Metropolitan MiamiEdit profile
Metropolitan Miami is a mixed-use development expected to consist of four skyscrapers and a lifestyle center in the Central Business District of Downtown Miami, Florida. The first phase was completed in 2008 with Met 1, a condo tower, and will be followed by Met 2, making up the Wells Fargo Center (previously called the Met 2 Financial Center) and Met 2 Marriott Marquis simultaneously in late-2010. As of mid-2010, Met 3 and the Met Square shopping center haven't broken ground.
Met 3, if constructed, would be the one of the tallest approved buildings in Miami, and residential structures in the United States south of New York City at 828 ft (252.4 m), behind the Brickell Financial Centre II at 903 ft (275.2 m), which also hasn't broke ground. Both towers would also surpass the incumbent Four Seasons Hotel Miami. The Wells Fargo Center itself is currently the fifth tallest building in Miami and Florida at 647 ft (197.2 m).
The project has gained significant attention due to NBA star Shaquille O'Neal's involvement, by forming The O'Neal Group as a joint-venture with M. D. M. Development Group. The site where Metropolitan Miami is being developed was formerly surface parking, when the Royal Palm Hotel and grounds were destroyed in 1930.
Met 1 under construction in March, 2007
Met 1 seen across the Miami River
Met 2's Wells Fargo Center nearing completion
Completed Wells Fargo Center in 2011
The site of Met 3 being used as a parking lot (February 2011)