Construction Watch: Phase II of Melo Group’s…

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Phase II of Melo Group's Flagler on the River, the pair of restaurants in a building designed to look like abstracted versions of the lobster traps that fishermen stack up along the Miami River, is halfway up. Casual observation: it doesn't look like traps yet. [Golden Dusk Photography; Previously]

Linkage: Wynwood’s Art Covered Middle School; Penthouses On Sale

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· Did you get your $20 refund from the Venetian Causeway? [Belle Isle Blog]
· Check out the Jose De Diego Middle paint transformation [NPR]
· Why the Related Group's art director loves Kendall [Ocean Drive]
· Florida film and television center breaks ground in Miami [Real Deal]
· Miami Beach penthouses at bargain basement prices [Real Deal]
· Bay House construction photos update [Golden Dusk]

The Kings of Edgewater: Melo Group, which has already…


Melo Group, which has already developed mucho towers in Edgewater and is showing no signs of abating, has added to its holdings with an additional 19,000 square foot bayfront site. The site currently contains a five story, 23 unit building, but Melo undoubtedly plans something much, much bigger. They now own four entire blocks of land on the one street. [The Next Miami]

Miami River Stuff: Two New Restaurants Coming to New Riverfront Building

Two new restaurants, Lincoln Road's SushiSamba and new import Duck & Waffle (the second one serves modern 'rustic' British fare) are coming to a new building on the Miami River, which is being considered Phase II of Melo Group's Flagler on the River and was designed to look like lobster traps. As for the looks of the place, the rendering above, which is from Miami Today and likely current, looks much less like said lobster traps than the two renderings below, from The Next Miami. Too bad those are the more attractive ones.

· 'Iconic' Riverfront Building Set for Restaurants [Miami Today]
· SushiSamba coming to East Coast Fisheries site on Miami River [The Next Miami]

Rumormongering: Unity on the Bay Wants to Sell Its Bay-View Parking Lot

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Unity on the Bay, the large, uber-inclusive, church in Edgewater with a fabulous chunk of real estate, wants to sell most of its parking lot, Curbed has heard. Unity was, at one point, in talks with two developers—on of which was Melo—Curbed hears, to purchase about two-thirds of the congregation's large surface parking lot along 22nd Street. Both, however, have dropped out of talks, and now Unity's looking for a new deep-pocketed buyer.

Linkage: MIC Delayed Again!; Melody Construction Update

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· Bay Harbor Islands changes rules for new condos [Miami Herald]
· Miami Intermodal Center Tri-Rail station won't open until, ugh, January [SS]
· Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen designs South-of-Fifth condos [exMiami]
· More deets on the Midtown Chabad [exMiami]
· The Fairwind Hotel, before & after [Golden Dusk]
· Touring an eclectic, technicolor Wilton Manors house [Fort Lauderdale Mag]
· Matheson family sells land to strip club owners [Real Deal]
· Checking in on the construction of Melody [Golden Dusk]
· Upgrade of 12-bridge Venetian Causeway? [Miami Today]
· Miami World Expo Center success rests on transit use [Miami Today]
· The latest on MIA's $3.1 billion Central Terminal remake [Miami Today]
· Summer tourism had big gains this year [Miami Today]
· That giant I-395 signature bridge is funded and ready-to-go [Miami Today]
· Forbes gos googoo for glamazon Realtor Chris Leavitt [Forbes]

It’s Demo Time: Demolition has begun at the…


Demolition has begun at the site of Aria on the Bay, the condo tower in the last empty slot of the so-called Margaret Pace Park Wall, and the tallest of the five. There were two little old apartment buildings on the site. It appears one has already hit the ground, while the other is halfway there. [exMiami; Previously]

Linkage: Bay House Gettin’ Up There; Palm Beach Chic in The ’90s


· Bay House is close to topping out [Golden Dusk Photography]
· Fontainebleau, Eden Roc workers fuming after city cancels parking permits [New Times]
· The Bimini SuperFast is expanding service to Fort Lauderdale [SFBJ]
· Palm Beach Chic of the 1990s [The Glam Pad]
· Check out the historic Lindgren House, in the Redlands []
· The MCAD celebrates UM Arch's new Dean [DawnTown]

[Photo via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Mark Hopkins]

Arquitectonica Again: Aria On The Bay Could Be Melo’s Least Hideous Tower Yet

The gap in the middle of the Margaret Pace Park adjacent wall of condo towers is finally being filled by a new offering by Melo Group, called Aria on the Bay. And it ain't half bad.

Designed by Arquitectonica rather than one of Melo's usual go-to designers, like Itec Design (who are much maligned, we might add, by entities as varying as the Miami Development Review board and this blog), renderings show a scalloped facade of glass balconies, stonework on the lower floors, and a sweeping circular staircase in the lobby. The building will have multiple pools, including what are called 'sunrise' and 'sunset' pools (increasingly common these days actually), and a kiddie pool, a game room, a screening room, a barbecue area and various other indoor and outdoor spaces for residents. And, although the brochure that exMiami dug up has renderings of the unit interiors, floor plans are still MIA as well as specifications. Let's hope they're nice.

· Melo Begins Marketing 647-Unit Aria On The Bay [exMiami]
· Aria on the Bay coverage [Curbed Miami]

Linkage: The Chevrolet "Biscayne"; Can Grove Isle Bridge Take It?

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· Hyde Midtown prepares to open sales [Inhabit Miami]
· A photo of Coral Gables city hall under construction []
· A 1929 map of Coral Gables []
· The 1955 Chevrolet "Biscayne" was named after Miami []
· Flagler Street improvements depend on county vote [Real Deal]
· Gloria Estefan gives Marine Stadium $500,000 [Miami Herald]
· Will the Grove Isle Bridge handle tower construction? [Grapevine]
· Hollywood is a 'Paradise Planned' in new book [Hollywood]
· Great Palm Beach chic in 1964 [The Glam Pad]
· Miami UberX driver has big beef with company [New Times]
· Rene Gonzalez designing more condos South-of-Fifth [exM]

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