Self-Powered $200M Grove Central Gets FAA Approval, Undergoing Wind Testing

A $200m mixed-use project that generates its own electricity at the Coconut Grove Metrorail station is moving forward.

On February 11, the FAA approved a 272-foot building height for the project, known as Grove Central.

Also this month, wind-tunnel testing was underway, according to engineer Bliss & Nyitray.

Massive solar panels are planned to cover the buildings, producing two megawatts of power. Underneath, batteries that are the size of six shipping containers will store 20-megawatts per hour of electricity.

Enough power could be generated and stored to make the building self-powered, while also powering Metrorail as it departs the station, planners say. The solar array and battery is known as an urban microgrid, and is the first of its kind in Florida.

Air condition for the building would come from a geothermal system using cold water pumped from underground. Groundwater and rainwater will also be used to provide cooling mist and for landscape irrigation.

A waste-to-energy plant that would convert sewage into power, compost and water is also said to be in negotiations.

Terra Group and Grass River Property are the developers of Grove Central. Touzet Studio is the architect.

 

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Anonymous

Great!

Anonymous

Ultra green building – won’t have car parking, right?!?

Anonymous

Yeah, it won’t have parking for cars. Because, you see, the metrorail can these apartments renters anywhere they want to go in Miami.

Sheesshh.. where do you people come from!!!

Anonymous

Yea bc the metro goes to Wynwood, Design District, Midtown, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Dolphin’s stadium, FIU, Little Haiti, Marlins Park/Little Havana, Doral, etc. Oh, and I am sure no one will come and visit ppl at these units…the neighbors are going to love their front yards being used as parking spaces.

Anonymous

It seems like they put the bulkiest buildings along metrorail down south. I love the sustainability of this project and I hope it gets built. I cant wait for the day these features become the new norm like seatbelts.

Anonymous

Waste to energy hidden in there wow

Anonymous

GREEN, but next to a heavily polluted road…

Anonymous

Building green, Boner hard:

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Anonymous

whats up with posting the same crap on all of the articles?

Anonymous

because this person never gets enough of thinking about what he/she loves sucking on.

Dale305

The Next Miami – 2/13/2022

“Developer Scraps Plans for Green Building, Ops for Traditional Building Citing Costs”

How is it that a property that will rent at a discount to Brickell financially make sense to incorporate all of the “green” features (most of which has never been done before in a commercial development in Miami)? All for building with those features but seems far fetched…Reminds me of the “climate ribbon”…

William

It does seem odd. Capping parking garages with solar is nothing new. But this location and seemingly out of place interest by the development teem to locate this here? Confusing. Has Terra or GR ever made an effort like this in the past? Though I do like the placement of the big (office) building along 27th.. to mask the parking lot and the mass. But hey, i like it overall. Go Miami!

Anonymous

How bma stories?

Anonymous

If only the amount of green spent of green features was commensurate to architecture, but it’s boring and hideous.

Anonymous

I know this will get down voted, but, while I love the sustainability, and the fact there will be lots of units practically on the metro line, I feel for the single family homes right behind the development (yes people actually live there). And folks, we can love urban density, but we can also understand a beautiful city has various neighborhoods, with not all having high-rises. In Little Havana 1 Glen Royal Pkwy looks horrible among all the single family homes/duplexes (With many of those homes/duplexes built in the 20s and 30s). Not saying we can’t add density to these areas, but perhaps density that compliments the neighborhoods.

Worst off they put the building on the north end, away form the metro-tracks, look at those 7/8 homes that are literally on the other side of the street… Again, I am all for transit oriented development, but all those homes will now have a concrete sky towering over their homes.

Anonymous

In the rush for progress there should be consideration of what exists but usually that is not the case. I don’t think this will ever get built so it won’t matter here.

William

I generally agree. The massing does not fit well with the surrounding neighborhood. They should have been closer to the 27th ave with the vertical height. They probably wanted to separate the building from the noisy elements of the rail. This canyon effect is on full display on US1 in the gables and will also be quite perplexing at the 37th ave us1 metro station. …….

The rush to increase zoning along tod sites left behind the stepped setback requirement that miami 21 worked so hard to do. Hope it looks nice afterall.