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TBT - Baru Urbano Torn Down To Make Way For Brickell Flatiron

The Former Site of Baru Urbano

TBT (March 17, 2015) - 4 years ago the restaurant Baru Urbano was demolished on what is now the site of Brickell Flatiron.

Brickell Flatiron topped off last month and is expected to be completed this Summer.

Since announcing the project almost a year ago, Baru Urbano has been demolished to prepare for the construction of Brickell Flatiron. 

One third of the units have already been reserved and approval of a height of 700 feet has been submitted to the FAA, according to The Next Miami. 

For a look at the sales center click here.

One Cocowalk Taking Shape As Construction Reaches 3rd Floor

One Cocowalk Construction

One Cocowalk Construction

Phase two of Cocowalk renovations are well underway as One Cocowalk reaches the third floor of construction before finally topping off at 5 stories.

Just two months ago, a crane was installed on the site and vertical construction was beginning.

A 7,500 square foot Los Generales Mezcal & Grill will be opening at the end of the year with a rooftop terrace and bar.

The completed Cocowalk will be finished first quarter 2020.

Previous construction photos of One Cocowalk can be viewed here.

Elysee Reaches 28th Floor Of Construction

Elysee Construction

Elysee Construction

Elysee continues to rise quickly in Edgewater as the 57 story tower reaches the 28th floor of construction.

When we last looked at the building in December 2018, construction was on the 19th floor and the first glass was being installed. Elysee started going vertical in June 2018 after the foundation pour.

The parking garage is now starting to go vertical on the West side of the building.

Elysee is expected to be completed 2020.

Previous construction photos of Elysee can be viewed here.

Brickell Flatiron Construction Updates

The Top of Brickell Flatiron

The Top of Brickell Flatiron

Since topping off in February, the top of Brickell Flatiron is taking shape where the rooftop will have a pool, spa, yoga studio, gym and other amenities.

A year ago, construction reached the 28th floor and two years ago, construction was starting to go vertical.

Brickell Flatiron is expected to be completed this Summer.

Previous construction photos of Brickell Flatiron can be viewed here.

TBT - Inside The Abandoned Coconut Grove Playhouse - Photos & Video

TBT - Inside The Abandoned Coconut Grove Playhouse - Photos & Video

Built in 1926, and located at the corner of Main Highway and Charles Street, The Coconut Grove Playhouse opened 90 years ago on January 1, 1927, with a D.W. Griffith production of Satan of Sorrows that was attended by over 1,500 people. The building was originally named the Coconut Grove Theatre.

The Coconut Grove Theatre was built by Miami locals Irving J. Thomas and Fin L. Pierce as movie theater for the Paramount Enterprises Chain and the largest in Miami. The theater was designed by architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliot to resemble a Spanish Rococo Palace in the style of Mediterranean Revival. The building originally had seven stores on the ground level, ten offices on the second floor and the third floor were apartments. It had the latest Wurlitzer pipe organ and had a very modern amenity at the time - air conditioning. 

Before the theater opened, Irving J. Thomas and Fin L. Pierce sold the building to Paramount Enterprises and the theater thrived until the Great Depression of the 1930s hit and attendance dropped significantly. The Coconut Grove Theatre eventually closed in the mid-1930s until it was used to train Air Force Navigators during World War II.

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One Park Grove Tops Off

One Park Grove

One Park Grove

The Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of OMA designed One Park Grove has topped off in Coconut Grove at 24 stories. When we last looked at the project in December, the building was on the 15th floor.

One Park Grove is the last tower in the 5.2 acre Park Grove complex. The other towers, the Club Residences and Two Park Grove opened in the Fall 2018.

One Park Grove is being built on the site of the old Coconut Grove Bank building and is expected to be completed before the end of 2019.

Previous construction photos of One Park Grove can be viewed here.

TBT - The Progression Of Brickell City Centre In Photos

TBT (February 17, 2015) - The photos below show the progression of Brickell City Centre and the Brickell area starting in 2012 until 2015. Brickell City Centre was eventually completed by the end of 2016, changing the Brickell skyline.

Over the course of three years, the landscape of Brickell has changed dramatically with the rise of Brickell City Centre by Swire Properties. On what was once mostly vacant land now sits three tall towers over three city blocks - with more growth on the way. 

In the photos below, you can get a glimpse of the construction of Brickell City Centre from a Southwest view with RISE and REACH Brickell City Centre seen very prominently. 

Photos of Brickell City Centre progression from South Miami Ave. can be seen here.

Photos of Brickell City Centre progression from the 8th. St. Metromover can be seen here.