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New York Post
By Christopher Cameron
Virgin Trains USA — South Florida’s new express-train service, a collab between Brightline and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group — is reshaping development in Miami. A slew of new towers are popping up around those high-speed stations, allowing residents to dash to Palm Beach (and eventually Orlando) in a luxurious wink.
“There was a lot of conversation about connectivity and public transportation as we were planning this project,” says Dan Kodsi, CEO of Paramount Ventures, which is developing Paramount Miami Worldcenter, the signature tower of the 27-acre mixed-use megaproject just three blocks from the Miami Central station. “With the amount of office space, hotel rooms, shops, restaurants and residences we are building, it’s like a little city. Everything is walkable. It’s pretty incredible.”
The 60-story Paramount, which will open this summer, has more than 500 units, ranging from $700,000 to $11 million. And Worldcenter’s 43-story, 444-unit Caoba rental tower is already open, with rentals starting at $1,775 per month. Even closer still, the 70-story Okan Tower is rising just one block from that same Virgin station. The building — which evokes the silhouette of a blossoming tulip — will offer 153 condos, which are asking $579,000 to $1.6 million.
And finally, YotelPad will open in 2021 only steps from MiamiCentral. The transit-friendly tower offers a modern take on hyper-urban living, with 231 residences (a mix of studios, one- and two-bedrooms, starting at $300,000 and rising to $495,000). Besides its train-adjacent location, YotelPad’s other claim to fame is a team of R2-D2-like robots, who take orders and deliver room service to condo residents.