Revealed: Hyatt Proposes Three Downtown Miami Towers

Hyatt has submitted a conceptual plan to demolish their downtown Miami hotel and adjacent James L. Knight Center, in order to redevelop it.

The proposal includes three new towers, including two residential towers along the Miami River, along with a hotel tower. All would share a massive podium.

Hyatt already has a long-term lease on the city-owned land but wants an extension. As part of the proposed deal, Hyatt would take the lead in redevelopment while Miami would share in profits.

Miami’s Waterfront Advisory Board will review the proposal at a meeting April 10.

Kobi Karp is the architect.

 

 

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The future is bright
2 years ago

I’m literally stuck on the bridge right next to the Hyatt reading this 🙂 the existing building is extremely outdated and this would be an amazing upgrade, but this bridge is another story all together…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Take the metromover or metrorail next time and you wont be stuck.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yet another asinine comment. Why do you people assume that everyone who is stuck in that bridge could take the Metro or Metromover? Not all of us live near a station and even if we did, some of us need to travel through out the day for work to areas not accessible by the Metro. Think before you post.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Take the highway then. It clears the river and does not have a drawbridge.

Spending $1+ billion to build a tunnel is irresponsible and transit advocates will fight it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, you right. Just like the Port Tunnel that turned out to be such hot mess right??… A tunnel needs to be built. The only people who do not think so are idiots like you living in a fantasy future land where everyone will take public transportation. In this world however traffic will continue to get worse as the population increases. We need better public transportation and a tunnel. The solution is not one or the other, it is both! Get your head out of the sand.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Port Tunnel removed trucks from downtown streets. Will a tunnel remove private automobiles from downtown streets?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The problem is the bridge that goes up multiple times a day. That is what creates gridlock both on Brickell Ave and Biscayne Blvd. A tunnel would alleviate this problem. Can you not understand that?

suomynona
2 years ago

Seems like most of this site is pro-mass transit and that most of this site is pro-tunnel.

So your assumption is flawed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You won’t be stuck if the crappy metromover does not have one of its frequent breakdowns that can leave you stalled for 10 to 30 minutes waiting for a low tech technician to repair it. –

Miami1
2 years ago

Stop looking at your phone and drive…the bridge is about to open!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

🙂 I was in an uber

William
2 years ago

Since they are the current tenant. They should pay for rent during construction. Not that 1MM payment for three years.

They want to double the size of the lot they are using and pay just 2MM/yr plus 7% of receipts? I’m not sure the numbers work. But who am I?

GBA
2 years ago

I agree, you probably don’t understand the math, so it’s best for you not to speculate. In the contemplated agreement, Hyatt will be paying the City multiples of what it currently pays – and that is a worst-case scenario.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

The exterior is indeed ‘outdated’ and its pool is a puddle, but it still has a nice interior and wonderful service.

Anonymous
2 years ago

YESSSSS!! Please make it Happen, and get rid of that River Park Hotel. Wont be on the ballot till 2019 but at least we know they are planning something.

Alpina
2 years ago

Huge improvement and very responsible design in terms of pedestrian flow has been heavily considered in the design. The plaza by the river will help to activate the riverwalk and hopefully some programmatic elements like retail are introduced on this side of the project. Would love to see a full picture of the towers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dear Hyatt —

Thank you for proposing such a change, I hope this comes to fruition. As a professional in the field I would recommend working with another architect other than Kobi Karp — his reputation does not exceed him, nor does it match up to your brand name and prestige. In an age of communication, let it be clear that this is not a disgruntled ex-employee — just someone who is well versed in the industry and knows the challenges that come with working with the office.

– a concerned Miamian

Solrac
2 years ago

Kobi Karp is viewed by many as an architect with very limited abilities. He is hired by second and third tier developers who look for quick solutions that fit within the Miami 21 constraints and solve the massing and zoning solutions at a reduced price. This site is an important site that marks the entry into downtown from brickell as well as a gateway into the all important Miami River development. Hyatt and the Pritzker’s are synonymous with identifying and rewarding the best in the architectural profession with the establishment of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, awarded annually “to honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment , which had produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” Miami deserves better.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes please! This is a tremendous investment in our community!

Anonymous
2 years ago

What are the proposed heights?

Ivan D.
2 years ago

Yuge.

EJS
2 years ago

Jeeez! The discussion is about the Hyatt proposal not about a ludicrously expensive tunnel that no local politician will approve of unless paid off w enough money for their re-election campaign. Approve the Hyatt proposal with a fixed agreed-to timeframe to get it done and move on already. Miami needs more NYers who get things done instead of whiny citizens who keep crying about being stuck in their cars because they didn’t want to spend the extra 60k-100k to buy in the City. Suburban Miamians, lazy whiners!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Do it! Do it!

Gene
2 years ago

The renderings for the new Riverwalk area are as empty as the current Riverwalk. This is a beautiful finger of the BayWalk that needs to be improved for greater access to more of the river. City life should mean greater walkability and less dependence on the car, so this is an opportunity to have many people jettison their cars for a walk to their office, restaurants, shopping and to their apts. where is the master plan for both the Bay and River Walks? Why has it not been implemented? Where is the water taxi between multiple Miami landings and the Beach?
Instead we sit in traffic and vent ?

GBA
2 years ago

There is plenty of room to walk along the river depicted in the renderings. This is a vast improvement to what is currently there. IMO this will be Miami’s next “it” neighborhood.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What? Heavens to non-sequiters Ordenanza!
The Miami River Greenway is at least 50 feet wide in front of the Hyatt now. It will be required to be at least 50 ft in the future. Beautiful finger??
Just because you don’t have a clue does not mean there is not a masterplan, there is. The Miami River Greenway has won several awards.

Anonymous
2 years ago

bigger

Anonymous
2 years ago

Towers should extend to the ground with the “podium” in between. The “tower” sitting on the “podium” concept has been one of the worst things to happen to the South Florida built environment.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So the public loses the performance venue?

Ivan D.
2 years ago

The public will gain the Miami Marine Stadium, which will be renovated and developed into a signature concert and event venue.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, and get ready to hear the NIMBY’s whine loud and clear about that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh really? It’s been 20 years already since MMS closed down. I’ll believe it when I see it…

Anonymous
2 years ago

No it will be managed by Hyatt now instead of the city as it is now. Its still included in the plan.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can you point where it is? I viewed both scribed documents and didn’t see it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

its in the doc with the City of Miami logo page 9 section 8.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“The management agreement for the Convention Center with the current manager will be terminated as of the Effective Date of the New Lease, with Lessor paying any outstanding fees and any required termination fees.”

Doesn’t say anything about a replacement center being built. In fact, it can be interpreted as the opposite.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That performance venue is losing $ big time… and taxpayer $ at that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Source?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Since the Knight Center was finished Miami has gained multiple new, modern venues… AAA, WorldCenter’s convention center, Marine Stadium, Museum Park. Bring on the new development!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Marine Stadium and Museum Park?… what’s going on at those two sites as far as entertainment is concerned?

marc
2 years ago

…or World Center Convention Center for that matter.

Magazine
2 years ago

Beautiful. But the next step for Brickell / downtown needs to be activating the waterfront, and this would be a great start.

For those familiar – look at how much improved the Battery Park area in NYC / Brookfield place is now compared to a decade ago. It is such a vibrant community with restaurants, attractions, park. The waterfront here is dead and that can be changed big time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, which “waterfront” are you referring to? Because developers wanted to build highrise apartments along the Miami river way back in the early two thousands and that was shot down by NIMBY’s who moaned and groaned and said the river should only cater to shipping commerce and boating type businesses. And it was funny back then because it was these businesses along the river who were the ones trying and wanting to sell and get outta Dodge because they said business along the river was dead and they were tired of losing money.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I walk the waterfront all the time. Sometimes from Brickell to Miami Heat games, usually to work in the morning. There are lots of people walking, jogging, and pushing strollers.
Stop by the food trucks for Stonecrabs and ceviche at the Church on the water at 5th/Brickell, its packed every day for lunch.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The 3 towers will be awesome . Let’s build them !

Anonymous
2 years ago

embarassing dull standard commercial architecture, please stop kobi karp and arquitectonica miami invasion….Miami need great architects! Steven holl,Libeskind, Gehry,Oma, UN studio,Som..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Has Kobi Karp completed a high-rise building? I feel like every conceptional design he makes for a high rise gets cancelled.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, he does a robust business.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sometimes not the lead architect, but hes worked on many projects like Jade Ocean, Jade Beach, etc.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I suppose it’s better than what’s there or Related’s lame One Brickell proposal across the river, but we deserve something far better for its location like Aston Martin Residences, and any redevelopment should include the River Park Hotel and street realignments for the Grand Boulevard scheme replacing the Downtown Distributor for the future.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who cares… for now, bring on MIAMI WORLD CENTER!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I care about both, and your comment is stupid and unnecessary.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who cares what you think about my comment silly little rabbi? I don’t care if you get your panties all twisted up? They show you some pretty pictures and you think this is surely going to happen? You better think again.

Reality
2 years ago

This City owns the project site. Hyatt is the tenant. Thus, this concept is being proposed by the City and Hyatt on the property these two entities control. The River Park Hotel is privately owned. The Downtown Distributor is controlled by FDOT. It would be great to implement these grand ideas, but the reality is that the City and Hyatt can only control what is going on in the Project site and cannot, despite how wonderful it may be, dictate what the private owner and FDOT do with their property.