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2007 Third Quarter Construction Tour: Uptown/M&E

This week’s Miami 2007 3rd Quarter Construction Tour ends with Uptown and the Media and Entertainment District:

Opera TowerTibor Hollo/Florida East Coast Realty (topped off)

1800 Club – BCOM – (topped off)

QuantumTerra Group (topped off)

Paramount Bay at Edgewater SquareDaniel Kodsi/Royal Palm Communities (construction)

Cite – MCZ/Centrum (Newly Built)

Parc LoftsIntrepid (newly built)

Filling Station LoftsIntrepid (construction)

Biscayne Plaza (newly built)

New Wave (newly built)

Gallery ArtHH Development (construction)

OnyxBAP/GGM (newly built)

Star Lofts (newly built)

Biscayne Park (topped off)

Moon Bay – Cervera (newly built)

Platinum – A.R. Development (newly built)

Palermo (construction)

The Yorker (newly built)

BlueHyperion (newly built)

Midtown 2 – Cayre/Samuel (topped off)

Midtown 4 – Cayre/Samuel (topped off)

Midblock – Cayre/Samuel (topped off)

The Shops at Midtown – Cayre/Samuel (newly built)

CynergiDeltrust (topped off)

City 24 -PanTerra Developments (topped off)

Uptown Lofts (not pictured) – newly built

No activity:

  • 1490 Biscayne
  • City Square/One Herald Plaza
  • Chelsea
  • Anderson Opera Tower
  • Omni Redevelopment (6 towers)
  • Urbana
  • Element (scrapped)
  • Onyx 2 (scrapped)
  • Portico
  • MAX tower
  • Lima
  • Boulevard
  • 3333 Biscayne
  • Soleil
  • On the Park
  • 31st and Park
  • Aja on the Bay
  • Electra I
  • Electra II
  • Sky Residences (scrapped)
  • Ellipse
  • Lyghte
  • Park Lane
  • 5th Avenue Lofts
  • Rosabella Lofts
  • District Lofts
  • Bayview Market
  • L’ Opera Place

Post Script: More projects may be scrapped. Others might get resurrected. If you think this report missed something, Contact BoB. Your input is appreciated.

On the next construction tour we’re taking it to the Beaches.







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The Herald Spotlights Midtown Miami

I’m happy, joyful even, to see the Miami Herald put Midtown Miami on its Wednesday Final Edition front page. The article refers to the mega-project’s long term effects on the surrounding area; something I have long since emphasized to be the most important aspect of Midtown Miami. This former cancerous hole in the city, now stupendous multi-phase mega-project, is most symbolic of Miami’s urbanization progress.  If I were an owner there, I’d be smiling all day long.

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Argent Venture’s $1 Billion Omni Plans Approved!

Great news for the Media and Entertainment District. Argent Venture’s plans for the Omni Mall have been approved by the City of Miami. The developer’s legal counsel, Lucia Dougherty, paved the way for the approval, which Marc Sarnoff acclaimed. Mr. Sarnoff said that the project is like a “second Midtown Miami”. It has been stated here before that Uptown has three mega projects. These are massive city-within-a-city developments. Argent’s plans for the Omni will span 15 years and comprise 6 towers:

  • Omni West Tower 3 643ft. 65 floors
  • Omni East Tower 3 624ft. 61 floors
  • Omni West Tower 2 623ft. 63 floors
  • Omni East Tower 2 604ft. 63 floors
  • Omni West Tower 1 604ft. 61 floors
  • Omni East Tower 1 584ft. 58 floors

The $1 billion project will reshape the city’s skyline to the north of the I395. By the time the fifth and final phase of the Omni project is completed, the FDOT’s repositioning of the I395 should have already taken place. The project is adjacent to Pedro Martin’s 10 acre site for his proposed City Square and Herald Square mega project. We’re talking two mega projects side-by-side. It looks like Uptown is, well, coming up.

The Omni development will also incorporate new bisecting streets flanked by retail: certainly aimed at increasing pedestrian friendliness and bolstering the project’s communal feel.The project will apply for LEED certification as per the recommendation of the City Commission. This project alone, is so massive, that if placed in Orlando, it would over shadow its existing skyline. In Miami, it is only one of three mega projects that are dramatically changing the urban fold. Again, this is evidence of the anomaly that is Miami’s urban development track.

Residents and buyers in South Edgewater (1800 Club, Opera Tower, Venetia, The Grand, Cite, Quantum, and Paramount Bay) should be popping champagne due to this excellent piece of news, because it represents the long term stabilization and progression of their urban neighborhood.

When looking at the big picture and factoring in the PAC, the plans for City Square, all the proposed and existing projects in and around the M&E District/South Edgewater, and now Omni, the Media and Entertainment District is well on its way to becoming a thriving urban experience worthy of international attention.


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Cardinal Development Press Release for 3333 Biscayne

Brickell-based Cardinal Development (builder of Baylofts, New Wave, Cocowalk, and Cardinal Symphony), a self touted pioneer in development, has publicized their first press release for 3333 Biscayne

I enjoy reading press releases for new projects. They tend to be filled with unusual adjectives describing the building’s design, features, and lifestyle concept, but more importantly, by reading these, one can surmise what type of buyer the developer is targeting. 3333 Biscayne, a medium scale office-condo development on the east side of Biscayne Blvd on 33rd street, is a continuation of mid-rise development along the Biscayne corridor parallel to Midtown Miami and Edgewater.

If successful, this office-condo project may help tilt the scales of development interest in favor of office-condos. Granted, this project is not a catalyst but it could serve as a valuable contribution to a larger commercial development pattern that has not yet fully materialized.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

3333 Biscayne has been influenced by artistic elements from its inception. The project is a unique fusion of ideas; the design incorporates a balance of practicality, art and fantasy, resulting in colorful and invigorating spaces with utilitarian value. The innovative, soft and curvaceous plan for the building’s exterior originated as a stark geometric blueprint, but slowly evolved into a rounded and whimsical vision throughout the planning process. Even the building’s number, “3333”, fits the feminine and curvaceous aesthetic. “The genesis of 3333 was based on invigorating a forgotten quarter of the city and its purpose is to bring back the class and prestige of a 1940’s Miami,” says the building’s architect, Pat Bosch of Perkins+Will. Perkins+Will is the #1 firm with LEED accredited professionals as well the 3rd largest firm in Architecture and Interiors in the country.


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Uptown’s Mega-Projects

Lately, I’ve been in the Uptown mood. Nothing against Brickell, the CBD, or South Beach, but like a true Miamian, I appreciate change. Although all of Miami’s urban neighborhoods are experiencing drastic change, Uptown’s is, well, different. As far as Miami’s urban development goes, things change rapidly. Neighborhoods flourish and take on new identities in brief periods of time. This is the story of Miami, but Uptown is the city’s latest intriguing chapter. Sure Brickell and the CBD have several spectacular towers planed and under construction. Some are individual standouts: Brickell on the River, Jade, 50 Biscayne, Marina Blue, etc. Others come in pairs: One Miami, 500 Brickell, Villa Magna, The Plaza, Axis, Epic. There are even trios: Icon Brickell and Brickell Citi Center. However, Uptown takes it to a higher level.

Uptown is home to the mega-project. This is loosely defined as a project that is larger than four phases (towers/major structures) bundled together within several adjoining acres. I’m referring to One Herald Square and City Square (10 acres and multiple towers), Midtown Miami (56 acres and 18 new city blocks), and Argent Venture’s massive and ambitious Omni redevelopment (6 towers on 12.5 acres). These projects stand apart. They are bigger, more expensive, riskier to develop, and therefore carry the heaviest weight of uncertainty. They also occupy the most urban space, affect their surroundings profoundly, and have the greatest economic impact.

They are the big ones. The mega-projects. Uptown has three. This will play as a major factor as time passes and Miami’s urbanism evolves. Uptown’s gravitational pull is getting stronger and these Mega-projects have yet to be built. The effects of their construction will be fascinating to observe and will spread far in all directions. The South Edgewater and the Media/Entertainment District neighborhood’s will stand to benefit the most due to close proximity to the Omni Redevelopment and Herald/City Square projects. Midtown Miami, the most expansive of the mega-projects, will have significant effects in the Design District, North Edgewater, and Wynwood. Uptown’s interior density will fill in more rapidly than its counterparts to the south. The area is a veritable blank canvas for development. Ripe for the pickings. The mega-projects change the equation. Uptown is measured differently because of them.

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The Miami Bay/River Promenade: A Dream or Reality?

There has been much speculation concerning the construction of a Bay/ River walkway from the Miami River north to Margaret Pace Park. It was said that funding would come from the half-penny sales tax as well as a government bond. However, little has been published that would indicate that the project has gone past a feasibility study. Miami’s Downtown Transportation Master Plan makes reference to the walkway and extends it to Margaret Pace Park. Developers in the North Bayshore Drive area have told prospective buyers that the walkway would reach the park, but there is no confirmation that the walkway will be built—even less reach Pace Park, which would be the ideal scenario. This is important because the city may cut back funding and possibly reduce the scale of the walkway—in consideration of the looming property tax crisis.

Such a walkway would make the bay front area of the city much friendlier to tourists, residents, and visitors. It would significantly boost the value of the surrounding land and residences. It would benefit all the establishments on it or near it by providing easier access to and from them and stimulate business growth. It would provide an excellent pedestrian link from the Miami River neighborhoods to the bay front neighborhoods, thus creating a more connected urban community. The benefits are several and clear. So, then, what is the status of this project? Is there funding? Where is the money finally coming from? Is the project done being researched? There are many more questions surrounding this exciting proposal.

Pedro Martin’s Terra Group has plans to build a public walkway as part of their 63 story planned tower near the Venetian causeway. Currently, along the Grand and Marriot, there is something of a walkway. Pace Park has a sidewalk along the bay, but it is not a bay walkway. Bicentennial is well positioned to accommodate one—pending the outcome of the Museum Park plans. Bayside, for all intensive purposes, is one. Bayfront Park, already has a semblance of a walkway, although it would have to be modified. South of Bayfront Park stands the Intercontinental Hotel and One Miami projects, which will serve as the junction point between the Miami River and the Bay front area. There are, however, many physical obstacles in the way: the inlet next to the AAA, the I-395, and all the individual buildings and venues (many of which do not have any semblance a walkway). Additionally, there are so many infrastructure lapses and proposed initiatives that many in the city don’t currently care to entertain the idea of a walkway. All of the Miami River projects have been required to incorporate public river walk space into their schemes, thus making it easier to consolidate all the river walkways. However, it is not clear how or who will manage the walkway should it exist.

The bay/river walkway will serve as a sort “cherry on top” of Miami’s urban sundae if you will. It is not necessary but boy would it be a perfect addition. I do, however, not want to understate the potential significant impact such a project would have on the surrounding area. It will serve as a repository for tourists and visitors in downtown. The views of the buildings from the promenade will be some of the best in the city. It will certainly add to Miami’s emerging “world-class” status. The only problem is the lack of information. The DDA’s website has gotten much more user friendly, but does not contain much information on the plan. Miami-Dade’s website doesn’t do much better—it references the project as a bike path. The funding being designated at 1,000,000 seems too low–begging the question of whether this is a seperate similar project or linked to the promenade initiative. On this end, the information is incomplete, and the desire to attain it is serious. BOB will certainly devote quite a bit of time to uncovering the status, potential, cost, and other factors surrounding this vital project.

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Lima Approved on Nov. 15th by 5-0 Vote

Lima Land
43-Story Wynwood Project Gets OK From City Board

Rendering of The Lima Project. Photo provided by the architectural firm of Kobi Karp and Associates

“[It is unique because] it is the entire block.”

By Bonnie Schindler

In a city where skylines seem to change on a daily basis, another project has been given the green light to move forward in Miami.

The Miami Planning Advisory Board unanimously approved modifications to a previously approved major use special permit for The Lima Project during its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 15.

The Lima Project, a residential tower and retail area to be constructed between NE 29th Street and 30th Street in the Wynwood/Edgewood area, will consist of a 490-foot, 43-story-tall, mixed-used structure, said Adrienne Pardo, an attorney representing 2937 Ferrari, LLC and 2915 Biscayne LLC, both of which are owned by Yves Barrough and Nancy Karp. The Lima Project is being designed by architect Kobi Karp, husband of Nancy Karp.

With a price tag of about $60 million, and expected annual tax revenues of $562,000 for the city of Miami, the building will be comprised of about 206 multifamily residential units, 3,202 square feet of retail space, and 402 parking spaces.

“[It is unique because] it is the entire block,” Pardo said.

By the entire block, Pardo means that The Lima Project will include the TechnoMarine building that is currently on the site. Built in 1965, this structure was not on the original permit granted in January of this year; however, it is now included in The Lima Project because of a business partnership involving the Starbucks currently sitting on the Biscayne Boulevard side of the TechnoMarine.

In addition, the residential tower’s footprints were shifted more than 10 feet, two stories were added to its height and the retail square footage has been altered, according to the project’s documents. These conditions forced the applicants to refile for the permit, Pardo said.

The city’s Planning Department concluded that the “property development will benefit the area by creating additional residences in the district.” But city planners added conditions, including that no curb or driveway be cut on Biscayne, but rather that all traffic be routed to either NE 30th Street or NE Fourth Avenue. City planners would rather have storefronts along the boulevard, not driveways, according to a Planning Department analysis.

Pardo and her associates tried to sway the board to dismiss this condition, as they felt an ingress is needed to allow cars coming from Biscayne Boulevard to easily turn into the parking area. But both Planning Advisory Board member Robert Young and Chairperson Arva Moore Parks requested that the applicant heed the city’s condition.

“I don’t want to harm the project [but I have to agree with staff],” Young said.

The board passed The Lima Project item 5-0.

Two other projects were deferred to later dates: Columbus Centre, a 56-story mixed-use structure to be located at 21 SW 15th Road, 1450 and 1490-92 S. Miami Ave. and composed of about 219 residential units, 234 hotel rooms, more than 200,000 square feet of office space, about 6,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 596 parking spaces; and 2222 Biscayne, a 29-story building composed of nearly 400,000 square feet of office space, about 6,500 square feet of retail and bank space, approximately 6,700 square feet of restaurant space and 1,784 parking spaces.

The 2222 Biscayne project, to be developed at 2220 Biscayne Boulevard by Scott Silver’s Grouper UTD, LLC, will be heard Dec 6.

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Cameo Demolished to Make Room for Portico

Affordable housing oasis demolished


A homeless man leaves the Cameo Apartments after he and a companion were awakened by the sounds of the stairs being demolished outside the apartment where he was sleeping.


EXIT PLEASE: A homeless man leaves the Cameo Apartments after he and a companion were awakened by the sounds of the stairs being demolished outside the apartment where he was sleeping.

Demolition workers on Monday began knocking down the Cameo Apartments, a building that once offered affordable housing on Miami’s expensive east side but had become a haven for vagrants after tenants were forced out in June.

When the concrete 1950s-era building at 1825 NE Fourth Ave. is leveled and the debris is trucked away this week or next, the land will be ready for Portico, a 43-story condo tower approved for the site, according to the property owners.

The building and its tenants were the subject of a Miami Herald article this summer that examined how the condo boom was contributing to the loss of affordable housing.

Victor J. Labruzzo, one of the building’s owners, said Monday that a deal is pending with a developer in Tennessee, although financing must still be secured. The deal may be an outright sale or a joint venture. The new building was designed by Arquitectonica.

”We’ll have a clean, safe, fenced lot ready for project Portico,” Labruzzo said.

The Cameo land, east of U.S. 1 near Biscayne Bay, has been surrounded by construction for months as other condo towers rose around it.

Even though the building was swept for people before demolition began Monday, two people — a man and a woman — emerged from a second-floor apartment after workers had already torn off the front staircase. Both were able to make their way safely from the building using a back stairway.

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A Closer Look: Uptown (North Edgewater NE 25th – 36th st)

This article is a continuation of a south to north evaluation of Edgewater beginning at 25th street.

N.E. 25th Street begins with a vacant lot in the south entrance of the street and Latin America Café in the northern front lot. As one continues down this street the Mondrian occupies a good portion of the south side. It is important to note that 25th street has quite a few parcels for sale—more so than most other streets in Edgewater. More of what the street will appear like in the near future begins to emerge as you head towards the bay. There are two new unique loft projects—Baylofts, which is one of the two, is fully occupied and has quite a bit of activity. At the rear bay front portion of the street, Onyx and Star Lofts are both under construction. Onyx is all but topped off and Star Lofts is coming along quite nicely. The fact this street has two major bay front developments along the bay as well as relatively new loft projects along the rear interior, in addition to a significant amount of parcels for sale, indicates that N.E. 25th street is primed for rapid growth. It already is one of the more established streets in the area.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for N.E 26th Street. The two front Biscayne Blvd. parcels are occupied by under-utilized buildings. Majestic has one property for sale, and the rear south bay parcel is occupied by the north side of Onyx. The rear north bay front lot is occupied by a small condominium. The majority of the interior is filled with old buildings—little sign of activity.

N.E. 26th Terrace to the north has more of a single-family home residential feel to it. Other than a long rectangular lot the site of the mid-rise Absolute Bay Lofts project, there isn’t much activity to report on the surface, but let’s dig deeper. Much of the homes have been owned by the same owners since the 1980’s. However, on the 501, 525, and 535 lots (all next to one another) things change. They were bought in 2005 by a company called JS 26 LLC. Clearly, the odds are that this company is probably going to spearhead an urbanization effort on the street. The real development on this street is the presence of Aja on the bay (formerly Electra) on the south bay front lot of the street. This development will change the street for good and embolden the multi-parcel owners on the interior to get moving with their urbanization intentions, and possibly persuade the old owners to sell and cash out. The north bay lot is owned by a religious group.

Continuing north into N.E. 27th street, there are some interesting on the surface developments. First, the sign for District Lofts remains in place. There is no activity on the site to report. This mid rise project represents a trend of mid rise development along Biscayne Boulevard and within Edgewater. This type of mid rise densification will create a unique streetscape when combined with some sporadic high rises through out. Still, the new 31 floor Lyghte project is located on 27th Street along the southern portion of the bay inlet, and this development, which has an extremely appealing design and illumination concept, will likely serve as a catalyst for future similar development along the street. Lyghte is next to a bay front property owned by a religious group. It is not clear what will happen with properties owned by religious groups. In fact both rear N.E. 27th street bay front lots are owned by a religious group. Interestingly, the same company that has three parcels on N.E. 26th terrace (JS26 LLC.) owns multiple parcels on 27th street as well. They own 520, 532, 600, and 512. When combined with the 26th terrace parcels that they own, the total is 8 lots all situated next to one another on two streets. This company probably has major plans for these 8 parcels. Still, 27th terrace, especially as it nears Biscayne Blvd. has a significant amount of multi-family apartment units that have been old for a long time. The development of Lyghte and anticipated future development will boost the value of the street and possibly encourage those owners to sell, but Lyghte has to get off the ground first.

N.E. 28th street is important because it is home of the Onyx2 lot, which has no activity on it and the sales center looks abandoned. The Onyx2 lot is for sale and so are the project’s plans and permits. 28th street is much shorter than the most Edgewater streets because it runs into a bay inlet. The two front Biscayne parcels are under-utilized and there are quite a few parcels in the interior of the street that are for sale. When researching land acquisitions one realizes that the south side of 28th street has parcels that have been owned longer than the north side, which has quite a few recent acquisitions. There are no groups acquiring parcels in bundles though, at least not under the same corporate entity. Much of the acquisitions on the north side of the street took place around 2004. Unless the Onyx2 project begins construction, which doesn’t seem to be happening, N.E. 28th street looks to remain, more or less, at a stand still. The Onyx people own the bay lots on 28th street. If they can’t build, someone will surely step into the fold real quick.

Moving on up to N.E. 29th street, development activity is slow, except for Moon Bay on the northern part of the inlet. The rear bay lots are occupied by a condominium to on the south and a property that has been owned since 1975 to the north. 29th street is alos home to the abandoned Vista projects. The lot is currently for sale. Across form the Vista lot are two parcels on vacant land that are owned by Aquablu LLC., plans remain unclear. The north part of 29th street has a surprising amount of recent acquisitions. In contrast, the south part of the street has almost no recent acquisitions. Through a land acquisition standpoint, the street is evolving in an uneven pace. Still, as far as the recent acquisitions are concerned, there are no clear big plans.

A hop and skip away on N.E. 30th street, things really pick up steam. 30th street is the closest one gets to a glimpse of the future of Edgewater. This is where the Yorker, Platinum, and Porti Di Oro are. Plans for Platinum on the Bay, if successful, will make this street one of the most active in Edgewater outside of North Bayshore Drive to the south. The street has a mid rise feel to it. The activity, in terms of development picks up as one nears the bay, but the front Biscayne lots have been purchased in 2005, so the implication is that given the neighborhoods current positive state, those Biscayne lots are almost sure to see activity soon.

The biggest problem on N.E. 31st street is the Village Rehabilitation facility for addicts. There are plans for Element, formerly Ice 2, but there is little activity to be excited about. The truth is: few people want a rehabilitation facility for drug addicts on their block. The facility owners occupy about 11 parcels on the street and their presence is bogging down the value of the block.

As we near the northern fringes of Edgewater, we get to 32nd street. The proposed 33 floor Park Lane tower is planned for the vacant Biscayne north lot. To the south is Walgreens. This Park Lane development, should it get topped off, will mark a potential tipping of the development scales towards high rise construction on Biscayne Boulevard versus mid-rise. Cite, Uptown, City 24, 3333 Biscayne and District Lofts are some examples of the mid-rise wave. But, the Chelsea, Cardinal Symphony, Soleil, and Park Lane are examples of a high rise shift on the boulevard. 32nd street has quite a few under utilized properties through the span of the street. At the rear bay front lot, there are plans for Ice. The site has no activity. On both 31st and 32nd streets, the Element and Ice developers own nearly half of the parcels.

33rd Street is seeing an interesting development in 3333 Biscayne, which is located on the north lot of 33rd street. The south lot is occupied by the Park lane tower. With the advent of both towers, the street will be impacting to enter. When traveling along 33rd street there are quite a few under utilized properties and the bay front parcel is occupied by the Bay Park Condominium. There isn’t much in the form of recent acquisitions on 33rd street.

The front south parcel of N.E. 34th street will be occupied by 3333 Biscayne. The front north parcel is occupied by the BP gas station. Directly across Biscayne Blvd., it is important to not that there are plans for Boulevard, a new development. The rear south bay front parcel is vacant. It seems to be the lot designated for Sky Residences. There is absolutely no activity on the site. The condominium association at Hamilton was in litigation against the Sky developers. The litigation seems to have cost the developers a pretty penny. Hamilton occupies the north bay front parcel. Directly to the west of Hamilton is a retirement home. There are quite a few recent acquisitions (within the last three years) on the south side of 34th street, but there is no dominant buyer.

35th Street has Pollo Tropical in the front south and McDonald’s in the front north parcels. A company called Productions and Invest Colombus Inc. owns four major parcels along the north side of 35th street. This could be the sign of a future major development taking place there. Currently, there are no clear plans. The rear bay lots are occupied by Hamilton on the south and the 600 condominium building on the north.

N.E. 36th street most popular structure is Blue at the north rear bay front parcel. The south rear bay front lot is occupied by the 600 condominium building. There are plans for the 22 floor 5th Avenue lofts tower, which will probably encourage westward development along 36th street.

In summary, the Edgewater neighborhood is seeing major development activity, but it is sporadic. The bay areas, naturally, are seeing the most major developments and high rise construction. But, the Biscayne Boulevard parcels have several interesting, mostly, mid rise, developments as well. There are many factors working in favor of this neighborhood. For one, it is a bay community. All parcels are within a short walk from the bay. Secondly, it is sandwiched in between four burgeoning neighborhoods (the PAC district to the couth, Midtown Miami toe immediate west, the Design District to the north west, and the exclusive Baypoint gated community to the north. However, there are still too many pockets of under utilized structures, many parcels that have been owned for over a decade, at least one retirement community, a rehabilitation center for drug addicts, and several major properties that are owned by religious groups. Additionally, the neighborhood isn’t exactly easy to navigate by car. Through a development standpoint, none of these factors work in the favor of the community. The advent of projects Onyx, Moonbay, Star Lofts, Platinum, Uptown Lofts, City 24, Mondrian, and Blue will keep the momentum going, but the problems seen with Onyx2, Element, and Sky Residences are holding the community back. This neighborhood will be vastly different within the next 5 years. Many of the older residents will find it far too lucrative not to sell. The large amount of recent land acquisition, and importantly, bundle acquisitions, indicates that there is a lot of planning going on behind the scenes. It is encouraging to see new ambitious developments such as Lyghte, 3333 Biscayne, and Park Lane. Hopefully, they won’t get frozen like some other near by examples. Still, the area, whether there are defunct projects or not, is extremely valuable, well situated, and will have the influence of art and culture spilling over from Wynwood, the PAC District, and the Design District. This will be one of Miami’s most energetic and exciting neighborhoods, but not traffic ridden or noisy. I suspect that the area will keep as certain quiet residential feel despite all the nearby activity. I mean this in relation to neighborhoods like Parkwest, the CBD, and the PAC District. Continuing to monitor this vital urban neighborhood’s progress is a top priority for Bob.



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New Miami Skyline: Height/Density Distribution Charts

The Charts below are designed to track both the distribution of density and height of Miami’s proposed, under-construction, and recently topped off high-rise developments among three urban neighborhoods: Brickell Village, the Central Business District, and Uptown. Chart A, below, includes 97 of the newest and tallest projects in Brickell Village, Uptown, and the Central business District (CBD).

Chart A

Top 97 New Tallest

B. Village (red)

42 (43%)

CBD (yellow)

29 (30%)

Uptown (blue)

26 (27%)

Chart A indicates that Brickell is seeing the most development taking place. 43% of the newest high profile projects are in that neighborhood. Importantly, the Central Business District is not far ahead of Uptown. Only 3% percentage points separate the two. Let us take a look at chart B, below, which only factors in the tallest 20 new buildings.

Chart B

Tallest 20

B. Village (red)

8 (40%)

CBD (yellow)

9 (45%)

Uptown (blue)

3 (15%)

Chart B indicates that most of the top twenty tallest towers are being built in the CBD–9 in all. Brickell Village is not far behind with 8 projects in the top twenty. When it comes to the tallest of Miami’s new buildings, Uptown is far behind with only 3 in the top twenty. However, as recently as 3 years earlier, Uptown was barely a concept and would not have even been part of the discussion. Moving on to Chart C, below, which covers the tallest buildings after the top twenty up until about 102 on the list of new high density high rise developments, indicates some interesting patterns for Uptown.

Chart C

Tallest 20 – 102

B. Village (red)

36 (44%)

CBD (yellow)

20 (24%)

Uptown (blue)

26 (32%)

As you can see above, Brickell Village has the most developments with 44%, but Uptown is a surprising second with 32%. The Central Business District is last among the three urban neighborhoods. A decade ago, this would have been thought next to impossible. The Miami skyline has come a long way.

Importantly, the data indicates that although Brickell Village leads all three in development activity, it is by no means one sided. In fact, the new developments seem to be fairly evenly spread out–a pattern that has come to full fruition in places like New York City, Hong Kong Island, and Chicago. Miami, still has a long way to go, but is evolving in a rapid yet balanced manner that will render incredible results in the very near future. The Miami skyline, as it is turning out, will be quite wide or long (depending on how one views it), stretching from the most southern reaches of Brickell Avenue to the I-195 (Julia Tuttle Causeway). Based upon the anticipated new developments, there will be no obvious gaps in the skyline, at least from the Biscayne Bay vantage point. Currently, there are significant gaps as the skyline evolves.

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