Watch It Grow: Historic 1925 Downtown Miami Building Will Have Eleven Floors Added With Neoclassical Facade

Nearly 100 years old after it was first built, a downtown Miami building is set to get much taller.

Developers have filed for permits to rebuild the seven-story Meyer–Kiser Building (later renamed the Dade Commonwealth building) with an additional eleven floors on top, retaining the historic neoclassical facade and continuing with it for the upper levels of the building.

Spanish hotel company OD Group of Ibiza will manage the property, to be called OD Miami.

A nightclub will be built at the ground floor where a 32-ton stainless steel safe is now located (the safe is being kept, according to OD’s website).

The Martin L. Hampton-designed building was originally planned to become the tallest in Miami, but the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane and 1929 stock market crash caused developers to reduce its height and sell off the steel that had been purchased.

Paris-based Immocorp Capital, led by Gilbert Benhamou, is the new developer, according to The Real Deal. The company paid $9.2 million for the property in 2015. A total of $55 to 60 million will be spent on construction.

The new hotel will include 169 rooms and will be rated five stars. A restaurant is planned, along with a rooftop bar and pool.

Charles Benson is the architect, along with Richard Heisenbottle.

A demolition permit was approved last year, with a construction permit pending.

 

Update: The building was originally 17 stories. After being damaged in the 1926 hurricane, only the lower floors were repaited, and the top ten floors were dismantled.

 

Rendering:

Existing Building:

The original in April 1926, before being damaged by a hurricane that caused its owners to reduce its height:

(photo: florida memory)

 

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Anonymous

This is going to be great! Love those historic buildings in the CBD, and this a great to solution to make those existing corridors less of a burden.

Anonymous

We need more of this

Anonymous

This area will eventually make Brickell nouveau riche.
Lots more interesting, closer to major transportation and with gorgeous view of the bridge

Anonymous

Im not being sarcastic, just curious what bridge u r referring to? Genuine question lol no hostility intended lol

Worse traffic ever!

The 800,000,000.00 million dollar tax payer highway renovation by clubspace, they’re wasting all that money on a SCIFI decorated highway….its going to take 5 years or more……

Anonymous

The only bridge under construction next to Arscht Center

Anonymous

Can someone send this article to Mana?

Anonymous

If Mana actually builds, he would tear them down or strip everything into glass boxes with giant ugly murals and a naked Trump manniquen.

Anonymous

Great location to stay at during Ultra.

Anonymous

Ultra patrons will not be able to afford this hotel.

Anonymous

how do you know?

Anonymous

Ultra patrons travel from Asia and Europe and usually stay at places like the InterCon or Mandarian Oriental… pretty sure they’ll be able to afford an OD Hotel. And before you ask, I work with the hotels downtown, so I see where they stay every end of March.

Anonymous

Did you say rooftop pool and bar?? I’m sold!

Anonymous

Somehow it’s not surprising it took a Parisian developer to re-imagine our history.

Anonymous

Lebanese with a French sounding name.

Anonymous

Parisian Lebanese

Anonymous

Beautiful !

Anonymous

Hopefully soon the arcade across the street will get redevelop too. A lot of historic building downtown need some tlc and surprised more hasn’t happened already.

Anonymous

I love old and new!

Anonymous

Kudos if they can pull this off. If successful, it should be a model for future historic preservation efforts.

Anonymous

great project!!!

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¡Que cute!

Miami

There’s Club in the OD building.

THE VAULT AT THE COMMONWEALTH

The nightclub idea is nothing new there was a nightclub there few years ago called THE VAULT cause space used to be a bank who left their vault there…..

Anonymous

Love it!!!!

Anonymous

Where is the convention hotel?

Worse traffic ever!

Developers in miami should learn from hurricane DORIAN if 1 of those hurricanes cat 4 or 5 hits downtown Miami all those cheap highrises will be destroyed…..

Anonymous

What are you talking about… Miami has the strictest building code in the nation… we’ve already learned from Andrew

Anonymous

Hope the old concrete doesn’t cave in in a hurricane

Sgt. Sapingo

That would have happened about 10 hurricanes ago if it was going to happen.

Anonymous

Not really. The weight of the additional floors etc resting on the very old concrete walls, columns etc could make the old structure weaker.

Anonymous

You have no idea what you’re talking about haha.

If an renovation like this occurs, a structural engineer has to check the existing structure to ensure the building will stand. City of Miami would never grant a permit if this didn’t happen. TBH buildings from this time were actually built more soundly than they are today and are mostly steel encased in concrete.

-A structural engineer

Anonymous

Why don’t they ad a contrasting modern element instead.
The Dancing House in Prague

Anonymous

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The dancing house in Prague is hideous!!!!! It’s not modern and old….it’s something old and ugly, something that Salvador Sali pooped after eating raw 🦐 gambas

Anonymous

wow – thanks i didn’t know about the ugly bldg ?

Anonymous

…beacuse 2500 Biscayne looks like crap.

Cocaine Gary

Can’t wait to get mugged outside.

Anonymous

Why the downvotes?? I always wonder if people who read this site actually live in Miami lol… not saying you’re likely to get mugged downtown but this building is definitely on a rough looking street and if actually go downtown you would know

Anonymous

It’s Mr. WhyTheDownVotes. LMAO

Anonymous

I live downtown and I feel very safe. There are always sketchy people by the 7/11 you just need to be alert everywhere you go especially while walking.

With the thousands of residential units planned for this area it will only get better over the years.

Anonymous

You do. I don’t. If you live in downtown you would know “sketchy people” do not just hang out at 7/11.

Anonymous

What projects?
By what year?

Anonymous

“…most likely to get mugged in downtown…” that means to me most likely you don’t live in Miami

Anonymous

Stay in Kendall and enjoy your beige townhouse and the two hours (+) daily commute to civilization. I lived in downtown Miami for several years at Capital Lofts, (Now a Wework), we used the Miami Dade College Parking garage and never had a single issue in the area at all. I walked my dogs at night, walked to restaurants, Bayside Park, etc. Regarding the homeless, they actually never bothered me, I personally prefer to deal with them than with a pack of obnoxious parents who dressed their kids like they just come out of the Walmart Disney Princesses Clearance section.

Anonymous

Exactly parents these days are the worst

Anonymous

I live in Miami and that street is not rough street by any stretch of the imagination