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92-story downtown tower OK’d for Miami’s skyline

Written by on July 25, 2017
92-story downtown tower OK’d for Miami’s skyline

A sleek glass tower packed with amenities and mixed uses is ready to make a lasting impression on Miami’s skyline. In doing so, One Bayfront Plaza would capture the prize as the tallest building in Florida, 1,049 feet.
The city’s Urban Development Review Board recommended approval July 19 of a revised plan for the high-profile site in the heart of downtown.
Board members were taken by its style.
“It’s the most beautiful building I’ve seen presented to this board,” said member Fidel Perez. “Congratulations. When it’s built, it will bring Miami to a different level. Job well done.”
Acting Board Chairman Dean Lewis called the project “very sculptural.”
One Bayfront Plaza is to rise 92 stories with 1,361 residences, 100 hotel rooms, 534,379 square feet of offices, 101,650 square feet of retail, 27,500 square feet of exhibition/banquet area, and 8,000 square feet of observation deck/retail.
An abutting garage for up to 2,117 cars is also planned, along with three swimming pools, a pedestrian passage, and the hope of an elevated walkway linked to Metromover’s Bayfront Park Station.
The 2.5 acres at 100 S Biscayne Blvd. take up the entire block between Southeast First and Second streets and Southeast Third Avenue on its western edge.
Board members asked when developer Florida East Coast Realty hopes to start building.
Jerome Hollo, executive vice president, said it will probably be early 2019 before all needed permits are lined up and, after that, construction is expected to take 48 to 52 months.
Mr. Hollo said the company is open to start earlier. “If we can push it, we’d love to push it.”
Work by project architect William C. Louie of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates includes the mixed-use former Espirito Santo Plaza, completed in 2004. The 1.2 million-square-foot, 35-story tower is home to the Conrad Miami Hotel, luxury residences, and was headquarters of now-defunct Espirito Santo Bank.
In a letter to the city, attorney Vicky Leiva, representing the developer, detailed the history of the downtown site.
The city issued a major use special permit for One Bayfront Plaza in 2007 under prior zoning. At that time, the project consisted of two large towers with additional floor area.
“The applicant now seeks to modify the previously approved project to provide an enhanced design in closer compliance with Miami 21 [zoning] that will reduce the overall floor lot ratio of the project, create enhanced view corridors, a more activated pedestrian realm, direct and more ample access to Biscayne Boulevard, more open spaces, and other elements consistent with the purpose and intent of Miami 21,” Ms. Leiva wrote.
The enhanced design starts by significantly reducing the podium’s height and replacing it with a lower two-tiered podium. The lowered podium is partially accommodated by adding basement parking.
While retail originally fronted First and Second streets and Biscayne Boulevard, the new proposal adds Third Avenue retail frontage.
The modification also creates a pedestrian passage, aligned with Biscayne Boulevard, through the project from First to Second street, Ms. Leiva said.
“It’s a great development,” Mr. Lewis said. “I look forward to seeing it built.”

6 Responses to 92-story downtown tower OK’d for Miami’s skyline

  1. DC Copeland

    July 26, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Wow, that is great news. At one time Hollo capitulated to the DDA and city planners to nix that platform because Miami 21 (or God knows what) insisted that people disembark from the Metromover station, descend and cross busy Biscayne Blvd in order to create a “vibrant city filled with people walking the streets.” Glad to see this new plan nixed that cockamamie idea.

  2. La Nalga

    July 31, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    More tall buildings! I feel sorry for the people who live there with all this horrible traffic.

    • Michael

      August 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      That’s life in the city. The nice thing is that having so much density will also mean a richer city life in terms of different shops selling different kinds of goods and services.

  3. Catalin Dobre

    August 1, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Great News and Great design!That is the perfect spot for a tall building.

  4. Onil Maruri

    August 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    It’s best long term to build up, not horizontal for the city. Great news to see a spectacular building like this one coming.

  5. D Todd McCormick

    August 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    It is wonderful to see Miami embrace & nurture city living. A NY transplant, I recently relocated to the SE 2nd & 1st area. So nice to experience the old Miami feel flavored with this new embrace. A completely different feel from the Brickell scene many seem to enjoy.
    It is these large scale projects which vitalize any downtown area. When done correctly as Miami seems to insure, these projects actually aid in sustaining many of the older shops.
    Gone are the days of the big box and homogenized builds of before which displaced mom & pop shops.

    These builds will also promote public transportation. Miami City has 2 wonderful train services which on most days allow me the luxury of never even getting in my car!! (Always a plus!) lol