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City board leaves two Midtown Miami towers in limbo

Written by on September 27, 2016
City board leaves two Midtown Miami towers in limbo

A city board’s cool reaction last week left 838 apartments planned in two Midtown Miami towers in limbo.

The Urban Development Review Board deferred Midtown 6+7 to October. Magellan Development plans them side by side at 3101 and 3001 NE First Ave., Midtown 6 with 447 rentals, 40,000 square feet of retail and parking for 600 cars, Midtown 7 with 391 apartments, 30,709 square feet of retail and 505 parking spots.

Board members criticized lack of detail in renderings. Missing is how the towers will interact with the area, said Dean Lewis, acting board chair.

“You’re missing some façade renders. Midtown is not shown in context… we’d like to see that,” he said. Perhaps contextual drawings weren’t presented because Magellan is also building Midtown 5 next door, he said, but he still wants to see how the towers relate to adjacent sites, “the relationship to your neighbors.”

“They are sister buildings that play off each other,” said Grace Ames of bKL Architecture. Each is 27 floors of apartments and a four-story podium with amenity deck. Each will be ringed by first-floor retail and share a pedestrian path.

Glass and bronze on the first floor and wood screens will offer a warm, inviting look, Ms. Ames said.

“It’s disappointing,” said board member Neil Hall. “You talked about warmth and welcoming – I’m not seeing it.”

Board member Jesus Permuy said he recognized it’s a rental but “do something more elaborate” to make the towers more attractive.

“We can only react to what’s shown. I feel frustrated,” said board member Willy Bermello. He said “there are still areas needing attention.”

Magellan was told to show renderings that articulate the retail, provide more detail on podium façades and show how the buildings relate to the rest of Midtown.

3 Responses to City board leaves two Midtown Miami towers in limbo

  1. DC Copeland

    September 28, 2016 at 7:44 am

    “Each is 27 floors of apartments and a four-story podium with amenity deck.” They look and sound boring. Repetition might be good if the first element is worthy, but the first isn’t. That four-story podium sounds like a looming parking garage. Too bad there isn’t an aesthetic ordinance that requires architects to reach for exceptionalism, i.e., designs that become landmarks in our minds for their beauty, grace and sometimes, outright over-the-top planned disruption of the status quo.

  2. Gerwyn Flax

    September 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Absolutely DC Copeland! There should be an aestetic ordinance that demands exceptional architecture. Apparently, the city pays little attention to what the final product looks like, so we’re ending up with buildings that resemble a milk carton with a flat top, and an air conditioner box on top. The city should also demand that builders adhere to the renders they publicize. Variations of balcony styles and frills does not represent iconic architecture. Demand concepts such as Spires, or tapering towards the top a la Chrysler Building in New York. We have wasted so many important locations throughout the city with junk designs. There is not one ICONIC BUILDING in Miami. Melo’s rental building next to the Performing Arts Center is the perfect example. It is totally inappropriate for such an important location, and we’re stuck with it for fifty years at least. Thank you,Jesus Permuy for at least speaking speaking out and demanding better.

  3. Michael J Sommers

    September 30, 2016 at 11:55 am

    The renters at Melo’s Melody project simply could not afford the cost to live there if the property was built for 20% higher costs because the design was more ellaborate. Now we have 500 more residents in the city to bring the streets, parks, economy alive… if the city has rejected the Melo’s cost efficient design, the project would have never been built, and these 500 families would be stuck commuting from Kendall or Miramar to their jobs and social gathering in Miami. Most people do not like to see the world in terms of dollars and cents, but until you do the world does not make sense.- Michael J. Sommers