SkyRise Developer Aiming To Take Title Of City’s Tallest

SkyRise Miami developers want to ensure that the tower will be the tallest in Miami.

The developers of the polarizing project submitted plans to the FAA earlier this month requesting an increased height of 1,045 feet above ground. In 2008, the agency had approved a height of 990 feet above ground.

The 2008 application listed a site elevation of 10 feet above sea level, putting the top of the tower at 1,000 feet above sea level. The new filing lists the site elevation at 4 feet above sea level, which would put the peak at 1,049 feet above sea level.

If approved, SkyRise would beat out several other proposed towers by just a few feet in structure height, although others would match sea level height. Swire Properties’ One Brickell City Centre was recently approved at 1,040 feet above ground, or 1,049 feet above sea level. Near SkyRise, developer PMG has a pending application for a 1,041-foot condo tower at the Empire World Towers site, which would also reach 1,049 feet above sea level.

All of the projects are taking advantage newly eased height limits in the downtown area, allowing for 1,049-foot towers.

 

 

 

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Karl
6 years ago

What a horrible design for Miami. What are the benefits of this? This makes the statement that Miami’s most precious waterfront site is an amusement park that benefits the owner most and pigeon holds Miami as a tourism market above all other things. Miami should be looking at making the Miami Innovation District proposal a priority as that can tie in Downtown, Overtown and the Health District and bring in much needed jobs and innovation technologies. Furthermore, the MLS Stadium should also be in the mix in Overtown. Miami polititians give away the best public assets to developers that add very little to make Miami better.

marc
6 years ago

You had me till you mentioned the stadium in Overtown.

suomynona
6 years ago

The Overtown location is without a doubt the best MLS site of the non-waterfront sites. Not even up for debate.

marc
6 years ago

The Overtown location is not a viable spot because there is no room for it. Firstly, all the vacant lots you see in Google Maps are currently being or planned on being developed by affordable housing type developers, look it up. Google maps hasn’t been updated. Second, that area is a hotbed for African American activism and would not stand for being displaced or allow their historic neighborhood, at least to them, being raised for a Soccer stadium. Again, it’s not realistic option. Sorry but I’m a realist.

marc
6 years ago

**razed

MrDreTheOne
6 years ago

I understand you might not be a fan of the design of the tower as many people are not, but to say this tower and the Bayside improvement that will come with it adds little to Miami is factually incorrect; additionally, Miami is already first and foremost a tourist market (top performing hotel industry in the nation right now) so this tower will not be “pigeon holing” anything my friend it will add to a booming industry. Furthermore, that “most precious” of waterfront sites was nothing more than a dirty parking lot behind a crumbling and tacky shopping plaza…please stop acting as if that square was the last piece of bay front land in Miami.

Marc305
6 years ago

Right on point Mr. Dre, I for one am looking forward to eating, drinking, and partying while having an incredible view of Miami. Looks like it will be lots of fun! Best of all I can get there and back on the Metromover and really get a snout-full!

Karl
6 years ago

Your point being that Miami is and should always remain a tourism market rather than grow to become a vibrant world class city. Are you aware that South Florida is now the 4th largest metropolitan area in the US and growing? Should its largest city just aspire to be a tourist based industry or shouldnt it become a greater city that is the cultural and economic magnet of the region? Also, all waterfront is precious and when it belongs to the public then ith public should be its greatest beneficiary.

MrDreTheOne
6 years ago

Karl, I never said Miami should always remain a tourism market, I just mentioned that it currently is a tourism powerhouse. I’m aware South Florida is growing, I’ve only lived here all of my life; my point is, this observation tower -as ugly or useless as you may think it is- will not prevent Miami from becoming a better city or a “cultural magnet of the region” as you put it, whatever that means. And who says that you won’t be able to go there and appreciate the waterfront even more after this tower is there? You may knock on the design all you want, but are we really going to favor a parking lot over this?

Anonymous
6 years ago

Miami ranks 4th in Urban Area population. The Metropolitan Area actually ranks 9th. CSA rank is 10. Metra area ranks 12th by GDP, there’s a lot of catching up to do. But that’s all just poppycock. I’m more annoyed by the idea that a city the size of Miami can’t do more than one thing at once. It should be doing everything it can to both increase it’s tourist market share and increase it’s cultural and economic infrastructure. They are not mutually exclusive. It was the same with the “Make Art not Casinos” crowd. It’s small minded.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Still ugly

Anonymous
6 years ago

Berkowitz obviously has a huge…ego.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Great news! This needs to be as tall as possible so the whole city can see how ridiculous it is.

Karl
6 years ago

The crazy thing about this design was that it was created about 5 years ago by an engineering firm looking to do a tower that could draw from thermo-geo, wind and solar energies and add to the grid. They added the entertainment component and the project was not site specific until they put it infront of Berkowitz who saw the upside on the entertainment end. The energy components were dropped, Berkowitz worked with General Growth Companies and levereaged his relationship with City of Miami polititians. Berkowitz sold it on the entertainment venue alone and not on what the tower could do as a sustainable design. Berkowitz brings in Arquitectonica who accepts the design as is and claims it as their own because they are the Miami bred design firm with the name recognition. The polititians eat this up because of the additional funds it brings. Berkowitz put $70M of his own because its a legacy play for him, and now wants it to be the tallest structure in Miami. Great of Regalado and company to give away the best public site for Mr Berkowitz’s gain.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“SkyRise Developer Aiming To Take Title Of City’s Tallest” and Ugliest.

It’s still not too late for the residents of Miami to force Berkowitz into a redesign of this quacky looking thing. Amazing how this guy is more concerned about the height of this thing than the look of it.

People of MiamiDade unite, and force this developer to come up with a better design where almost every body can agree on, or cancel it if he refuses.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Wait a minute – “PMG has a pending application for a 1041 foot condo tower at the Empire World Tower site “. Huh since when? If true that would make it the tallest condo tower by far right.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Well, all suspicions of this project being nothing more than Berkowitz on an ego trip have been confirmed.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Ok the only thing I can say I dont like about this building is the over hang at the bottom but its there for a reason. People this is really not a building its an observation tower look as it as that and compared to other observation towers this isn’t that bad. Google other towers like this an you will see what I mean, I feel you guys just want something to bitch about. An to those who feel you wont benefit from this you don’t know anything the city will benefit from revenue. Guys Miami or Florida has nothing like this while other great cities do kicking our ass because we are against every proposal thar comes along that will put us about other cities. I talked to someone the other day that went to Miami an said Miami is over rated for the most part they are right. We have the beach and party life but what else can we enjoy we dont have much to entertain us other than that. This will bring entertainment to the city and rides something we dont have and I’m all for it. You guys bitch about this but I guess you rather it be another ugly condo nobody but the rich benefits from. You guys act like there are other attractive buildings in Miami nope only maybe 4 buildings look nice the rest are ugly boxes an condos. So can we at least give this a chance its going up either way an I can bet when its built you will all be there enjoying it an your opinion will change.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“an” you can bet this thing will still be ugly.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Its a big difference between see

Karl
6 years ago

Miami’s economy needs to emerge beyond tourism. It is developing a stronger medical community and that will eventually spawn more R+D plus technologies. Miami has the least manufacturing industries of cities of its comperable size. That too can change. The real trend in Miami is the over development of high end residential real estate where the majority of buyers are investors, meaning that real estate has now become a commodity. That is unique and is not the case in NYC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston…etc, all that have more balanced economies. This is not a criticism but more a statement as to what Miami is. The real concern should be the lack of planning and the ineptitude of the polititians. Case and point, the traffic and transportation issues that lack the proper attention from the political leadership. SkyRise Miami is far more about what a mall developer concocted and willfully pushed for his gain. Observation Decks are greatly successful as seen in the new WTC in NYC that will gross close to $100M in the first year. Berkowitz is banking on high fees to have mostly east and west views on the waters edge. Truth is that all the tall towers on Biscayne BLvd will gave similar views, difference is they are private and are not gated public venues. Berkowitz and partners are taking the largest risk, they will gaining the largest reward. That’s how the game is played and there is nothing wrong with that. What should be at issue is the public benefits. SkyRise Miami has a more lucrative deal than the observation decks at WTC, which is also on public land that belongs to the Port Authority of NY/NJ. Our polititians did not look at those precidents to structure SkyRise and again did not have the publics interest at heart.

Simon
6 years ago

considering that banking, not tourism, is Miami’s largest industry, I assure you it has diversified beyond tourism.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I love it 🙂

Anonymous
6 years ago

I guarantee most of the people complaining on here did not vote when they had the chance to approve this tower.

The design is incredibly unique and iconic. Anyone complaining about the entertainment components clearly never wanted a sustainable attraction in the first place. Foreigners are already commending it. And guess what Miami is missing? Attractions. Further its foot print is small, and the developer has an incredible history of developing shopping centers and infrastructure that are crucial parts of the real Miami everyone lives with daily. To be so short sided and continue to complain about things that have no effect on you is ridiculous. Youve had a chance to speak. Youve had a chance to vote, and further, your tax dollars will not be used. I can assure you this is the truth.

America and its pessism is a curse. Not a revenue generating tower on a small unused parking lot that surely would have not been utilized for decades to come.

Bravo Berkowitz.

suomynona
6 years ago

It’s a neat looking tower. Definitely not ugly.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Um yeah, sure, Shallow Hal.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Yeah this looks like every other observation tower created AND there’s nothing creative about this design or useful in generating income.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Oh there’s something useful about it, it’s going to be useful for getting Miami laughed at around the world.

Yet Another Anonymous
6 years ago

Anyone who’s “worried” about this, I think its going to have at most 30 actual stories spread out pretty far so it really doesn’t count as a regular building.

Anonymous
6 years ago

This may be the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.