Developer proposes 78-story Brickell tower on Burger King site

Plans call for 392 residential units, 66,618 sf of retail and parking

February 10, 2017 03:45PM
By Katherine Kallergis

Developer Simon Karam has submitted plans to the city of Miami’s Urban Development Review Board for a 78-story tower in Brickell.

Karam’s City Center Properties LLC wants to build a mixed-use retail and residential skyscraper on the site of what’s now a Burger King-anchored shopping strip near Brickell City Centre. Between entitlements, permitting and securing approvals, the developer hopes to break ground during the middle of next year, Karam told The Real Deal last month.

He also has FAA approvals for 960 feet for the site at 10 Southwest Eighth Street. It’s also surrounded by the Related Group’s Brickell Heights and SLS Lux, three new high-rise towers. Brickell City Centre, which opened its 500,000-square-foot shops in November, has also added a hotel, two condo towers and office space to the area.

Karam’s plans call for 392 residential units, 66,618 square feet of retail space on four floors, 464 parking spaces and bicycle parking. Karam told TRD the units will be condos. The LEED Silver building is being designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates.

City Center Properties LLC paid $6.1 million for the Burger King retail building, where other tenants include La Sandwicherie, and Chandi Liquors, in 2006. The land totals 34,166 square feet.

Simon Karam and his brother Antoine Karam develop through their firm, the Karam Group. “We try to buy in urban, high-intensity sites,” Simon Karam told TRD last month, when he purchased the gas station at 720 Southwest Second Avenue for $8 million. He also owns the CVS-anchored shopping strip directly behind the gas station, which brings his total on that block to 2.23 acres.

The Karam Group owns more land in Brickell and Miami Beach. In 2014, Simon Karam bought the Sears-anchored shopping center on U.S. 1 and 67th Avenue in Miami.

The Urban Development Review Board will hear the project on Wednesday.

Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc. (NBWW), an award-winning, internationally-recognized architecture firm, is proud to announce it will design 18, the newest high-rise luxury condo and retail development proposed by Karam Group in collaboration with Claro Development.

Located on the corner of S.W. 8th Street and S. Miami Avenue, the 76-story tower will feature 65,000 square-feet of retail space encompassing four levels, 392 condo units, indoor parking, and breathtaking views of this burgeoning enclave in downtown Miami.

“We’re thrilled to be selected as the architect for 18, which is sure to be one of the most architecturally-compelling structures to rise in downtown Miami,” said Igor Reyes, partner at NBWW. “For the design, we were inspired by the natural growth and development of a flower bed where every flower is competing for sunlight. The tower begins with a determined foot print and then spreads and completes its full geometry as it reaches the top, offering spectacular, unobstructed views while showing consideration to its surroundings.”



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