The Federal Aviation Administration has approved and cleared the way for three towers at the proposed location for Resorts World Miami, a $3 billion – 13.9-acre mixed-use gaming, hotel and entertainment development along the waterfront in Miami‘s Omni District just south of Edgewater. According to to the approval letters, the three structures are approved to rise 642-feet, 643-feet and 645-feet from the ground up, or 649-feet above sea level. The latitude and longitude coordinates in the filings indicate that exact location for the approval is 1 Herald Plaza, which is bounded by NE 15th Street to the north, Biscayne Bay to the east, the MacArthur Causeway to the south and Herald Plaza to the west. The developer for the project is Malaysia-based Genting Group, the owner of the Resorts World hospitality and casino brand.
1 Herald Plaza is merely a vacant site at the time being, but the citizens of Miami recognize the site for what it once was; the home of the former Miami Herald Building, which was completed in 1963 for the Miami Herald daily newspaper, serving as their main headquarters up until 2013 when the company left the location. Back in 2011, the Genting Group had spent $236 million to purchase 30-acres of land within the Omni District with the intention of building out the plans for the Resorts World mega development along Biscayne Bay. The adored former office building began demolition in 2014 and completed in 2015; the site has remained vacant ever since.
The Genting Group is one of several developers who have been vouching to legalize gaming in the state, as current Florida legislators are preparing to push for a deal to finalize. Legalized gaming could be a big step forward for Resorts World Miami; the original plans called for 10 million square feet of combined hotel space, convention and meeting spaces, residential space, restaurant and retail spaces, and a baywalk and marina. The developer had previously submitted applications for the same height approvals back in 2017, but those approvals expired in August of 2020. The new filing were submitted in February of 2021 and only took roughly 3 months to be approved, which occurred on May 13, 2021. The use of the three towers remains unknown, but the likelihood of the buildings containing luxury hotel and residential components is high.
It seems that renown architectural firm Arquitectonica may have been chosen for the design of the original plans nearly a decade ago, as old renderings reveal several curvaceous futuristic glass structures rising out of a multi-story podium with equally curvaceous wrap-around terraces, spanning the entire stretch of the developers purchased property from Biscayne Bay to Biscayne Boulevard. New renderings have not been revealed, but it is likely the firm may remain as the designer of the project.
The Genting Group had also previously committed to linking Miami to Miami Beach via the anticipated BayLink monorail system as a concession to building the casino. Stay tuned for more updates as more news regarding the project continue to unravel.
The site has already been cleared from the demolition of the former Miami Herald Building in 2015, but new construction permits have yet to be filed.