comment of the day: "I much rather have the ugly…

"I much rather have the ugly vacant parking lot in the hopes that someday a piece of good architecture will be built there. The problem is that we have a tendency to except anything on the premise that "it's better than what's there now", rather than demand good solutions. In this proposal even the renderings are dismal, so just imagine when the real thing gets built. It is time that the City of Miami has a proper architectural review board that deals with issues beyond planning and zoning compliance."-My Opinion [Renderings Of Melo's Melody Tower Aren't Very Melodic]

Unarrested Development: It looks like Melo, which…

plftM9N%20crop.jpg It looks like Melo, which Curbed once called the "Kings Of Edgewater," is finally filling the hole in the 'Margaret Pace Park Wall' with Aria on the Bay at 1179 North Bayshore Drive. The 50-story, 674-unit tower is designed by Arquitectonica, a major step up for Melo on the design-o-meter. Construction could begin this fall. [exMiami]

comment of the day: "Melo! Please don’t disgrace the beautiful…

"Melo! Please don't disgrace the beautiful Arts Center with this crap. A building in this location demands creative, exciting architecture. This is a joke!!. If you can't afford it, don't build it! To the city: Stop allowing these wana-be developers free hand in designing buildings that disgrace the landscape. DEMAND BETTER!!!"-thegerr [Renderings Of Melo's Melody Tower Aren't Very Melodic]

rendering reveals: Renderings Of Melo’s Melody Tower Aren’t Very Melodic

Melo Group's rather blasé 36-story, 497-residential unit – the maximum permitted under the zoning code – Melody is now under review at the Planning Department. As the name evokes, it will be just to the north of the Arsht Center, and will also include about 10,000 square-feet of commercial space. ExMiami must have visited in sunglasses and a hat, because they scored the renderings. Aside from the parking garage's vague reference to the Arsht Center's pronounced diagonal strokes, there's not a whole lot going on, from architects Itec Design. Maybe that explains the multitude of street level renderings emphasizing the pedestrian zone, and the sidewalk in front of the building, but even those seem a bit lifeless. It's across the street from the opera, and there's no pizzaz.—Margina Demmer

· Meet Melody, Arsht Center's New Neighbor [exMiami]
· Melody coverage [Curbed Miami]

Linkage: Swire’s Sky High Ambitions; Developers Get Creative

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· Running Out Of Space To Build, Developers Get Creative [Miami Today]
· Oh No You Didn't: Developer Fined For Cutting Down 100-Year-Old Trees [New Times]
· Swire Wants To Build Brickell Tower That Tops 1,000 Feet [SFBJ]
· Does St. Stephen's Not Know How To Share? [Coconut Grove Grapevine]
· Kim Kardashian's Baller Ex Sells Miami Beach Condo [SFBJ]
· Coconut Grove: Where's Our Trolley, Dammit? [Huffington Post]
· Family Melo Plans Two More Projects At Omni [exMiami]

Operatic Heights: The Melo Group strikes again. The…

Screen%20Shot%202014-02-07%20at%202.39.28%20PM.pngThe Melo Group strikes again. The prolific father-sons trio plans to build a 497-unit condo tower called Opera Plaza directly across from the Sanford Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The project will also include not-so-mega retail and office space, at 8,690 square feet and 9,028 square feet respectively. [exMiami]

Neighbor[hood] Beefs: Guest Parking A Nightmare At 22 Skyview, Says Resident

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A new resident of Melo's 22 Skyview rental building, who also happens to work for a competing developer (we won't say who, or which) writes to Curbed about the building's allegedly hellish guest parking situation. If you can't find parking "on the grungy and dangerous streets of Edgewater" says our contact "Guests are given two hours to park inside the building. If staying beyond that, no warning will be given and the car will be towed." He/she gives the example of Katie Winslet, whose name we assume is made up:

Sobbing uncontrollably, Katie Winslett was deeply humiliated when her mother's car was towed after staying a few minutes beyond the two hour limit, "She was just helping me move in, had I known, I would never have rented in this building."

Zack Richards explained, "It would be one thing if they had a valet or guests were given the option of paying $5 to stay overnight. But they're not. Instead, guests will find that the zero tolerance parking policy will inevitably force you to the towing company. Once there, you will be met with an exorbitant fine and a big orange sticker that can't be removed except with acid."

· 22 Skyview coverage [Curbed Miami]

Linkage: Upper East Side Finally Growing Fast; Doral Gets A Downtown

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· Development booms in the Upper East Side [Ocean Drive]
· Foreign buyers flock to newly named 'East Edgewater' [Globe St.]
· Garage is demolished to make way for Bond at Brickell [exMiami]
· Deerfield golf course to become business park [Real Deal Miami]
· Downtown Doral brings city flair to the suburbs [Miami Herald]
· Fort Lauderdale condo developer bans smoking [Real Deal Miami]
· Biscayne Plaza gets a facelift [SFBJ]
· Checking in on construction progress at Melo's Flagler On The River [exMiami]

Construction Watch: The Melos are getting busy at…

bayhouse.jpgThe Melos are getting busy at Bay House, the latest in a long line of condo towers in Edgewater they have built or plan to build. During the Bay House groundbreaking, Melo Group, led by the father-son trio of Jose Luis, Carlos and Martin Melo, distributed more than $1 million in broker commissions for preconstruction sales. The 38-story luxury tower is set to be completed in early 2015. [Real Deal Miami; previous]

Linkage: Berke’s Skylink Idea Is Pretty Rad; The Future Of Wynwood

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· Is there any real merit to the Grove Bay plan? [Grove Grapevine]
· Jimmy Choo opens at Sawgrass Mills [Miami Herald]
· Miami's 20,000 new condo units try for Manhattan prices [Real Deal Miami]
· Can Bonnie Clearwater integrate South Florida's art scene? [WLRN]
· What happened to the deal to save the Everglades? [WLRN]
· Melo's building yet another boring Edgewater building [exMiami]
· BrickellHouse developer Harvey Hernandez sued over mortgage [exMiami]
· Related goes suburban with new rentals in Fort Lauderdale [SFBJ]
· Steve Burke's SkyLink urban gondola idea is actually pretty rad [Huffington Post]
· The Crespogram Report explores liquor licenses and the future of Wynwood [The Crespogram Report]
· A chat with Alicia Cervera Lamadrid [Real Deal Miami]

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