Midtown developer submits plans for 392-unit tower
By Deserae del Campo
Midtown Group, developer of the 18-square-block Midtown Miami, has submitted design plans to Miami's Planning and Zoning department for Midtown Five, a 392-unit residential tower.
The developer presented plans last month to the city, a procedure required before building permits can be issued.
According to design plans, 31-story Midtown Five is to include 34,430 square feet of retail, 4,600 square feet of restaurant space and 477 parking spaces.
The entire Midtown Miami, rising in the former Buena Vista Rail Yard in Wynwood/Edgewater, is to have 600,000 square feet of retail and more than 3,000 residences. The area is bounded by the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, North Miami Avenue and Northeast 36th and 29th streets.
Comments about Midtown Five from the city's design-review committee say the "massing and articulation of the building is commendable," yet more "detailed landscaping that indicates pedestrian amenities, sidewalk dimensions and more specific planting information" should be provided.
"These plans are very preliminary," said Colin Carby, high-rise developer with Midtown Group. "We are currently addressing the comments from the city."
The city is also seeking more "information on the public plaza and restaurant feature of the project, including elevations, plans, 3-D models, color landscape plans and site plans."
Some projects at this juncture more on to permitting, others don't, said Luciana Gonzˇlez, special projects coordinator for the city planning department. "Some might have to come back to Internal Design Review. Others move on to the Urban Design Review Board. It's up to the planning director on a case-by-case basis. These projects are in the preliminary phase. They haven't formally submitted their application."