Innovation District Property Has Been Cleared

In Park West, a property that is proposed to become a part of the Miami Innovation District has been cleared.

The 4.8-acre property was once used as a Greyhound Bus facility. Those buildings were demolished over the past few months.

Innovate Development Group purchased the site in 2014 for $54 million. The company controls about 10 acres in the area, and CEO Michael Simkins told The Next Miami in November that he is 100% committed to bringing the Miami Innovation District to the area.

 


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bitg

I really, really want to see this happen

Anonymous

omg me too!

Anonymous

Drove by the other day. That property is HUGE!

Anonymous

Love SHoP’s and West 8’s design for this project. Stunning.

Anonymous

The last photo looking like a tropical Manhattan only with newer more innovative buildings.

Anonymous

Miami and Manhattan are equals except Miami has the upper hand because it’s a little bit more on the urban side and also because of the nice weather.

Anonymous

Get over it, Miami will never be Manhattan. Besides why would you want to be like another city? That way of thinking doesn’t lead to great things.

Anonymous

Miami wasn’t trying to be like Manhattan it just happened organically. 3rd largest skyline and one of the most urbanized and vibrant cities in the country. Miami is definitely it’s own city with it’s own unique vibe not found anywhere else in the world.

Anonymous

what does “3rd largest skyline” mean?

marc

It has the most towers in the US over a certain height, I think 300′, after NYC and Chicago.

Michael

Equals? Are you delusional? Miami is fantastic but doesn’t even come close to comparing to Manhattans development. A *single* development in Manhattan right now (Hudson Yards) consists of SIXTEEN skyscrapers going up. Thats ONE development. Come back to Earth.

FH

LOL well said

Anonymous

I know all about hudson yards i used to live in Manhattan but i decided to try living somewere that was a little more fast paced and vibrant and warmer so I came to Miami. As far as urbanity goes they are the same at ground level but I will say that Manhattan is a little bigger in area and the rail system is a little better but other than that theyre equal on all the other things.

Oscar

“the rail system is a LITTLE better” lololololololololol

aceraroja

????

Starapple

Miami just starting to explode in five years Miami will be number one

Anonymous

What a complete moron, it’s so absurd and naive to claim to be like New York just because we have some density and towers.

Anonymous

Its possible to catch Chicago one day but we could never catch New York. It would take over 50+ years or more to out pace their skyline. Miami has more flavor better weather and I feel more excitement. Miami is headed In a direction I can’t wait to see in the next 10 years, I hope I live long enough to see it.

Anonymous

You will anonymous miami have flavor and colourful art shows that no other cities have. Plus we will be number two in population by 2025

Pete305

It will happen much sooner than that. people are leaving NYC and most are coming to Miami. If people from NYC want that vibrant urban feel Miami is pretty much the only other place in the USA that can provide that.

anonymous

It seems that the entire debate on Miami being like NYC or any other major City seems silly. Miami is much younger than NYC, Chicago,..etc and should not be compared as those Cities have morphed into the great cities they are with all their institutions, industries and specialities that have defined those cities. Miami is at the precipice to embrace its own greatness and as the hub city of the region will need resources, leadership and an engaging citizenship. Projects like Miami Innovation District are needed and are distinguished from most developments offered in South Florida (more than a condo project). Simkins has a clear vision on how new technologies and how innovation economies are sparked and needed. His vision embraces a different urbanism that focuses on live/play/work and spreads out vertically with high level plazas as well as horizontally as an extension of the existing grid that will tie to Miami World and Miami Central. Also, on the west side, Miami Innovation District will tie into Overtown and help to distinguish 1st Ave as Overtown’s new promenade. Shouldn’t our efforts be on how to grow Miami as a city that is only 120 years old and as a city… Read more »

Pete305

I agree on some points. the difference is NYC is all built out and no room left to build anything whereas Miami is just getting started and has plenty of room to build and grow still. Miami is already almost equal to NYC as far as urbanity and as far as being a world class city. with so much room still for Miami to grow won’t be long before we surpass NYC and become the new capitol of the world. If you go to another part of the world and say “NYC” a lot of people never herd of it and won’t know what your talking about but if you say “Miami” they know instantly what your talking about cause they’ve actually heard of it.

ANONYMOUS

You are absolutely crazy.

ArnanBrickell

How is that crazy??? Miami has Everything NYC has just in a smaller area with the exception of great rail service. I will say we have good public transport but not great (yet). Miami has cultural institutes that NYC just does’t have and just plain lacks. Miami does it’s own thing and in some case NYC is even trying to emulate Miami. And add to all this the great weather.

aceraroja

“Miami has cultural institutes that NYC just does’t have and just plain lacks”

100% false lol

aceraroja

Pete305 you are some kind of brilliant troll right

Anonymous

It’s a race against the developers in Little Haiti trying to build Magic City … I wonder who wins?

Karl Eisen

Magic City is a limited site for an innovation district than this location in Overtown/Park West on many grounds and should be seen more as a land grab by its developers trying to spin “innovation district” language loosely . Primarily, innovation districts are in most cases (St.Louis, Boston-Cambridge, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Barcelona…etc) advantaged by rapid transit, near proximity to university/research/medical institutions, higher residential density, Convention Center proximity, and creative class (arts community) concentration. Little Haiti is a far cry for these primary ingredients that have been the staples for innovation district while Overtown/Park West has all these ingreediants. Furthermore, Magic City is limited in size while Miami Innovation District can grow exponentially over the years and grow into its own distinct district.

aceraroja

100% on the money, literally. The Magic City thing has nothing at all to do with “innovation,” that’s just some pandering trash they use to get grants and zoning variances etc and lessen the outcry about this pretty savage gentrification plot, even for Miami. You don’t build an “innovation” (wahtever the fuck that even means) district, or an arts district, those things emerge organically with the availability of inexpensive space and older buildings — you know, things Miami hardly has and what stock it does have are being bulldozed for 1000-foot LED billboards.

marc

They could both happen eventually. I see the Little Haiti sight moving on their sight first as its cost would be negligible in comparison to the Parkwest one.

miami1

Great site for a Soccer/College Football Stadium…just saying!!

Anonymous

Or a library.

Anonymous

$54 million for that site and to make it a Library when libraries are downsizing nationally really doesn’t make sense. Mayor Jimenez looked to save $$ recently and cut back on library hours. FYI, the historic Dorsey Memorial Library in Overtown is being restored. Miami had a large library in Bay Front Park in downtown off of Brickell in the 50’s 60’s, and 70’s that was knocked down and made way for an events park because Bay Front Park was failing and attracting more homeless people. Miami built a main Downtown Library at Flaglar. Its a terrible design because the idiot architect Phillip Johnson modelled it from Italian architecture and elevated the plaza at a second level and not accessable to the public. What were the ppl of Miami thinking about at the time?

Anonymous

Prefer jobs over another stadium.

Anonymous

geez the amount of land in park west is so abundant…cant believe this land has for the most part sat vacant for so long.

Anonymous

There are so many vacant lots close or in the downtown area I honestly cant believe it either. Prime real estate sitting there empty it’s pretty amazing.

Anonymous

Not for long.. after Miami World Center, Innovation Center, redevelopment west of Omni.. the empty lots will be full of building and people…new parks, nightlife, etc..

Anonymous

Dream on
Too many empty lots, parking garages, it will take 3 generations

Anonymous

I like how they put the signature bridge in that last rendering. lol. I have always liked this project and glad it’s moving a long and the developer is committed to it. Good to see some fullness of buildings behind the freedom tower.

Anonymous

The signature bridge is the stupidest project of all time. It doesn’t even cross the water! what does it bridge?!?! it should be called the “signature over pass”

ANONYMOUS

Just more wasted land dedicated for the filthy stinking rich. This is why South Florida has an affordable housing crisis and only growing worse with every passing year now. I mean, this is prime land that could be used for affordable market rate housing i.e. “micro units”. But no, this is Miami and we MUST wait for the shit to hit the fan before we realized we made a huge mistake here. Some forward thinking town this is. Not.

Anonymous

It seems that the entire debate on weither Miami is like NYC or any other major City seems so very silly. Miami is much younger than NYC,Chicago,..etc and should not be compared as those Cities have morpher into the great cities they are with all their

Anonymous

Agree but Miami morphed into the great world class city it is today in much shorter time! Miami is moving full speed ahead so won’t take long to surpass those 2 cities. we’re already the 3rd largest skyline.

Anonymous

Is this going to happen? Once the skyscraper billboard got shot down, it seemed like this was done

invasive species

would love to see these guys develop anything at all…. right now their only claim to fame is E11EVEN, Miami’s finest brothel.

Anonymous

If prices are right , will be a great addition an option for the area …… Do it , and clean all this empty ugly lots

Anonymous

Bunch of dreamers
We’ll all be 6 ft under by the time the first shovel gets lifted.

Starapple

Lol

Anonymous

Such a waste of land. That could have been the site of a new library.

Anonymous

I’m sure there will some type of library at an innovation district. Innovations don’t magically appear, we must learn from our past.

Anonymous

Good point. I’m sure the city is going to demand major improvements and I’m sure we can ask for a high tech library and the developers would pay for it.