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Old May 2nd, 2013, 11:48 PM   #241
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Sales to launch at 43-story Brickell condo tower



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Apartments in the 43-story 1080 Brickell tower will go on sale this week, exMiami reported.

A Spanish investment group purchased the site for the proposed 328-unit building on Miami’s Brickell Avenue about a year ago, paying $17.37 million, a $7.87 million premium over what the seller, Rilea Group, paid for the property in 2006, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

The site was rezoned last year so that an existing parking garage could be torn down and the new tower put up in its place.

MDR Toledo, managed by Madrid residents Manuel Moratiel Llarena and Maria Moratiel del Pilar Entrena, control Miami-based MDR Real Estate, which purchased Brickell Station Lofts for $17 million in January 2012.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 12:00 AM   #242
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Chinese Investors Loading Up In Miami



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Chinese investors have joined an international group of buyers in Miami, picking up properties to build a rental portfolio of condos, houses and duplexes by purchasing bank-owned units, Daily Business Review reported.

Like other overseas buyers, Chinese private equity groups see real estate as relatively inexpensive in South Florida, where prices are still depressed from the housing crash in 2008, and the U.S. is considered a safe bet, with excellent private schools, as The Real Deal noted in July.

In 18 months, one group has picked up 20 South Florida properties, according to Concierge Real Estate Services broker Doug Dewitt.

“They’ve been to San Francisco. Then they went to Manhattan. Then they looked in Los Angeles, and when they came down here, they said, ‘Wow, this place is on sale,’” Dewitt reportedly said.

The paper also quotes Miami real estate broker Hagen Hendrix. He says his client, a Chinese investment group, isn’t interesting in anything outside of the mid-$100,000s to mid-$200,000s or the 305 area code.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 12:35 AM   #243
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 08:58 PM   #244
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Proposed Towers Rile Neighbors



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Following a recent upzoning of land adjacent to North Miami Beach's Greynolds Park - a Depression-era WPA park designed by one of South Florida's most noted lanscape architect's, William Lyman Phillips - a group of NY/NJ developers are planning three towers of ten stories or more overlooking the lagoon area on the eastern end of the park, giving their new hotel and office building project gorgeous park views, but at the same time permanently marring what is now an undisturbed tree line and bringing the city back into the park. The project is slated for land directly to the park's south, at 17400 West Dixie Hwy. In response, park lovers have launched a campaign, including Facebook page, and a lawsuit, against the rezoning. The suit is currently pending in the courts.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 01:54 AM   #245
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Does anyone know what is going up behind the gas station at SW2nd Ave & SW13th Street? It seems they've moved all the tenants out of those little walk-up apartment building and installed chain link fence...
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Old May 6th, 2013, 11:32 PM   #246
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BrickellHouse Gains Height, Starts Looking Tower-ish

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Old May 6th, 2013, 11:47 PM   #247
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Sneak peek at Flagler On The River, a 32 story tower currently in prep phase:


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Old May 6th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #248
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Forget the canopy: The Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium deal is dead, and so are their plans to renovate the place


Roof plan caved in by Tallahassee politics

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The Miami Dolphins do not intend to pay for any upgrades to Sun Life Stadium now that the team’s push for a subsidized renovation to the 1987 facility has failed, CEO Mike Dee said Sunday.

“We cannot do this without a private-public partnership,” Dee told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4. “At this time we have no intention of investing more.”

Dee also sounded less than hopeful about South Florida’s prospects to host the 50th and 51st Super Bowl games without improving the Miami Gardens stadium. National Football League owners will announce the host cities by May 22. Miami and the San Francisco area are competing for Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

“We clearly have our work cut out for us,” he said. “Having a stadium that’s competitive is, I think, probably comparable to having a good quarterback when you’re playing football.”

In a live interview on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede, Dee gave the first in-person remarks by any Dolphins official since late Friday, when the Florida House of Representatives ended the annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee without taking up team-backed legislation providing public subsidies for the renovation.

Legislative approval was required to hold a May 14 referendum asking voters about the stadium renovation; the election was canceled Friday night. The Dolphins were hoping to get $289 million over 30 years from an increase in the mainland Miami-Dade hotel-tax rate, and $90 million over the same period in state sales-tax subsidies.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross Friday night released a written statement lambasting House Speaker Will Weatherford, whom he blamed for not giving the legislation a floor vote in his chamber.

Dee continued to place the blame squarely on Weatherford, saying the Wesley Chapel Republican told the team privately that he would hear the legislation. Weatherford has denied making that pledge. “In no fewer than four occasions were we told that directly from Speaker Weatherford: ‘Your bill deserves a chance to be heard,’ ” Dee said. “One guy at the end of the day wrote the eulogy for this process.”

Dee said the Dolphins had lined up 84 votes supporting the legislation — a count disputed to The Miami Herald on Sunday by a senior House official.

More than once Dee referred to Weatherford somewhat dismissively as “a guy from Pasco County.” And he echoed Ross’ statement suggesting the owner plans to remain involved in Tallahassee politics — against Weatherford. “This abuse of power, I believe, will follow his career for a long time,” Dee said, without providing details.

When DeFede asked whether the Dolphins’ harsh statements would hurt the team next year, especially since Weatherford will remain at the helm as the powerful speaker, Dee appeared resigned. “I don’t know if you can win him over. You can’t do anything more than we did,” he said. “This is a political animal. He is a young guy in a big position with big aspirations.”

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Old May 7th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #249
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Damn Girl, 44 Story 'The Bond' Going Up On Killer Brickell Site



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Back in action since its shelving in the real estate crash is the Rilea Group's planned 44 story residential tower at 1080 Brickell Avenue, using previously approved designs by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, on a site that has gone in the intervening time from 'good' to 'holy hot tamale you live there?' The Bond At Brickell will stretch from a narrow Brickell Avenue frontage to a gloriously wide spot along Brickell's brand, spanking, new Brickell Flatiron Park, meaning it'll have (A) a back yard-like green space, (B) views that won't be blocked in five years by some new tower being built next door, and (C) something beautiful for those living on the west side to look at. Sound pretty nice compared to the common view for a Brickellite looking west: the highway and Little Havana.

P.S. Sales launched last week and a third of the units got snapped up in, like, 20 minutes.




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Old May 7th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #250
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Richard Meier Is Designing The Surf Club Now, With Kobi As Second Banana



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The restoration and condo-ization of the grand old Surf Club is being redesigned by world renowned starchitect, Pritzker Prize winner, and white paint addict Richard Meier, according to exMiami. The project was previously designed by architect Kobi Karp, whose monolithic glass box low-rise residential buildings would surround the historic structure, and was a bit of a snoozefest. Not entirely out of a job, Kobi will stay on, probably acting as Associate Architect, or Construction Architect, a position his firm has on numerous projects around town. The Meier design, except for what the doodle above might show, is still a total mystery.
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Of course they keep the ugly boom-era designs for revived projects, and turn beautifully proposed ones into drab garbage. Way to go, Miami...

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Sneak peek at Flagler On The River, a 32 story tower currently in prep phase:


http://www.miamirivercommission.org/....2013Home.html
The base looks nice, but does the street level restaurant space need to be separated from the street by a concrete wall and steps? I would have thought Miami21 banned this practice.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 11:11 PM   #252
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Miami's Downtown Train Station Breaking Ground This Year


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The Prez and Chief Development Officer of All Aboard Florida, Michael Reininger told Miami Today that "We hope to break ground probably late this year" on the Florida East Coast Railway's new downtown Miami passenger station. The station will be on almost ten acres of surface parking lots currently owned by the FEC smack in the middle of Downtown Miami that once was the site of Miami's original train station.

"We'll turn that neighborhood into a very connected urban village, and we'll become a very significant intermodal kind of facility that will link our infrastructure and transportation uses with many of the other existing transportation uses, like the Metrorail and Metromover station, which exist adjacent to the station," he said, saying the plan was still in the design phase but making it all just sound fabulous anyways.

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Old May 8th, 2013, 11:20 PM   #253
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Meanwhile, at the airport, Miami Central Station is taking shape:











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City Garage Getting 47 Story Tower

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Forty-seven stories of residences, offices and amenities totaling 415,000 square feet will rise atop a Miami Parking Authority seven-story downtown garage between 56 and 70 SW First St. — while the garage itself will also be upgraded.

Last week the authority approved a proposal from Downtown 56 LLC to redevelop the garage, which the board agreed in April needed renovation. Now, the company is set to restore the garage to adhere to Florida's 2010 building code and to make it more aesthetically pleasing, said authority CEO Art Noriega, in addition to building a 54-story, $73 million tower.

Structurally, he said, the garage is in good shape. The problem is code and aesthetics.
According to the approved proposal, the garage upgrade, exterior refurbishment and modernization is to add 170 parking spots as well as a residential tower atop the garage with about 440 units, 12,000 square feet of rooftop restaurant and event space, 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail and 4,000 square feet of new office space for the authority.

The development would envelop adjacent properties at 46 and 34 SW First St., both of which are currently controlled by the developer, J.C. Mendez.

Garage upgrades, according to the proposal, would run the developer about $2.5 million. Adding the office space and extra amenities will cost another $1.5 million, and the garage expansion is to cost another $3.5 million. That expansion, however, would help generate an added $200,000 annual revenue for the authority, as the authority will own and operate all additional parking and the garage itself.

The residential units, the proposal said, are to generate $11 million a year from rent for the developer. "We are hoping that this building will provide economic impact not only for the Miami Parking Authority," said Ben Lopez, of Ben Lopez & Associates, which designed the architectural plans, "but also for downtown."

As proposed, the ground floor will have higher ceilings and will accommodate the retail space and an entrance lobby. The second floor will contain the office space, and the third to seventh floors will make up the lateral parking expansion of the garage.
The eighth and ninth floors will have amenities and floors 10 through 51 will have nine residential units per floor. At the tower's peak the developers plan to create a restaurant opportunity along with open-air seating and outdoor lounge areas.

Throughout construction of the tower, Mr. Noriega said, the garage will still function.

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Old May 9th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #255
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Skyview is nearing its peak:


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Le Parc at Brickell

Work on the 12 story condominium begins this Fall.




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Old May 10th, 2013, 12:27 AM   #257
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Another Tower, The Crimson, Popping Up Next To Icon Bay



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Edgewater, which is perhaps Miami's most architecturally disorganized neighborhood, (and that's saying a lot) but also an area with fascinating and sometimes incredibly beautiful architectural variety, better get its shit together or it'll start looking like a mismatched version of Brickell. Case in point is this latest announcement/leak/whatever for The Crimson, which will go next door to the currently under construction Icon Bay, with its own bizarre idiosyncrasies (public park under a building, anyone?), and looks like a mashup between an art school, a bomb shelter, and a hospital ICU. The one rendering we found of the lobby, however, looks down right awesome.

The building will be on 17th Street and NW 5th Avenue, just to the south of Icon Bay. The exterior renderings are from exMiami. The lobby rendering is from the developer's (the unpronounceably named mckafka development group. Does one capitalize that, or not?) website.




The 'Vegas Effect': build a cheap, nasty tower and pack it with first-rate amenities. Soooo predictable...
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Old May 10th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #258
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Rumor Mill: Latest Miami Beach Ritz Carlton Will Be Designed By Piero Lissoni In Vacant Hospital

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They had previously announced, of course, that the design wiz Piero Lissoni has been hired by Lionheart Capital to turn the former Miami Heart Institute Building on Lake Surprise into luxury condos by complicated process of slicing and dicing the preexisting building instead of knocking it down and starting new, because zoning would only allow a new building of much smaller size, but the fact that it'll be a Ritz Carlton is very new news. And although the project still, still has no name, one can only assume the name will be something like Ritz Carlton Residences Miami Beach. Because 'Ritz Carlton Residences Lake Surprise' just doesn't sound nearly as classy.




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Echo Brickell May Sell Out Before Work Starts!

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Big ass Echo Brickell is selling out insanely quickly. The latest behemoth planned for the Brickell skyline, almost as high as the Four Seasons right next door, has reservations for all but 30 of its 190 units, according to a tweet by one of its realtors Aniley Perez. And these kinds of crazy-fast selling numbers seem to be appearing over and over again around Miami. Either this city's a goldmine, or we've learned nothing and are bound to get ourselves in a lot o' trouble all over again. Considering that everyone's still paying in cash, and not mortgages (it's like we're on another planet, where the normal laws of money don't apply) Curbed Miami thinks that so far this city is a-ok. No word yet on whether the penthouse, which architect Carlos Ott will custom design for whomever buys it, has sold or not.
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Old Brickell Apartments Making Way For New



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When this super cute block of art deco apartments with its sleek lines, portholes, dramatic vertical element, and courtyard was built, it would have had a gorgeous view into Simpson Park, a rare patch of old growth Florida hammock wedged in between Brickell's north and south halves. Then the Metrorail came and that park view became a Metrorail view, taking away one of the building's biggest assets. Yes, Metrorail's underbelly was landscaped, so the setting remained kinda nice, but was probably not the winner it once was. Still, if we remember correctly, the building was cool enough to be featured in a scene from There's Something About Mary.

Now, sales for a new tower on the same site but tall enough to recapture those grand park views have been announced. The tower is, aptly and with a flourish, called Le Parc. And sure, renderings show Le Parc to be a good looking building by architect Luis Revuelta, but without quite the architectural je ne sais quoi of its predecessor.
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