Wynwood’s Tallest Ever Tower Planned Under Live Local Act

Plan’s for Wynwood’s tallest-ever tower have been filed with Miami’s Planning & Zoning reviewers.

For now, the development is known by its address, 2101 NW Miami Ct. It is proposed to rise 48 stories, or 490 feet above ground and 506 feet above sea level, and include:

  • 544 residential units
  • two floors of amenities on levels 9 and 10
  • 19,292 square feet of ground floor retail
  • 621 on-site parking spaces, spread over six garage levels

The plans were filed under Florida’s Live Local Act. The 2023 law is meant to spur construction of more housing, and allows developers to bypass local zoning restrictions by committing 40% of units to be relatively affordable.

According to a letter from the developer’s attorney, Live Local Act projects are permitted to be built at the highest density that is allowed anywhere in the city, and at the tallest height permitted within one mile of the property.

The greatest density within the City of Miami is 1,000 dwelling units per acre and the tallest height allowed within one mile of the property is 60 stories. The plans call for a building that is shorter and less than dense than those maximums.

Seven zoning waivers are being requested, including two related to parking reduction.

Wynwood Interest LLC, managed by Isaac, Jacobo, Simon, John and Rosa Bazbaz, is listed as the developer. The company had filed plans in 2023 for a 12-story development on the same lot.

Arquitectonica is the architect.

A facade art script on the lower levels is planned by artist Bisco Smith, who is “recognized for his graffiti-deconstructive approach to abstract expressionism.”

The upper levels of the tower are planned to have a frame lighting system.

The Wynwood Design Review Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal on June 4.

 

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Anon
28 days ago

This northern part of the city is absolutely exploding – I cant wait to see what it grows into!

*Name
28 days ago

Looks great but the fins at the top are unnecessary and clutter the overall esthetics.

Frogman
28 days ago

it looks clean in the render, I worry that once completed the building might look permanently under construction.

evan
28 days ago

Agreed. Some sort of medieval cyber punk crossover

Antennae
26 days ago

I actually like them

BDub
28 days ago

Maybe they’re cell phone antennas.

Anonymous
27 days ago

The fins are literally the only somewhat good part. Never mind the fact it’s a box with the worst looking parking podium “art” imaginable.

Yaí
28 days ago

BUILD IT!!!

Anonymous
28 days ago

It’s out os scale for the Wynwood neighborhood.

Scott
28 days ago

Agreed. This is totally out of scale for the neighborhood. This Live Local Act is going to ruin the character of neighborhoods.

Anon
28 days ago

People said the same thing when Brickell was rezoned back in the day

Build Miami
27 days ago

Yes but this isn’t Brickell. Great cities have different neighborhoods with their own character and culture. Not just sprawling high rises.

Jordan
26 days ago

Why?
By devoting 40% of the aprtments to Affordable Housing?
What do you have against people who make umder $100k per year?

Anon
20 days ago

“Character” in Wynwood? A place that was industrial until last decade?

Anonymous
28 days ago

just remember the “out of scale” crowd was heard loud and clear and Little Havana is limited to 3 floors of residential-only space on Jose Marti to 8th ave. But this is the kind of thing the “out of scale” crowd doesn’t get heard on.

Anonymous
27 days ago

There are metro stops near Riverside.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Where is the metro stop near “Riverside”? in Brickell?

Pol
27 days ago

100% correct…!!!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Where is the metro stop near “Riverside”? in Brickell?

Anonymous
27 days ago

woops, meant that for the response above…

Pol
27 days ago

up zone little Havana and Riverside.

Anonymous
27 days ago

What are you talking about? There are numerous recent mid-rises constructed in East Little Havana/Riverside.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Never any discussed on this board. Why is that?

Anonymous
22 days ago

Bec it is all social government aid housing

Anonymous
24 days ago

There’s a huge height disparity here—between the three-story deteriorating squat buildings in Riverside/Little Havana, west of Brickell, once intended for migrants but now commanding high prices as middle-class residences, and the 12-story buildings further north of the core, many vacant, where metro mover access is absent.

Build it
27 days ago

It is as close to the heart of Wynwood as it is Edgewater and Omni. It won’t stick out, it will blend the transition between the three neighborhoods.

Johnny Blitz
27 days ago

Yeah I have to agree. This should be built closer to Downtown.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Its so sad to see what Wynwood has begun. I bet if you ask any Miami local if they want this or any of the new developments they would say HELL NO. I remember when Wynwood was a vibrant but local area, where murals were respected, a few lounges and a few cafes to enjoy. Now its a tourist trap…I’m hearing that even a starbucks is coming to the area. Wynwood is becoming the new lincoln road..

*Name
28 days ago

Neighborhoods need to grow and evolve. Remembering the ‘good ole days’ just ages you.

Anonymous
28 days ago

no bro, this is seriously how Miami is dying, by getting bought out by the intersectional/global money crowd

Anonymous
27 days ago

Some developers prioritize cheap land and trendy marketing over building near recommended metro locations. City should reverse higher zoning until they invest in extending the metro.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Or expand zoning everywhere to punish them by making their land less rare – and simultaneously open up development to the “outsiders” born and raised in Miami

Anon
27 days ago

Miami isn’t “dying”. It’s been a rich city and its been a ghetto city – looks like its becoming a rich city again. Get over it.

Anonymous
27 days ago

is it a rich city west of I95?

Anonymous
27 days ago

The city should grow along the Miami River like Chicago, London and most every major city.

Matilda
27 days ago

Chicago and London don’t have the ocean beaches Miami has
, hence why their rivers are more “iconic”

Anonymous
26 days ago

New York City has beaches nearby but the rivers are where the city evolves.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Ummm The Hudson River is the last area to become developed with condos (not normal NYC coops). East River is mostly social housing.
Most of NYC is internal due to density / transportation / away from the tunnel traffic , bridge traffic.

Anonymous
27 days ago

In Spring Garden, Shenandoah, and The Roads, yes.

Jordan
27 days ago

Yes

Anonymous
26 days ago

Considering the fact that any home in Liberty City is now upwards of half a million dollars, yes.

Jordan
27 days ago

Right.
The writing in front of your face explains that 544 new homes are being built for people.

Yet. YOU think Miami “is dying”.

Dying is a word that would better describe people who cannot comprehend the ideas presented directly in front of their face.

More people are betting on Wynwood than ever before. Bro.

responding to jordan
26 days ago

the bro at the end is chef’s kiss.

Ana
26 days ago

Nyc language ‘chefs kiss’ – dude go back to Brooklyn

Melo is sigma and chad
28 days ago

Wynwood for decades was mostly derelict or had whole sale clothing, and its still filled with locals.

Casey
27 days ago

Lincoln road is beautiful – way better than Wynwood.

Downtowner
27 days ago

Wynwood is over. Miami has no interesting neighborhoods. The minute a neighborhood starts to bloom, the development rush is on, and the whole thing becomes just another real estate boondoggle.

Jordan
27 days ago

Ummm…you mean….poor people get replaced with people who have slightly more than poor people money.

Then developers up zone the neighborhood, and the poor and slightly more productive than poor are replaced by producers.

Anonymous
27 days ago

No, that’s called cycles of gentrification.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Beyond out of scale for the neighborhood. It’s like building the Waldorf Astoria in North Miami Beach

Anon
27 days ago

Brickell was rezoned once for high rises you know

Scott
27 days ago

But that was a local zoning decision that was geared around transportation. This is a decision from Tallahassee that has no contemplation for local zoning, transportation options and the lifestyles of people who live in and who have a stake in the local neighborhoods. The purpose here is to override local zoning decisions. If these type of projects are completed at a high volume, it could destroy property values of people who live and bought in certain neighborhoods.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Tallahassee is run and paid by special interests and foreign lobbyists

Jordan
27 days ago

Except that, people who know what they are talking about, and men who do things instead of just talking, have noticed that land prices per unit have gone up, and prices per unit have gone down for buyers/renters.

Cesar
26 days ago

Jordan, do you not work with any women?

Anonymous
24 days ago

There’s a term for people always talking about “men of action” as though women have no place in leadership roles—and that term is not sex…y. As a man, I thought we broke the glass ceiling, having worked for all women bosses, but people like him remind me of a mentality that unfortunately subsists.

Jordan
24 days ago

I do.
The Real Estate industry has an extrodinary number of woman.

The idiotic commentors that I’m responding to are most certainly men. Woman are not that dumb.

Jordan
24 days ago

The purpose here ( of live local) is to provide housing for people making less than 120% of the Area Mean Income.

It is most certainly providing housing for the “missing middle”.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Brickell has metro stops. This doesn’t and it’s woestwninf the traffic issue in Miami for everyone

Anonymous
27 days ago

Yet the streets in some places are sad and in the same state as over 50 years ago.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Cough cough lil Havana

Anonymous
28 days ago

hmmm

Cover the Podiums
28 days ago

what a disgusting design. There goes the character of Wynwood.

Hopefully this monstrosity gets rejected

Anon
27 days ago

B..b…but the podium is covered!

Cover the Podiums
27 days ago

troll detected, opinion rejected

Johnny Blitz
27 days ago

The tower is beautiful. It’s the podium that destroys it.

Anonymous
28 days ago

OMG!!! It needs to comb its hair!!!

???
28 days ago

We getting one article a day now?

Anon
27 days ago

Yeah wtf

Jordan
27 days ago

Yeah, I think it should be subscription based. $9.95 per month.

“We getting” is nearly as pathetic as the “We Needs”

Rob
27 days ago

Agreed. This is a free website, yet people complain, Unbelievable!!!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Aren’t you complaining, Rob? Gosh, now you want to charge us for our complaints.

Cesar
26 days ago

Let me guess, you also pay for Twitter.

Anonymous
24 days ago

I see Twitter or X as a place where hate thrives, and truth is chastised.

Jordan
24 days ago

You are clearly following the wrong thinkers.

Thenextvicecity
27 days ago

People saying that this building isn’t to scale in the neighborhood and that it should be rejected is so tone deaf as if we aren’t in a full blown affordability crisis. This part of the city is potentially getting commuter rail and a metro mover extension in the next few years. It’s not like this is getting built in the hammocks away from mass transit and the urban core.

Brosef
27 days ago

Lol, as if there isn’t a lot of vacant land in the areas zoned much higher to the immediate east? Gtfo.

Anonymous
27 days ago

no there really isnt, and worse yet its so expensive no one can develop it except for the ultra wealthy investors and developers.

Brosef
25 days ago

East of the FEC rail from 36th down to 17th, there’s over 18 acres of vacant land all zoned T6 with a density of 150 units per acre yielding 2,720 units that can be built. This doesn’t count properties with existing buildings that are old/underutilized for today’s zoning and market (i.e. single story commercial). The density in Wynwood and Wynwood Norte is the same as T6 despite being T5. The height is just allowing for larger units, not more units. Under Live Local, they still must comply with density restrictions from local zoning. Finally, larger units means more expensive rent since rent is calculated at $/sf.

Jordan
24 days ago

No.
Developers do not necessarily have to be ultra-wealthy.
Just risk tolerant and good.

Anonymous
27 days ago

There’s a tone of areas zoned higher to the south. This should go in Riverside or in over town where there is a metro system.

Jordan
24 days ago

This goes where the man who owns the property says it goes.

If you buy the property, you can do what you want.

anonymous
27 days ago

Then why does it have to have six floors of parking since its going to be so close to transit?

Anonymous
27 days ago

There should be 0 parking spots at this height. It’s just making the traffic issue worst.

Brosef
25 days ago

Because city commissioners made it harder to reduce parking, even in urban areas that don’t need it.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Then upzone Coconut Grove and start assembling all the single family homes there to build affordable housing. At least there is a metro stop there! Keep Miami habitable with clear roadways.

Anonymous
27 days ago

This is above the urban core. Build along the river in Riverside and East little Havana near metro stops and along the underline!

huh, what? wait a minute
27 days ago

no balconies

Yes
27 days ago

Good.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Very Miami looking.

Cover the Podiums
27 days ago

So many blighted lots in wynwood just slightly west that could use multiple 12 story buildings, but instead they chose a single lot in heart of it all that’s 48 stories with an ‘artistic” mural. Just pure greed.

this new LLA law is going ruin the aesthetic of so many neighborhoods in south florida

Scott
27 days ago

Fully agree with this comment. This law will ruin neighborhoods for people who live in and bought in those neighborhoods. If the aesthetic goes, then the property value will go as well.

Jordan
27 days ago

Wow….ao….trying to imagine a neighborhood where density was added…it is nearly imposs….
NO! WAIT!!!

2009 Brickell.

1,00’s of empty condominiums became apartments. BOOM!

All evidence shows that density does NOT “ruin neighborhoods”.

You can “fully agree” all you want….DM me and bet me…you are verifiably wrong.

Brosef
25 days ago

Brickell allowed multifamily with no height limitations in the 11000 Zoning Code before Miami 21. The Four Ambassadors has been there since the 70s, so you’re really just showing your lack of historical knowledge. Just because most high rises didn’t come until after Miami 21 (which was adopted around the Great Recession) doesn’t mean developers weren’t allowed to build residential high rises in Brickell for literal decades before.

Jordan
24 days ago

Not sure who you are replying to but….
#1. My first Brickell condo buy was in 2003. Mayor Manny Diaz and Commissioner Johnny Winton were the catalysts for laws allowing development in Brickell. Height limits do not distinguish between Apts or Condo ownership.
#2. Miami 21 was adopted under Mayor Diaz well before 2008 (the GFC – Great Financial Crisis).

No matter what…density did not “ruin” the neighborhood of Brickell, and it will not ruin Wynwood.

Jordan
27 days ago

Yet, instead of doing anything….you are commenting on TNM about how MEN of action should please you and your whims.

Removing artificial government restrictions on private property owners will make housing more affordable for everyone.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Jordan I may recall you thought there were conflicts with recent upzoning in Brickell?

Jordan
27 days ago

What?

Can you ask ChatGPT to make that a cohesive thought?

Anonymous
27 days ago

DeSantis, along with other foreign lobbyist-paid GOP establishment folks, appear to prioritize trivial matters like bridge colors and voter suppression over addressing significant issues such as infrastructure maintenance, local zoning, and rising insurance costs in Florida. The state’s systems are struggling, with many doctors no longer accepting insurance, which only worsens the situation.

Anon
27 days ago

He passed Live Local.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Not allowing mail-in ballots received days after an election to be counted is not voter suppression.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Foreign lobbyists are paying “GOP establishment folks” to prioritize bridge colors and voter “suppression?” I didn’t know George Soros donated to that side.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Your comment makes no sense. If you’re against the LLA, why would you want Tallahassee meddling with local zoning? Also, how would you deal with rising insurance costs? We all know the other side’s solution is nationalization, which would not go too well.

Jordan
27 days ago

What a salad o’ nonsense.

Anon
27 days ago

You guys are literally complaining about affordability and “ruining miami” out of one side of your mouth’s and then complaining about the policies passed to address these issues out of the other side of your mouths.

Seriously unbelievable.

Bret
25 days ago

Building more housing to oversaturate a market of ONE housing typology (multifamily) is only one way to lower one type of housing cost (rent). It does nothing to help Floridians who have been living in their single-family homes or duplexes for years, even with mortgages fully paid off, who can no longer afford their homes because of the insurance costs. Housing is diverse and the solution needs to be multifaceted.

Anonymous
27 days ago

If you read the law, you would know it only applies to areas with high-rises within a certain proximity.

Jordan
24 days ago

I have read the original iteration, the version that passed and the glitch law.

Live Local only applies in municipalities with an Affordabilty problem.

The development does not necessarily have to be a high rise. It can be apartments, condominiums, or mixed use.

Jordan
24 days ago

You may live a more fulfilling life (or post better) if you learned how the world worked.
The Bazbaz family bought this property long ago.

Live Local makes a project feasible if they promise to add Affordable Housing.

Thank goodness that a real solution is being applied to a real big problem.

Shawn
27 days ago

Hey, why is there only one article for today?

SoBeMom
27 days ago

Define relatively affordable.

Jordan
27 days ago

Less than 120% of the Area Mean Income.

Brickell hoe
27 days ago

Where are the balconies? Stop being poor

anon
27 days ago

The biggest tragedy is only 37 bike parking spaces are planned.

J.M.
27 days ago

Shush, nerd.

Jordan
27 days ago

Oooooohhhh the humanity!!!
The humanity!!!!

What a tragedy, only 37 parking spaces for bikes.

People who still do not pay for their own rent or health insurance, should be limited to 3 posts per year.

When you become an adult, please join the conversation. Until then, children should be seen and not heard.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Healthcare should be universal. Cut all the bureaucracy that doctors and patients hate. Then people could afford their own rent.

Downtowner
27 days ago

What a shame.

Anonymous
27 days ago

I prefer to see small buildings in Wynwood but I’m glad to see this empty lot go. This tower may bring development to the southern end of wynwood and south of 20 st and connect The A&R district with wynwood

Build it
27 days ago

Reminds me of the Brooklyn Tower, a larger scale highrise marking the start of a neighborhood outside the core.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Except Brooklyn Tower looks great, and Downtown Brooklyn has skyscrapers before it.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Who thought of the concept? Professional on top, ghetto at ground level? Ground level is where Miami needs the biggest refinement.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Can someone educate me and let me know why something like this can potentially be built when there are so many new Wynwood developments that look like ghost towns? Are people actually moving into Wynwood, it feels like every new residential space is empty, so why the hell would they keep building…

Anonymous
27 days ago

Nobody is moving there. People want to be by a metro mover, especially the demographic looking for urban style living.

Jordan
27 days ago

Yes. People are moving to Wynwood.

Alex
27 days ago

To get this type of development funded, the banks, developers, architects, city zoning, city utilities, fire department, etc. have all conducted an array of demand and feasibility studies. There’s way more science behind it than how busy an area “feels like.”

Anonymous
27 days ago

Looks like the giant marshmallow man 🤮 all over a fine building.

Anonymous
27 days ago

>Upzone Little Havana. Single-family homes BAD! High-rises EVERYWHERE!
>DeSatan BAD!
You can’t win…

Mr. Slave
27 days ago

I would’ve thought this was cool 12 years ago

Another Parking HighRise
27 days ago

Over 600 parking spaces. Yet another building for parking. Beautiful building but what a joke!

Johnny Blitz
27 days ago

Beautiful tower. Horrible podium.

No road, No rail, No future
27 days ago

The podium screams “I’m trying too hard y’all, i”m just like y’all Wynwood Strong y’all”.

David Lockshin
27 days ago

When They build a waffle House, will highly consider moving to wynwood.