Developer proposes Skrise, calling it 'Miami's Eiffel Tower'

Skrise will include observation decks, restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, high-flying attractions

MIAMI - A Miami developer proposed a 1,000-foot tall tower behind Bayside, calling it "Miami's Eiffel Tower."

"It is going to allow Miami to assume its rightful place on the global map of world-class cities,"  said Jeff Berkowitz, the developer of Skyrise. "It is iconic."

The $300 to $400 hundred million tower was designed by well-known architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia.

Berkowitz has been working on the project for the past three years. Skyrise will include three observations decks, a world-class restaurant, a nightclub, and a ballroom.

It will also have high-flying attractions, such as sky plunge, an 800-foot vertical drop, as well as a 600-foot bungee cord, and a virtual flying theater.

The foundation of the tower will take nine months to build.

"I don't think it is a pie in the sky. I have spent millions of dollars. I have committed to spend many millions more," said Berkowitz.

Skyrise will be built on a small piece of land behind Bayside, which is owned by the city of Miami but leased by Bayside.

Skyrise will be the tallest structure on the eastern seaboard south of New York once finished by 2017.

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