Unveiled: Ambitious Blueprint for 516-Unit Residential Tower Unfolds at Starlite Location in BrickellAugust 11, 2023
Exciting plans have recently surfaced as a residential tower project sets its sights on the former Starlite Motel location in the vibrant neighborhood of Brickell. The acquisition of this prime property by Chicago-based Focus in November 2022 for $28 million has paved the way for visionary development.
Tim Anderson, CEO and Founder of Focus, shared his enthusiasm for the project: “Miami’s lively urban hubs, offering walkable cores and a dynamic atmosphere, align perfectly with our mission.” The completion of demolition at the site earlier this year marked a significant milestone, and the property has now gained approval to be included within Miami-Dade’s Rapid Transit Zoning area, enabling higher-density construction.
August 4 saw a pre-application submission to Miami-Dade planners outlining the blueprint for the upcoming structure. The proposed tower aims to ascend to an impressive 39 stories, reaching 425 feet. Notable features of the development include:
- A total of 516 residential units.
- Ground-floor retail spaces.
- An office designated for “leasing/management” functions
- Indoor and outdoor amenity areas on both the 8th and 39th levels
- A rooftop space for residents to enjoy.
- A six-level garage with a capacity for 506 parking spaces.
- The garage’s exterior will be adorned with a perforated metal-panel system on three sides, while the east elevation facing an adjacent garage will feature stucco.
- The esteemed architectural firm Gensler is at the helm of the design process.
Vicky Lee, Senior Vice President of Development at Focus, expressed her appreciation for Miami’s unique character and the project’s significant role in the city’s evolution. She stated, “Miami is an exceptional city, and we are honored to play a substantial role in its transformation. Our focus on innovative design and considerate development allows us to create spaces seamlessly integrating with Miami’s distinctive energy and urban allure. This project will redefine the city’s skyline and contribute to its vibrant growth.”
As the plans for the residential tower at the former Starlite Motel property continue to unfold, anticipation grows for the dynamic addition it will bring to the evolving landscape of Brickell.