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By Ansley Campbell, Community Newspapers
Are helicopters yesterday’s Model T?
Paramount Miami Worldcenter developer Dan Kodsi thinks so and is preparing for the future of urban aviation by making modifications to the rooftop design of the tower in order to accommodate a 5,000-square-foot Skyport atop his new 60-story downtown Miami highrise.
A veteran developer, with a master’s in urban planning and background as a recreational pilot, Kodsi has built more than 6,000 units over the course of his 30-year career. Today, he is readying his state-of-the-art future-forward residential tower, with the ability to convert its rooftop into a Skyport for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, also known as passenger drones, or what some may call “flying cars.”
“The future of transportation is here within the next 10 to 15 years and urban aviation is closer to reality than you might expect.” Kodsi said. “The flying vehicles will use airspace to alleviate transportation congestion and traffic on the ground for quicker daily commutes, and cleaner air around the world. These vehicles are more like a helicopter, but much quieter, run electronically and are environmentally friendly.
“Paramount Miami Worldcenter prides itself on its amenities and high-tech features. While the industry still has many regulatory hurdles to clear, we are excited to be at the forefront of urban aviation with what can one day be the first residential Skyport in Miami,” he said.
One day, Paramount Miami Worldcenter residents could seamlessly ride a sleek glass elevator up to the luxury tower’s private rooftop, where they could be picked up or dropped off by on-demand aircraft.
“Imagine traveling from Miami to Palm Beach — a drive that takes the better part of two hours — in about 30 minutes. That stop-and-go traffic to the suburbs could become a burden of the past for Paramount residents,” Kodsi said.
Ever since Uber Elevate announced it would begin testing its urban air taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Dubai in 2020, a galactic style race erupted from tech, aircraft manufacturers and automakers both domestic and international to develop flying cars.
Including the German developers of Volocopter and Lillium, Airbus’s Vahana, the Chinese developers of Ehang 184 and Terrafugia, Google’s Kitty Hawk Flyer and Workhorse Surefly.
Paramount, located inside the massive Miami Worldcenter project in the heart of downtown Miami, is more than 70 percent sold with $400 million in sales of the 500-plus city- and bay-view residences. Units range in size from 1,180 to 2,350 square feet, with prices starting at $750,000. It has more than 50 nationalities represented among its buyer pool.
Construction crews from general contractor of record, CoastalTishman, already have reached the 47th floor of vertical construction. Paramount is on course for its top off in summer 2018, and building completion anticipated for spring 2019.
The only residential tower currently for sale within the massive 27-acre mixed-use Miami Worldcenter site, Paramount has made international headlines with its Upper Deck, which will debut as the largest amenity deck in the U.S. The deck will span 90 feet above Downtown Miami featuring an extraordinary array of action-packed amenities that includes the country’s first outdoor soccer field to be featured in a high-rise residential development, two tennis courts, multiple resort-style pools, lush parks and spa baths, among others.
Located in the heart of Downtown Miami at the crossroads of culture, entertainment, art and fine dining, residents will enjoy an unparalleled location just an elevator ride away from Miami’s waterfront and most celebrated cultural and entertainment landmarks such as the Adrienne Arsht Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, and AmericanAirlines Arena. Also within Miami Worldcenter is the nearby proposed Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel and Expo and Brightline’s Miami Central Station, which will allow residents direct service to Orlando in three hours, as well as connectivity to the Metromover and nearby Miami International Airport.
For additional information about Paramount Miami Worldcenter, call 855-756-0123, see www.Paramountmiami.com or visit the sales center at 1010 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132.