Revealed: Island Bay Proposed By Melo Group In Edgewater With 782 Units In Twin 60-Story Towers

Melo Group has filed new plans to build a massive twin-tower Edgewater project called Island Bay, which could become the biggest ever condo development for the company.

Twin towers would rise 60 stories, or 648 feet above ground. That matches or exceeds the height of the tallest buildings planned or completed in the neighborhood.

In total, 782 residential units are planned between the two towers, which will likely be condos based on the design and location.

Renderings show the towers would have a zig-zag design along balconies, and also appear to have a lighting scheme at night.

Developer Melo Group is requesting approval from Miami-Dade’s Shoreline Review Committee for the proposal. Melo will also need city approvals to close streets for the building’s footprint, although the developer says they will dedicate back land to the city in exchange.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

 


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Anonymous

at some point in the near future, there needs to be much more consideration given to ingress/egress from these buildings. 24th doesn’t connect via back streets to Bayshore, and the closest lights are at 22 and 26th. neither are horrific in mornings like 29th is, but it’s a significant hassle for folks in these buildings to get either N to 195 or W to 2nd to 395 or south to downtown. The 93 Max is always completely packed and doesn’t even stop near these buildings (19th or 28th sts closest).

the good news is that the Metromover isn’t horribly inconvenient, but try convincing people to walk a mile in August.

I’m not saying we should stop development in the neighborhood, but it’s long past time to give serious consideration to the road design and transit options in the area. hopefully, development will beget development that will make people less and less reliant on cars.

Anonymous

Couldn’t agree more!!

Anonymous

The metromover needs to be extended north.

Anonymous

LOL – yeah right that won’t happen. unless there is eminate domain.

Anonymous

As if the streets aren’t anti-pedestrian enough lines with parking garages, and you want your free little electric bus over it. Are you paying for it?

Anonymous

After Modera is completed, N Bayshore will continue under the building to 22nd. That’ll give access up to 24th without having to go on Biscayne.

Anonymous

This project is blocking a lot of view corridors, to put space between their own two towers. It is a beautiful project, but should it come at the expense of taking away the little slice of bay other people have at their condos up the block to the West?

Not Gene

Don’t expect a bay view forever if you don’t live on the bay.

Anonymous

So people who were early to move into the neighborhood, invested, believed, should be forced to have blocked views? That does not make sense…

Anonymous

They dont have “blocked views”.
They have a view of a 60-story $250M sculpture.

Anonymous

It’s called opportunity.
Free country.
Was there a clause in your investment contract that your view was guaranteed for life?

Anonymous

And there are zoning rules for a reason, if you let every developer get their way then that creates a lack of certainty and security for other developers and more importantly BUYERS who may have been hoping for that bay view down that street. Your greed is showing…may want to put it away.

Anonymous

So you must clearly work for Melo…

Anonymous

The project closes street access- which is a view corridor, for its own benefit. If the community is okay with it, that’s fine, but I doubt it, and it should not be overlooked. There is an entire document above addressing this issue. Look at Paraiso, Related also closed a street, and was supposed to put in a park as a concession, then they did a land grab and took half of the Park area back to build Amara Restaurant, which they are now selling for $20 Million.

Anonymous

Correction. That a private individual bought and is ASKING $20M as a list prive.

Anonymous

In most parts of the world, except in the U.S., water frontage is public a la Rio, Nice, Havana and Barcelona. Too late now. The bay should have a grand blvd with fabulous buildings on the other side of the street. Imagine the views, restaurants and outdoor cafés. But this is the USA.
We live in a city surrounded by water and you can’t see it

Anon

N Bayshore is a teeny street—insufficient for addressing the concerns above

Anonymous

thank you, I keep wondering why in miami everything feels like it is planned as we go, so much improvisation and reaction, rather than planning and forward thinking.

Anonymous

Take a look at who runs this city, and you will understand why everything is makeshift including the buildings, transportation etc. How many times have Brickell flooded during hurricanes, how long have they been warned that the ocean levels are rising yet the entire intracoastal remain unprotected with highrises sitting at the edge. You’re absolutely correct.

Anonymous

Ummm…New York flooded during Hurricane Sandy, and to the best of my knowledge, no Miami politicians had a say in how the streets were designed there.

It seems like the people on this section who whine and complain about Brickell, dont live there, and have not witnessd the extrodinary progress over the last 25+ years.

It also seems that people on this section who whine and complain about Miami politicians, do not know of JL Plummer, and have not witnessd the extrodinary progress over the last 25+ years.

Anonymous

you are always the smartest one on this forum – seriously. why doesn’t the city do the common sense is beyond me… you’re right. love development but do it thoughtfully… when i moved into this hood 15 years ago and saw all these buildings go up with NO extra infrastructure, lights, etc… i know would be a mess.

Anonymous

Do away with parking and automatically people will start gravitating to alternates. Problem is, it’s too ez to park anywhere…

Anonymous

So excited to know that they will top off the project by the end of this year! ????

Anonymous

It appears the finally hired an architect !

Anonymous

I see the Biscayne Line happening.

William

Go MELO!!! They will have the foundation permit next week and the crane installed the following! Good design also!

Shawn Kouri

Melo is known to build buildings super fast. This could be completed by 2021

Anonymous

It’s not that Melo is known to build something super fast, it’s just that we’re so accustomed to things taking forever to get approved and built in this city. The Melo Group is one of the first developers who’re not interested in teasing the public like Mana.

Anonymous

This one might take a bit longer since it’s condos and not rental.

Anonymous

i heard it will be one by New Year’s eve for a big fireworks show

Anon

It’s melo that builds fast because they cut corners and their finished products suffer and lack basic building materials. Any Melo building you can hear your neighbor’s conversation as if you were in the room with them.

Jason

As well as in many related projects too. When I moved from the Mirador (solid concrete block walls to a building with just sheetrock between the walls of the apartments, I heard my neighbor talking, her music, etc. NIGHTMARE! I took down the wall between the 2 apartments, had soundproofing insulation installed and put back on 2 layers of soundproof sheetrock, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!

Anonymous

Will they build a condo without deposits in the bank?

Anonymous

It is not Melo ….. what makes build fast are sales , not happening for this kind of project , the market is saturated , pre-construction prices has been a rip off to investors who pay the price …. good luck with pre-sales !!

Anonymous

Here’s the creativity that Melo was lacking in the downtown twin tower.

Anonymous

Yeah, they hired an Architect!

Anonymous

Maybe they should resubmit.

Anonymous

Edgewater is growing up.

Anonymous

wow these towers look great next to elysee which is a beautiful project…should be very sucessful

POLO

These are sleek, beautiful towers. However, the city facing side not as attractive as the bay facing side.

Anonymous

Duh

Anonymous

LMAO

Anonymous

Why should they?.. I think the different look is appropriate.

Anonymous

Because it makes mainland look like a dump. Paraiso looks like it has warts on it from the boulevard. Wouldn’t you want your project to look great from all angles?

Anonymous

They could present ten designs and I bet you’ll say all of them “makes the mainland look like a dump.” I guess in your opinion, the entire mainland is very pleasing to look at and these buildings if built will turn the whole city into someplace just awful to look at.

Tell me, are you interested in buying a unit in one of these towers?

Not Gene

They’re putting all the emphasis on front facade to who? People in boats? I would much rather have curb appeal to the people driving in their cars, walking down the streets, riding their bikes, etc. that would pass the back facade than cater to no one on the water. It doesn’t make sense. Are we building this city for a postcard photo or are we building it for the people who live here?

Anonymous

Oops!.. I hit another car because I was looking at buildings. Oops!.. I ran over somebody with my car walking down the street because I was looking at buildings. Oops!.. I ran my bike into someone’s car because I was looking at buildings. Oops!.. I ran into someone walking down the street with my bike because I was looking at buildings. Oops!.. I ran right smack dab into a light pole when I was walking down the street because I was looking at buildings and now I have a huge gash over my eye. Oops!!!!…

You might as well be Gene because you make as much sense as he does.

Anonymous

Why not have both front and back identical in design? Again, more value engineering, and to hell with esthetics. It is why Melo is known for poor quality. A beautiful building ruined by cost cutting measures.

Anonymous

Because that is inefficient.

Anonymous

i agree – and Blue and Paramount with the flouresenct lighting on the cat walk looks hoorrible. looks like south padre island or myrtle beach. so tacky

Anonymous

i like to look good on all side – my back side and my front

Anonymous

This is a building, not some model walking down the runway.

Anonymous

Dumb ass of course

Anonymous

The view corridor is toast.

Anonymous

Um, what?

Anonymous

Another ugly ‘FU’ side facing the rest of the City.

Anonymous

Mana ? Is that you ?

Anonymous

Yep, but with 150 Density units per acre, and allowances to built tall buildings, this is the result. Keeping the same height, if they were allowed more density, we would get double-sided buildings. Pretty simple. Not many single-loaded corridors in Brickell because it is 500 D/U.

Anonymous

Thank you for clarity 😉

Anonymous

So they basically optimized for water views then? Is there anything in the rules that prevents developers from building flat wall shaped buildings like this?

Anonymous

“Another ugly ‘FU’ side facing the rest of the City.”

I said it once and I’ll say it again.. “Miami is full of crybabies!”

WailingChild

Better to have some standards than going heels to Jesus for every fucking Melo project just because “OMG like they just build so fast lalalalala!!!”

Anonymous

Standards?.. someone’s opinion is now “standards?”

Dude, this city is full of ugly shit!

WailingChild

I mean, if you want to get really philosophical about it, aesthetic standards are really subjective anyway so…
Regardless, an innovative developer wouldn’t throw all the “valuable design” onto one side of the project, especially considering the absolutely massive amount of footprint they have to work with.

Anonymous

Look, complaining about the design of the back of these buildings is saying YOU don’t like it, which has nothing to with standards and a lot to do with YOUR tastes. You can design something on paper and show it to five people and I highly doubt that all of them will agree that it’s appealing.

Anonymous

It’s ugly from the blvd. Read other comments. More than just WailingChild feel this way. Melo saw what Related did with their Biscayne Warts in Paradise and figured that’s how they’d save a buck; with what appears to be an unfinished facade on the mainland side.

Anonymous

Dude, I’ve seen people come on this site and call new buildings in Sunny Isles Beach “ugly.” I also see people on this site who’re very pleased with the design of these buildings. Face it, you can whine all you want but can you show one building that you yourself designed and should be the mold for what is great architect?

Anonymous

No one ever said *they* could design better. What they’re saying is that the DEVELOPER took the CHEAP route in putting all of the design onto HALF the building. Considering WAY MORE people will see the BACK than the FRONT, it’s not a ridiculous comment to make about this project. We have a form-based code, so yeah, aesthetics and design are valued more than in cities with Euclidean zoning. The problem with Miami is there isn’t the $$$ demand you have in Sunny Isles where projects are more expensive and have more interesting architectural features than the block massings of Miami. In case that reads confusing, Sunny Isles is more expensive than Miami. For every 1 Zaha Hadid in Miami, Sunny Isles has 3 buildings with just as distinguished architecture.

Anonymous

What you’re saying is still just your OPINION!!!

Anonymous

Wrong. It is a fact that more people will pass the back than the front. It is a fact that it is cheaper for them to skimp on the back than it would be to have an elegant design wrap around the entire building. Impact windows, balconies, and doors along with specialized labor for glasswork is more expensive than the stucco framing the back of the building: A FACT. The only OPINION is that the back is ugly. The rest are FACTS.

WailingChild

So, I actually didn’t say it was ugly (though I DO think the Boulevard side is ugly, IN MY OPINION). I indicated the Boulevard side is poorly designed. There’s a difference. A big one. It’s about standards of articulation, activation, and so forth. These are not necessarily opinions. These are things you learn through design education.
Bottom line: if you have THAT much fucking square footage, you sure as hell aren’t being forced to shun the “back” side. It’s lazy design to maximize Melo’s profits. I’m not surprised. Like, at all. Because this is Miami. And there’s basically nothing stopping people from doing that. But the fact remains: it’s shit, even if people think it looks pretty from the fucking water.

Anonymous

Man this site is full of experts who have never built or designed shit.

WailingChild

Dude, this stuff is in the fucking zoning code, which was, wait for it, WRITTEN BY DESIGNERS.

Anonymous

Dude, I don’t give a damn what the “fucking zoning code” says, have you designed or built anything? If you have, present some examples of it in order for us to understand what you mean, otherwise, you just sound like somebody knocking someone’s project because you can comment on this site.

WailingChild

The bar to criticize a skyscraper is to have designed a skyscraper? Ok…

Anonymous

100% agree. Half this site is excited about development and the progress of a city rising. But I think this kind of development should not be allowed. It is essentially a flat wall.

Anonymous

Applause Melo.. I would love to see this.

Anonymous

Renderings show the towers would have a zig-zag design along balconies, and also appear to have a lighting scheme at night. ** Hmmmm… now where have I seen that done 4 or 6 times already ???

Anonymous

Looks great! I hope they start soon.

NYC Loves Miami

Great! Can’t wait to see this at night. Should be fab!

Anonymous

there are about 6 other buildings with that BS lighting scheme you can admire in and around downtown.

Anonymous

Lol…another mediocre Arquitectonica design, literally a blank tower with a squiggle line on the facade, and the standard ugly open hallway with porch lights on the only side visible from the city. But because it’s still better than Melo’s usually crap all the little cheerleaders on this site are thrilled to death. Why are you so happy about another bland tower? I just don’t get it. And this design is nothing compared to the elegant 4 sided Elysee next door.

Anonymous

Feel better?

Anonymous

i’d like to feel u

Anonymous

the design could be nice…the problem here is the super cheap construction used. just concrete and glass…that’s it. and units will be well overpriced…I don’t understand how people invest in these type of projects. Just look at projects in the same area like Paraiso bay. All resales at big loss. worst investment ever to buy this condos. You are overpaying. Buyers pay brokers commissions and finance the project and at the end they loose money. I repeat just look how mach buyers paid at Paraiso bay and how much they loose when they try to sell. Buyers are ignorant people with no common sense.

Anonymous

I mean I could have told you that was happening before Paraiso Bay…
Maybe the buyers should have had better Realtors that educated them that it was more than likely that if they planned to re-sell at completion or within a few years, they would most likely be selling at a loss? Can’t really blame developers for that…. the units delivered at smaller than advertised square footages, however…

Anonymous

Hopefully they start selling soon!!

Anonymous

South American foreign investors looking to put their money somewhere safe aren’t too worried about if they bought at the right time or not. To them, buying at the wrong time in Miami is still more attractive than keeping money in their own countries while sh*t hits the fan.

Anonymous

TRUE. if this were any other city this wouldn’t happen. so get a grip ya’ll hang tite or go back to Hialeah.

Anonymous

and you are a smarty pants.

Anonymous

No it’s not.
It’s actually very nice. It will look stunning and complimentary to the periscopic bldg nearby. Wow, lots of activity in the area, now get metromover extended

Anonymous

What about units overpriced?

Anonymous

Are you interested in purchasing one of them?

Anonymous

r U iNt3rEsTeD iN BuYinG oNe?!

Anonymous

i rode metro mover last night. it was me (an upstanding professional citizen)… a homeless person sleeping on the floor. a crazy woman screaming and twerking… some guy with his pants half way down staring at me… and a German tourist couple looking scared SH-Tless. no one rides taht mover

Anonymous

Oh, so it was the first time for you riding on the Metro-mover?

WailingChild

Ride it at rush hour and get back to us

Anonymous

LMAO – porch lights… LOL you are right… looks so horrible. imagine if the buildings on Brickell had those porch lights. i face the porch lights on Paramount Bay… they are awful… how they got approved is beyond me… hideous to have to look at ..

Anonymous

I actually think this is a horrible design. The city facing side of the building is an insult and its basically a flat wall destroying views of the bay for everyone else. For a postcard it looks great, but for anyone who lives in the area it is a gigantic parking garage and a giant flat wall. Also while I love the boardwalk, the setback is supposed to be 75 ft not the 50 they have here. City needs to stop ignoring their own rules.

Anonymous

We have people in this city getting killed who were just riding their bicycle and this dude is talking about “a flat wall destroying views of the bay for everyone.”

Get Real.

Anonymous

Dumb Comment!!….Stay indoors!

Anonymous

Someone making a dumb comment because he doesn’t like somebody talking about people getting killed just riding a bicycle in this city.

Okay brave one, ride your bike.

Anonymous

Very reasonable and intelligent thoughts but look at the nasty comments you get from all the trolls on this site who know nothing about architecture or urban design.

Anonymous

Gee, an expert about “architecture an urban design” who knows an expert about “architecture an urban design” when he sees one.

You guys need to start your own magazine.

Anonymouse

Great news,now we need someone with some balls to start softly asking FAA about the next hight limit,(maybe 700′),like the Acqualina in Sunny islands.Then we try 750′ and 800′.What’s there to lose?

Anonymous

that would take like 10 years for them to approve. haha

Anonymous

You mean height

Anonymous

Yes!.. this should mean more restaurants and clubs for the area.

Anonymous

I’m all for development but this Arquitectonica BS with the balconies needs to stop. The City’s skyline is becoming boring thanks to this lazy design approach. Please, can some of these developers hire other architects to make it more interesting? Nothing against Arquitectonia either but for crying out loud, innovate or get off the potty!!

Anonymous

Forget it, you’re hollering at the sky.

Anonymous

I do not see anything special about these towers, same concept of the Arquitectonica look of the last forever years, same flat tops, same lights as Brickell Heights

Anonymous

It’s a Melo and still manages to look better than Related’s monstrosities, even when it’s also by Arqueefectonica. Also, not really any historic buildings are being lost this time.

Anonymous

GLDHSGJHGUEOUHQWO

THIS IS AMAZING!!! I MAY BE FANGIRLING!! MELO IS SAVING THE MIAMI SKYLINE!!

Anonymous

Paid by Melo & Co.

Anonymous

Dont get ahead of yourself.

Anonymous

Saving the Skyline? We got Zaha, BIG, Herzog & Demuron…..Skyline is safe!

Anonymous

i thought that said fingering at first.

Anonymous

I bet some how this 700 unit “massing” is approved but two 500 unit towers isn’t appropriate massing

Anonymous

They not competing with Okan.

Markavious Rolle

Sounds like a gathering of snobs in a soviet style block development that in the future will produce a NIMBY attitude.

Anonymous

Does the city have a plans to make Biscayne 3 lanes in Edgewater?

Anonymous

Don’t worry, I doubt all the people in the 782 residential units will be driving at the same time.

Anonymous

yes. they do. they will have to get rid of the sidewalks

Anonymous

Wrong answer. If anything, Biscayne should be narrowed and a light rail line should be built.

Anonymous

cant have smart ideas here. Instead lets build two parking spaces per unit

Anonymous

1597 parking spaces for 782 units

Anonymous

This project can’t be done fast enough.

Anonymous

One…two..three….get set ready GO
!! Let’s hear the criticism about Melo and Architectonica….

Anonymous

Cool towers

Anonymous

more coconut palm trees in the inland skyline miami city area please theres already way too many royal palms instead!

Anonymous

This is approved. Meló you may begin.

Anonymous

like I always say…I wish I was a Melo…okay, finished my morning coffee…off to the office…