect urban grit and the seasonality isn’t that favorable. As a result, designs are sleeker. This seems to manage that even with balconies. With Major involved, it should be a fun addition to the night life of the city.

s.k
10 months ago

Well, lots of balconies here in Brickell are used as storage. I’d rather have more living sqft than a balcony.

Anon
10 months ago

Less balcony doesn’t necessarily mean more sf in a unit. Exterior boundaries are separately limited.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Balconies tend to trap wind under and around them during severe storms. A clean design is much safer during hurricanes.

Anon
10 months ago

Clean design is safer during hurricanes since deck chairs aren’t blowing off balconies!

nonmous
10 months ago

^
You’re so smart.

During hurricane Andrew, it was reported that in a highrise on the twenty something floor in Brickell, winds picked up a couch in a unit and threw it like a dart clean across the street and loged it into the wall of another highrise unit.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The Art Deco-inspired crown fits in Miami well, too.

DWNTWNR
10 months ago

Only 259 units? Must be some large, multi-floor units. That’s very low density considering the height.

Dirt kkkr
10 months ago

Not sure what it indicates, but won’t be easy.

Transplant
10 months ago

JDS actually builds. Look at the West Brickell twin towers under construction or his supertalls in Manhattan/Brooklyn. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this be our first supertall if somehow the Astoria stumbles.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Your are correct JDS does build and very consistently. Considering that JDS and Michael Stern is behind this project I would call this one imminent.

Anonimity
10 months ago

Hope you’re correct. It’s a very pretty design from what I can tell.

Oi
10 months ago

Can’t forget Monad terrace

Original
10 months ago

“Studio Sofield is the design consultant, with ODP the architect of record”

Arquitectonica, take note…

JMR
10 months ago

Not the Champagne Pool!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Yeah, the Champagne Pool where you can swim, get drunk, and drown!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Somewhere an 80s cocaine cowboy is smiling.

SLJ
10 months ago

It’s not literally champagne. It’s just hot mineral water tub.

Anne Anonomous
10 months ago

Looks like another strong, confident design from JDS. The 888 address designation is a wonderful complement and I wish them the great success and financial good luck it represents.

Anon
10 months ago

Complement to what?

DracOriginal
10 months ago

To the Brickell skyline… keep up!

Carlosmbch
10 months ago

I’m most excited because one of Miami’s ugliest buildings will be demolished!! Praise be to God! 🙏🏻

Anonymous
10 months ago

Agreed, it’s terrible. But until Four Ambassadors is bulldozed, we will still have a major eyesore in Brickell.

North
10 months ago

I’ll take anything that exceeds 1000’ feet

Anonymous
10 months ago

Another supertall is announced. That’s nice and I tend to believe that at least some of the announced projects will eventually be built. But the current FAA limit is 1049 feet and by now, at least a dozen or more towers have been proposed at precisely that height. It’s time for this wholly artificial height limit to be raised significantly, to around 1500 feet or so. The distance from where planes leave the ground or touchdown at MIA is an average of about eight miles from downtown. Does anyone really believe that aircraft are endangered by a building that is 1500 feet in elevation but not by several buildings that are just 350 feet lower? Even the largest jetliners in the world can easily avoid downtown Miami, whether on final approach or ascending after takeoff. The planes do not pass directly over Brickell or downtown even when flying due east out of the airport or when descending due west toward MIA’s runways. And of course, there is far more than enough distance to veer away from all of the downtown area, with its tall towers, to say nothing of today’s computer-guided aviation technology and its ability to prevent disaster. The FAA is just another element of the massive federal bureaucracy and its height limits are completely arbitrary, not based upon any empirical evidence or objective safety concerns.

Dirt kkkr
10 months ago

Height limit may relate to emergency landings, takeoffs with engine failures, etc. I’d prefer not to see jets crashing into towers, so let’s let the FAA do its job.

nonmous
10 months ago

So you would prefer seeing passenger jets mowing down homes in some suburb?

Anonymous
10 months ago

What is this logic. This is honestly the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on this website.

nonmous
10 months ago

^ Here, let me help you.

The comment said:

Height limit may relate to emergency landings, takeoffs with engine failures, etc. I’d prefer not to see jets crashing into towers, so let’s let the FAA do its job.

Well, he’s saying if he has to see a jet crash because of an engine failure, he’d prefer not to see it crash into a tower. Okay.. if a passenger jet incurs engine failure when taking off from MIA, it has three alternatives to what it can hit, (a) Biscayne Bay, (b) a building on Biscayne Bay, or (c) a suburban area. Now, Dirt kkkr said “Height limit may relate to emergency landings, takeoffs with engine failures, etc. I’d prefer not to see jets crashing into towers.” I’m old enough to know and have seen most jets that fall out of the sky crashes into one or two story houses and most of those houses are not in an area built outside an airport like MIA, and that’s a fact! So that only leaves suburban a area to crash in during most takeoffs from MIA. So again, here’s my question to Dirt kkkr, would you “prefer seeing a passenger jet mowing down homes in some suburb? Because clearing an additional 51ft ain’t shit for an airline passenger jet if it already cleared 1049ft.. it can do that in the blink of an eye. Remember, we’re not talking about a human being jumping up in the air here.

So seriously, you need to get a little reading comprehension and logic.

Drac
10 months ago

Plus, doesn’t anything in the air has a tendency to fall down?

Huh
10 months ago

Low key looks like paramount

1987
10 months ago

Nice out of the Miami Box design for someone who wants to be in the thick of a City and does not really own a car. Very NYC in concept.

TobiasR
10 months ago

Top looks great, especially at that height! Looking forward to new renderings.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I hope they light it up, all buildings should have outdoor lighting in neon. Like the Miami Tower.

Glenn
10 months ago

I would be shocked to see one of downtown Miami’s newest skyscraper reaching the ‘mythical’ height of 1,000 feet. We’ve been talking about such achievements for many years now, to no avail. Let’s hope that this particular developer completes that achievement!

Shawn Kouri
10 months ago

I don’t wanna see drawings I wanna see Wenderings.

Original
10 months ago

Yeah!!! Like Shawn said.. I think….

Conno Sir
10 months ago

Is this the same site as the Swire BCC supertall?

Mrrrr
10 months ago

No

Conno Sir
10 months ago

Thanks

Anon
10 months ago

Swire is the 700 block on brickell Ave

BDub
10 months ago

A modern take on Beaux Arts style – base, tower, crown. Cool.

No Name
10 months ago

What color will the facade be?

Original
10 months ago

This building is a beaut. Can’t wait to see it in color.

Anonymous Joe
10 months ago

What did he pay for the site? Anyone know?

Anonymous Joe
10 months ago

The SCRIBD file is blurry, but my calculations say its approximately a 1M SF building. T6-48A-O only allows for 16.5 FLR and his lot + alley is roughly 26K SF so the building should cap out at ~430K SF. Where did the extra 600K SF come from. Am i missing something? Did he get Rapid Transit Zoning?

DWNTWNR
10 months ago

The “article” says County planners. It’s in an RTZ, so it can bypass the City and get approved by the County.

Dirt kkkr
10 months ago

RTZ intensity is driven by form only – the permitted box. Developer still pays city for ‘bonus’ height. Question is what parking was provided for?

DWNTWNR
10 months ago

There’s no limit on FAR, and the density is capped at 500 du/ac for the Brickell Station Subzone of RTZs. Parking minimum is 1.8 spaces per 1,000 sqft of commercial, so their 50,490 sqft of commercial equals 90.88 minimum spaces. There are no parking maximums for RTZs. Read the code.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Rather Tall Podium.

Is this a new name thing??
10 months ago

I like that hobo guy sitting on the bench, he’s the most non-crazy polite homeless person of all Brickell, hope he can stay there throughout the construction smoking his cigarettes.

Don
10 months ago

How does 250 parking spaces for 259 residential units work?

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

people have 0.965250965 cars.

Anonymous
10 months ago

250 for self parking. Most likely valet for second cars and visitors.

calivalle
10 months ago

MIAMI MAKING MICHAEL STERN A RICH MAN….