Miami: Waterfront 62-story towers “This waterfront neighborhood continues to sprout. This time it’s getting twins”

Miami: Waterfront 62-story towers “This waterfront neighborhood continues to sprout. This time it’s getting twins”

Illustration: Arquitectonica

“Think Edgewater’s dense enough? Just wait. The bayfront neighborhood is slated for the country’s tallest waterfront residential twin towers…

The project will have two 62-story towers with a total of 782 units, said Melo Group Co-Principal Martin Melo. The project’s developer, Edgewater-based Melo Group, launched pre-sales for the five-acre project at 700 NE 24th St. in June…

‘This is the type of project that’s accommodating the newcomers coming to Miami. This is for tech people coming from New York City and California,’ Bozovic said. ‘It’s pricing people out, [but] this project is symbolic of where Miami is heading. These condos are targeting people planning to live in Miami for the long term.’

Edgewater, spanning the bayfront from Northeast 15th Street to the Julia Tuttle Causeway, is known for its proximity to the Arts & Entertainment District, Wynwood, Midtown and Miami Metrorail. The neighborhood is home to about 7,600 residents — up by 30% since 2000, according to data from the U.S. Census and the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s 2018 Greater Downtown Miami Demographics report.

The already-dense area has a variety of boutique buildings and high-rises, partly thanks to the area’s pioneers the Melo Group. The firm has 10 residential buildings in the neighborhood, including the similarly named Aria on the Bay. Besides Aria Reserve, it has another one in the works — a pair of 15-story buildings on the corner of Second Avenue and Northeast 22nd Street…

More is on the way for the neighborhood, including a 400-unit project by the Kushner Companies and a 322-unit condo by Grupo T&C. Although many developers are scooping up empty lots, some are buying existing buildings and evicting tenants to upgrade buildings, including Aimco/AIR with its Hamilton on the Bay.

The changes in the neighborhood exemplify Miami’s struggle to provide and maintain housing for all residents. Residents near the urban core continue to be priced out of evolving and increasingly desirable neighborhoods. Many opt for Homestead or neighborhoods in Broward County to gain more space at a lower cost.”

— Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald

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Pensacola unveiled the latest designs to make Bruce Beach a waterfront city park

Pensacola unveiled the latest designs to make Bruce Beach a waterfront city park

Illustration: HDR

“The city has been working on a plan to improve Bruce Beach since it reopened to the public in 2018.

In 2019, as part of CivicCon, the landscape architecture firm SCAPE developed a concept to improve Bruce Beach as one of its “catalytic” projects to activate the city’s waterfront, along with a sister project known as the “hashtag” that will improve the intersections of Main, Palafox, Jefferson and Cedar streets…

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson also pushed forward a bond refinancing plan that generated more than $18 million to be used on projects inside the city’s urban core. The city has set aside about $8.6 million of those funds for the Bruce Beach project.

The designs released last week during a virtual public workshop show much of the original 2019 SCAPE plan intact, with a bridge over Washerwoman Creek, a bluff overlooking the water, a learning garden and a kayak launch.

The biggest change in the plan is the absence of an education center that would have been used to teach students about the ecology of Pensacola Bay and the area’s cultural significance and history.

Robinson told the News Journal on Friday that the city still wants to add the education center, but it will have to come from a later round of funding…”

— Jim Little, Pensacola News Journal

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St. Pete Beach Waterfront: “Developer unveils plans for $90M mixed-use project in St. Pete Beach”

St. Pete Beach Waterfront: “Developer unveils plans for $90M mixed-use project in St. Pete Beach”

Rendering: Ram Realty Advisors

“The development team behind the proposed $90 million mixed-use project in St. Pete Beach publically unveiled conceptual renderings and plans for the first time.

On Thursday, South Florida-based real estate firm Ram Realty Advisors presented glossy renderings of the planned waterfront development dubbed Corey Landing during a public meeting at St. Pete Beach Community Center. The images revealed a modern building that would have 243 Class-A residential units along with more than 10,000 square feet of retail space to the east end of Corey Avenue…

The images also revealed a potential 3,000-5,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant, a park that the group would partner with the city to create, and boat docks that would be split between residents of the residential tower and for public use…

Although the plans are preliminary as the engineering plans must be filed, it sparked concern in a crowded room as many questioned the needed parking spaces, the transient users of the units and the height of the building; the maximum height the complex can reach is 85 feet or roughly seven stories…

This isn’t the first time the property has garnered interest from a developer. Through the years, there have been multiple failed attempts to develop it as the proposals were met with opposition from the public and officials, according to numerous reports.

The team, which is working with North Carolina-based design consultant Kimley-Horn, is planning to submit an application to the city by August. They hope to break ground in June 2022 and complete the project by June 2024.”

— Veronica Brezina, St. Pete Catalyst

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Protecting a working commercial fishing waterfront:   “City of Sebastian gives presentation on Fisherman’s Landing”

Protecting a working commercial fishing waterfront: “City of Sebastian gives presentation on Fisherman’s Landing”

Photo: Sebastian Daily

“Fisherman’s Landing is a working waterfront that secured funding from the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfront program administered through the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) …the property containing Crab E Bills and the new parking area are a loading/unloading zone for fishermen.

‘We purchased this property back in 2009 to 2010 with funding from the Florida community’s trust in regards to their Stan Mayfield working waterfront program. It was specifically purchased as a working waterfront,’ Lisa Frazier said.[Community Development Director for the City of Sebastian]

‘In addition, the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) has provided significant funding to the city for many of the improvements that you find on this property,’ Frazier added.

The property itself protects and promotes commercial fishing by providing dockage for licensed commercial fishing vessels. In addition, the area near the new parking area is a loading zone for the packing and shipping of freshly caught seafood and aquaculture products. The commercial fishermen are leasing the property and the loading zone, and it has been that way since day one.

The objective is to rebuild the historic fish house, which will once again serve the area with seafood/aquaculture. It is also used to showcase local seafood at the fish market/eatery at Crab E. Bills.

‘Our city was founded on commercial fishing; we want to support that industry. It is one of our economic drivers. We are very fortunate and lucky that we have this property, and we have two very well-known distributors working out of this facility,’ Frazier said at the meeting.

Read the Fisherman’s Landing Working Waterfront PDF file that explains everything about the project for more information.”

— Andy Hodges, Sebastian Daily

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