City of Miami office tower site hunt may end up next door
Written by John Charles Robbins on January 8, 2019
A study has determined the best place for a new City of Miami government office tower is right next door to the current one. The analysis is up for discussion on today’s (1/10) city commission agenda.
Site selection is the next step after voters in November OK’d a complicated deal to gain a new office complex in exchange for allowing a multiple-tower private development on the Miami River.
The city’s Department of Real Estate and Asset Management and CBRE analyzed where offices might rise and ranked sites. The analysis picks vacant land immediately north of the city’s current Miami Riverside Center (MRC) at 444 SW Second Ave., identified as the Nexus Site.
The new building would use part of the 1.6-acre Nexus Site at 230 SW Third St., owned by the Adler Group and adjacent to the current city administrative building, “and would have shared parking with the new Nexus development contemplated by the Adler Group on the current MRC property,” the report says.
Adler and affiliate Lancelot Miami River were chosen as part of a request for proposals to lease/buy the city’s riverfront property for a mixed-use residential, retail and hotel project and an agreement to build a new office complex for the city.
The top five sites were Nexus Site; Marlins Stadium surface parking at 1680 NW Fifth St., 1610 NW Sixth St., and 1600 NW Seventh St.; AT&T site at 610 NW First Ave. and 53 NW Sixth St.; Biscayne Park at 150 NE 19th St.; and Melreese Golf Course at 1400 NW 37th Ave. and 1802 NW 37th Ave.
Thirty other sites were evaluated and scored, most in city parks.
Of the Nexus Site, the study says: “The site’s location is ideal for the new administrative building. It is adjacent to the current site and near mass transit, while maintaining the downtown location and remaining one-step removed from traffic in Miami’s Central Business District.”