Revealed: Developer Planning 649-Foot Towers Designed By Rafael Viñoly With 1,441 Residences

Update: New renderings have been added.

Developer Crescent Heights has submitted plans to build a giant mixed-use complex next to downtown Miami’s under-construction Signature Bridge.

The developer is combining property they own with adjacent land owned by the School Board of Miami-Dade County for the project.

Rafael Viñoly architects is designing the new towers in the shape of an S.

The project is currently known as 1370 NE 2nd Ave. It is proposed to include:

  • 1,441 residential units
  • Amenities spread over five floors
  • Offices and an auditorium for The School Board of Miami-Dade County (totaling around 100,000 square feet)
  • Offices for Crescent Heights (19,673 square feet)
  • Ground floor commercial
  • Nine levels of parking

The towers will top off at 43 stories, or 649 feet – the maximum permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the area.

Amenities will include a bowling alley, indoor basketball court, indoor lap pool, and indoor running track.

Plans hint that the residential units could be either rental apartments or condos. A ground floor space is listed as a leasing/management office.

The proposal also shows that three levels of parking will be open to the public, with the remaining six restricted.

Under terms of a preliminary deal announced in 2018, 600 spaces were to be given to the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, with those spots to be shared by the School Board and Arsht Center patrons.

The developer is opting for review of the project by Miami-Dade County under their Metromover Subzone zoning rules. The move allows them to bypass the City of Miami’s more restrictive Planning, Zoning and Design review.

 


Previous design for the towers:

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Anonymous
1 month ago

We all know parking is a necessity and podiums are inevitable but damn that shits ugly…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed. This is an awful, awful design. The large floor just snaking like that is awful.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In my opinion the three building or (S) design would look much better if the buildings were not connected.

Anonymous
1 month ago

New renderings really show off how awful the garage podium is.

Azarius
1 month ago

The previous design was actually good! And to think this was done by a Starchitect smfh must be very low budget

Alpina
1 month ago

The budget has nothing to with a very bad initial design. It is obvious the architect is only pleasing the developer with maximizing the number of units and the programmatic elements. However, he is not being respectful with surroundings, pedestrians, street interaction….and every human and animal with eyes…

Anonymous
1 month ago

LOL, the previous design looked like a twin tower correctional facility. Are you crazy?

Alpina
1 month ago

Sadly the previous design was so much better. If we really have a board, the city should not approve the atrocity of lack of design

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami Urban “Planners” are salivating at the notion of approving all that parking

Anonymous
1 month ago

The planners hate parking. The commissioners who have to approve amendments to the zoning code (e.g. abolishing parking minimums) LOVE parking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Better than anything by Related or Melo.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thay podium is ugly as hell. It has no connection to the street at all. At ground level, it will be a dead zone.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Correction That podium…

Bandit
1 month ago

Ugh, what a gross design, and look at the size of that parking pedestal…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Vinoly seems to have missed a few lines of code. Very low chance this gets built like this. They want to cantilever past the setback literally above NE 2nd Ave? haha! There is also a maximum tower plate size of 18,000 SF and 180′ long. The enclosed amenity spaces with trees are cool, but the massing and lack of setbacks is a no-go.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That is why their are going to try to get it approved at the County level….not rules by Miami 21

banana republican
1 month ago

the older design was better, that podium is hideous and overwhelming in a prime location

Anonymous
1 month ago

🤮

Anonymous
1 month ago

To everyone complaining about the City and Miami21, did you not read the part where they are bypassing the City and seeking County review due to a transit jurisdiction loophole? Be mad at the County, not the City.

Too spread out.
1 month ago

Definitely violates Miami21.

Anonymous
1 month ago

STOP BUILDING SO MUCH PARKING

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why are people so opposed to parking? You have to park cars somewhere!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Did you try driving around during Art Basel? It was a nightmare. Building more parking encourages more single occupancy car trips. We should be building and incentivizing transit usage instead.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha that’s funny. “Should”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. people who don’t worry about parking where they live don’t want other people to have a place to park.

Azarius
1 month ago

Building less parking DOSE NOT TAKE AWAY cars from the road. Ppl love to bring up NYC but forget to mention the taxis that took over the city and kept traffic horrific!! Taking away the option for people to be able to privately transport is going to hurt the city! Everyone doesn’t like being forced into massive crowds and dealing with the general public. So please each making spaces for me to park my car!

Anonymous
1 month ago

No one said take away existing parking. They said stop adding parking. Are you saying you plan on purchasing/renting a condo/apartment at every new development therefore every new development needs a car space just for you? I highly doubt that. Tell me when and where you’ve struggled to find parking in Miami that wasn’t during a peak event like Black Friday or a concert or sports event? The reality is there’s plenty of parking for everyday needs and to build more parking to accommodate a few events is insane. The traffic will only continue to get worse if the car to condo ratio remains 1:1. When people drive, transit ridership takes a hit, then the county uses that as an excuse to misspend your tax dollars on things other than transit, then we all complain we don’t have transit. It’s a cycle that needs to end.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Developers should have the choice to build without parking.
People should have the choice to buy/rent in a building without parking if they want to.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Where are the people attending Arsht Center events going to park?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Forget it.. you’re asking people that don’t have money or skin in the game.

Alpina
1 month ago

I would fire that architect the minute he shows me that preliminary design…totally careless, no street interaction, gigantic plain walls…just an ‘S’ on top of a big ass cube. The top has nothing to do with the podium…

Anonymous
1 month ago

At this point I’ll take anything that changes this area from a third-world sea of blighted parking lots. It’s been 20 years since the Arsht Center was built.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sorry but it’s true. This area has looked like crap for decades while hundreds of millions are invested in far-flung neighborhoods. This is DOWNTOWN for Christ’s sake.

Anonymous
1 month ago

To the rest of the neighborhood this will function basically as a two-block, 650’ foot wall.

Anonymous
1 month ago

To have this monstrosity built across from the performing arts center offering no interaction and being totally out of scale is absurd…..hell….even Melos buildings offer cafes and shops on ground level

Anonymous
1 month ago

“To have this monstrosity!”

Boy, you sure get hyper-inflated don’t you?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks Ugly!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Another korny comment.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Its going to be desolate walk around this building with not a single retail or restaurant space on the first floor.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean “quiet?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

A 7’ setback for an 11 floor podium is not appropriate. It is going to be extremely uncomfortable to walk next to this monstrosity with so little distance between a huge vertical wall and moving traffic.

Miami21 needs to be revised to ensure that pedestrians are given an appropriate amount of space next to large buildings.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami21 requires a 10’ minimum setback for this area.

Paul
1 month ago

So they’re asking for variances on all sides of the building it seems. The 7’ setback is actually technically the largest setback for this proposal with the other sides overhanging the sidewalk and even hanging over the street! Viñoly should be embarrassed to have his name on this.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They’re not asking for a variance under Miami21 because they are skipping the City and being reviewed and permitted under the County. Not sure what the County’s setbacks are.

Anonymous
1 month ago

RTZ zoning exempts it from Miami21

Magazine
1 month ago

How much did Miami spend for a ‘signature bridge’ all to have every view of it blocked unless you are literally driving on the bridge?

Anonymous
1 month ago

FDOT spent $818M.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Views are not blocked.
They’re enhanced by the density of surrounding towers

Anonymous
1 month ago

You should learn more about the refurbishing and modifications to I-395 between the waterfront and I-95.

Anonymous
1 month ago

my thoughts exactly

Anonymous
1 month ago

That podium is a disgrace. People are excited by the densification of Downtown, assuming that, with more homes and offices, we would have more life, with residents walking, in short distance, to restaurants, offices and services in general. A tower with 1441 residential units, occupying the entire block, should have its ground floor all occupied by restaurants and shops. As projected, there will be an immense deserted and lifeless sidewalk. Note 5 for the tower (it’s not an art object, but it’s not a crate either); score 0 for the podium, sorry.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How cruel.. people won’t be able to shop and go a restaurant anywhere in the area because this project won’t include a place to shop and eat.

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

The ground floor for this is commercial

The next 8 floors are all parking.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Hmm idk, non-Melo buildings in this area aren’t materializing quickly. Estefan tower still hasn’t started.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is Uni-Tower on 17th street in permitting.

Azarius
1 month ago

Bring back the previous design!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Chucky and not in a good way. Two towers would look better.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The previous design was infinitely better. Why.

Anonymous
1 month ago

F
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Anonymous
1 month ago

Another korny comment.

bob
1 month ago

Terribly Ugly. Ruins the Bridge and other more delicate structures

Anonymous
1 month ago

“more delicate structures?”

Miami is a hurricane prone city, so I don’t understand why anyone would build a “delicate anything” there?

Anonymous
1 month ago

At first I thought it would be shaped as an ASS, which would be a lot more interesting than this boring design.

Anonymous
1 month ago

🍑

Anonymous
1 month ago

Viñoly is slipping.

Anonymous
1 month ago

He’s been slipping every since that hideous concrete telephone pole a.k.a. 432 Park Avenue, and car-melting walkie talkie a.k.a. 20 Fenchurch Street.

Anonymous
1 month ago

He won the Carbuncle Award for Worst Building in 2015.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The tower itself is ok looks wise, though nothing spectacular….or “iconic” as everyone has to use in Miami these days lol…..but that podium. I’m a supporter of parking, but they could have at least TRIED to disguise the podium to some degree. They didn’t even attempt to in this set of renderings.

Budding Bureaucrat.
1 month ago

I like it it reminds me of Edificio Copan in Sao Paulo

DJL Cyber
1 month ago

Similar design.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It reminds me of El Focsa in Havana

DJL Cyber
1 month ago

Reminds me of a building from Singapore. I’d say build it because we definitely need a diversity of architecture.

Anonymous
1 month ago

#MiamiWinning #JustBuildIt #Density #Infill #IHateBuzzwords

Connor
1 month ago

I actually like it. I think they need to include ground floor retail if they aren’t already but other than that its great for the area. Is it my most favorite design ever….no but its something different in an area full of skinnier towers. Fills in a god gap in the skyline when looking from the water and i really like the the larger floor in the middle.

DJL Cyber
1 month ago

Same here. It actually surprises me that people would dislike the building like crazy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

But why do you need the gap filled in?

Anonymous
1 month ago

If it was designed like Natiivo, they would love it.