Brickell City Centre

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Brickell City Centre daytime rendering - Oct 2013
Brickell City Centre night rendering - Oct 2013
One Brickell City Centre rendering

Brickell City Centre [1][2] is a $1.05 billion shopping and mixed-use project that will, when finished, span four blocks to the west of Brickell Avenue and to the south of the Miami River, in downtown Miami, Florida.

The project is being developed by Swire Properties Inc (the US subsidiary of Swire Properties Ltd), and will span 9 acres and [3] include a department store, luxury shops, restaurants, hotel, office towers and condominiums.[4] The hotel flag was awarded to EAST, a Swire Hotels brand, which will be their first venture in North America. Currently there are EAST hotels in Hong Kong and Beijing, China.[5] In February 2013, Swire Properties and the owners of Bal Harbour Shops announced that they had come to an agreement to co-develop the retail portion of the development.[4]

The development was originally proposed as a complex of skyscrapers in downtown Miami and was approved by both the City of Miami and the Federal Aviation Administration, but the entire complex was cancelled in 2008 due to poor market conditions.

In June 2011 the project was revived by Swire Properties, and the complex is now planned to consist of four stories of retail and entertainment space, topped by six smaller towers; two residential, two office, a wellness tower and a hotel. Arquitectonica remains as the architect. Two additional lots were bought by Swire in 2011: (Brickell Tennis Club and Eastern National Bank building) in order to qualify for Special Area Plan zoning, making the entire development site over 9 acres (36,422 m2); this will also allow direct access to the Eighth Street Metromover Station. The project will also contain two levels of underground parking, covered sidewalks, and interconnectivity between all the buildings.[6] The City Commission gave the project its final approval in July 2011.[7]

On July 15, 2013, It was announced that Swire Properties had purchased an adjacent site at 700 Brickell Avenue in Miami, formerly the headquarters of Northern Trust Bank. The lot totals 1.55 acres and was purchased for just over $64 million.[8] In September 2013, Swire announced the plans for the site, which include the previously purchased Eastern Nation Bank building. The proposal is for an 80-story tower, called One Brickell City Centre, which will include retail, Class-A offices, condominiums and hotel.[9]

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