School Board To Vote On Deal For 60-Story Towers Across From Arsht

The School Board of Miami Dade County will vote on a deal next week that could bring 60-story towers across the street from the Arsht Center.

The deal could also eventually lead to the entire 9-acre School Board property at 1500 Biscayne Blvd. being redeveloped – one of the largest development sites in downtown Miami.

Approval of the first deal is recommended by School Board Supervisor Alberto Carvalho, with Crescent Heights having beaten out two other bidders for the land.

The developer wants to take control of 1.1 acres of School Board land at 1370 Northeast 2nd Avenue, which will be combined with an adjacent lot Crescent Heights owns to form a two acre site.

The project could rise up to 60 stories, with up to 1,100 residential units and 1,100 parking spaces to be built, along with 100,000 square feet of office space for the School Board.

Crescent Heights wouldn’t pay any cash upfront for the land. Instead, Crescent Heights will deed over 600 parking spaces to the Omni CRA, and build out 100,000 square feet office to be deeded over to the School Board. The life of the CRA must be extended, and the CRA board must also vote to approve the deal.

The 600 parking spaces will be shared with the Arsht Center.

If the deal goes through and the School Board is able to move out of their current offices, the Board would look to have the entire 9-acre site currently housing their headquarters “monetized,” Carvalho told the SFBJ.

Carvalho has not held discussions with Amazon or the Beacon Council about it being a potential location for HQ2, although it would be optimal, he said.

 

 

 

the original crescent heights bid, since updated with office and more residential units:

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank God, approval should be a no brainer. That lot across the street from Arscht is such an eyesore, not to mention how horrible it looks to patrons of the Arts

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes! And this project will bring progress one block closer to that nasty piece of crap Willard Hotel. I cannot wait for it to be demolished. Please make this happen!

Anonymous
2 years ago

TBH, the Willard Hotel would look nice if it was restored and incorporated into a new development, like the fire station proposal a few blocks west. Otherwise, whatever replaces it should be stunning, and not cheap and nasty looking crap like the following.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agree, demolishing the Willard Hotel is not the answer, it should be incorporated into any dev.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What the hell is wrong with you preservationist? Here is something you need to realize – Not everything that is old should be preserved. There are some beautiful historic buildings that have HISTORY that should be kept around but the Willard? Seriously? And don’t give me this bull about what it used to be, all that people remember are the decades long that is was a crack and a whore house, where people were found dead. Don’t believe me? Research it. I was born and raised in the Omny area and I saw it first hand. Tear this peace of crap and build something better in its place, and trust me ANYTHING would be better!

Magazine
2 years ago

Crescent Heights owns the most prominent undeveloped piece of land in Miami Beach, and has left it as an absolute eyesore for over a decade.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s why this land should be sold to the Melo Group.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I was just driving by here yesterday and was wondering why all this land has been vacant despite the Arscht center being completed about 10 years ago and thought the developers would wait to see what Genting does by the water and work around the 395 overpass construction, but that whole area off NE 2nd has nothing but upside cannot wait to see it happen once the dominos start falling…can’t get any worse out there go for it!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

A lot of acres in this area has been vacant for so long because of “land banking.” You and I may be frustrated about it but these lots are privately owned, so all we can do is wait.

BDub
2 years ago

How about including an elementary school for all of the new residents in the are?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is BOOMING

Anonymous
2 years ago

I hope those renders are conceptual, because this block warrants something far better than two boxes with the ugliest cladding ever. Otherwise, leave it to the school board, one of the most incompetent governmental bodies, to make poor decisions.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Alberto Carvalho approved so I guess it will happen.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes please!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

As someone who lives at Venetia… I say build baby build

Gene
2 years ago

More immense parking podiums with condos above, street level deserts – oh and some parking for the Arsht. Does Miami have any kind of master plan? Really seems like its all piecemeal and first-come first build and the quality of life be damned.
Wake up kids –

Anonymous
2 years ago

With the multi millions of dollars you’re worthy of, why don’t you show the city how you can do it better?

Anonymous
2 years ago

How much space does the school board currently have? 100,000 seems so little.

Why doesn’t the school board develop the site? Why let someone else make the $$$?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Kill two birds with one stone. Why not?

Anonymous
2 years ago

You want the school board to go into the business of Development.. LOL that’s funny! They have a challenging enough job managing the schools.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not only does the School Board “have a challenging enough job managing the schools,” people must remember, any and all money the school system get is provided by the taxpayers. Citizens already whine loud and clear anytime schools asked for the tiniest increase in their budget.