Developers Unveil Proposals for Miami Dade College’s Downtown Site

 

Miami Dade College is currently seeking one lucky developer to enter into a partnership for the 2.6 acre parcel located next to the Freedom Tower. Formerly the location of the Alcazar Hotel, the space is currently being used as a parking lot for the Wolfson Campus. Bids for this real-estate gem were narrowed down to four finalists. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of each of the proposals.

The Related Group

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Luxury developer The Related Group is hoping to build a 75-story condominium dubbed ACME which stands for Art, Culture, Museum Education. Designed by Arquitectonica, the building’s two towers are meant to look like two raised arms. One tower will contain a 75-story tower with 350 condo units. The other will be a 39 story office tower with 500,000 square feet of leaseable space. The roof of the tower will include a 10,000-square-foot private club available to College faculty and leaders, a 100-key art boutique hotel, and a 9,000-square-foot restaurant.

Pi Art Tech and Trade Center

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Jorge Brugo of Axis Realty Trust, proposed the largest public facility offered of any of the proposals. Named after the mathematical symbol pi, the Pi Art Tech and Trade Center would include a 168,000-square-foot museum, a 2,400-seat auditorium and 3,800-seat convention center.

The proposed tower would also include 41 units of luxury condos, and 820,000 square feet of office space. The bottom three levels of the tower would be reserved for the College’s School of Business.

Gregg Covin Development/Oppenheim

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Contractor Gregg Covin and architect Chad Oppenheim have submitted plans to create a glass building that would frame the Freedom Tower like a painting rather than obscure it.

This 2.6-million-square-foot structure would include a 1,600-seat theater, a 3,000-seat conference center, and a 100,000-square-foot museum. Their plan would also include various public spaces like a sculpture garden and an outdoor plaza. Rather than incorporating pricey luxury condos, the towers would contain 940,000 square feet of affordable apartments and a 300-room leisure hotel.

Nader+Museu

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Art collector Gary Nader sparked the College’s design challenge when he sent Miami Dade College a proposal last summer to build on its parking lot. Nader partnered with FR-EE Architects, Brasilinvest, and the Sofran Group’s Roberto Rocha to design two condo towers, a hotel and a cultural center for the College.

Gary Nader and his associates has offered to build a large museum, cultural center, and donate $60 million worth of art pieces to the College. The center will also feature a 30,000 square feet “culinary experience” and a 1,600-seat theater designed by Emilio Estefan.

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