Second 52-Story Tower Set To Top Off This Week At Melo’s Downtown 5th, Just One Year After Groundbreaking

The second 52-story tower at Downtown 5th is about to top off.

Shell contractor L&R Structural Corp. wrote on Tuesday that the roof pour for the west tower is scheduled for this week.

The milestone comes exactly a year after foundation work for the twin-tower project began. Production pile work for the first tower started in December 2019 (test piles began two months earlier).

The first Downtown 5th tower topped off in October 2020.

Downtown 5th is the biggest residential project ever built in Downtown Miami’s Central Business District.

It is also the biggest project ever for Melo Group, the prolific Miami developer.

There will be 1,042 apartments, 1049 parking spaces, and 12,506 square feet of retail between the two buildings.

The towers are being built to a height of 495 feet above ground.

 

 

(photo via L&R Structural Corp.)

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Anonymous
3 months ago

Im all for some cheap fill ins, but long term we need to start thinking about quality buildings that actually add aesthetic value to the skyline.

Anonymous
3 months ago

agree

ILoveMiami
3 months ago

I know, I agree, but look at the NYC skyline. Not everything is beautiful. These aren’t that bad. The beautiful ones here don’t seem to get built. We have a handful. How many have been proposed and not built? At least these go up here and there while we wait for the Okans and the One River Points.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“we need to start thinking about quality buildings that actually add aesthetic value to the skyline.”

Tell us.. what city would you like to emulate?

anónimo huevon
3 months ago

Chicago, Dubai, Shanghai, ….to name a few

Anonymous
3 months ago

Those places you mentioned have many more buildings in their skyline.

Miami has to play catch up to those places for people who come on this site to not do so much whining.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Dubai and Shanghai are outliers as they have State Sponsored development companies pouring in billions of dollars into building towers directly from state coffers. I’d prefer for the government not to have another opportunity to mismanage my tax money. Unique towers cost money, plain a simple. I personally think we have a pretty good mix (I.e 1000 Museum, Aston Martin, Echo and more on the way). Chicago has 100 plus more years on us and we are one stop behind them in terms of skyline prominence. Just give it some time, at the rate Miami is growing we are bound to catch up.

Anonymous
3 months ago

LOL!!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Dubai, Shanghai, Melbourne, Qutar

J.
3 months ago

3 of those cities use slave labor to build those buildings but ok…sure, Jan…

Reneta Miranda
3 months ago

@Anonimo Huevon, please feel free to buy lots and start emulating those cities.
Melo is kicking major @ss!!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

We had a chance for Resort World Miami, which was a world world class building with the largest man made lagoon on the planet, and the building designed like corals. Yet, Miami blew that opportunity.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Already casinos here. whats one more.Miami can be petty.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Downtown Miami needs more upscale restaurant, shopping centers and more entertainment options to attract major projects for the rich. the city also needs to do something about the homeless that is a problem that has been hurting downtown miami for decades

Anonymous
3 months ago

Compared to many other metro areas, we have a small homeless community, albeit concentrated largely in the Flagler street corridor. If Mana ever decides to renovate or build anything, I am sure area will pickup significantly. Also, I think we have plenty of upscale options for the wealthy. What we need are more companies expanding their footprint to South Florida so that we can have an expanded middle class.

Anonymous
3 months ago

i agrree with what you say but i’m talking about upscale options in downtown miami not in other areas of miami dade county we were talking about developing a great skyline and to achieve that the city has to make downtown more attractive to attract major developers to build great buildings

Anonymous
3 months ago

A couple of billion dollar resort destination casino?

Anonymous
3 months ago

We need more companies to bring young folks from the north. Enough with the zillioners from south america.

Anonymous
3 months ago

thank you

Anonymous
3 months ago

Okan Tower?

Paul
3 months ago

Have you ever looked closely at Hong Kong’s skyline? It’s got some really beautiful buildings in prominent locations but the vast majority of the buildings are really drab. They’re like these Melo buildings except with smaller windows, no balconies and AC units hanging out of half the windows. My point is that it is the density of buildings that really makes and skyline beautiful.

Anonymous
3 months ago

exactly, these people think every building in Miami has to be over the top.

Leticia Martin
3 months ago

I hope you can start your own construction and development company soon so you can do all the quality works you are now “thinking” of…..In the meantime I hope Melo keeps doing exactly what they are doing, which is turning “undesirable” Miami areas into Urban spots affordable to local residents. Kudos to Melo!!!!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

And Leticia Martin, you’re talking about “undesirable” Miami areas that were vacant for decades.

I can’t comprehend why some people are so negative when it comes to The Melo Group.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I love what The Melo Group is doing.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Melo Winning!!!

Anonymous G
3 months ago

L&R is the best shell contractor in Florida! This project any many others shows why!!

Massive project by Melo. Not the best designed but still excited for this!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Really nice rental building for almost everyone. It’s not another ultra luxury tower for investors. I bet it has amazing views.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Really amazing views from ALL units in east tower directly facing west tower and from ALL units in west tower directly facing east tower. Better keep your blinds closed.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Views aside, the people who’re going to move into these buildings will have some dynamic areas to mingle in.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like they always want to see more from The Melo Group because they don’t BS around?

Anonymous
3 months ago

there are plenty of luxury towers in downtown – melo is building for what the community needs. Quality, attainable rental housing for the local workforce. At prices people can afford.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How was this project allowed to proceed without changes after it got decimated at the UDRB. If the board recommends you go back to the drawing board because there is no redeeming quality to your project you would think the city would ask for some modifications. I’m all for development, and yes they all can’t be winners, but if we allow for developers to get away with recycling the same old crap what incentive does that give for quality design to happen.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Um, it’s just an apartment building, not Disney’s Majic Kingdom.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Very insightful . That your perception of good and responsive architecture is Magic Kingdom… I have a car you can have. It’s missing a door, it has no front windshield, and no breaks, but hey it’s just a car right.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If the engine and tranny is in good shape, then hell yeah, I’ll take a free car like that from you. But if you try to talk me into renting it like one of these apartments, then I’ll you to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

Anonymous
3 months ago

UDRB provides non-binding recommendations. It’s primarily a bureaucratic advisory board filled with pretentious individuals. If it were profitable for Melo to build a billion dollar architectural marvel, he would. Alas, Miami can only have so many ultra luxury condo towers and therefore must have more modest and yes subjectively bland projects as referenced in this article.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I saw many embarrassing empty lots in this area for years and years. There is no way I can knock Melo for building something on a few of them.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The UDRB is absolutely an advisory board. The members are professionals with opinions and the planning director has the ability to ignore their opinion. But when those members say that the project before them is a copy and paste of other projects, with zero reaction to its context, and that it should be taken back to the drawing board. And btw the planning staff had issues with it as well, someone got paid off. No one is saying this needs to be a luxury condo. On the contrary, Miami needs affordable housing, but this is a pathetic excuse for a building.

Anonymous
3 months ago

the members are a bunch of loosers… there i said it…. lol

Anonymous
3 months ago

I lived in two of their buildings, The Melody Tower and Square Station. The Melody Tower had a lot better finishings. Square Station was done very poorly, I had screws and nails clogging my sink and bathtub, a bottle of piss blocking my A/C unit in my bedroom, and many more problems.

Their buildings are affordable for younger people and that is great, but their management is terrible.

Anonymous
3 months ago

First congrats to Melo, I don’t want to bring negativity to the blog but…. are this fast building projects being built to last? How is possible that they finish “20 buildings” so fast? The US has a lot of regulations to avoid any kind of trouble in the future or future litigations, does anyone has a similar concern?

Anonymous
3 months ago

im sure they cut corners but since these are apartment buildings we will never know the problems. Now, when they do the condo development in edgewater im sure the quality will be better because its almost a guarantee they will be sued as the developer (very common for condos) and then everyone will see what kind of work they can really do

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m sure in the future, Melo will flip these building into Condo conversion, and new owners will inherent low quality buildings.

In the meantime, everything is built to Miami-Dade Code.

Anonymous
3 months ago

just because something is built to code doesnt make it a quality build. Look at a bunch of developers in Miami that get sued when developing condos. Everything they built was to code at the time but that doesnt mean much

Anonymous
3 months ago

You’re exactly right. Just ask Jorge Perez how many times he’s been sued by residents living in his buildings over shoddy construction.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The reason Melo can build so fast is because of the amount of workers they can hire.

Six people can do more work than two.

Anonymous
3 months ago

All of the floor plans are simplistic and repetitive. These building shells are clearly designed for speed. I’m not commenting on the quality of the work as I have no idea but the speed alone is not indicative of substandard quality.

Anonymous
3 months ago

They are the Owners, GC and Architect. No bullshit time lost between seeking information, no Zoom Meetings, or waiting on investors to make Decisions to pick the color of a rug or cabinets. In other words. They are the Judge, jury and executioner.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Bingo!

And no land banking.

Anonymous G
3 months ago

Exactly. This will become more of a popular option then hiring out everyone. Related Group is self performing their GC work more often.

Grill
3 months ago

What a monstruosity

Anonymous
3 months ago

But Melo spent the money to buy that spot, designed the buildings, went through all the hoops to get it approved, and paid construction workers to build it.

What have you done?

Anonymous
3 months ago

holy parking spots Batman!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yeah.. I have a spot to park in one of these buildings even if I don’t have a car. That means that family or anyone else who comes to visit me have a spot to park their vehicle.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yuk

Anonymous
3 months ago

Melo couldn’t design a dog bowl, let alone make it structurally sound.
Having lived in Melo budings I can say that they cut so many corners I’m surprised they’re not all round like the Porsche tower.
Another stocking stuffer for Miami this Christmas, happy holidays everyone 🥳🙄🤦‍♀️

Anonymous
3 months ago

Hope you don’t mind that glass of whine you’re drinking tasting like tears…

Anonymous G
3 months ago

What you mean not structurally sound? Are you on site? I don’t know about their other projects but this one is being built by the best shell contractor in South Florida.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The whole team on D5 are top notch.
And the shell contractor R the fastest.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Melo Apt buildings are bland but even worse is once it’s built the management, security, valet, maintenance and ignorant tenants are horrendous. Especially the maintenance, general areas are cleaned on a schedule. So if someone makes a mess by the garbage shute in your hallway it can sit there for days. Too many of the tenants are borderline trash and just bring down the neighborhood.

Anonymous
3 months ago

how could they bring down a neighborhood where there was nothing? west of the omni where they built 3 towers was desolate so what did they bring down?.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Brings it down for the rest of the resident… I’ve visited a Melo building to find 20-30 people waiting in the lobby the ride the only working elevator..

Not to mention some of the Section 8 families that let their kids run wild in the building… not fun let me tell you.

Anonymous
3 months ago

brings it down for the rest of the residents, so it’s a person that is causing problems for the rest of the residents. that happens everywhere there is always a bad apple that does n’t mean all the residents are bad. you don’t know all the residents of melo buildings so why do you call them ignorant and horrendous? you said you were just visiting so were n’t there long enough to know everybody

Anonymous
3 months ago

Y’all heard Lil Wayne’s new mixtape?!?!?!

Anonymous
3 months ago

You’re on the wrong forum.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Looks like the apt towers in Hong Kong. A stain on the landscape for 50 years. Way to go Melo!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

The line has been crossed between the two types of apartment buildings.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Again.. Melo spent the money to buy that spot, designed the buildings, went through all the hoops to get it approved, and paid construction workers to build them.

What have you done?

Ryan Tannehill
3 months ago

Shoddy construction.

Anonymous
3 months ago

U have no proof

Anonymous
3 months ago

Ryan Tannehill is a building inspector.

Azarius
3 months ago

I don’t think it’s safe how fast these buildings coming up

Anonymous
3 months ago

Based on any actual facts?

Anonymous G
3 months ago

Ita safe. Melo is smart and hires good subs that is able to bring a lot of workers in.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“I don’t think”

Your thought is noted. Anything else you really don’t know about please feel free to tell us.

Anonymous G
3 months ago

Plus this a simple design building. No curves nothing complicated in terms of the shell stage. You bring a good shell contractor that has or is able to get a lot of workers you can knock something as simple as this out.
I’m sure on this site with how fast they went up they had their third party inspector just sit on site.
Since Melo is self performing the GC work they can control the schedule, payments and take this up with no problems.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If L&R is building it…Its safe

Reneta Miranda
3 months ago

who is l&R?

Anonymous G
3 months ago

The name of the shell contractor that is assisting Melo.