Miami tow­ers among sev­eral open­ing near pub­lic tran­sit routes

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Money - By Lisa J. Huri­ash lhuri­[email protected]­sen­tinel.com, 954-572-2008 or Twit­ter @LisaHuri­ash

A de­vel­oper is build­ing two tow­ers of rental apart­ments that are within the same block of other high-rises near down­town Miami. And they’re all “tran­sit-ori­ented,” where pub­lic tran­sit op­tions are nearby.

Art Plaza, a 667-unit project whose two con­nected tow­ers will soar 34 sto­ries, will be com­pleted within months in Miami’s Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict, within walk­ing dis­tance of Metro­mover.

“It’s a con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion for the per­son who is look­ing to work and doesn’t [want to have to] wait one hour and a half in the car to get back home,” said de­vel­oper Martin Melo, of Melo Group. “Miami is be­com­ing a city like New York that peo­ple need to use pub­lic trans­porta­tion.”

Art Plaza, at 58 NE 14 St., will have one- and two-bed­room apart­ments rang­ing in size from

760 square feet to more than 1,300 square feet, with monthly rents start­ing at $1,600. The ameni­ties will in­clude a swim­ming pool and pool deck, Jacuzzi, fit­ness cen­ter, and valet ser­vice.

The sur­round­ing projects are:

■ Square Sta­tion, which opened in May next door to Art Plaza. The

710 rental apart­ments in 36 sto­ries are fully leased and ground-floor retail in­cludes Bun­bury, a pop­u­lar bar and lounge that is re­lo­cat­ing; and The Spot, a high-end bar­ber shop.

■ Miami Plaza, which will be nearby with 425 rental apart­ments and 36 sto­ries. It had its ground­break­ing this month.

Also, one block away is the

497-unit, 38-story Melody apart­ment tower built in 2016.

All four have mixed-use with retail on the ground floor. The pub­lic trans­porta­tion will con­nect res­i­dents to Miami’s Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict, the Health Dis­trict and Brick­ell Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict.

MELO GROUP/COUR­TESY

An artist’s il­lus­tra­tion shows the Art Plaza, which will fin­ish con­struc­tion within months.

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