Swire Properties and companies related to Stephen Ross could expand their planned One Brickell City Center skyscraper, a move they say is geared toward attracting top tenants.
The Miami City Commission has approved an amendment to the Miami-based Swire Special District plan, allowing for larger floor volumes. The commissioners also approved a development agreement outlining public benefits for the city, during a committee meeting on Thursday.
The 1,000-foot tower, planned at 700 Brickell Avenue and 799 Brickell Avenue, will mark the tallest commercial high-rise building in Florida and one of the tallest in the state.
Floorboards will now range from 40,000 square feet on the higher floors, to 60,000 square feet on the lower floors, filings show, with the building’s ceiling of 2.85 million square feet. A spokesperson for the developer said the floorboards are the largest “ever approved” in the city of Miami.
Construction could begin next year, according to a statement from the developers.
Public amenities include a new fire station in the area. At Thursday’s meeting, Swire’s attorney, Spencer Crowley, said a temporary fire station could be completed and opened within four months, pending approval of permits. Swire will also work with the city to find a better location for a permanent station. If not, the permanent station will likely be built at 158 Southwest Seventh Street, west of Brickell city centre.
One Brickell City Center will see the second phase of the $1 billion mixed-use Swire development. The first phase, which includes retail, office, hotel and residential components, spans nearly 5 million square feet. Arquitectonica is the architect.
A New York related company, led by the billionaire developer and owner of Miami Dolphins, has expanded its West Palm Beach office portfolio over the years. Related companies recently revealed plans for their latest development, a 25-story building with 456,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of retail in downtown West Palm called 515 Fern.
Ross also hopes to finalize his purchase of the historic Deauville Miami Beach Hotel, if he can get voters’ blessing in November to build his proposed project on the site. Ross hired architect Frank Gehry to design this project.