News: Developer Submits Plans for Miami’s Tallest Building

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1000ft OBSERVATION TOWER WOULD BE JUST BEHIND BAYSIDE AND THE SECOND TALLEST BUILDING IN THE US.

Miami soon will join the million mile-high club, when the new SkyRise Miami is built. Plans for the 1000 foot building, from mall developer Jeff Berkowitz were submitted to the City of Miami last week for approval. If approved, it would be the tallest building in Florida, and the second tallest observation tower in the US, coming in second to the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas which is 1149 feet. The Tower of the Americas is the third tallest, coming in at 750 feet. It would be the 83rd tallest building in the world.

“It is going to allow Miami to assume its rightful place on the global map of world-class cities,”

Berkowitz told Local10 News. “It’s iconic… It’s going to be Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

The Arquitectonica-designed Skyrise would be located on the tiny pier behind the Hard Rock Cafe at Bayside Marketplace. The $300+ million building is designed with hurricanes in mind, so that hurricane-force winds can safely blow through its open sides.

SkyRise Miami will include a flying theater, similar to Soarin’ at Disney; Sky Plunge, a ten seat – 800-foot sky drop; and a 600-foot controlled bungee jump. Among other things, SkyRise will house multiple observation decks, a fine dining restaurant, a 500-seat ballroom, meeting and board rooms, and several clubs and lounges that will offer breathtaking views.

Tishman Construction and Coastal Construction are the contractors on the project, and the team is on track to commence building activity in 2014, with a completion date in 2017.

“I really hope it gets off the ground,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “It would be a signature structure for Miami. The thing I also like is that it works with all the investments in museum park and the performing arts center. It’s synergistic.”

Berkowitz is the man behind Gables Station, Fifth and Alton, Dadeland Station, Kendall Village Center, Aventura Commons and City National Bank Square all retail shopping centers in Miami.

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