Riverside Center Approved By UDRB, With Twin Towers Of Office & Residential

Adler Group has won Urban Design Review Board approval to build the first two phases of Miami Riverside Center.

According to the newly approved plans, two towers will be built.

Later, there will be additional towers built on the adjacent publicly owned riverfront site that was the subject of a 2018 referendum, but plans for those haven’t yet been submitted to the UDRB.

The first phase will include a 38-story residential tower with 430 apartments.

There will also be a 20-story office tower with 278,379 square feet of space, that will serve as the new administrative offices for the city of Miami.

Parking garages will be built with a total of 1,307 spaces, which is more than what is required by zoning. The extra parking is being built at the request of the city of Miami.

UDRB approval was granted at a meeting on February 19, according to The Real Deal.

NBWW is the architect.

 

Clarification: The UDRB approval is for the northern property that is privately owned, not the riverfront publicly owned land that was part of a 2018 referendum.

 

Renderings of the riverside property in 2018, on adjacent land:

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Anonymous

Bait and switch once again, this type of significant change of a design approved by voters should be illegal.

Anonymous

True but its still way better than whats currently there…

Anonymous

Oh well… but I do like the look of the 20-story administrative office tower.

Anonymous

A piece of mediocre crap

Anonymous

This boxy architecture, with random rectangles plastered on the outside and ‘wrap’ pieces, is so lazy and shows a lack of talent. Saying, it is ‘affordable’ is no excuse. Have you seen what Corwil has been designing lately? Looks great and is affordable construction.

305

SketchUp-tecture. Just randomly hit “Push-Pull” on parts of the facade and voila: you have buildings like this everywhere.

Anonymous

I guess they are just using carbon copies of the same Miami designs and saving money on architecture fees

Anonymous

It likely is.

Anonymous

total bait and switch….these new buldings are a box

Anonymous

Did you all really think that they would build something so upscale and beautiful on this site? It is right next to those bridges that were filled with homeless people just a few months ago. Developers know what the demand is and build accordingly. Apartments for rent are definitely a good choice, especially being so close to West Brickell. One step at a time, maybe in a few years this area will be ready for something better, now is not the time,

Anonymous

Not what I voted for.

Anonymous

wow ….classic bait and switch

Anonymous

This has to be the worse one yet.

Anonymous

It’s not that bad… we were just teased with the first renderings.

Azarius

They should be made to redesign closer to what was proposed before

Anonymous

Blame the Urban Design Review Board for being the first to harass the developer about the original buildings design.

Anonymous

Yes. But no balls on those who could/should do it.

Anonymous

The design went from sugar to sh!t…

Anonymous

What did you expect, million dollar an up digs with a view of FPL?

Azarius

It’s sad they hype up rendering for approval only to get the grade D design after smh Why Miami but I do like the location and adding more density to the West Brickell closer to 95

Anonymous

North of the river, it ain’t Brickell or West Brickell, it’s downtown.

Anon

its the ‘hood

Anonymous

As was wynwood and most of Biscayne Blvd. a few decades ago. Your point is irrelevant.

Anonymous

Fraud?

POLO

This is a change for the worst! The original design was beautiful, compare to this crap!

Anonymous

Lying bastards! From something sublime to the pedestrian. Bate and switch at its worst. We need to put this up to vote again.

Anonymous

Fingers crossed that phase 2 to replace the current government office tower will be more unique and higher end facing the river but phase 1 looks like a nice catalyst for this corner and surrounding area.

Anonymous

Bro bro trow that shit away….there should be a protest at building site…..dont let them built that, you can not compare.

Anonymous

WTF

Anonymous

The design previously proposed was fronting the river while this is further north on the hard corner of the intersection. They are probably building this first moving the city into the new building then going ahead with some plan for the riverfront piece.

Anonymous

Yes, and Santa Claus lives at the North Pole.

Anonymous

Wait Santa does not live in the North Pole?

William

Yes – doing the first two on the north end. Time will tell if they actually build the voter approved elements and style on the south. The pictures above did not include any pics of the apartment building originally proposed (on purpose?). The city office tower is much shorter and wider than originally envisioned. Probably economized for cost purposes and for the floor plate sizes.

Alpina

what a joke….

Anonymouse

So it seems that these two buildings are NOT situated on the same parcels as the original proposal,which is right on the shore of the river, on the spot of the original office building and the parking garage, which will be torn down.There is enough space to build either,two of the originally designed buildings, or something else.I do not think any developer would leave the empty land right next to the river,where the buildings were already approved.

Anonymous

Lets have an moment of laughter for the best bait and switch and downgrade yet lol

Anonymous

It’s not funny.

Anonymous

Please make all of the parking for the office only, 1,300 spaces isn’t enough…

305

It’s called shared parking. Office and Residential uses utilize parking at opposite times. Works well across the river at Latitude on the River/Latitude One.

Anonymous

Then add more. It’s not enough spaces for the entire city’s office employees let alone folks who come for meetings, permits, etc. and then folks who live there but don’t always take their car to their daily destinations.

Anonymous

Where is the clause to hold developers accountable for the swift change in design?! I may not know much but this new “concept” won’t generate as much local traffic / revenue as the previous design. But what do I know. . .

Anonymous

Bait and switch…. more like bait and shit!!!! Miami will always be seen by people as a trashy beach town, this is a reason why.

Anonymous

These two towers are the back of the project…the front two towers can’t be built until they move out of the existing office.

Anonymous

WOW, they are not even remotely close to what we voted for, this has to be some kind of fraud, it is not surprising, it is miami after all.

Anonymous

Since the administrative building is going to house City of Miami offices, it should have a more civic architectural style. Not bad overall.

Anonymous

Will this project get rid of the homeless encampment surrounding the area?

Anonymous

Lmao

ABCD

That freeway! Hideous. Looks like the FDR drive in NYC near Bellevue Hospital. Can’t it be put underground as in Boston’s Big Dig, or just demolished, like SF’s Embarcadero Freeway in the 90s, or Manhattan’s West Side Highway? Seattle is considering tearing down the elevated Interstate 5 Freeway near downtown (it is ugly and will collapse in a ‘quake), and rebuilding with apartments and commercial on top / with parkland. That’s a thought.

Anonymous

Nothing can be put underground in Florida. We’re at sea level. Cheers

Anonymous

Mail a letter to the Florida Governor telling him you want I-95 in downtown Miami to be put underground. That’ll get it done. That’s a thought. Also a good laugh.

Anonymous

Another unfortunate addition to Miami

Anonymous

Looks better than Natiivo in my opinion.

Anonymous

Game changer

Anonymous

The hidden cooling tanks on top of the tall building looks marvelous as the crowning motif.
So, so Miami

Anonymous

You are confused. The referendum approve the sale of the waterfront property. That is the developer second phase. This approval had nothing to do with the referendum. Looks like an amazing project for city.

Anonymous

This is bait & switch and pretty sure it’s illegal.