Supertall Approved: 64% Of Voters In Favor Of 3-Tower Miami Riverbridge

Voters in Miami gave the green light to a 3-tower project known as Miami Riverbridge.

In a referendum yesterday, 64% of voters were in favor of a deal with developers Gencom and Hyatt.

Gencom and Hyatt released a statement after the vote:

“Miami residents have cast their votes, and we’re thrilled with the overwhelming support we’ve earned. Our plans for a privately funded world-class development and transformed riverfront have been embraced by the community, and we look forward to finalizing our lease with the City of Miami.

Once completed, Miami Riverbridge will activate the Miami riverfront, improve access and walkability, and meet growing demand for housing, hotel rooms, and meeting space in Downtown Miami. The redevelopment is also expected to create as much as $1.5 billion in additional revenue in city taxes, fees, and ground rent to help fund citywide priorities over the term of our lease. The joint venture expects to also contribute an additional $25 million to fund affordable housing in the City.

Miami voters weighed these benefits against the status quo and overwhelmingly voted to usher in these privately funded improvements.”

Miami Riverbridge will include three towers:

  • 95 stories (1,049-foot supertall)
  • 61 stories
  • 61 stories

The combined project will have:

  • 1,806 apartments (including 264 serviced apartments)
  • 615-room Hyatt Regency hotel
  • 190,000 square feet of Class A meeting space
  • 20,000 square feet of coworking space
  • 12,000 square feet of food and beverage/retail in the podium
  • Destination restaurant and lounge perched 700 feet over the city, located in a skybridge linking the two shorter towers
  • 50,000+ square feet of new public space
  • Rebuilt riverwalk spanning 480 feet, completing a key missing connection
  • Covered pedestrian bridge connection to Metromover’s Knight Center Station
  • 1,100 parking spaces

Total project cost is estimated at $1.7 billion

Arquitectonica is the architect.

Here are 10 benefits of the project, according to the developers:

  1. Miami Riverbridge will include 50,000 square feet of new outdoor public green space – perfect for families, pedestrians, and nearby residents.
  2. A newly created 480-foot-long section of the Miami Riverwalk will be open and accessible to the public, creating a riverfront amenity for Downtown residents and a destination for all.
  3. Hyatt and Gencom will make a $25 million contribution towards affordable housing in the City of Miami, helping to alleviate one of the community’s biggest challenges.
  4. 1,500 new apartments will cater to local residents, meeting rising demand for housing in Miami.
  5. Miami Riverbridge, over the term of the lease, will contribute more than $1.5 billion in city taxes, fees and ground rent that can be invested in City-wide infrastructure improvements, resiliency measures, and community enhancements.
  6. Reimagining the Hyatt Regency Miami site will create better access in and out of Miami’s urban core by easing traffic and congestion on surrounding streets and improving the pedestrian experience.
  7. The project’s construction will create 4,500 jobs, while the number of permanent jobs post-construction will more than double from 350 to about 900.
  8. Completely redesigned Hyatt Regency Miami hotel with 615 guestrooms and 264 branded serviced apartments that will keep pace with Miami’s thriving tourism market.
  9. 190,000 square feet of Class A meeting and event space will further position Miami to attract major conferences and events from around the world.
  10. Miami Riverbridge will be entirely funded with private dollars – without a single penny of taxpayer funds.

“This is an opportunity to rethink the way people will access this site over future decades – by foot, bike, rail, car, and boat, said Bernardo Fort Brescia of Arquitectonica. “Our vision improves the flow in and out of Downtown and creates vital public space along the Miami River, which is growing in importance as more people live, work, and spend time in the neighborhood.”

In Miami Beach yesterday, voters rejected a zoning increase for the Deauville Resort property, where Dolphins owner Stephen Ross planned two towers by architect Frank Gehry.

Miami Beach voters also rejected deals with two developers for mixed-use projects near Lincoln Road.

 


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Melo is sigma and Chad
21 days ago

Amazing, lets get those demo permits going and get rid of that early 1980s scifi movie government HQ building that is called hyatt.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Another beaut by Arquitectonica!

analyst
21 days ago

Great news for Miami and inconceivable stupidity by Miami Beach voters….

Pleezzee
21 days ago

If residents are asked to say “yay or nay,” what do we a zoning dept for?

Antennae
21 days ago

Exactly, like residents act selfishly. It’s not all about them. Those towers designed by Gehry looked amazing

One more lane bro
16 days ago

Zoning deot determines current zoning. You ask the voters if you want to deviate from this, which is what the Deauville referendum was for.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Just like how they objected to infrastructure improvements while complaining every time it floods after a little bit of rain.

Anonymous
21 days ago

As bad as you might think local politics are on the mainland, I count my blessings we’re not run by the same d**ksnouts in charge of Miami Beach.

Hotel
20 days ago

What are they stupid for? For wanting to preserve their economy for tourists?

Europe
21 days ago

Never have I ever seen a rendering of this project in its full length. If this is really going to be 95 stories than I would love to see a rendering of the entire building and not just the bottom half of it.

ANON
21 days ago

Now time to demolish the downtown distributor and truly incorporate this area into the neighborhood. As it is now, that road layout and highway exit are completely hostile to pedestrians.

Pleezzee
21 days ago

Don’t pedestrians have other places to walk?

Anonymous
21 days ago

You mean where the young lady was just hit and killed by a driver? Should have better designed walkways and roads to protect pedestrians. Also design roads that anticipate lawless drivers and keep them in check.

Jerome
19 days ago

No

Anonymous
21 days ago

Who gives a freak? It works great at its purpose, which is moving work commuters along. You urban plannistas need to understand that downtown is a downtown, not a bedroom community like the one you grew up in. All major downtowns have lots of car traffic. Deal with it.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Except very few people use it and demolishing it has been proposed for almost twenty years.

Anonymous
21 days ago

lol…. lots of cars use it, you work downtown?

Hotel
20 days ago

Do you realize how many commuters take I-95 into and out of Downtown on a daily basis? Not everyone walks to work.

Anonymous
20 days ago

These boys don’t work. Bunch of pimply 16 year old Sim City players with no real world experience.

Anonymous
21 days ago

No, just because something “is” or “was” doesn’t mean that is how it must be – being a new city we have the blessing and opportunity to build for the future and our baby generations to come. Build a futuristic city unlike any other in America or the World!

Anonymous
21 days ago

I see you’ve been to the cannibus store recently

Anonymous
21 days ago

What was that lady who got hit doing at 2 AM in a bike.. RIP but I’m sure she hasn’t lived in Miami for more than 5 yrs. People are delusional and have to be aware at all times.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Victim blaming. Nice.

Anonymous
21 days ago

You’re a fool.

Hotel
20 days ago

Seems like you are the only one on here with any common sense. You don’t belong on this site then.

MM305
20 days ago

Bless you for you speak the truth. “Plannistas”! Love it, great phrasing.

Hotel
20 days ago

That downtown distributor is there for a reason.

Jared
21 days ago

Appears as though the next-door Comfort Inn & Suites is staying. Wouldn’t be a bad thing to see it go also.

Anon
21 days ago

That thing is a dump

Anonymous
21 days ago

As I said from the beginning…

Anonymous
21 days ago

Love this. Now that the Knight Center’s gone, it’s important for downtown to add a similar music venue to downtown or even Brickell. It’s good for the local economy and attracts smaller artists/concerts that don’t reach the capacity for FTX.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Wow we must be onto something! That was my first thought too and I posted this without even seeing your comment. Hopefully if our two minds are thinking of it – someone involved in this development is thinking it too….

Anonymous
21 days ago

Great minds think alike, it’s a great opportunity and makes perfect sense to bring an entertainment feature like that to Brickell where all you can really do is shop, eat, and drink. Something modern yet traditional could add life to the area like Olympia Theater or the Arsht Center.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Exactly! Also like the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center (which is near the shops and dining of Columbus Circle) – a grand theater space designed with a towering glass atrium with outdoor courtyard overlooking the water for outdoor entertainment and private and public events.

Anonymous
20 days ago

They have a few of them down town, the church, the new world campus, the MDCC campus, the Theater. There already are a number of mid level venues.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Not along the river – there needs to be a beautiful view when you enter and exit, and places for quality high-art and live entertainment along the water.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Love this for the riverfront! I voted for it and so excited.

Can they add a little amphitheater or place for music or “Shakespeare in the park” entertainment? I think the riverfront would be perfect place to watch a show or projected movie outside.

Also being a hotel, I’m sure the owners would make a huge profit using it as the stage for weddings.

Anonymous
21 days ago

What about the knight center? I’d there going to be an auditorium/theater space?

Melo is sigma and Chad
21 days ago

More of a reason to develop the MWC convention center.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Why? There’s no auditorium there…

Melo is sigma and Chad
21 days ago

convention centers typically have auditoriums

Slim Shady
21 days ago

Do you mean the Resirts World Destunation Resort?
The World center Convention Center isn’t happening.

Anonymous
21 days ago

With a better design, such as the previous proposals.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Demolished. It was never used as a convention center anyways so good riddance.

Idea Guy
21 days ago

This is amazing. Love the idea of a covered walkway to the metro.

BIG Idea: I really think the riverfront would benefit from a covered pedestrian bridge over the river. Since it does not have to be pitched the same as a road, it can go up higher and be fixed all the time…. It could have winding staircase and elevator up to a horizontal walkway, high enough to allow boats to cross, it can be a beautiful functional monument for the river!

I got this idea from the one in Battery Park NYC but ours would be nicer looking and have planters for some greenery.

Another Idea
20 days ago

Run it along the metro level so there’s even sight lines and views aren’t blocked 🙂

Anonymous
21 days ago

Yes! Bring that hideous Hyatt to the ground stat!!

Anonymous
21 days ago

Should they use this as an opportunity to widen/upgrade the bridge so it is integrated into the design?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Any news about FTX? Sounds like bad news for us

Anon
21 days ago

Binance Arena

Original
21 days ago

FTX area is staying. Naming rights are sold at arena sites all throughout this country. It’s something residents can’t say “yeh or nay” to.

Pleezzee
21 days ago

I meant “FTX ARENA”

great
21 days ago

Our main arena is named after a collapsing crypto firm that is a year old. LOL

Anonymous
21 days ago

It’s kinda telling…

wanderer34
19 days ago

Since FTX just recently collapsed, the arena might as well be know as the Binance Arena, the company that just recently acquired FTX.

Idea Guy
21 days ago

Love the FTX name – so different we have a crypto arena. It is really nice too!

Hotel
20 days ago

It’s going back to AAA hopefully.

chango
20 days ago

bang bros. arena…..or reality kings???

Ass face
20 days ago

Hopefully replaced by a reputable company and not a scammy, crypto pump exchange platform. Thank of crypto is finally crashing

Anonymous 2032
21 days ago

1,100 parking spaces. Eternal bottleneck in and out Brickell – forever ! Anytime of the day or night. But, but, but “they will be walking from the airport…”

MINDSET
21 days ago

More reasons for you not to g o there, since you don’t anyway.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Let’s hope it gets built and that the final product resembles the renderings!!!
I doubt it.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Let the bait and switch begin, unfortunately…

Hate development then they go elsewhere!
20 days ago

Meanwhile Miami Beach is loosing!

Anonymous but Famous
19 days ago

Now is the time to trash those low lights along the riverfront, which were designed to light the way to the front door from the car door.

Instead, let’s have a true lighting professional point lights in different directions, to achieve a blend of lightly shadowy areas (indirect lighting) that blend into one another, which both are more pleasing to the eye and studies show decreases crime and increases a sense of safety (we’re not that far off from a monkey- level brain!).

Don’t believe me? Try not getting increasingly annoyed after 100 yards as you walk down with one bulb after another hitting your eyes. Worse, try to sit on a bench to look at the river- you won’t last 2 minutes.

The riverwalk will be a sad abandoned area at night if this illumination scheme is not redesigned.

Vancouverism
19 days ago

We are going to tunnel soon. Maybe something underneath Biscayne bvld and goes south under brickell

congrejo
13 days ago

the didnt have the foresight to build one back when broward built one under the new river…what makes you think the kickback commission and our building dept can ever wrap their heads around that one…plus everything is way too developed around this area to do that kinda thing…should have been done in the lazy,hazy,late 60s early 70s…

One more lane bro
16 days ago

Miserable ugly blue-glass monstrosity, absolutely zero engagement at street level except for a sunblasted lawn nobody will use. A billion parking spots but good luck actually getting your car in or out lol

dan
21 days ago

Which of the 3 will be the super tall tower? I’m assuming the one on the SE

robert
21 days ago

just my guess but i think it’ll be the sw tower with a different floorplan. the other two match which would make sense if they are the two 61 story

Anonymous but you can call me Mike
21 days ago

Ok, let’s go and get it done starting now!

Yet Another Anonymous
21 days ago

Nice that is matches the oval shape of Epic next door, and with the good rendering it looks real already.

Mad Dash
21 days ago

Is that counting work to be done by archeologists once they find a chicken bone?

Drac
21 days ago

Yeah… and employing another two hundred of them.

Anonymous
21 days ago

More chatter from someone from archeological site?

MiamiCityMan
20 days ago

Time to tear down SR 970. And really take advantage of the available space.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_State_Road_970

Kimpton EPIC Hotel
12 days ago

Looks cute. Take your time!

Alpina
21 days ago

Ok, lots of promises and nice renderings but what’s the starting date….??? A lot can happen if they don’t start soon since a huge part of the project is housing. In the meantime, we have to coexist with that eyesore of a building

Alcoholiotic
21 days ago

… and mosquitoes.

Se me paro'
21 days ago

At least 10 years away. Don’t you know the drill by now?

Anonymous
20 days ago

With the growth and resources here it’ll be done in 2-3 years.

Anon
21 days ago

This will get nerfed

salt water intrusion
20 days ago

i dont give a shit about the build and all..i just want that bigly rent increase from them….and when are the heatz gonna start paying rent at ponzi scheme arena on the bay????