Miami’s skyline constantly changes as new buildings are added, and old ones torn down. There’s a new addition officially on the way now – Skyline Miami. It will tower 1,000 feet over the South Florida metropolis, commanding stunning views over the city as well as out over Biscayne Bay and the ocean. Construction of the tower wasn’t always a sure thing, though. (VIEW all Miami Preconstruction Projects Here)
The Ayes Have It
Before SkyRise Miami got the green light for construction, creation of the tower had to be approved. However, it wasn’t just city commissioners that had to sign off on the project. The residents of Miami themselves were given the chance to vote yes or no. Thankfully, the project received overwhelming support with more than 70% of early and absentee voters marking the “aye” column. The victory was celebrated later that night at a private party thrown by Jeffrey Berkowitz at Bayside Marketplace. Incidentally, the tower will be constructed beside the market.
Up, Up and Away
Construction on SkyRise Miami has already begun, with utility reconfiguring starting in early September, 2014. Once utilities have been reconfigured, construction can begin on the tower’s base, which will take an estimated nine months to complete. That’s just the beginning, though. Once the foundation is finished, the developers have to tackle the bulk of the project – the 1,000-foot high observation tower and all the niceties that will go along with it. Completion of the project is estimated hopefully in early 2018, so it will be another four years or so before Miamians actually have the chance to ascend the tower and enjoy the view.
About the Location
Developers chose an ideal location for the tower. Located directly beside Bayside Marketplace, the tower will be in a prime position to draw visitors. Bayside Marketplace is located almost at the edge of Biscayne Bay, sandwiched between Bayfront Park to the south and the Miami Heat Arena (American Airlines Arena) to the north. West of the marketplace is Highway 41 and the greater city of Miami. Eastward lie the sparkling waters of the bay. Promising the “best shopping, dining and entertainment in Miami and Miami Beach,” the marketplace draws tens of thousands of visitors annually.
Not the Only Project in the Works
Of course, SkyRise Miami is not the only project kicking off in Miami, it’s just the only one that gave residents a chance to vote. Other projects are currently underway, all approved by city commissioners. One of those is the massive