Adler unveils ambitious plan for Miami’s riverfront
Written by John Charles Robbins
The Adler company has quite an ambitious plan to transform the downtown riverfront in Miami, and is moving toward a major redevelopment of prime real estate on the Miami River.
On Monday, Adler representatives shared information on a plan that could bring a new hotel to the river, along with about 37,000 square feet of retail stores, framed by three to four towers.
A presentation Monday of the conceptual site plan included about 36,177 square feet of ground floor retail, 100 public parking spaces, and a landscaped public riverwalk.
Architect Igor Reyes of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates Inc. (NBWW) detailed the finer points of the planned development.
Other parts include an 8,963-square-foot hotel lobby, facing the river; main parking levels to the north end of the property; about 35,145 square feet of amenity decks on three of the buildings, plus 13,087 square feet of office amenities on a planned office structure at the northwest corner of the site.
Mr. Reyes said the design and look of the overall project is intended to be “less urban and more about the river.”
As part of that goal, he explained site development that has open views of the river and public access to the water from several directions, and the lush landscaping and treatments to the public riverwalk the full extent of the site.
Mr. Reyes showed site plans that illustrated walkways and a center hub, providing more than 47,000 square feet of “public realm, open space.”
The idea was to expand that riverwalk experience through much of the site, he said.
“The ground floor is really dedicated to the public realm, creating an experience for the public,” Mr. Reyes said.
He pointed to renderings showing a curved entry walkway with a central green space, open to the sky. There is also planned a water feature in this area, he said.
The riverwalk ties into curved walkways that extend inland further, hugged by vegetation, seating, lights and more.
Mr. Reyes showed design drawings of the planned second floor perch, which would be more private for residential tenants and hotel guests to enter and exit. It includes a centralized drop-off area that leads to a balcony.
“You can look right out to the river,” he said.
He said the planned façade of the towers includes scattering the size and depth of balconies, to avoid a straight wall. The recreational amenities decks include swimming pools.
The design and placement of the towers was made with the goal of giving all residential units an openness, he said. “We wanted everyone to feel they live on the river,” he said. “We want all of the units to have some kind of fantastic view.”
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