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Transit-Oriented Magic City Innovation District Submitted, Includes 2,500 Residential Units

Transit-Oriented Magic City Innovation District Submitted, Includes 2,500 Residential Units

The Magic City Innovation District Special Area Plan was submitted to the city of Miami for review last month.

According to the documents, the developers are proposing to build:

  • 2,490 residential units
  • 1,763,820 office square feet (net)
  • 432 hotel rooms
  • 313,165 retail square feet (net)
  • 5,547 parking spaces in garages

In total, 17 buildings with the tallest at 27 stories are planned. Completion of the entire conecpt will take 10-15 years, with construction to begin in 2020, according to the project website (although existing buildings will be rehabilitated before then).

In a letter, the developer says they intend to build a Transit Oriented Development, with a stop to be built on the Brightline/Tri-Rail Coastal Link track.

Cirque Du Soleil Billionaire Guy Laliberté is listed as having a stake on an ownership statement submitted with the proposal.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Big-time project!! Will completely change that neighborhood for the better.

Anonymous
Anonymous

you mean gentrify the neighborhood for the wealthy?

Per Federal Census
Per Federal Census

The Haitians have been moving out for the past 20 years.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wouldn’t people confuse this with the Miami Innovation District ? The other one.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I did, at first, before reading the attached documents.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Heck, not only did I have to read it, it took looking at the map of the location before I understood the article was talking about something totally different.

Billboards.
Billboards.

The Miami Innovation District promoted by carpet baggers from Miami Beach is all about a 65 story LED billboard tower. Ugly.

Solrac
Solrac

Hey Billboards,
Your ignorance is showing.The Miami Innovation District is being developed by a group that has been in Miami for 4 generations and have build industry here and have a looooooong history of giving back to the community. Furthermore, they assembled the parcels while diligently studying what makes Innovation Districts unique and successful. In that process they know that there are several necessary ingredients that Innovation Districts have to which Magic City Innovation does not have, namely, adjacency to a CBD, adjacency to a University/Medical Center (R&D), easy access to mass transit, and on the fringe with underdeveloped neighborhoods (Overtown-Park West). What is also unique about the Miami Innovation District is that it is also adjacent to the Arts and Entertainment District to which the suggested Media Tower was a part of. If realized, that Tower was a mix use proposal with great community benefits. Miami was labeled the Magic City back in 1912 when Henry Flagler was looking for a clever marketing name to bring more people to Florida. The developers of the Magic City Innovation district are the true carpet baggers (Silicon Valley, Montreal) when compared to the developers of the Miami Innovation District.

Do Over.
Do Over.

The promoters of the Miami Innovation District have been warehousing land for years. They inherited millions from their family so they can write off the losses. Very bad for neighbors who are forced to stare at vacant lots. Their crowning jewel is a 65 story LED billboard tower blasting massive ads for Malt 45 and discounted feminine products. Massive ads visible to three counties? Time to kill the LED billboards!

Socrates
Socrates

Do Over,
You are very misinformed on the LED tower. They are proposing not 650 feet tall of LED displays but 3 displays of under 30K ft2 per face of a twisting 3 sided trapezoidal tower. That is roughly 1/3 of digital technology over the face of each face with 2/3 of synchronized lighting. The 1/3 portion would have the capability of higher resolution imaging while the 2/3 portion is lighting effect, meaning they are creating a kinetic light sculpture. They never have mentioned advertising for liquor, which is prohibited nor feminine products. You should take time to read their proposal rather that formulate ignorant rants of mindless none sense. Lately, they are far more invested in developing the Innovation District rather than a media tower as that is of greater importance to Miami’s future and growth

Why is it a topic?
Why is it a topic?

The facts are the City of Miami banned “Media Towers” several years ago. Why are lobbyists still pushing it? The promoters did propose a single purpose tower of 65 stories to project ads. Massive LED ads facing 360 degrees? Obviously it was incredibly ugly and only billboard lobbyists would go online and praise such an eyesore.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There are lots of folks that have vacant lots all over the city. For example, on 69th st in the Upper East Side one group has been sitting on a vacant parking lot forcing their neighbors to stare at it for ages. Meanwhile asking prices nobody will pay and just sitting there letting that big ugly lot rot behind a fence.

Tree covered lot
Tree covered lot

I know the lot on NE 69th Street. It looks like a public park. Lots of oak trees.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What?
Tell the truth…you whine about the “lack of greenspace” AND you whine about “vacant lots”.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I don’t see any developers on the Magic City Team. While Guy has a lot of money and a successful entainment empire , he’s not a develper , all I see is a list of architects, engineers, brokers , promoters and a rich guy from Canada , who will Shepard this massive , ambitious and potentially transformative project, or is this just a land speculation deal about getting entitlements and then finding developers to sell parcels to

Old news
Old news

Massive billboards in Miami have been illegal for at least 18 months.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Read up.
The Innovation District tower was part of the CRA decree. Then the developers from Miami Beach put their money where there mouth is, and bought land.
It was there for you buy….but you didnt.

Illegal
Illegal

Oversize billboard towers are illegal in the City of Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not a single innovative bike lane…just the standard 3′.
Hard to believe these proposals are Pedestrian friendly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They aren’t.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They’re planning to build something for the near future that’s going to put hundreds of people to work and all you can think about are “bike lanes?”

Get a life.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Ok, Count to 10 Relax, nothing is built yet. Now, How do you get these Hundreds of people to work?
See, when you Propose an “Innovation District” these are things that should be taken into consideration, and should be resolved.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Funny, the person who gets all out of joint because he doesn’t see “bike lanes” in the renderings is telling someone to relax.

Thinking and figuring things out is something others need to do for you I see.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only if it’s Innovative.

Anonymous
Anonymous

With redevelopment of this and Design Place, infill along NE 2nd and 4th Avenues, and transit connections, Lemon City has potential to become Miami’s next great neighborhood.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree, this probably will be one of the first steps to end with the concentration of poverty and the obvious segregation that resulted from the Jim Crow era.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Liberty City was the segregated area in this part of Miami from the Jim Crow era, at NW 12th Avenue.

Enid
Enid

Finally caught on?

DOA
DOA

D Place AKA Design Place FKA Sable Palm Apts is a dog.

Planning staff needs to oppose scams
Planning staff needs to oppose scams

Design Place is a hideous scam.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The only transit they are serious about is automobile.

5,547 parking spaces in garages.

Horrible. Hope this project goes no where without any real vision.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Divide that by 17 buildings

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s a fairy tale to try to get this re-zoned by calling it TOD when there is no transit nearby.

marc
marc

Thus they are proposing building a station for Tri-Rail/Brightline. The FEC tracks abut this land.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Coastal Link has been proposed for how long? Where is the proof that it will happen?

marc
marc

Do a little research in to it. Whenever the MiamiCentral Station opens both Tri Rail and Brightline will be using those tracks you can clearly see in the map above. Also thos same tracks are the first corridor Miami Transit wants to activate in its SMART Plan.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, I know the plans, and they’ve been in place for a long time, but let’s be real. This isn’t happening for at least 10+years, if ever.

marc
marc

Tri-Rail and Brightline are about a year away.

West of tracks
West of tracks

As long as the train station goes on land owned by these promoters. NOT ON CITY PARK LAND!

Anonymous
Anonymous

A private developer cannot tell brightline or the state to put a stop there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

326 per build which is still way too much parking for a TOD.

marc
marc

Interesting. This is the next frontier.

Mondocondo
Mondocondo

Certainly what the developers would like for you to think. More likely a rezone and flip play. Will office on this scale ever be viable at this location? Who’s going to drive to this transit poor location to shop in the 300,000 sq ft of retail, especially with all the more easily accessed new and pending centers? The city might want to add a feasibility assessment to the SAP process to curb this type of hyperbole. Cheers

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cheers!

Anonymous
Anonymous

You should get more familiar with Miami Urban Core, this new development will connect the Wyndwood/Mid Town/Design District, the other pending center with the flimsy MiMO District and the rest of Upper East Side. The end of Miami as we know it is finally arriving.

Mondocondo
Mondocondo

It looks to me like the redevelopment of a bunch of warehouses that are north of everything else you mentioned, so I’m sorry if I don’t see the “connection”. Cheers

Anonymous
Anonymous

When was the last time you visited the area?
Wyndwood, Midtown, and the Design District expand from Overtown to Buena Vista and Little Haiti.Plus, there have already submitted plans to redevelop The Miami Jewish Health Center, The Design Place on 54th St. and Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School. The Magic City site expands at both side of the tracks from Little Haiti to 71st St.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow, asking for very generous zoning… no way this area should have buildings this tall.

marc
marc

Why not, it’s practically all industrial in that area.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why should the businesses go away?

Andrewn2
Andrewn2

There are very few buildings on the land where this would be located. The industrial buildings are around this development for the most part.

Little River.
Little River.

Little River and Lemon City are becoming more and more adaptive reuse.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“no way this area should have buildings this tall.”

Hey, it’s safe to come out of the 1800’s now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Will NEVER happen. This SAP, the Legion Park SAP, and the Design Place SAP are fiercely opposed by existing residents who are overwhelmingly against these MASSIVE upzonings. Not arguing whether they are good or bad, just that they will never happen at these levels of density. The developers are playing the tired routine of coming in with absurd requests and then coming back and saying oh we cut it by half. It would be much more likely to succeed if they came in with sensitively scaled proposals from the start.

Do Over.
Do Over.

The Design Place SAP proposal is ridiculous. Promoted by property owners from NYC who are called “the worst slumlords in NY” per New York press. Total crap scheme. Everyone hates it except lobbyists being paid to promote it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you have some specifics of what makes it ridiculous, or you are just repeating what we Elvis Cruz and his antidevelopment gang scream at the neighborhoods meetings any time a new project that would disturb their nappy naps, is proposed in the area?

Eastside Ridge is reviled
Eastside Ridge is reviled

Yes. Everyone who has looked at the D Place / Eastside Ridge plan hates it. (Except lobbyists paid to praise it. Even the lobbyists ridicule the plan in private.) The Planning Dept executives hate it.

Lemon City
Lemon City

Lemon City has been attracting attention for many years.

Anonymous
Anonymous

On the police scanners…

Things improve.
Things improve.

Crime in Lemon City is down 95% from 1998.

Eaton Park being killed?
Eaton Park being killed?

WTF. One of the drawings showing these schemers putting a train station on top of green Eaton Park. Yup. Eaton Park is east of the proposed site and it is used by residents from 3-4 neighborhoods. These lobbyists want to kill a park?

Anonymous
Anonymous

tony cho is talented. interested in seeing what happens.

Time goes on
Time goes on

Cho is mostly out. New partners took over.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cho cashed out on magic city?

Cho out
Cho out

Big boys took over.

Anonymous
Anonymous

He did a good job brokering and promoting the whole
thing. I thought he was shifting to a different role from promoter to developer. Metro 1 been quite these days