Daily Archives: October 22, 2006

Building Profile: Soleil (Uptown)


Height: 43 floors (514ft)
Status: Approved

Developer: Leviev Boymelgreen Developers

Other Firms: Majestic Properties

Architect: Fullerton Diaz Architects
Address: 3100 Biscayne Blvd.
Analysis: This glassy modern-looking mixed used building marks the continuation of LB’s ambitious Miami plans. Although not as ambitious as the Marquis, another LB project, this interesting development does mark an important change in the high rise development patterns of Uptown. The vast majority of high rises in Uptown have been proposed or built east of Biscayne Blvd. This development indicates a departure from that and is not the only highrise proposed for the area west of the Boulevard. However, it was one of the first be proposed there aside from the monumental Midtown Miami project with its various phases. It can be argued that were it not for Midtown Miami, LB would not have ventured west of the Boulevard. This indicates an influence that will likely continue what is fast becoming a clear pattern of western high rise development in Uptown. A healthy one I might add. The design of the structure is aesthetically pleasing with an emphasis on glass versus concrete. Its vertical lines are sharp and the building lacks curves. Still, it is relatively tall, is sreading urban density west, and appears to be an elegant addition to the skyline.


Filed under Residential Developments, Uptown: Midtown Miami

Project Pinpoint Map: Central Business District


Leave a comment

Filed under CBD: Jewelry District, Maps and Illustrations

Project Pinpoint Map: North Central Brickel Village

Leave a comment

Filed under Brickell Village, Maps and Illustrations

Project Pinpoint Map: North Uptown

North Uptown

1 Comment

Filed under Maps and Illustrations, Uptown: Edgewater, Uptown: Media & Entertainment (PAC) District, Uptown: Midtown Miami, Uptown: Wynwood Arts District

Project Pinpoint Map: South Uptown

South Uptown

Leave a comment

Filed under Maps and Illustrations, Uptown: Edgewater, Uptown: Media & Entertainment (PAC) District, Uptown: Midtown Miami, Uptown: Wynwood Arts District

Project List: Coral Gables, Coral Way Corridor, and Kendall

Coral Gables:
Burger King HQ 200ft Office—Proposed
1300 Ponce 12 floors 136ft Office—Approved
Puerta de Palmas 17 floors Residential—Construction
100 Alhambra 15 floors Office—Proposed
X Aragon 15 floors Residential—Completed 2004
Ponce Tower 15 floors Residential—Approved
Ponce De Leon 14 floors Residential—Construction
Milano Tower 13 floors Residential—Completed 2004
2525 Ponce 12 floors Office—Completed 2004
La Palma 12 floors Hotel—Proposed
Village Place 10 floors Residential—Approved
55 Merrick Way, 2 mid size towers in Coral Gables, Douglas rd. and Miracle mile

Coral Way Corridor:
The Mile 22 floors 240ft Residential—Proposed
Blue at Coral Way 20 floors Residential—Approved
Gables Marquis 20 floors 200ft Residential—Approved
Roads at 18 19 floors 194ft Residential—Approved
Residences at Douglas 19 floors 192ft Residential -Proposed
Coral Sea View 15 floors 185ft Residential—Completed 2005
Luxor 16 floors 177ft Residential—Approved
Urbanea 14 floors 150ft Residential—Approved
Coral Way MU 13 floors 147ft Residential—Proposed
Byblos 12 floors 128ft Residential—Proposed
Miracle Center 7 floors 123ft Retail/Residential—Approved
Emerald Plaza 10 floors 103ft Residential—Approved
Nordica 17 floors Residential—Approved
Gables View 14 floors Residential—Completed 2005

Urban Kendall :
Metropolis I 25 floors Residential—Construction
Metropolis II 25 floors Residential—Construction
Fairfeild 25 floors Residential—Construction
Dadeland Park 25 floors Residential—Construction
Dadeland Towers 15 floors Residential—Construction
Colonnade 1 10 floors Residential—Approved
Colonnade 2 10 floors Residential—Approved
Colonnade 3 10 floors Residential—Approved
Colonnade 4 10 floors Residential—Approved


Filed under Coral Gables, Coral Way Corridor (S.W. 3rd Ave.), Kendall: Dadeland

Project List: Central Business District

Central Business District:
Empire World Towers I 110 floors 1124ft Residential—Proposed
Empire World Towers II 110 floors 1124ft Hotel/Residential—Proposed
600 Biscayne 62 floors 649ft Residential—Proposed (Park West)
Met 1 40 floors 400ft Residential—Construction
Met 2 40 floors 400ft Residential—Approved
Met 3 74 floors 866ft Residential—Approved
Paramount Park 68 floors 756ft Residential/Hotel—Approved (Park West)
Lynx 75 floors 745ft Office/Hotel/Residential—Proposed
900 Biscayne 63 floors 740ft Residential—Construction (PArk West)
Marquis 63 floors 679ft Residential/Hotel—Approved (Park West)
Marquis West 41 floors 496ft Residential—Proposed (Park West)
330 Biscayne 56 floors 659ft Residential—Proposed
Marina Blue 57 floors 615ft Residential—Construction (Park West)
Dupont Plaza 60 floors 609ft Residential/Hotel—Construction
Dupont Plaza II 60 floors 609ft Residential—Construction
50 Biscayne 55 floors 554ft Residential—Approved
Everglades 49 floors 538ft Residential—Approved
Everglades 49 floors 538ft Residential—Approved
Island Gardens 48 floors 535ft Hotel/Residential—Approved
10 Museum Park 48 floors 528ft Residential—Construction (Park West)
Riverfront West 1 630ft Residential—Approved
Riverfront West 2 533ft Residential—Approved
Riverfront West 3 512ft Residential—Approved
Riverfront West 4 384ft Office—Approved
Riverfront East 1 601ft Residential—Approved
Riverfront East 2 501ft Residential—Approved
Riverfront East 3 500ft Residential—Approved
One Miami I 45 floors 480ft Residential—Construction
One Miami II 44 floors 460ft Residential—Construction
The Loft 23 floors 274ft Residential—Construction
Loft II 35 floors 433ft Residential—Construction
City of Miami Development 33 floors 357ft Residential/Parking—Approved
1001 Center 27 floors Office—Approved
Mirasol 24 floors 255ft Residential—Proposed
NeoLofts 21 floors Residential—Completed 2004
U.S. Courthouse 14 floors Office—Construction
Chanticleer 21 floors 196ft Residential/Office—Proposed
Riverview Square 8 floors 136ft Office—Completed 2005
Transit Village 17 floors Office—Construction
Galardi South 10 floors Retail/Nightclub—Proposed
City View 41 floors 418ft Residential/Parking—Approved
The Promenade
Downtown Overtown
Crosswinds 1,000 units

Civic Center:
Seybold Pointe 11 floors Residential—Completed 2005
Riverside 18 floors 190ft Residential—Proposed
Terrazas Park 20 floors Residential—Approved
Terrazas River 27 floors Residential—Approved
Miami Rivertown 35 floors 368ft Residential—Approved
Riverhouse 25 floors 299ft Residential—Approved
Brisas Del Rio 20 floors 247ft Residential—Approved
1690 North River 22 floors 240ft Residential/Office—Approved
Hidden Harbor 20 floors 200ft Residential—Proposed
Urban River 19 floors 197ft Residential—Proposed
Urban River II 19 floors 197ft Residential—Proposed
Miami River 16 floors 178ft Residential—Proposed
Wagner Place 17 floors 174ft Residential—Proposed
Miami CityView 13 floors 149ft Residential—Approved
Tuscan Place 13 floors 130ft Residential—Approved
Coastal I 12 floors 120ft Residential—Proposed
Coastal II 12 floors 120ft Residential—Proposed
North Riverview 10 floors 109ft Residential—Proposed
Amber Garden 10 floors 100ft Residential—Approved

The Grove:
Mercy Hosp. 33 floors 389ft Residential—Proposed
Grovenor 33 floors 341ft Residential—Construction
Gateway to the Grove 12 floors Residential—Approved

River Rapids 1 17 floors 200ft Residential—Proposed
River Rapids 2 17 floors 200ft Residential—Proposed
River Rapids 3 17 floors 200ft Residential—Proposed
River Rapids 4 17 floors 200ft Residential—Proposed
River Rapids 5 17 floors 200ft Residential—Proposed
Blue Lagoon 17 floors 215ft Residential—Proposed (7 towers)
Mediterranean Tower, 15 floors, Lejenue Rd and n.w. 2 nd st., airport area.

Little Havana:
Capital Place 19 floors 181ft Residential/Office—Proposed
Capiro Tower 15 floors 150ft Residential—Approved
1377 Condo 15 floors 149ft Residential—Approved
VOA 12 floors 132ft Office—Proposed
Palma 14 floors 124ft Residential—Approved
Latin Q Tower 14 floors 122ft Residential—Approved
Ehden Place 13 floors 121ft Residential—Proposed
1800 Club 14 floors 120ft Residential—Approved
Nuevo Centro 11 floors 117ft Residential—Approved
San Lorenzo 10 floors 110ft Residential—Approved
Brickell West 10 floors 105ft Residential—Approved
216 SW 12 AVE 8 floors 100ft Residential—Approved
Brickell Vista 17 floors Residential—Construction
Douglas Place 14 floors Residential—Construction
Diamond 10 floors Residential—Proposed
Altos De Miami, 16 floor condo tower, Flagler st. and 22nd Ave
Capital Place 17 floors 167ft Residential—Proposed
World Crystal 12 floors 150ft Residential—Proposed

Leave a comment

Filed under CBD: Jewelry District, CBD: Overtown, CBD: Parkwest, Civic Center

A Theatre District in Miami?

Currently, there is no theatre district. We have theatres spread throughout the county. In Miracle Mile, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, and Downtown we have one theatre in each. However, there is no concentration of theatres as there is in NYC Broadway theatre district. I know that Miami is no New York City, but one can draw comparisons. In Miami, Park West is designated the Media and Entertainment district. Space nightclub has proven that the area can sustain a successful nightclub for years, and many other nightclubs are following the example. There are plans for restaurants in the area and more lounges. Telemundo is interested in placing a jumbotron in the district. Outdoor ads are already prevalent in the area. Now, it is a far cry from Times Square but currently it’s the closest thing we got to it. Importantly, in NYC as you head north from Times Square on Broadway, you enter the famed theatre district. It is quite a sight to behold. The whole area is thriving with the performing arts.

In Miami, there is an interesting parallel to the north of the Media and Entertainment District; the Performing Arts Center. The PAC has already drawn the development of the Anderson Opera house, which will be home to the Florida Grand Opera. Nearby buildings are being given names like Opera Tower. The area is clearly taking on a performing arts district identity. However, there is a problem. To the west of the PAC we have a neighborhood that could be known as the filthy district. Even considering the movement of the I-395 to the immediate north, we are still left with a cruddy neighborhood. There is nothing but underutilized buildings, abandoned warehouses, vacant lots, and one decent nightclub: Pawn Shop. The area cannot and will not remain in its current unacceptable status. What should happen is that the city should take into consideration the viability of designating it the theatre district and luring theatre troupes, acts, and permanent shows to the area. The city should figure out ways to provide incentives for these organizations to come to the area. The city should help create a buzz about the performing arts in the area that is not limited to the new PAC. The PAC is already getting built. Let us imagine beyond it.

This is just an idea. A damn good one I might add. It would create another vibrant touristy area that is easily accessible via the I-95 and 836. It would be a welcome addition to the community in general and a healthy contribution to the city’s cultural fold. Developers would salivate over the idea and immediately build nearby. They already are. We just can’t cal the area the performing arts district because there are three establishments dedicated to the art in the area. There have to be more. And the city cannot simply leave it up to private interest groups to take the initiative. The city should be the guiding force. Interestingly, I stumbled upon a website from FIU that included various visions of the same neighborhood created by urban planning and development students. This was obviously sponsored and encouraged by city officials. Although many of the visions were aesthetically pleasing, none of them presented a realistic approach towards solving the neighborhood niche problem. The area has not changed since. The city should stop wasting its time with these attempts at finding a creative solution to that neighborhood’s identity crisis. The answer is staring at them in the face: use the development of the PAC to help foster the development of a broader performing arts district. It would be conveniently situated to the north of the Media and Entertainment district and serve as a natural extension to it.


Filed under Uptown: Media & Entertainment (PAC) District

Project List: The Uptown Area


High Rises:

1. 1490 Biscayne 73 floors 744ft/227m Residential—Proposed 1490 Biscayne
2. Omni Development (6 towers) 72 floors 700ft Residential—Proposed 1400 Biscayne
3. One Herald Plaza I 64 floors 649ft/198m Residential—Proposed
4. One Herald Plaza II 64 floors 649ft Residential—Proposed
5. Chelsea 52 floors 649ft/198m Residential/Office—Proposed
6. Florida Grand Opera 57 floors 649ft Residential/Office—Proposed
7. City Square I 62 floors 640ft/195m Residential—Proposed
8. City Square II 62 floors 640ft Residential—Proposed
9. Cardinal Symphony 60 floors 600ft Residential—Proposed NE 16th Street
10. Platinum Bay 56 floors 590ft/180m Residential—Proposed NE 29th Street
11. Element 54 floors 577ft Residential—Approved NE 31st Street
12. Quantum S. Tower 51 floors 554ft/169m Residential—Construction 1900 N Bayshore
13. Urbana 48 floors 549ft Mixed Use—HAI -Proposed 1755 NE 2nd AVE
14. Onyx 2 49 floors 543ft/166m Residential—Approved NE 28 st.
15. Opera Tower 56 floors 530ft Residential—Construction 1500 N. Bayshore
16. Soleil 43 floors 514ft Residential—Approved 3100 Biscayne
17. 31st Park 49 Floors 510 ft. Residential—Proposed 350 NE 32 St.
18. Max Tower (Verite) 39 floors 508 ft. —Proposed 1600 NE 1st St.
19. Paramount Bay 47 floors 496ft Residential—Approved 21 N. Bayshore
20. Lima 41 floors 144m 473ft Residential—Proposed 2955 Biscayne
21. Quantum North Tower 44 floors 471ft Residential—Construction 1900 N. Bayshore
22. Electra Bay 41 floors 463ft Residential—Proposed 700 NE 26th Ter.
23. Portico 50 floors 461ft/141m Residential—Proposed NE 4th Ave.
24. Park Lane 33 floors 437ft/133m Mixed Use—Proposed NE 32nd St.
25. Blue 36 floors 425ft Residential—Construction NE 36th Street
26. 1800 Club 40 floors 423ft Residential—Construction 1800 N. Bayhore
27. Electra I 31 floors 412ft Residential—Proposed
28. Lyghte 32 floors 357ft Residential—Approved
29. Four Midtown 31 floors 350ft Residential—Approved
30. Two Midtown 29 floors 320ft Residential—Approved
31. Three Midtown 29 floors 309ft Residential—Approved
32. Sky Residences 36 floors 295ft/90m Residential—Approved NE 34th St.
33. Biscayne Park 26 floors 277ft Residential—Construction
34. Ellipse 24 floors 273ft Residential—Approved
35. Unique 24 floors 251ft Residential—Proposed
36. Cube 23 floors 244ft Residential—Proposed
37. Electra II 22 floors 243ft Residential—Proposed
38. Platinum 22 floors No Height Residential—Construction
39. Ice 34 floors No Height Residential—Approved
40. Onyx 28 floors No Height Residential—Construction
41. Star Lofts 23 floors Residential—Approved
42. Biscayne Tower 21 floors Residential—Construction
43. 5th Ave Lofts 22 floors Residential—Approved
44. Biscayne Plaza 21 floors No Height Residential—Proposed

Mid Rises:
New Wave 19 floors 239ft Residential—Construction
Avant 18 floors Residential—Approved
Aria 18 floors Residential—Approved
Vista Biscayne 17 floors 215ft Residential—Approved
SoHo 16 floors 202ft Residential—Proposed
Mondrian 17 floors 199ft Residential—Approved
City 24 15 floors 182ft Residential—Approved
Filling Station 10 floors 179ft Residential—Approved
District Lofts 12 floors 153ft Residential—Construction
Kubik 14 floors 150ft Residential—Approved
Los Suenos 13 floors 143ft Residential—Approved
Bayview Market 5 floors 140ft Retail/Residential—Approved
Midtown Midrise 11 floors 130ft Residential—Approved
Pompeii 10 floors 130ft Residential—Proposed
Pinnacle Park 13 floors 126ft Residential—Proposed
5220 Biscayne 11 floors 120ft Residential—Approved
Silverton 10 floors 113ft Residential—Approved
Milebella 8 floors 108ft Residential—Approved
Pinnacle Place 10 floors 100ft Residential—Proposed
Zafire 9 floors 100ft Residential—Proposed
Cynergi 11 floors Residential—Proposed
Cite 15 floors Residential—Completed 2004
Pinnacle View 14 floors Residential—Proposed
Uptown Lofts 12 floors Residential—Construction
Rive Gauche 10 floors Residential—Proposed
Yorker 10 floors Residential—Completed 2005
Bay Lofts 9 floors Residential—Completed 2005
Seven 7 16 floors 163ft Residential—Proposed
Gallery 14 floors 215ft Residential—Proposed
Casa 18 floors Residential—Approved
Boulevard 16 floors 169ft Residential—Approved
Villa Patricia 17 floors 165ft Residential—Approved


Filed under Uptown: Edgewater, Uptown: Media & Entertainment (PAC) District, Uptown: Midtown Miami, Uptown: Wynwood Arts District

Project List: The Beaches

Sunny Isles:
Acqualina 51 floors 550ft Residential/Hotel—Completed 2005
Jade Beach 53 floors 550ft Residential—Approved
Jade Beach 2 51 floors 550ft Residential—Approved
Regalia 42 floors 485ft Residential—Approved
Paramount Beach 45 floors Residential—Approved
Trump Palace 44 floors 551ft Residential—Construction
Trump Royale 44 floors 550ft Residential—Construction
Trump Sonesta 32 floors Hotel—Completed 2004
Trump Towers 1 45 floors Residential—Proposed
Trump Towers 2 45 floors Residential—Proposed
Trump Towers 3 45 floors Residential—Proposed
La Perla 42 floors Residential—Construction
Ocean 4 40 floors Residential—Approved
Turnberry Ocean Colony 1 37 floors Residential—Construction
Turnberry Ocean Colony 2 37 floors Residential—Approved
Sayan 30 floors Residential/Hotel—Construction
Le Meridien 27 floors Hotel—Completed 2005
Sole 24 floors Residential/Hotel—Construction
Fantasy of the Ocean 21 floors Residential—Approved
St.Tropez I 19 floors Residential—Approved
St.Tropez II 19 floors Residential—Approved
St.Tropez III 19 floors Residential—Approved
King David 14 floors Residential—Construction
Mansiana 51 floors Hotel/Residential—Proposed

Atlantic One 31 floors 295ft Residential—Completed 2005
BellaMare 30 floors Residential—Construction
Pennisula I 30 floors Residential—Completed 2004
Pennisula II 30 floors Residential—Construction
Hamptons South 28 floors Residential—Completed 2005
LaVogue 24 floors Residential—Approved
Parc Tower 1 22 floors Residential—Construction
Parc Tower 2 22 floors Residential—Construction
Turnberry Place 20 floors Residential—Proposed
Aventura Marina 19 floors Residential—Construction
Terzetto 18 floors Residential—Approved
Aventura Landings II 18 floors Residential—Proposed
Aventura Hosp. 11 floors 146ft Office—Completed 2005
Atrium I 11 floors 135ft Residential—Construction
Atrium II 11 floors 135ft Residential—Construction
Uptown Marina 11 floors 129ft Residential—Construction
Turnberry Village 14 floors Residential—Construction
Turnberry Village 14 floors Residential—Construction
Terzetto Lofts 13 floors Residential—Approved
Aventura Landings I 13 floors Residential—Proposed
Aventura Landings II 13 floors Residential—Proposed
Venture 11 floors Residential—Construction
Country Club Center 10 floors Office—Completed 2005
21420 Biscayne 10 floors Office—Approved
Artech 9 floors Residential—Approved

North Beach:
Akoya 47 floors 492ft Residential—Completed 2005
Canyon Ranch 42 floors 397ft Residential—Construction
Canyon Ranch 26 floors 257ft Residential—Construction
6000 Indian Creek 25 floors Residential—Construction
Mei 22 floors Residential—Proposed
Monte Carlo 20 floors Residential—Proposed
Ocean Sound 19 floors Residential—Approved
Bel Aire 18 floors Residential—Completed 2005
Ocean Blue 11 floors 122ft Residential—Completed 2005
Nobe Bay 15 floors Residential—Proposed
Belaire Bay 14 floors Residential—Approved
Gorlin Acqua 12 floors Residential—Construction
Morris Acqua 11 floors Residential—Construction
Spear Acqua 11 floors Residential—Constructnio
Azure 12 floors Residential—Construction
Beach House 12 floors Residential—Proposed

Mid Beach:
Fountanebleau 2 36 floors Hotel—Completed 2005
Fontainebleau 3 18 floors Hotel—Approved
Mosaic 20 floors Residential—Construction
Bath Club 19 floors Residential—Construction
3737 Collins 19 floors Residential—Proposed
Saxony 18 floors Residential—Proposed

South Beach:
ICON South Beach 42 floors 423ft Residential—Completed 2005
Murano Grande 37 floors 407ft Residential—Completed 2004
Setai 38 floors 386ft Residential/Hotel—Completed 2004
Continuum 2 37 floors Residential—Approved
Bentley Bay 26 floors 259ft Residential—Completed 2005
Bentley Bay II 24 floors 243ft Residential—Completed 2005
Apogee 22 floors Residential—Approved
W Miami 19 floors Hotel—Proposed
W Miami 19 floors Hotel—Proposed
Lincoln Bay 15 floors Residential—Approved

Bal Harbour:
One Bal Harbour 26 floors Residential—Construction
Bellini 24 floors Residential—Completed 2005
Regent Bal Harbour 17 floors Hotel—Construction
St.Regis 25 floors 322ft Hotel—Approved
St.Regis 25 floors 322ft Hotel—Approved
St.Regis 25 floors 322ft Hotel—Approved

North Miami Beach:
Biscayne Landing 25 floors Residential—Approved
Biscayne Landing 25 floors Residential—Approved
Maule Lake 24 floors Residential—Approved
Maule Lake 24 floors Residential—Approved

North Bay Village:
Bridgewater 20 floors Residential—Construction
360 Condo 15 floors Residential—Construction
Lexi 20 floors Residential—Approved
8000 West Dr 21 floors 213ft Residential—Approved
8000 West Dr 21 floors 213ft Residential—Approved
7922 East DR 17 floors 170ft Residential—Proposed
Cielo 16 floors 170ft Residential—Approved
Sunset Bay 15 floors 170ft Residential—Approved
Space 01 16 floors Residential—Construction
Prisma 16 floors Residential—Approved
Indigo Bay 12 floors Residential—Construction (Bay Harbor)
360 Condo B 12 floors Residential—Construction
Blue Bay 16 floors Residential—Construction
Sky 15 floors Residential—Approved
Bay Harbor 101 16 floors Residential—Construction
Carroll Walk 15 floors Residential—Completed 2004
Bay Treasure 12 floors Residential—Approved


Filed under Miami Beach: SoFi, Miami Beach: South Beach, North Bay Village, Sunny Isles, Surfside