Twenty hours later and 1,360 cubic yards of concrete poured, 68 trucks cemented the foundation for what appears to be the first condominium project to rise in downtown Miami's central business district since 2008.
Brought to life by the Newgard Development Group and features innovative designs by fuseproject's Yves Behar, the 37-story loft style condo tower is to bring widespread interest for its hip and urbanisitc elements as well as its pedestrian-friendly location.
Chairman and managing partner of Newgard Development Group and Centro developer Harvey Hernandez says that once the development is completed, Centro will help revolutionize the downtown neighborhood.
"The foundation pour is a monumental milestone in Centro's construction progress," said Hernandez. "In the past, people would come downtown to work than leave immediately after dark. Today, downtown is a dynamic neighborhood [that is] close to cultural venues, offices and public transportation. It's an exciting area where people want to live, and Centro residents will be in the center of it all."
Forgoing a built-in garage, the tower will instead feature dedicated parking for the Car2Go vehicle sharing program and lifetime members for residents, as well as nearby parking in an existing garage. Centro's residences will also include one to two bedroom units with open concept floor plans, dramatic ten foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with energy-efficient and sound-reducing glass, and balconies with views of the city lights. Contemporary interiors will feature finished concrete floors, over sized closets, modern Italian kitchens, bathroom and light fixtures, Italian cabinetry and stainless-steel, energy-smart appliances.
Preconstruction prices start in the low $200,000s and top out in the mid $400,000s.