Two 60-story towers due on river
Written by John Charles Robbins on March 11, 2015
Dual 60-story residential towers with a waterfall are proposed for choice riverfront land in the shadow of Miami Avenue Bridge.
During the city’s last building boom, three condo towers rose on a block on the north side of the Miami River in the Central Business District: The Ivy, Wind and Mint.
This latest proposal, as yet unnamed, is planned to fill in the vacant lot hugged by the existing three towers.
Details of the ambitious project were revealed Monday at a committee of the Miami River Commission. Committee members spoke favorably of the project and made suggestions to improve the riverwalk but took no formal vote.
The two towers are to rise taller than the existing towers. The new buildings will be connected at the top and bottom, with open space in the middle.
An earlier project planned for the site included one bulkier residential tower. The new proposal includes two slender towers joined in an L-shape by a podium about five stories tall, according to Iris Escarra, an attorney for the developer. Kar Miami MRP LLC is listed as the owner.
Ms. Escarra said they were excited to learn recently that the riverwalk can be extended beneath the bridge and connect with the existing riverwalk east of the bridge. She said the developer is willing to improve that part of the riverwalk, beyond an extra wide and lushly landscaped portion in front of the proposed dual towers.
The design of the towers has them facing the river. A large waterfall would be built on the front portion of the podium levels.
“The water feature falls from the building,” Ms. Escarra said.
Plans call for 406 residences, 20 lodging units, about 30,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 520 vehicles.