Three Proposers Shortlisted For Downtown Miami 24-Hour Metrocenter Project

Downtown Miami’s Metrocenter development is advancing.

The county has now shortlisted three prequalified proposers for the project, according to a memo to commissioners dated last week.

Multiple county properties are planned to be redeveloped to make way for Metrocenter.

Plans call for around 27 acres in the downtown government center area be redeveloped into a thriving, interactive, 24-hour community with cultural buildings and thousands of residences.

A Downtown Intermodal Terminal is planned to be built for the county’s Department of Transportation and Public Works as part of the project.

 

 

Conceptual renderings of Metrocenter:

 




To be demolished:

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Here’s to hoping
1 month ago

The renderings are terrible. Hopefully they get a little more creative for something that’s supposed to be a cultural hub.

Antennae
1 month ago

That’s because this is for 2050 target. Honestly, I don’t see this happening anytime soon. Apologize for my pessimism.

Anon
1 month ago

Can you provide some reasoning for that prediction? Or is this just based off vibes?

Anonymous
1 month ago

By 2030, or even within a year at the peak of this decade, hopefully architectural trends will have swayed away from glass boxes like it did in the mid-1970s to 1980s.

Anon
1 month ago

I really hope you understand those are placeholder masses. A developer has not even been chosen, which means there is no architect – which means there isn’t a design.

Hope thats clear enough for you.

CareBear
1 month ago

At current building prices the lowest price apartment would have to be over $2,500 per month in today’s dollars. If the project gets completed by 2030 figure at least $2,800 which working people can’t afford.

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

HOOOOOOOLLLLLLLDD up.

I work. I can afford it.

Evan
1 month ago

Yes it’s early in the process, that doesn’t mean it’s 26 years away

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

True.
The government has put out a cry for the private sector to get beaten by bureaucrats and politicians.
The “massing study” is done on the cheap, by the government.

In one real estate event, Commissioner Eileen Higgins offered a hint. She said, “I”m not a communist, but the developer should understand that any bid should include transportation, affordable housing, and other elements that focus on the public good.”

Of course, the best developers in the world would certainly be jumping at the opportunity work with a politician whose opening salvo starts with, “I’m no communist, but…..”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hmmm the best developer in the world JDS is developing with a new fire station and new world class park in Brickell as part of Mercedes Benz Places, and I think contributed 8+ million to improvements to district 3. I think you underestimate the worth of our city and how much value it holds. Are you working for Miami like the honorable Commissioner Higgins or yourself?

Anonymous
1 month ago

She said she’s not a communist, probably to show how reasonable our requirements would be – we don’t won’t a pump and dump job here.

Anon
1 month ago

Thats like saying “this movie looks horrible!” at merely the announcement of a new movie with no script, no director, and no cast. lol come on man lets use our heads a little yeah?

Go Miami!
1 month ago

Excited to have a new public library, another park, another transit hub, and more cultural centers downtown. Very exciting!

anonymous
1 month ago

Rendering will def change but overall this will be a great redevelopment of an underutilized area of Downtown

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

The county should renovate all the metrorail and metromover stations as well.

Muhammad
1 month ago

About Dam time, for the Redevelopment of of our Downtown Community into something that we the people can finally enjoy.

LIVE, WORK AND PLAY.

Anonymous
1 month ago

but isnt this gentrification, and don’t you hate that in your Overtown?

Anonymous
1 month ago

No haters, let’s elevate the community

Ex-Londoner resident in 33132
1 month ago

You mean “damn”. Dam is the water holder.

Pol
1 month ago

lets GO….!!!

ANON
1 month ago

who are the three short-listed teams?

jojo
1 month ago

still under the cone of silence

Azarius
1 month ago

Great revitalization project for the downtown area. We have been overdue for years. Say hello to a new Overtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s still a part of downtown… Not Overtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Overtown is a big part of downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hope to see neoclassical modern revivals with more attention to green space and water features.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We should prioritize enhancing bridge and bike paths along what seems to be evolving as a new Park Avenue-style corridor along 2nd Avenue. Also, creating parks in the under deck areas nearby and along the river waterfront, with the grand bridge as a focal point, would really enrich our cityscape.

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

I think that I have figured this out…..

NO WAY that a human could be posting such inane prose. My original tribesman who is running The Next Miami programed an Artificial Ignorance bot with instruction to champion Park Avenues that do not exist and West Brickell fans that are solitary.

This experiment has dual purpose.
1. Raise engagement on TNM to sell those Google Ad affiliate commissions.
2. Get some interest in West Brickell in order to raise the values from 1/2 of the value of Brickell to 9/16th of Brickell.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Many people from all corners are adding value to Brickell, which was meant to be a united neighborhood where everyone contributes to its success. And we simply want to see it continue to thrive together as it was intended. Let’s focus on our shared principles to improve our city, knowing many of us shape its future.

Bob Art Guy
1 month ago

The current design is soulless, ugly, and uncreative.

Anon
1 month ago

It’s not a “current design” because there is no developer, and no architect, and no design…

Why people here are judging this project based on conceptual placeholders is beyond me.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Take it with a grain of salt. He also thinks neutral grays, blues and whites are a complex color scheme.

Evan
1 month ago

I’m sure developers will come up with something better than the generic renderings, but glad to see this is moving. I wonder/hope something is planned for future rail expansion coming through

Matilda
1 month ago

We need a skyscraper with a big spear .. just as much as downtown needs to be connected to wynwood, midtown , the design district and south beach through some kind of metro or monorail … then Miami will rival other world capitals ….

Anonymous
1 month ago

I dream of a grand library, complete with sweeping staircases, majestic lion statues guarding the entrance, and a towering sculpture of Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea, gracing its halls. Outside, within the garden courtyard, lined with ionic columns, are bronze sculptures that depict our citizens lost in the pages of books, creating an inviting atmosphere for learning and stimulating academic conversations.

Anon
1 month ago

Thats the New York Public Library.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s a familiar template in prominent American cities like ours. I think lions are pretty common and beloved everywhere but we could also use Florida panthers, revered creatures in our state. Is there a statue of Poseidon? Let the Trident stand tall as a new landmark for Miami! 🌊 🔱

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great to see the county prioritizing development along the metro mover! More thriving live work and play environments in urban core around the people mover!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, no. It’s development around multiple forms of transit and not just you’re beloved free electric beer can.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let me guess, all the oaks will be cut down for PaLm TrEeS… Here’s a bright idea, incorporate them into the design to encourage street-level interaction, and not parking podiums and ledges!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Unfortunately, I’m pessimistic about this after seeing the pathetic-looking new courthouse.

Taxed Out
1 month ago

Will this be the first Philip Johnson project to be demolished?

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

If not, it should be.

Lynx at Miami Tower
1 month ago

Don’t forget at least the potential for the current or another east west Metrorail platform to be included and not have it’s alignment blocked.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I get it’s just a teaser, but I think this is where the city’s most prominent super tall should come into play, creating a staggered skyline and promoting growth for all the avenues in the core, as well as the largest central green space designed to create a vibrant landscape at ground level leading to the river, like Hudson Yards.

MiamiGuy
1 month ago

Don’t get your underwear in a bunch. The city chose the cheapest options to get some renderings, if it wasn’t done in-house. I’m sure we’ll have some amazing renderings once a developer is selected and bring Kobi Karp on as the lead design architect. I would like to keep the library building, in my mind its a staple of Miami.

Anonymous
30 days ago

If these idiots were smart, which they’re not, they would turn this into THE Premiere Public Transportation Intermodal Hub with offices, restaurants, ground floor retail, and Metro rail/MM up top with an expansion of Metro rail to the north and west of the city. They should then add another Hub in Midtown in a smaller scale, this would make it an arrival destination for all those who live in Miami’s suburban sprawl. This is what is done in Japan, I know they have much more density but at this rate we are going to be very dense soon. Build for the future, take cars off the road, connect the ENTIRE downtown core. But no they rather expand highways and build countless high rises with 500+ parking spots

Anonymous
30 days ago

if they were smart, which they’re not, they would push for a Massive intermodal center with expanded metro rail to the north, west , and connect the missing links in the downtown core, midtown, wynwood.

At the bottom you would have all the retail, grocery stores, restaurants, and offices and condos in the adjacent buildings. This is what’s done in Japan, with huge success. I know we don’t have the density yet, but we’ll be getting close soon if Miami continues to grow. This would eliminate many cars from the streets but no, it makes too much sense.

Anon
1 month ago

Please don’t make it an affordable housing ghetto. Already enough ghetto people in Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I agree, the main library in Miami should feel safe and upscale for both tourists and locals, especially with its prime location by Brightline. I think it’ll be developed with refined modern takes on historical timeless elegance, like a Park Avenue-style addition to downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Phillip Johnson had the right idea architecturally for the existing library. Unfortunately, its urban design, which intentionally ignored the street level, was not.

Anon
1 month ago

His design is atrocious.

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

Huh?
Right idea?
Build a fortress to keep the Library/Museums/Plaza empty and uninviting?

I’ve seen some great Philip Johnson buildings, but I have not seen any worse than this.

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

C’mon…please stop it….get a clue.

Ex-Londoner resident in 33132
1 month ago

Agree. City officials call this “a world class city.” We need the “class” part!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Whoever designed those conceptual renderings needs to fail whatever Architecture 101 class they’re taking in MDC.

Anon
1 month ago

They are general masses from Sketchup.

Sterling Cooper
1 month ago

That you don’t even know what massing studies are, tells me that you probably would not be accepted into Miami Dade College.