CLIENT NEWS: Major Food Group, developer detail plan for Miami skyscraper

April 25, 2022

JDS Development Group and Major Food Group have filed detailed plans for a Miami condo that could become the tallest building in Florida.

It was first announced in December that The Major would rise 1,049 feet with 259 condos and an assortment of restaurants at 888 Brickell Ave.

Recently, 888 Brickell Owner LLC, owned by JDS Development’s Michael Stern, filed both zoning and pre-application documents with Miami-Dade County officials that reveal more details on the 82-story project.

In addition to the 259 condos, there would be 50,490 square feet of restaurants, event space and offices, plus a 250-space mechanical parking garage. The garage would utilize vehicle elevators from the first floor and vehicle stacking.

The tower would be a mix of luxury residential, dining, fitness, catered events, and back-office operations. Jeff Zalaznick, a co-owner of Major Food Group, noted it would have more than 100,000 square feet of amenities including a private club.

“This will be a truly spectacular place to live that really represents the Major Food Group lifestyle of high-quality food service and living,” he said.

Started in 2010, Major Food Group has more than a dozen acclaimed restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, and South Florida. Their branded restaurants include Carbone, ZZ’s Clam Bar, Dirty French, and Sadelle’s.

Zalaznick added that the developer plans to launch sales soon. Prices haven’t been disclosed, but they will likely be in the luxury category.

With a record number of condo sales for $1 million and up in Miami in the first quarter, this is a lucrative time to launch a new high-end condo in the city.

Here’s a floor-by-floor look at the project:

  • The first two floors would have multiple restaurants and a small retail space. There would be parking above it.
  • The ninth floor would have back-office operations to support the services in the building.
  • There would be event spaces, a private Chinese restaurant, a show kitchen, a wine storage room and a cigar room on the 10th floor.
  • The 11th through 13th floors would feature the health and wellness section, including a boxing gym, a golf simulator, an F1 racing simulator, an indoor paddle court, a gym, cardio and group fitness rooms, a spa, a salon and a health food area.
  • The first pool deck would be on the 14th floor and include a two-level dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating.
  • The 16th floor would have additional back office operations.
  • The standard residential units would start on the 17th floor. They would range from 535 to 2,696 square feet of interior space.
  • The second pool deck would be on the 35th floor and include a party room with a catering kitchen. There would be more condos above it.
  • On the 70th floor, there would be eight two-level condos ranging from 3,855 to 5,200 square feet.
  • Floors 75 through 78 would have eight penthouses of about 4,600 square feet each.
  • There would be a 9,160-square-foot penthouse on the 79th floor.
  • Starting on the 81st floor, there would be a two-level, 18,785-square-foot penthouse with a private pool on the roof.

Zalaznick said there would be three or four restaurant concepts in the building. He’s still deciding how many of them would be open to the public, as some might be reserved for condo owners and their guests.

“We were trying to do something that was truly classic but bold,” he said of the condo building design. “Something that was different from what has become a very repetitive type of product in Miami and really break the mold and raise the bar on quality and craftmenship, the same as we have done in our restaurants.”

ODP Architecture + Design in Hollywood and Studio Sofield in New York are the architects of the project. Miami-based attorney Melissa Tapanes Llahues represents the developer in the application.

The developer has the 22,568-square-foot property under contract from Miami-based Alphatur NV%LA Primera, co-owned by Mashud Mezerhane. It currently has a 7-story office building.

The only question is whether the Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami, which is also planned for 1,049 feet, will be completed first.

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