NEW YORK (CIRCA) — A new Miami high-rise is bracing for flying cars. Paramount Miami Worldcenter will have America’s first flying-car dock.
“We thought, what a great opportunity to take the top of our building and we can convert the roof into a skyport,” said Daniel Kodsi, Paramount Miami Worldcenter’s CEO.
The residential SkyPort will be on the penthouse level of the 60-story tower. The 5,000-square-foot port will allow for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft to pick up and drop off passengers.
“We found a mechanism where we could convert our pool into a landing pad,” Kodsi said. “So, one day when Uber and NASA work through all the regulatory issues of putting this together, we would be that first residential tower that you can land on the roof.”
Costs for two-bedroom condos inside the luxury apartment building start at $980,000 and Kodsi says more than 80 percent of units have already been sold. The projected is slated to be complete this summer.
“We’ve gotten a lot of attention because this project is really significant to the city of Miami,” Kodsi said. "We have buyers from more than 50 different countries that have purchased in this building.”
Developers say the idea behind the SkyPort came from Uber’s elevate program, which has worked with NASA to launch the UberAir project. UberAir hopes to start installing SkyPorts over the next two years before launching a functional aerial ridesharing network in 2023.
“All the technology exists today,” Kodsi said. “It’s really going to be about how do we deal with the transition to how the airspace will work once we have these drones.”