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Louver House Going Vertical With First Concrete Pour and 50% of Units Under Contract

Louver House, a 12-unit boutique luxury condominium project in South-of-Fifth (a development type that has become something of a thing in the neighborhood, with buildings like Ocean House, 321 Ocean, Glass, 300 Collins, etc.) is going vertical, with the completion of its first concrete pour. Half of the building’s units are under contract, according to representatives of the project. It’s being developed by Mast Capital, and designed by architect Rene Gonzalez, and should be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

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877% Increase in Liquor & Tobacco Licenses Shows New Era for Wynwood & Midtown

Liquor and tobacco licenses have exploded in Wynwood, Miami’s most famous arts district, and Midtown Miami, its more yuppie-ish conjoined twin, over the last six years by a whopping 877%. This is a significantly higher increase over the 174% average across Miami, and a major indicator of the direction the two neighborhoods are growing, according to data compiled by Gridics. Between I-95, NE/NW 20th, Biscayne Boulevard, and I-195, 66 alcohol and tobacco licenses were granted since January 1st 2010 for restaurants, bars, and other establishments like Sugarcane on Midtown Boulevard, and Gramps on NW 24th Street. Wynwood even has a microbrewery scene. Three out of those 66 licenses are tobacco permits. Expired permits are not included.

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With Relaxed FAA Restrictions, SkyRise Miami Gets Even Taller

With new, slightly relaxed Federal Aviation Administration restrictions affecting planned and under construction towers across Miami’s urban core, the height of SkyRise Miami was approved yesterday by the FAA at a taller height of 1,045 feet, reports The Next Miami.

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Biggest Penthouse in MiMo District Wants $1.275 Million

According to the broker, and to the fact that the MiMo District just doesn’t have very many penthouses, this four bedroom, three bath penthouse at the ’70s-era Flats at Morningside is the largest penthouse in the MiMo District, and it’s on the market for $1.275 million. The MiMo Historic District is a long, thin commercial corridor extending along Biscayne Boulevard, next to other, mostly residential historic districts of the area, like Morningside, Belle Meade, etc. The 3,232 square foot unit looks out over historic Morningside toward unobstructed bay views, and includes a very large living room, sauna, rooftop terrace with cabana, hot tub, and Astroturf, and 100 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows.

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‘Top-heavy’ Elysee Miami’s New Interior Renderings are Gorgeous

A condo tower that’s literally wider on the top than the bottom may not seem like a good idea in hurricane-prone Miami, but Elysee Miami is proving to be a more surprising building than one might have expected. And here the engineering is balanced by really elegant interiors by designer Jean-Louis Denoit, which the project has just unveiled in new renderings.

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Here’s a Closer Look at PlusUrbia’s Design for a Grand Arsht Center Plaza

Town Square Neighborhood Development Corp., a nonprofit chaired by developer Armando Codina that advocates for the master planning of the neighborhood around the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, recently unveiled plans for a public plaza directly to the center’s south designed by local architecture firm PlusUrbia that would connect the Arsht to the rest of Downtown Miami and serve as a public front door to the institution. The Herald unveiled the plans on January 29th, but additional renderings that Gridics received from PlusUrbia (which were approved by TSNDC but not published) give a closer look at the design.

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The Frost Family has Saved Their Science Museum but Canned the Whole Board

Extremely wealthy people Patricia and Phillip Frost have stepped in to save their financially embattled namesake institution, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which is under construction in Downtown Miami. Having run out of construction funds, and run short of its funding goals, the museum was desperately looking around for cash and in talks with Miami-Dade County government to temporarily bail them out, although almost all of the $160 million pledged by the county had already been spent.

That bailout, however, has apparently been replaced by the intervention of the Frosts themselves, who have agreed to give the museum a bridge loan, according to The Real Deal. They have also requested the replacement of the museum’s entire board, which is the group ultimately responsible for the whole funding situation. The new board will initially consist of Patricia Frost herself, Cesar Alvaraz of Greenberg Traurig, and Richard Pfenniger, previously CEO of healthcare company Continucare. The amount of the Frost’s loan was not published, but it’s definitely a pretty big wad of dough.

Gary Nader’s Art Museum & Towers Will Include a Theater Designed by Emilio Estefan

Art collector Gary Nader has been in talks with Miami-Dade College to take over their prime Biscayne Boulevard-facing land on which he wants to build a museum to house his world-renowned Latin American art collection, a hotel, facilities for the college, a theater, a sculpture garden, and two luxury residential towers where units will be designed with art collectors in mind  Mr. Nader has just revealed to Miami Modern Luxury Magazine that the 1,600 seat theater is being designed by the great Emilio Estefan.

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Miami Beach Installing Internet-Connected, Self-Compacting, Solar-Powered Trash Cans

In the future your garbage will be on the internet, and guess what? The future is here. The City of Miami Beach has installed 20 high-capacity Big Belly Waste & Recycling Stations around town in a pilot program to try out the newfangled trash bins of the future. Activist Michael DeFilippi posted in his Facebook group ‘Clean Up Miami Beach’ that the big grey bins have been spotted on Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue, and Lincoln Road.

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