"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]
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
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]