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

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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

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· 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 [the305.com]
· 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 [the305.com]
· A 1929 map of Coral Gables [the305.com]
· The 1955 Chevrolet "Biscayne" was named after Miami [the305.com]
· 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]

Groundbreakings: Melo’s ‘Meh’ Melody Tower Breaks Ground

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One short week or so after receiving approval from the Urban Development Review Board, even though they weren't exactly satisfied with the aesthetics, the Melo Group's Melody has broken ground across the street from the Arsht Center. Curbed agreed. The so-so looking 497 unit, 36 story building's blasé design can be blamed on is by Itec Design, which also did Melo's Skyview and Flagler On The River projects.
· Melody now under construction [exMiami]
· Melody coverage [Curbed Miami]

Stop & Go: A neighbor of Melo Group’s…

Screen%20Shot%202014-06-06%20at%201.02.32%20PM.png A neighbor of Melo Group's half-built Bay House appealed to the city to reverse its decision to approve the project, because it isn't "in the spirit of" the 'New Urbanist' Miami 21 zoning code, and because it's too big. What does one do with a half-built tower that's not to code. Well, the two sides settled their differences somehow, and now everything's honky dory. [exMiami; Previously]

Going Up: Four major residential towers in…

p14-brickell-ten-rendering-4c.jpg Four major residential towers in Brickell and Edgewater received 'conditional approval' from the Miami Urban Development Review Board at their last meeting: Brickell Ten, 1010 Brickell, One Paraiso, and Melody, that pile of plaster by Melo Group that Curbed wasn't a fan of. Apparently the board had similar complaints, and is expecting Melo to address them as a condition of the approval. [Miami Today; Previously]

Coming Attractions: Melo Planning Huge, Probably Rather Blah, Rental Tower On Hipster Bar Street

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A few blocks due west of their recent architectural triumph Melody, Melo Group is expanding their empire of bland rental apartment towers with a 36 story, 650 unit, as-yet-unnamed rental building on a block-long stretch of 14th Street between Miami Court and Miami Place. That's directly across the street from the recently closed nightclub, the Vagabond, that "Black Bar" place that used to be PS14 back in the day, The Station, and maybe a few more places we're not cool enough anymore to know about. Oh, and the site-specific public installation 'Tomorrowland' by artist George Sanchez-Calderon is catty-corner to it too. Curbed Miami used to party it up big time on that street, back in the day.
· Melo Group planning two rental towers in Miami [SFBJ]

Off Key: Melo Is Sticking With Its Extremely ‘Meh’ Melody Tower Design

Despite the general vitriol of Curbed readers directed towards the utter blandness of rental tower Melody's design (although the pedestrian experience was appreciated) Melo Group is stickin' with it, and bringing a slightly tweaked design before the Urban Development Review Board for approval on Wednesday, and planning to begin construction next month. The design has a ground floor plaza fronting on glassed-in restaurant space, a parking garage mostly disguised behind the building, and an asymmetrical facade with sort of a boxy thing happening.

· Melody coverage [Curbed Miami]

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]

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