A long-delayed $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Miami moved ahead after city planners approved the project’s first phase. Phase one of Miami Worldcenter will feature three mostly residential towers of varying heights, a shopping complex, and three public plazas on 27 acres.
Phase two, which includes building a convention center and hotel, has yet to be approved after the city planning board did not agree to rewrite zoning rules for the project. The project has endured eight years of planning and delays.
Three mostly residential towers will crown the retail center and share a nine-acre amenity deck 13 stories high. The towers, at 56 stories, 47 stories and 34 stories, will have 1,200 units. Planned shops, including Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and restaurants would cover 765,000 sf of space.
Retail developers The Forbes Company and Taubman will jointly develop the shopping center. Architects Elkus/Manfredi of Boston is designing the master plan along with the retail center and the tallest tower. ADD and Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe of Miami will design the other towers.