Witkoff Planning Downtown Miami’s Biggest Residential Project Ever

Developer Witkoff Group is planning downtown Miami’s biggest ever residential project by unit count, according to documents filed with planners yesterday.

The project will also include a very large office component, along with retail space.

It will be built on the former Miami Arena site at Miami Worldcenter. Witkoff Group and Monroe Capital acquired the 4.7-acre property for $94 million in July 2021.

The project is proposed to include:

  • 2,195 high-rise residential units
  • 49,999 square feet of retail space
  • 540,000 square feet of office space

A supermarket appears likely to be included – there is a large 40,000 square foot space set up on the ground floor, with a typical grocery market configuration.

A total of 34 elevators appear to be shown on the plans – 12 for office, 18 for residential, and 4 for retail.

The plans also show the towers will be built in two phases.

Two of the towers each have both residential and office lobbies. There also appears to be a third with only a residential lobby.

Worldcenter recently signed a legal agreement with Witkoff to allow for office to be built on the property, which was formerly prohibited.

The Pre-Application was submitted to Miami-Dade planners on January 12 for review, and is marked as being conceptual.

Kobi Karp is the architect.

 

New ground floor and mezzanine plan:

 

An old rendering of a former design for the site on Miami Worldcenter’s website, which is now being replaced with a new plan by Kobi Karp:

 

 

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Anonymous
7 days ago

Okay. I’ll bite. Looking forward to the renderings.

Anonymous
7 days ago

LOL, it’s Kobi Krap. Expect a disappointment, alas how much lower can you go than that NBWW watered-down s**tbox after the few imaginative previous proposals?

Anonymous
6 days ago

But….will it be iconic?

William
6 days ago

I like Kobi Karps designs. Usually perfect blend of efficiency and style.

transplant
6 days ago

Yep, Kobi Karp is on another level then Arquitectonica.

AbyNormal
6 days ago

Kobi Krap…Nuff Said. Sub-Par, garbage design. Looking forward to the Kobi Krap signs to go up on the site next week, and be up for the next 7 years.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Really wish we were getting a expo center. Miami Beach is not the right spot and downtown really needs a real convention center.

Azarius
7 days ago

They are saving that for the Casino on the Omni area

Anonymous
7 days ago

Whole Foods for Park West!!

Anonymous
7 days ago

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Anonymous
7 days ago

And a Trader Joe’s

Anonymous
7 days ago

Yes! We need more Whole Foods in both Brickell and Downtown. One ain’t cuttin it even right now, much less when thousands of new residents start moving in.

Anonymous
7 days ago

We need sedanos or presidente.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Ew.

Anonymous
6 days ago

hahahahaha, all the new yorkers moving in would be so confised when they step in

Anonymous
7 days ago

whole paycheck

Anonymous
7 days ago

Honestly the prices aren’t that much different from Publix. Many things are actually cheaper at WF than Publix.

Anonymous
7 days ago

People still just have a pre-disposition that anywhere that carries one item for a penny more than Welfaremart is a ripoff.

Anonymous
4 days ago

I stepped into a WalMart for the first time in my life (older than the avg poster here by 2x) and the prices were shockingly low.
Walmart is great!!!! Love it!!!
Except that, I live in Brickell, and I’d rather pay 0.23 for something than drive to a Walmart.

Anonymous
3 days ago

WF with the Amazon Prime discount is cheaper than Publix

Anonymous
5 days ago

Whole food huele a mierda.

Anonymous
7 days ago

At least it has office, looks like a new convention center should be built when the Hyatt gets redone on the river.

Anonymous
7 days ago

So more of the same. A world class convention center there would have been a boon to downtown Miami.

Anonymous
7 days ago

… or a resort casino.

Anonymous
7 days ago

A casino can build one as part of their development.

Casinos usually offer such discounted rates compared to regular developers because they have Jenny from accounting spending $5k on the slots subsidizing the low rent rates offered.

Anonymous
7 days ago

LOL. So true.

Anonymous
7 days ago

And few pawn shops missed the area also.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Is that true?
Seems like the propaganda that the ousted Beacon Council guy from New Jersey used to disseminate.

If you have an “in”, please let me know when the rooms at the the Basel, Switzerland hotel (with a casino in it) have cheap rates. Or the Wynn, or the Encore.

Anonymous
7 days ago

There is a lot of space for it, especially a bit more west in Overtown

Anonymous
4 days ago

Yeah…except the MDM (the Marriott developers) spent all their money years ago trying to thwart the “Destination Resort Legislation” which tried to characterize Genting’s Convention Center Destination Resort as a “Casino”. They spent heavily to get young dumb fools with heads full of mush to jump on board in an effort to demonize a $3B project on property where a homeless guys face got eaten off recently.

Witkoff is great, they will do something excellent.

What a shame the other lunkheads torpedoed an amazing marina/retail center/convention center/ ballroom/hotel/condo/resort project (that happened to have a 40,000 sq ft gaming room in the over 1million sq ft project) prevented so much progress.

Shawn Kouri
7 days ago

Renderings please. I cannot believe it unless there is renderings.

Anonymous
6 days ago

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Anonymous
4 days ago

You can post pics in the comments? Game changer.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Shawn thinks that the purple slide may be a code violation according to Miami21.

Anonymous
2 days ago

It is… and the one person elevator?

Anonymous
7 days ago

Anytime a New York and Chicago company team up in Miami, you expect a very large development, can’t wait for the renderings

Anonymous
7 days ago

I hope this becomes reality – that density will bring so much to the area.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Wild. So we’re getting three towers here sharing a base? Can’t wait to see the design.

Anonymous
7 days ago

The Miami Arena was torn down how long ago?

Shhheesshhh!!!

Anonymous
7 days ago

Probably a decade ago at least.

Anonymous
7 days ago

2008

Anonymous
7 days ago

Damn.. that lot has been empty for 14 years.

Anonymous
7 days ago

longer than it existed

Anonymous
7 days ago

Close, the Miami Arena was eighteen when it was demolished, meaning if it was a vacant lot in Wayne County, Michigan would be eligible to vote.

Anonymous
4 days ago

10 times

Anonymous
2 days ago

It was 20 years old when it was demolished. 1988 – 2008.

Paul
7 days ago

In order for this to be 2195 residential + 540,000 sq ft of office, this is going to have to be really tall, like multiple 1000’ towers.

Anonymous
7 days ago

The height limit in that area is 706 FT in that area.

Anonymous
7 days ago

This is a quote – “In certain areas near Miami-Dade rapid transit corridors, developers have the option of going through county review rather than city, which generally allows more intense development with fewer rules.”

Paul
7 days ago

Same height limit at MiamiCentral just two blocks away and they are planning two 83 floor towers with fewer residential units and far less commercial space.

Anonymous
7 days ago

I love all of what downtown and Miami Worldcenter is becoming. I just wish they accelerated the progress a bit…

Anonymous
7 days ago

It’s going to be a while. A project of this magnitude has a decade to go.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Patience.. these developers have the Downtown Association, the Urban Review Board, FAA, Miami Planners, and the entire Zoning Department to go through. And don’t forget the Miami Commissioners.

Azarius
7 days ago

Kinda excited to see that renders. I know they should sell due to the major need for housing right now and office space

Anonymous
7 days ago

I watched that old arena get blown up!

Anonymous
7 days ago

The last game I saw in it was the Indiana Pacers vs the Miami Heat.

The Heat kicked their ass to!

Anonymous
7 days ago

Lol was only a matter of time before they gave up on the expo/convention center.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Is 40,000 enough for Costco? Theyve been rumored to be tied into the Capitol at Brickell project forever but thats tied up in litigation last we heard. I dont think Costco does downtown stores really. I see one in Manhattan but the ones in Chicago are kind of on the periphery. From what I know too, Costco is very picky with store locations. Theyve been fighting for a decade to put a store right off the Turnpike in Martin County and finally gave up after ten years and agreed to a location two miles away.

Anonymous
7 days ago

The smallest Costco is 80k sq-ft, so that’s not enough by half. In order to build in Downtown Miami, they’d need to have a multi-level store with elevators & (people + shopping cart) escalators. With a multi-level parking deck. The Dadeland Station model might work in Downtown to try to squeeze big-boxes into small floor plate.

Anonymous
7 days ago

This is crap. A hotel/convention center was much better programming for this area.

Anonymous
7 days ago

love the cat litter scoop hanging on the building….

Anonymous
7 days ago

Why would World Center developers initially prohibit office? They’ve always marketed MWC as “live work play.”

Anonymous
6 days ago

LOL

Anonymous
5 days ago

I’m excited for anything because I live across the street. But no convention center across from the Brightline that will go all over Florida, is a huge missed opportunity.

Anonymous
5 days ago

this luuking like poopoo caca

Anonymous
2 days ago

This location would have been a perfect spot for a convention center.

Anonymous
2 days ago

Is the Marriott with convention space still happening? It’s been whittled down over the years from the initial mega rendering.

Anonymous
2 days ago

Watch it be another Ross or something lol

Anonymous
7 days ago

Amazon Fresh full size grocery store

Anonymous
7 days ago

What supermarket??? There’s already a Publix 2 blocks away and a Target is being built across the street from that Publix. Whole Foods is a few minutes away too.

Who else could put a supermarket there? Trader Joe’s? Walmart?

Anonymous
7 days ago

Too much square footage for a Trader Joe’s

Anonymous
7 days ago

My thoughts exactly.

Anonymous
7 days ago

It is going to be Whole Foods. Just like there are 3 Pulbix supermarkets in Brickell, the Whole Foods in Downtown is FULL.

I’m also going to guess Whole Foods goes into the Mast project in Brickell.

Anonymous
7 days ago

That brickell whole foods is always slammed

Anonymous
7 days ago

There’s no Whole Foods in brickell…

Anonymous
7 days ago

You’re right, it’s in CBD/Downtown. North of the river. Your comment made me think of “There is no war in Ba Sing Se”. Ha ha.

Anonymous
7 days ago

True. That Whole Foods is super packed always. I go to it and I live by the Arsht Center in Meloville. There will be enough demand to fuel another Whole Foods especially with over 2,000 units directly above it.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Fresh Market? Kroger is setting up for delivery only in South Florida, maybe they decide to put in a retail outlet in this market? Probably not a Costco, but that would be great.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Kroger (publicly owned) cannot compete with Publix (employee owned) based on the service quality alone. Go into any Kroger (including Harris Teeter) and you’ll choose Publix every day of the week.

Fresh Market is a possibility.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Kroger already failed miserably with Florida Choice and their Lucky’s Market stake.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Sedanos or Presidente probably 🤔

Anonymous
3 days ago

lol

Anonymous
7 days ago

It will be a Whole Foods AND a Trader Joe’s! The square footage allows for both

Anonymous
7 days ago

Could see it being a Fresh Market or Sprouts. Something that’s not already within a 1km radius. Maybe a Winn-Dixie/Fresco y Mas. Would really love it to be a small/urban Wegmans as their first outpost in Florida.

Anonymous
7 days ago

F**k Fresco y Mas. Ruined a Winn-Dixie I was going to for twenty years, as if they could even compete with two certain foreigner-centric supermarkets.

Anonymous
7 days ago

H-Mart

Anonymous
7 days ago

As residential density improves Downtown, it will be possible to support more than one WF. Many people walk to the WF and it will be even busier when the Aston Martin opens later this year.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Walmart learned they fail at urban stores and closed most of them.

Maybe Amazon Fresh?

Anonymous
7 days ago

i hope they save some retail space for a chicos restaurant, there is one in hialeah at west 44 st and 12 ave . i love the food at chicos i hope they open one in downtown at WMC

Anonymous
7 days ago

No thanks. Too big. Out of control management and fees projected. Good luck finding qualified staff.

Doubting Thomas
6 days ago

Will these ultra high-rises with their glass exteriors be able to withstand Cat-V storms and accompanying prolonged loss of electrical power, as we have yet to experience such a scenario? Computer modeling and engineering calculations are often little match for Mother Nature’s wrath. Is our infrastructure up to snuff to handle the emergent egress of tens of thousands of new inhabitants when hurricanes threaten? I remember in 2017 when Irma turned I-95 and the Turnpike into parking lots as residents attempted to flee N, the only feasible direction. Developers and municipal officials view these mega structures as shining towers of accomplishment and potential revenue, but when they crumble, tax payers are left holding the bag.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Are you a structural engineer?

Anonymous
6 days ago

Why don’t you ask yourself this – “Will where I now live with it’s glass windows be able to withstand a Cat-V storm and accompanying prolonged loss of electrical power, as I have yet to experience such a scenario? I view this structure where I live as potential revenue, but when it crumbles, tax payers may be left holding the bag.”

Anonymous
4 days ago

Uhhh…huh…..uhhh….(breathing only from my mouth).

Yes…great point! I remember 2017 when Irma crumbled all those towers! So many towers crumbled that tax payer were holding the bag.

Five years ago….seems like yesterday when the last major hurricane hit Miami and all the towers crumbled.

Another excellent point, someone SHOULD tell the engineers that Miami has hurricanes. They may not know. Engineers don’t really read much or know much. Someone has to alert them, AND FAST!

Do it Thomas!!! Save the world!!! No one but you has EVER considered this possibility…Miami needs you to take action!