Worldcenter’s High Street Retail Plan Set For City Review

Miami Worldcenter announced earlier this year that they would be switching from an indoor shopping mall to High Street retail.

After months of planning, project architect Elkus Manfredi has completed the revisions and submitted the new plans to the city. The changes include:

Urban Context: The original plan was for a three story mall with five levels of parking above. The mall would have spanned five blocks from the FEC tracks to Northeast 19th Street.  The new plan calls for discrete blocks, all with ground floor retail, some with second level retail and parking above. Instead of a 129-foot podium spanning the entire site, each block will vary in height from 90 feet to 129 feet.

A new north-south paseo will connect the 7th Street Promenade to Northeast 10th Street.

Two civic spaces are included in the first phase, located at the north and south end of the project. At 14,000 square feet and 25,000 square feet, they will include passive benches, tables,
chairs, umbrellas, and water features. MWC intends to keep the plazas for flexible, programmable space, and will be used for events such as a New Years ball drop, book fairs, concerts, etc.

Luma: With the enclosed mall being scrapped, the design has been revised, including new circulation and a sleeker, slightly taller design. Amenities have been relocated, and unit count increases from 429 to 434 thanks to new liner units at podium level.

Paramount: With foundation work already underway, the project height remains the same. The unit count increases from 485 to 577, thanks to new podium liner units where the indoor mall was once located.

Summary: Residential unit count increase from 914 to 1,011. Parking space count increase from 3,901 to 3,998. Commercial area decrease from 1,090,771 sf to 338,036 sf. Total area decrease from 4,733,072 to 3,913,326 sf.

The changes will need to be approved my Miami’s Planning and Zoning Department, and the revisions are set for UDRB review this month. Two years ago, the UDRB had rejected the concept of an indoor mall spanning five blocks and instead recommended it be broken up by block, similar to what is now proposed.

view of main plaza looking northeast:

 

view of north plaza looking south toward paseo

view of 7th street promenade looking east:

podium/retail plan:


revised plan for paramount:

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marc
4 years ago

Looks good. Now lets do this FFS!

Anonymous
4 years ago

if it ends up looking anything like the 4th rendering I think it will be a great success. it will be the Mary Brickell village of downtown. Hopefully it has a The Falls fell to it.

Marc305
4 years ago

This is great news, I do hope it will have anchor stores like they do at The Falls.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Anchors are dead.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This place needs a Dave & Busters, Lucky Strike, Hard Rock or something of the like. If it can’t compete with Brickell for retail, might as well be an entertainment venue.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Better yet, a House of Blues.

Anonymous
4 years ago

House of Blues!!! Yes!!!

marc
4 years ago

I think there may already be a Lucky Strike at MiamiCentral but House of Blues would be an awesome venue in downtown.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Those types of establishment is not what you need. Property value is to high for that.

bitg
4 years ago

So is Macy’s in or out?

Dave
4 years ago

Considering they dropped 70% of the retail space I would say it is probably out.
“Commercial area decrease from 1,090,771 sf to 338,036 sf”

Mike04
4 years ago

No need for it. We need this to be the Lincoln Road of DT.

Marc305
4 years ago

Lincoln Rd has a Macy’s right by it, I was just there last week.

Anonymous
4 years ago

That Macy’s is in dire need of a makeover. It’s on prime real estate but is grossly out of date.

Mike04
4 years ago

Its off of lincoln road, on the north side if i am not mistaken.

Gables
4 years ago

Look through the plans and you’ll see that the Metromover station connects to the parking garage. What a waste! Compare this to the Metromover station at Brickell City Centre. It’s too bad the developers didn’t better incorporate Metromover into the plans. To me, this is a huge missed opportunity, especially as downtown continues to be clogged with traffic.

Anonymous
4 years ago

The retail capacity is reall decreasing, but those renderings look awesome

FH
4 years ago

That’s a huge decrease in commercial space — a shame because it would have made the project more interesting. Also, way too much parking, which I’m afraid will only encourage people to drive in an area that had the best potential for walkability…

Anonymous
4 years ago

I cant load the paramount revision, it gives me an error

Anonymous
4 years ago

WorldCenter High Street – or – We have no clue how to make this thing work

Anonymous
4 years ago

Was anyone able to open “July 2016 Paramount revision”

Anonymous
4 years ago

Both of documents give me an error

Simon
4 years ago

The move is for Macy’s to simply continue rennovating their Flagler flagship, and then to have plans for its Bloomingdale’s store to continue, and anchor this location solo.

Anonymous
4 years ago

If the development doesn’t go through would it be so bad as to sell off the land to other developers? Nader ? Covin ? PMG ?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Good luck !!!! Everything is possible on paper , but economy and realty are different …..

aceraroja
4 years ago

Honestly everything seems much better except Paramount is truly embarrassingly horrendously worse-than-Vegas tacky. But yeah, glad the city rejected the giant indoor mall. Aside from some minor design issues I’m glad it’s going in this direction. Too bad there’s so much damn parking.

Mike04
4 years ago

Not really that much of an increase being that they increased the number of units by 10% and the parking by 2%.

aceraroja
4 years ago

It’s not much of an increase, but it’s still a huge amount of parking. Thousands of spaces is inviting a mess of private cars.

CH
4 years ago

I hear you; for Elkus the entire design is simply a repetition and more of the same that we already have in Miami. It would have been interesting to see some exciting design more in the line of NYC or at least more cosmopolitan. This is too Lincoln Road, and we already have one that already needs a facelift. For the architecture firm that did Columbus Circle or doing work in Hudson Yards, this way too washed down.

aceraroja
4 years ago

I mean I like all the other buildings I’ve seen renders of. But Paramount is just so corny, something I’d have expected to be proposed 20 years ago in South Pointe.