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Old May 4th, 2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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A 7 million sq. ft., nine tower mega-development called Miami Innovation District has been proposed for the Overtown section of the city.


Nine New Towers To Form Tech-Focused Miami Innovation District In Park West

Michael Simkins is planning a nine-tower project in Park West that could help spark Miami’s nascent tech industry, according to the Herald.

Simkins aims to establish a technology park called the Miami Innovation District, and has had discussions with ‘top 10′ tech companies to help create it. The plan includes cutting edge architecture, with SHoP Architects of Brooklyn overseeing design.

The district would be built on about ten acres that Simkins has bought just north of the Worldcenter project and the NAP of the Americas. He has submitted a Special Area Plan for the project, which meets the nine-acre minimum required for special designation under Miami 21.

About half the space in the district would be devoted to office space, with 40% devoted to residential use and 10% to retail. The residential space would include smaller apartments geared towards millenials.

If approved, the district would also include the 633-foot Miami Innovation Tower at 1031 NW First Ave., designed to display media and advertising information. It would cost $200 million, and include an observation deck, restaurants, and an indoor garden.

As part of the development, a 633 foot observation tower is also planned:

Technicolor Tower of Lights Will Crown a New Silicon Beach

Developer Michael Simkins' recently-announced Miami Innovation Tower—which local media has been sloppily characterizing as a 'giant LED billboard' planting a stake in the desolate, long-neglected Overtown/Park West neighborhood—will be the centerpiece of a seven million square foot megaproject. The new urban city center will rival the biggest construction undertakings Miami has ever seen, and the project's designers at SHoP Architects say technology is the driving idea, who are well practiced in NYC megaproject building. (See SHoP's Atlantic Yards and the Domino refinery redevelopments.)

If Simkins and SHoP see their vision realized, the Miami Innovation District will be a 4-square-block, high-density Miami version of California's Silicon Valley.

"It's about the idea of investigation, research, knowledge transfer," says Bill Sharples, the principal-in-charge of the project at SHoP. The designers of the Innovation District are "thinking about the commercial growth of Miami," as an almost entirely residential building boom of condo towers accelerates all around them. More affluent residents now means more demand in the tightening office market next.


An array of towers will be linked together by this swiss-cheese-like aerial 'green roof'/amenity deck platform. The centerpiece, of course, is the 'Innovation Tower,' which is not an LED Vegas-style 'Celine at the Coliseum' rectangle in the sky. According to how Sharpies describes the end result, it will be more akin to the Eiffel Tower on a very chill Bastille Day, or maybe a cross between the InterContinental Hotel's LEDs and the Miami Tower's, about 15 blocks south. The 'observation deck' that Curbed skewered is actually an elevated winter garden, and the lighting system is still being designed, but no, it likely won't just be plain old LEDs.

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Beautiful tower!

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This. Is. Amazing.

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Old May 10th, 2015, 02:58 AM   #4
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Beautiful tower! Miami needs more towers like this.
Metro Miami...1000+ highrises completed & under construction. RIP QUANTUM X

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Old November 22nd, 2015, 08:59 PM   #5
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Came across this from the front page. It's definitely a neat project. Are there any updates?

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