The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the heights of two towers collectively known as 317 North Federal Highway, a large scale mixed-use project planned to rise in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The FAA has determined the structures may rise 472-feet and 500-feet above sea level as they will not have any substantial adverse effects on the navigable airspace. The development will give way to a pair of rental towers yielding over 700 units of 42 and 45 stories designed by NBWW Architects and developed by Nitin and Dev Motwani’s Merrimac Ventures.
Although details are still subject to change, the previous article on YIMBY covering this project indicates the two towers are projected to add nearly 1.4 million square feet of new construction. The shorter west tower will include 390 residential units in studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom layouts, while the taller east tower will consist of 326 units in studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom + den, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom layouts. Both superstructures are to rise out of an 8-story podium built to accomodate 1,083 vehicles across levels 2 through 8. 8,713 square feet will be dedicated to commercial spaces for shops and restaurants at the ground floor. The amenities floor sits right above the podium, and features an outdoor pool and deck for the west Tower, vast amounts of seating, co-working centers, social, game and media rooms and fitness centers. The east tower features a rooftop pool and deck with a sky lounge. Landscaping will be handled by Rhett Roy.
The existing Greyhound Bus Station will have to relocate, and the current structures will need to be demolished to move forward with the plans.