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Old July 9th, 2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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Met Square Is Finally Getting Built, With A Hotel Tower On Top

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Met Square, originally planned as a commercial component to the Metropolitan Miami condo towers on that tippy tip of downtown Miami where the Miami River hits the bay, died a quick death in the crash. Now, like every other zany plan to build big or go home, it's back, and it's even bigger. According to exMiami, the project, designed by the firm of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, has been revived and supposedly will have a 1,700 seat theater beneath a 570 room hotel and, get this, a 41,000 square foot restaurant.

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The site has been cleared some time ago so construction should move quickly when MDM has financing in hand.


http://www.frontdoor.com/photos/met-...-site-in-miami




But just to complicate things, the remnants of an ancient Tequesta indian village was discovered there
so archeaologists have been sifting the site for relics, etc.


http://staugustine.com/news/florida-...-village-found
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FAA renders positive decision for Met Square's 438 ft tower. Archaeological work continues for now...
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Old September 10th, 2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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Sacred Tequesta prayer vigil held at the the Met Square archeological dig site/construction pit

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Quietly, and without much public fanfare, in a week rightfully dominated by powerful remembrances and reminders of the March on Washington 50 years ago, a small but very significant noontime gathering of about a dozen people of diverse backgrounds in downtown Miami took place on Tuesday, August 27,to assert the rights of both past and future generations, as a Native American Prayer Vigil was held at an ancient Tequesta sacred site on SE 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street, where archaeologists recently uncovered ancient artifacts, human bones, a well, and no less than five circles of manmade holes (probably for posts) in the limestone bedrock of the construction site of a new entertainment complex, high-rise hotel, and retail spaces.
Great, it's all sacred now. TIME TO BUILD!
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Old February 18th, 2014, 10:26 AM   #5
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Miami historic preservation board to take up fate of Tequesta circles



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Days before a meeting that could decide the fate of the newly discovered prehistoric Tequesta Indian village remnants in downtown Miami, historic-preservation officers for the city and Miami-Dade County have come out in favor of saving the entire site.

The official boost for preservation of the 2,000-year-old village site, regarded as one of the most significant archaeological finds in the country, puts the city and county at odds with the owner of the property, MDM Development Group, which plans to erect a hotel and commercial complex over it.

On Friday, MDM will ask the city historic preservation board to approve its plan to salvage one of the circular arrangements of postholes uncovered at the site — believed to be the foundation for a large Tequesta dwelling — by cutting it out of the bedrock and putting it on display in an adjacent “plaza” that would be tucked between two high-rise structures.

The plaza would also hold steps and brick veranda footings from industrialist Henry Flagler’s 1897 Royal Palm Hotel, which gave rise to the city’s founding. Those items were also unearthed at the site. Doing more would be too costly and disrupt lease agreements already in place, MDM says.

But preservationists, who have dubbed the site the birthplace of Miami, are instead calling for a redesign of the project to salvage and exhibit in place most of the archaeological finds.

They say removing the circle and displaying it out of context is inadequate, especially given the most recent discoveries at the site. Those include seven other such circular features, hundreds of additional postholes arranged in linear fashion, thousands of Tequesta artifacts, and the original rocky shoreline at the point where the Miami River and Biscayne Bay once met, a spot long ago obscured by fill.

Archaeologists postulate that the linear elements represent the foundations for boardwalks or walls, and believe the site represents a significant chunk of a rustic village that the Tequestas were previously known to have continuously occupied for more than 2,000 years. The last members of the tribe left for Cuba after the Spanish surrendered Florida to the British in 1763.

The preservation officers instead are backing alternate proposals, some developed in cooperation with MDM, that would pull back the development’s footprint so that the building either sidesteps or is cantilevered over the archaeological site, which occupies roughly half the two-acre property. That approach, they say, strikes the right balance between the site’s importance and the property owner’s development rights.

Preservationists have cited numerous cases in Europe in which ancient or historic sites are preserved and displayed under or inside new developments, serving both to attract and educate visitors. One local example: the expansion of the historic Surf Club, in which a new eight-story hotel structure is partially suspended over the facility’s original main building.

“We recognize it’s a difficult position for everyone involved,’’ said Miami-Dade preservation chief Kathleen Slesnick Kauffman. “We encourage any redesign option that fully preserves the site so it can properly be interpreted for public use and enjoyment.’’

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Old February 18th, 2014, 10:31 AM   #6
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Appeal over Miami’s prehistoric Tequesta Indian village site brings politics into preservation question


Met Square archaeological site, view02, SE 3nd Ave & 4th St, Downtown, Miami, FL by lumierefl, on Flickr

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When developer MDM Group managed to yank away from Miami’s historic preservation board last week the question of what to do with the discovery of a significant prehistoric Tequesta Indian village site, they moved the ball into a potentially more advantageous court — the political, deal-making world of the City Commission.

And, in fact, the negotiating has already begun over the array of carved postholes that archaeologists say likely represent the foundations of a 2,000-year-old village.

Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes downtown, summoned MDM attorney Eugene Stearns to his office Monday to urge a compromise that would save the most important archaeological features on the site, both participants said. Sarnoff is also proposing the unusual step of asking the property owners to enter into mediation with preservationists.

But therein lies the rub: Who gets to decide what those “important” features are, how they’re best protected and displayed, and what would be destroyed and re-buried? And who would enforce those decisions?

Ordinarily, the process would start with the historic preservation board — which under the city code has legal authority over archaeological and historic sites — and the city’s preservation office. The board already had a say because the site sits in a long-designated archaeological zone. But after months of accumulating finds at the site, the board last month began taking action to evaluate and protect the archaeological features.

First it rejected a plan by MDM to cut out a circular posthole arrangement for display in a nearby plaza, then it asked the developer to come back with a better plan for protection of the archaeological features in place. Finally it asked the city’s preservation officer for a preliminary report on the merits of designating the site as a protected historic landmark, which would give the board greater oversight over any development.

But in a surprising, unprecedented action, an assistant city attorney on Tuesday stopped the board, at least temporarily, from discussing the designation of the Tequesta site, which also includes remnants of Henry Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel and a 19th Century U.S. Army fort.

Assistant city attorney Amanda Quirke cited MDM’s pending appeal of all three previous board decisions, filed with the City Commission, which she said need to be settled first. The commission hears appeals of board decisions.

In halting the hearing, dismayed preservationists and historians say, the city may have short-circuited the legal procedures set up precisely to make those determinations of significance, and set a worrisome precedent that other developers could exploit in opposing efforts to save Miami’s ever-shrinking store of historic buildings and sites.

“There’s never been a historical find like this, certainly not in South Florida, but I just think this whole process has been an abomination,” said University of Miami historian Greg Bush, a founder of the Urban Environment League.

Bush has met with Sarnoff to voice his concerns. “This is backroom stuff, clearly,” he said.

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Met Square Will Have Public Plaza With Archeological Stuff



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Plans for archeological exhibits at the site of the planned Met Square tower have expanded to include, in addition to various sections of the site preserved in interior gallery spaces, a cross-block public plaza that will have remnants of the Royal Palm Hotel, and a line demarcating the original Miami River shoreline, integrated into the plaza landscaping. The Next Miami first reported updated plans. The interior exhibits, which will be operated under a partnership with HistoryMiami, are also looking more elaborate, with glass floors over the partially-preserved Tequesta sites, educational and informational displays, and a preserved well dating back from Fort Dallas that doesn't seem to have been a part of previous plans (as far as we can tell).










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Met Square Gets $42 Million Construction Loan, Residential Tower Planned

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MDM has obtained a $42 million construction loan to build Met Square, according to the SFBJ.

The loan will allow for construction of a seven-story podium that includes a 1,780-seat Silverspot movie theater, along with 37,666 square feet of restaurant space.

MDM also intends to develop a tower above the theater. The developer had planned to build a 192-room hotel, but instead will now build 392 residential units, according to plans filed in November 2014.

A lawsuit by archaeologist William Pestle against the City of Miami over a deal that would allow for construction of Met Square above historic finds at the site remains pending.
392 units is quite a large number given recent developments. The tower could go a bit higher...
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Old February 4th, 2015, 11:26 PM   #10
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FAA Approves Height Of 392-Unit Residential Tower At Met Square

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The FAA has issued a favorable determination to MDM Development for their Met Square project, allowing the tower to be built at the full height that they had proposed.

Met Square will include 392 residential units in a 538-foot tower. It will also include a 1,780-seat movie theater, along with 37,666 square feet of restaurant space.

A $42 million construction loan was funded earlier this month.
The floor count should also be greater to reflect the new height...
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Old February 7th, 2015, 06:53 AM   #11
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Hopefully this means a better design... I've seen the Met project turn from one of downtown's most ambitious projects to a sad sack of mediocrity. But hey! We still got Whole Foods, you know.
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Old February 10th, 2015, 04:46 PM   #12
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Thanks RegentHouse, Our SSC Friendly Family Wants to See This Tower Rise Friend !!

Just Start the Real Construction of This almost 10 Year Planned MetSquare !!

Good Song for this Long delayed Project, "? " In The Year 2025 " If this Project is Still ALIVE !!
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Hopefully this means a better design... I've seen the Met project turn from one of downtown's most ambitious projects to a sad sack of mediocrity. But hey! We still got Whole Foods, you know.
The Archoloigists are still there digging over 5 Years Now , Unbelievable and No Real Ground Breaking as of Yet , I see NOTHING for another Year IMO Only, my SSC Friends

Let's Go U of Miami Cranes in 2015., Without MetSquare for at least another 2 Years !!

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New render:


http://www.thenextmiami.com/index.ph...al-apartments/
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Work on theater, restaurant portion begins

http://www.thenextmiami.com/index.ph...at-met-square/
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All archaeology aside, ground finally broken: http://miami.curbed.com/archives/201...gical-site.php
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Old September 27th, 2015, 12:08 PM   #16
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I took this picture on 07/26/2015. I passed several times in the location. There were backhoes and uniformed men working. Sign of entering in U/C phase.


2015-07-26Time18.19.41-MetSquare by Fabricio JF, on Photobucket
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Now U/C!


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Satisfacton to see this project being built.
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