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Luxury Rental Tower & Marina coming to Miami River

November 2, 2018

Rendering of project with Lissette Calderon

Lissette Calderon plans to turn her recently-purchased waterfront tower into luxury rentals after a major renovation

The new property was just renamed Pier 19 Residences & Marina. Formerly called River Oaks Tower & Marina, the 21-story building on the Miami River has 199 apartments at 1951 Northwest South River Drive.

A year in the works, Calderon’s Neology Life paid $61 million for the tower in an off-market deal in mid-September. The purchase marked her return to the Miami River District, where she began developing more than 15 years ago.

She called River Oaks Tower & Marina an “underutilized and undervalued” property. About half the units were rented out as short-term vacation rentals, and the grounds of the building were overgrown, obstructing the vista.

Calderon will spend “several million dollars” to revamp the 2.5-acre property, adding a private 10-slip marina, three large cabanas for residents’ use, and creating all new common areas. There will be new landscaping, along with improvements to the pool and hot tub.

“We’re reimagining the project for the needs and expectations of today’s urbanites,” she said.

The building will have bicycle and paddleboard storage and a shared ride drop-off and pick-up area, in addition to its 370-space garage. The apartments already have floor-to-ceiling windows, glass balcony railings, granite countertops, European cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, so they will only need minor renovations like new light fixtures, Calderon said.

The lobby, clubroom and management office will be gutted and turned into a multipurpose area with a large living room. The fitness center will be updated as a wellness center and the theater will have an adjacent sports parlor. Alfonso Jurado is the architect.

Starting in 2002,Lissette Calderon, began developing projects along the river, including Neo Lofts, Neo Vertika and Wind by Neo.

“When nobody saw the Miami River as the valuable waterfront that it is today,” she said, “I knew there was an opportunity there.”

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