Chad Oppenheim: Northside Transit Village in Miami

At the Northside Metrorail station


PROJECT TYPE88,000 SF Mixed Use, Multi Family, Commercial

Miami, Florida, USA

Four radial volumes engage residential and urban, creating garden, housing, parking, and retail, allocated to create a neighborhood setting and a connection to the on-site modes of transit. Pure in form and materiality, the project establishes optimum views and natural lighting for the low-income and family housing, while maintaining openness and contextual sensitivity at the street through strategically placed parks, retail, arcades, and town homes. The proposed Northside Station Transit-Oriented Development is envisaged as a vital link to the Northside Station Metrorail station and the Metrobus routes served on-site. A circular central public park is the radial point for all planned development, establishing an order and openness to the scheme. Four separate yet interconnected buildings composed of low-income family and senior housing balance development and contextual sensitivity, with ground level town homes and stepped volumes along the residential NW 77th St front and a more urban experience with ground level retail along the highly trafficked and visible NW 79th St. front. Formed in a radial fashion, the edges of the site allow for large expanses of green plantings and act as a buffer between the adjacent single-family homes and the proposed development. Pedestrian traffic is generated through 20,000 square feet of ground level retail accessed via covered arcades, creating a sense of neighborhood to occupants and transit riders, while also protecting all from sun and rain. The central park will allow for neighborhood social gatherings, children’s playgrounds, shaded areas for playing chess, and barbecue areas. Opportunities for small businesses and community organizations are abound, with a new residential and an existing transit population. Sustainability strategies are employed throughout the development. High albedo roofs, maximum open space, passive shading, low-e glazing, low-flow fixtures, rainwater capture and harvesting, natural daylighting, proximity to public transit, efficient lighting and cooling systems, regional and renewable materials, and no-voc paints are just some of the low-cost green strategies that can be applied throughout the project. These strategies are imperative to provide low monthly maintenance costs and a healthy lifestyle for residents, while also contributing to an ecologically


  1. Felipe Azenha

    September 14, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Has this been approved by the city of Miami?

    • Anonymous

      September 30, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Its not within the city of Miami limits, all approval go to the Miami Dade county instead of the city plus Walmart will be across the street.

  2. miami1

    September 14, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I don’t like it!

  3. langbro

    September 14, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Carlisle Development Group has been working on this project with Miami-Dade for years. It is a very complex deal involving leasing land from the county, low income housing credits, parking spaces built etc. They finally got approval from the County commission for the lease.

    Oppenheim was brought on in 2008

    showing construction to start in 3/2013:

  4. Felipe Azenha

    September 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Not digging it either. The retail is on the inside of this project? Retail should be facing the street- not inwards. I would never want to open a retail store here-guaranteed to fail. I doubt this design adheres to Miami 21 standards. Retailers need to appeal to cars driving by and people that walk to and from the transit station, not just the residents of this project.

  5. yellows2k

    December 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Walmart also opening a supercenter at the northside station

  6. Chrismiran

    December 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Looks nice but will it really house low incomee people, or just middle income people wholl just live their cause the metrorail is their. Im worried it will just be an island community, not focused at all in helping the surrounding community, which has been plagued with crime and poverty since the beginning. Thats the phenonema now, with space running out in the desirable area to live, white middle class people are resorting to areas immediatly close to metrorail stations in poverty stricken places, so that theyll never have to step outside the sites…hmm jus sayin

  7. miamiATR

    December 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Horrendous — looks like a jazzed-up 50s-style public housing project. Will do absolutely nothing to improve the surrounding areas

  8. miamiATR

    December 27, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Metro Atlantic, post: 3034, member: 282 wrote: The white, middle class would definitely not live in this development. Let’s be realistic here. This project is more geared towards improving the West Little River and Gladeview neighborhoods for the existing black community.

    As far as the project goes, I find it very insular. It has a lot of potential to be a great community center akin to the Brownsville Transit Village, which is already maturing nicely. This project design for the Northside Station completely blocks itself off from the rest of the neighborhood. Not to mention that retail in the interior of the project is guaranteed to fail. The retail needs to be more accessible to everyone, not just those living in this project.

    Exactly! Terrible urban planning

  9. mechanesthesia

    December 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I really like it. But I do have my concerns about the interior retail. I mean, it is technically outside and there is a street that circles around, but you would have to specifically go inside to see what’s there.
    Any easy solution would be to have double-sided retail spaces with interior and exterior spaces.
    One perfect example is something like this:

  10. tarynlightbourn

    May 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    when this be ready for rental

  11. Mary Hill

    May 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I would like to be comtacred when leasing start, I would love to live there emsil me please, ,1bedroom for me ,income ready

  12. veronica nesbitt

    June 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I like to have a 3 bedroom

  13. beverlyparks

    August 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Would like to know how much for a two bedroom apt and if the apts are income restricted

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