These Twin Rental Towers Will Replace Grand Central At Worldcenter

Miami Worldcenter LLC has filed plans to build a twin tower residential project called 7th Street Apartments on the former Grand Central property, known as Block G.

Worldcenter’s 7th Street Promenade will run in between the Block G apartment towers and Block E. To the west will be Marriott World Expo Center, while the Mall at Worldcenter is planned to the east.

Both towers will be built as rental apartments. Units will be small, with about 65% of apartments either studios or one bedrooms.

The project’s east tower will rise 43 stories, or 442 feet. It will have 450 units. The west tower will top off at 40 floors, or 413 feet, with 422 units planned. The overall highest point of the structure will be 478 feet above ground.

Unit breakdown:

  • Studio – 252 (29%)
  • One Bedroom  – 311 (36%)
  • Two Bedroom – 248 (28%)
  • Three Bedroom – 61 (7%)

The combined total number of units between both towers is 872. A ten-level parking garage will have 1,047 parking spaces.

Cohen Freedman Encinosa is the architect. Miami’s UDRB is reviewing the plans at a meeting today.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

So sick of the twin tower on top of parking pedestal design in Miami.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I agree there should be more independent skyscrapers without pedestals

laz
5 years ago

we need to park to get to work, which is most likely not in downtown or brickell as all major coperations are in the suburbs. how would you like me to pay for this apartment if i cant go to work?

Marc305
5 years ago

Thank you Laz for voicing a concern that is shared by most of my clients. Miami 21 allows buildings to have less parking if they are by a Metro or Metromover because they should take it to work. This assumption is based on the fallacy that everyone who will live there will work in Brickell or other areas accessible by the Metro, which is simply not true. People that work in the suburbs and live in Downtown and Brickell need parking, plain and simple.

laz
5 years ago

these hardcore urbanist that post here half of them cant afford to live in those buildings and the other half live in a fantasy world of a downtown where people live and work. its a beautiful thought but its not reality, all the major employers in Miami are in the suburbs, ALL OF THEM! where downtown and brickell have failed is to bring back those employers into the urban core.

Instead of catering only to the foreign money, that is just renting these condos out to people like us, which i love to live in but i need to park my f-ing car. so i am no fan of no parking residential buildings.

Really???
5 years ago

This just simply isn’t true. Let me preface by stating the there needs to be a certain amount of parking downtown (or anywhere for that matter), but there is nothing wrong with parking reductions if developers see fit. Its sort of like the chicken and the egg. If you continue to build primarily for the car, then you are going to get an environment primarily for the car. I get it that you want what YOU want right now but we should be building for the future and not just what people want now. The greater downtown area is being to show signs of a 24/7 global community that will allow for people to live/work/play in this community. By the time City Center, World Center, AAF are completed were going to have millions of sf of new commercial space connected to the already tens of thousands of units downtown. Between, Brickell, CBD, Park West, Wynwood, Midtown, and the Design District most people are going to be able spend the majority of their time and address the majority of their needs. Between Metrorail, Metromover, Trollies, Uber and possibly new stops in conjunction with AAF we have the beginning of transit network.

Not to mention that even if you build all the parking in the world in these buildings its not going to matter because of the density of the area and the capacity of the roads means the roads are going to essentially be parking lots. If you work in the suburbs downtown isn’t going to be the best option.

And as far as the jobs downtown if you think all of the major employers are in the suburbs then your just not being serious. There are plenty of professional employers downtown.Law Firms, Architects, Investment Banks, etc are all downtown and growing. FIU put an MBA location downtown for a reason, to be close to the jobs.

laz
5 years ago

those little law firms, architects are not employing the majority of the counties. nice try though.

Another Anonymous
5 years ago

You forgot about the impending Miami Innovation District (MID) and it 7M square feet. The controversial Miami Innovation Tower(MIT) with large LEDs is in Mediation with the City now meaning that something will be settled. The developer has made it clear that MIT is the catalyst to the MID and the City does want the Innovation Technologies in this location. This Concept is different than the other SAP in Miami and much langer than Midtown and Design District inniciatives. Miami World, Brickell City, AAF-Miami Central,…etc are based on high-end residential and retail in the mix. MID has less than 50% residential and far more office/work modeled on Google Campus for innovation companies. Because they are the closest to the Health District (40K plus workers already) they will also be marketing to life science companies. This is a great thing for Miami.

Kesley
5 years ago

Exactly. I work in Coral Gables where there are a lot of companies, but you have to be a millionaire to live here. I love the urban density and would love to live there, but I need parking!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Take the freakin Metrorail from downtown/brickell to Coral Gables. Easy!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Its not just parking its retail as well i believe.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I love this project. I’m so excited to see downtown being filled in!

Kesley
5 years ago

I really wish they would incorporate the Grand Central building into this development. It’s a distinct historic art deco building from the 1920’s only 5 years away from being 100 years old. The owner went through a lot of trouble renovating and preserving it. There are many examples already of developments which incorporate existing buildings as part of the project, two which are proposed for Edgewater 2500 Biscayne Boulevard and 1836 Biscayne Boulevard.

Marc305
5 years ago

Looks like a nice project. Does anyone know if the rails to the South will remain or be moved or lifted after All Aboard Florida builds their station?

Anonymous
5 years ago

I believe that have already been re-positioned west slightly to accommodate for the AAF station track lead.

The same Anonymous
5 years ago

Sorry I thought you were referring to the tracks to the west. The tracks to the south will remain in place as they connect to the port. Hopefully those surface lots between the tracks and NE 6th Street will become nice buildings, parks or at least be refurbished to fit in with the ever-changing landscape. The future is bright in downtown!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Stagnant architecturally, but beats empty parking lot.

Dwntwnr
5 years ago

Every time I see renderings for World Center, the buildings are different. These look different than the recent drawings I just saw In the article “First Look at Arquitectonica’s Design of Block E” from the 10th of Sept. on this same site. You can click for that article, which shows in red in the middle of this page under “Popular”. That means by the time it really is under construction they might not look exactly like these? How many different drawings do they have for same?

Anonymous
5 years ago

I’m assuming because they’re not their buildings, the rest is only meant to serve for visualization purposes instead of an accurate rendering. Too bad there’s no unified rendering of every building.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I liked the older less specific renders with the blue circular caps better. It’s the only feature of the towers which stands out compared to Luma or Block E.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Not stunning at all but can’t complain about 800 compact rentals.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Every new render each building gets changed in some way. If you look at old renders of this project it was awesome but now everything keeps changing but not to look better but look worse than it was originally.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Just when you think you have seen it all, then this…

Anonymous
5 years ago

this project is becoming a washed down idea from the original intent

Anonymous
5 years ago

Looks like Insignia Towers in Seattle.

Anonymous
5 years ago

cheap developer = cheap architect = cheap design = cheap product

Anonymous
5 years ago

they should’ve used Arquitectonica so both blocks end up being cohesive

Anonymous
5 years ago

Are you serious?

Anonymous
5 years ago

so downtown can end up with City Centre Part Deux?

marc
5 years ago

I’m just happy this part of town will be a 24/7 beehive of activity in 3-4 years, as it should’ve been ages ago.

Anonymous
5 years ago

You are absolutely correct!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Oh my….i knew downtown Doral was trying to look like downtown Miami but, this is Downtown Miami looking like Downtown Doral….WTF

Danny
5 years ago

Confused, it’s Miami in the end of the day. It’s not like we’re talking about Miami and Hong Kong.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It belongs to Midtown

Anonymous
5 years ago

I agree, it looks a little cheap