Brickell City Centre

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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,[3] including 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] Later, in 2015, mall developer Simon Property Group also became a retail parter.[6] Parts of the project are expected to open by the end of 2015, while the retail portion may open by the end of the following year.[7][8]


Part of Brickell City Centre site in 2011 prior to revival
Pedestrian bridge over South Miami Avenue

The development was originally proposed as a complex of four 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, which will be renovated and integrated into the development.[9] The project will also contain two levels of underground parking, covered sidewalks, and interconnectivity between all the buildings.[10] The City Commission gave the project its final approval in July 2011.[11]

On July 15, 2013, It was announced that Swire Properties had purchased an adjacent site at 700 Brickell Avenue in Miami, formerly the regional headquarters of Northern Trust Bank. The lot totals 1.55 acres and was purchased for just over $64 million.[12] In September 2013, Swire announced the plans for the site, which include the previously purchased Eastern Nation Bank building. The proposal is for a future phase of the project which includes an 80-story tower, called One Brickell City Centre, which will include retail, Class-A offices, condominiums and hotel space.[13] The building was originally proposed at 1,102 feet (336 m), but was later reduced to 1,040 feet (320 m), and may be reduced further due to a Notice of Presumed Hazard letter from the FAA.[14]

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  1. ^ McCaughan, Sean (December 14, 2012). "Brickell CitiCentre = Brickell CityCentre". Curbed Miami. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mussibay, Oscar Pedro (October 29, 2013). "Swire releases new rendering for Brickell City Centre". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Britel, Alexander (June 27, 2012). "Brickell CitiCentre Breaks Ground Moving Miami West". The Real Deal. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Brannigan, Martha; Walker, Elaine (January 4, 2014). "The return of the cranes: Miami-Dade construction projects on the horizon in 2013". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Vallecillo, Francys (June 14, 2013). "Exclusive: Inside Swire's Plans for Miami Hotel". World Property Channel. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bandell, Brian (April 24, 2015). "Simon Property Group joins Brickell City Centre mall project". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
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  8. ^ Sumner, Justin (August 26, 2014). "Saks Fifth Avenue to Anchor Miami's Brickell City Centre with 107,000-SF Department Store". Retrieved April 28, 2015 – via CoStar. 
  9. ^ Cordle, Ina Paiva (August 20, 2014). "Saks Fifth Avenue will anchor Brickell City Centre". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fernandez, Yudislaidy (May 19, 2011). "Underground connectivity a key to massive Swire project". Miami Today. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Charles Rabin, Patricia Mazzei (July 28, 2011). "Cash-strapped Miami commissioners lower tax rate, employees could face 30 furlough days". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  12. ^ Brannigan, Martha (July 15, 2013). "Swire wins bid for 700 Brickell". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Brannigan, Martha (September 20, 2014). "Swire unveils new 80-story tower". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "FAA: One Brickell City Centre Will Interfere With MIA Flight Rules". exMiami. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 

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Brickell City Centre floor plans