It’s baaack. It’s rare these days to see a condo development be cancelled, so it was a bit of a surprise when The Edge on Brickell (55 S. Miami Ave Rd.) was axed last year. Those following local development may have just chalked it up to a fantasy project, 58 stories, 3 condo units per floor, robotic parking (due to) sitting on a sliver of land on the Miami River you could barely fit 2 cars on parked nose to nose. But the plans were scrapped and the property sold. Now a new developer wants to revive the project as a hotel, with about 70 residential units. A new architect has been employed and plans for an even taller tower, reducing the sidewalk in front and severely limiting the Riverwalk. It’s hard to imagine how a tower could be built on this site without eliminating public access to the riverfront altogether.
The Miami River Commission is holding a hearing on Monday, May 9 at 12 noon at 1407 NW 7th Street
Last week I (prematurely) stated that the old Epic sales office along the river was being torn down. I was wrong. Looks like it’s just being remodeled, probably for use as the new sales center for the Epic II or whatever the developer will call the 70+ story tower being planned for the site. It seems the Miami River Commission has no pull whatsoever with the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission which has allowed “temporary” sales offices to encroach on river setbacks and block public access to the Riverwalk, (the “temporary” sales center for the now cancelled Edge tower on the south side of the river west of the S. Miami Ave bridge is still there). My guess is it’ll be years now before the Epic property is built and the sales office removed restoring the river walk.
The old Epic sales office that has long blocked the Miami River Walk from Bayfront Park at the mouth of the river is finally coming down. Word is the Epic has sold the property to a developer who plans to build another “epic 60-70 story condo tower, tentatively named Epic2. My question now is, can the city of Miami, in cooperation with Miami21, the Miami River Commission, or whatever, deny any further construction permits until the property reopens access to the RiverWalk?
This notice was seen posted in the window at 101 SE 1st St., the quaint little 3-storey building at the corner of SE 1st Ave. and home to Trial Copy.
Now that the Langford is almost ready to open its trendy new boutique hotel, and the Cento Lofts is also nearly complete anchoring the other end of this block, what’s next? Almost a year ago MiamiToday reported that a mid-rise condo developer was targeting this block, specifically the Video & Camera Center at 113 SE 1st St. I don’t know what’s going on inside TrialCopy, but if this building does not have historic designation I have to wonder if this is an attempt at a land grab to gain control of the entire corner of that block.