CLIENT NEWS: Former Miami Arena Site Getting Three Towers Up To 57 Stories With ‘Vertical Greenery’

January 27, 2022

New details of a massive redevelopment of the former Miami Arena site in downtown Miami have been revealed.

Developer Witkoff filed a municipal pre-application with Miami-Dade County planners for the project earlier this month.

Yesterday, attorneys for the developer sent a Letter of Intent to the county with details on both the plans and waivers being requested.

There will be a total of three separate tower structures rising above the eighth floor amenity level, rising a maximum of 57 stories and oriented in a U-shape, the letter said.

The focal point of the project will include geometric shapes that have different types of plants and other greenery vertically attached. The geometric green wall façade provides movement and serves to soften the massing, the letter says.

According to the new letter, the project will include:

  • 3,379,131 square feet of floor lot ratio
  • Flexible office spaces (preliminary plans show there will be a total of 540,000 square feet of office space)
  • 2,351 residential units
  • Ground floor retail
  • 2,457 parking spaces

The residential unit count is higher than the 2,195 units shown on plans filed earlier this month.

The developers are seeking a waiver from a requirement to build a cross-block pedestrian passage, which is normally required for a property of this size. The reason for the waiver request: adjacent railroad tracks are said to be blocking pedestrian access.

Instead, the developers propose “a lush park buffering the project from the railroad and significantly improving pedestrian connectivity and interaction along the north, west and east frontages.”

The full plans still have not been filed with county planners.

Published January 26, 2022 by

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