01 May DOWNTOWN MIAMI’S COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SLATED TO BE DEMOLISHED FOR NEW 82-STORY SKYSCRAPER AT 2ND & 2ND
May 1, 2018 – Downtown Miami is always in a constant state of flux as superstructures are being constructed at a faster rate than any other recent growth cycle. Peppering the Miami skyline are more and more ultra-modern silver streaked high-rises that glisten in the sun – clear evidence of a rapidly changing city. To make way for these new behemoths means the older ones must come down. Anyone who travels through downtown Miami comes face to face with the ‘classic’ 1970’s era Courtyard by Marriott located adjacent to I-95 ramps and one of the busiest intersections downtown. Plans are underway to demolish the modest 14-story hotel to make way for a new 82-story skyscraper that will take residence on the much coveted 51,412 SF lot left behind.
Located on the corner of SE 2nd Street & NE 2nd Avenue, the new tower will stand side-by-side the iconic Miami Tower. Zoned for hotels, rental apartments and retail, 2nd & 2nd is looking to fulfill residential, shopping, hotel and parking needs. The multi-use development has plans for 266 hotel rooms, 637 residences, 553 parking spaces, 9,245 square feet of retail and 8,563 square feet of open space, which together with Whole Foods, JW Marriott Marquis and Wells Fargo Center will add to the re-energizing of the Downtown Miami core. Hoping to be a destination for locals and visitors alike, one of the highlights slated in the proposed plans is a glass encased corner bar.
This development, combined with the promises of new and improved pedestrian crossings at the entrances to several of the adjacent Metromover stations and the revitalization of Flagler Avenue should lead to an overall increase in foot traffic and enjoyment of the area.
Iris Escarra, the attorney representing the developer, has stated that the intention is to construct a modern yet timeless building on one of downtown Miami’s most coveted corners.
“It will be a great asset to the Miami skyline,” she said, “the project is centrally located at an intersection which has a variety of retail, civic, and restaurant uses located on all sides of the project. With the abutting Metromover Station, the entirety of downtown and Brickell is accessible from the property.”
Indeed, the persisting problem of downtown streets is that they are designed to move cars through quickly, a problem that now will be tempered with the new, safer crossings that will allow people to comfortably shop at the ground level retail at 2nd & 2nd.
“This will enhance the pedestrian realm and encourage walkability along a stretch of downtown with no retail frontages,” says Escarra.
Marriott will not lose its significant presence in downtown Miami. In addition to the JW Marriott and the Marriot Biscayne Bay in Edgewater, the new Miami World Center plans to house a Marriott branded hotel and convention center.
Currently, there are only select portions of Downtown Miami that are pedestrian friendly. As long as developers and city planners keep a focus on the quality of life and walkability of the area, Downtown Miami continues to prove itself as an excellent place to live and invest.