Miami is in the midst of another building boom. Cranes are back in the skyline, and they are sprouting up everywhere. The past couple months have seen new projects announced, some buildings break ground and in some cases, beautiful historic buildings demolished for bigger buildings (unfortunately). The last building boom brought us revitalized, urban neighborhoods. What shall this building boom bring?
1100 Millecento: Foundation work still going on at the 42-story Millecento residential tower. Will start going vertical very soon.
Aloft Brickell: Originally planned to be apartments, once the recession hit, construction came to a halt. The construction site stood untouched for years and then slowly, some construction activity resumed in late 2010. Construction is now in full swing and instead of being apartments, will now be an Aloft hotel, branded as Aloft Brickell.
Brickell CityCentre: The Brickell CityCentre sites are a massive construction project, spanning four city blocks in the center of Brickell. Of all the projects under construction in the city, this is by far the largest and arguably the most influential. Brickell CityCentre will bring 520,000 square feet of retail, 1,300 condominiums and apartments and almost a million square feet of office space. In other words, it is gigantic! Ground work is still undergoing on the site. It will be a while before we see anything significant go vertical here.
Brickell House: With the second construction crane installed in December, Brickell House has gone vertical and is currently on the 5th floor (of 46 floors).
City Heights Apartments: Located at 145 SW 8th Street in Brickell, City Heights Apartments is a 22-story affordable rental apartment tower. The building with have 98 rental apartments with ground floor retail. City Heights is one of many residential projects under construction in West Brickell (west of the Metrorail line).
Env Brickell: Since the foundation was completed in 2006, when Mary Brickell Village opened, the 35-story Env Brickell residential tower has started going vertical almost immediately.
FIU Parkview Residence Hall: These 6-story residence halls will house 620 FIU undergraduates. The dorms have topped off and will be ready for FIU sophomores to move in starting this August.
Gables Ponce: Gables Ponce is a large, mixed-use project between Douglas Metrorail Station and Merrick Park at 4585 Ponce de León Boulevard. The project includes two 10-story towers with 370 rental apartments and ground floor retail. Epicure Market has signed a lease as one of the building’s main tenants. Gables Ponce is the first project completed of many new residential towers proposed for the Merrick Park neighborhood around the Douglas Metrorail Station.
Met 3: Ah, Met 3, the mythical tower that has stupefied us for years. Is it going to be Miami’s new tallest building? Miami’s tallest residential tower? Is it going to be a parking garage with a Whole Foods? Did Whole Foods cancel and then sign back on? Well, construction is finally underway at Met 3 and it is for a parking garage with a ground floor Whole Foods. It’s unfortunate to hear that such prime property is going to be just a parking garage, but the good news is the foundation is being built to eventually build a 32-story apartment tower above with 462 rental apartments.
Miami Children’s Courthouse: The courthouse broke ground in February 2011, and like any good governmental building, it’s taking forever to finish. The courthouse is expected to open in late 2013.
MyBrickell: The first of the residential towers to go up since the Great Recession, MyBrickell is therefore also the first tower to top off. By 2014, hundreds of new Brickellites will join the neighborhood as the residential tower’s 192 units become occupied.
Vista Grande Apartments: Located at 850 SW 2nd Avenue in West Brickell, Vista Grande Apartments is an affordable rental tower with 89 apartments.
West Brickell Tower: Located at 1026 SW 2nd Avenue in West Brickell, West Brickell Tower is an affordable rental tower with 32 apartments.
West Brickell View Apartments: Another affordable residential tower in West Brickell, West Brickell View Apartments, located at 144 SW 8th Street, is on its 9th floor. West Brickell View will have 64 rental apartments.
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