Miami Dade College: Best Use For Downtown Land Is Parking Garage

On a downtown Miami lot, Miami Dade College is building a precast parking garage that will serve the Wolfson campus.

The college decided that the six-level garage is the highest and best use for the 1.1-acre property at 300 NE 2 AVE. Construction is already underway.

Unlike MDC’s property on Biscayne Boulevard, the college never allowed developers to bid on it. Instead, it was bid out to directly to construction contractors specifically for a garage.

Just down the block from the new garage, Moishe Mana and another developer are vying to build a project on a .85-acre lot owned by the Miami Parking Authority. That tower could reach as high as 55 stories.

 

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Gables
5 years ago

How is this design compatible with Miami 21? I thought buildings had to have pedestrian-oriented and active uses on the first floor. This is pretty ugly and will do nothing for the neighborhood.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Very little to no point in having a code if the government can’t or doesn’t want to enforce it.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Ow muh gawd that is the worst thing I have seen in a long time. It even has the fenced in “staging area” in the back, like they don’t even know how to make it a more “urban” garage. Wow so awful from the one downtown higher education entity.

Anonymous
5 years ago

They really couldn’t make it look just a little nice? Is it too much to ask for them to disguise or integrate their parking garage within a greater building? (which is a thing, if you weren’t aware)

Just another painful contribution by our “leaders” into designing a city meant for cars to live in instead of people.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So why then did they entice and invite developers to spend money on a design proposal.

Anonymous
5 years ago

That is a different piece of land, than the Nader proposal (or the much much better Covin/Oppenheim proposal). This parking structure isn’t on Biscayne Blvd.
Of course they could have developed this differently, but instead of months of planning, permitting, etc. they get their needs served quickly.
You can always knock down the parking structure when land values increase enough. I’d rather have this than 8 surface parking lots…

Anonymous
5 years ago

Epic planning, urban design, city liveability, and economic development failure. Not to mention the bottom line, they could have lease the tower rights to a developer who would have built the garage for free.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Miami Dade College has vacant land for a garage on N.E. 2nd Avenue instead of building a garage with such high visibility on Biscayne Blvd. I smell a ploy and a rat.

wolfgang731
5 years ago

Either you’re not reading the article carefully or I’m not understanding your point because , if I’m not mistaken, this garage is going up on N.E. 2nd Ave., where you suggested, and not Biscayne.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Someone please tell me that this is not where they enticed developers like Nader and Covin for the bid. If so then I’m disappointed.

marc
5 years ago

It isn’t.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Good …

Anonymous
5 years ago

Actually this is an good thing, they could now sale the large empty lots they have which they currently use for professor parking.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What a shame. Such valuable land!
Hopefully they won’t do the same mistake buy not accepting the proposed Latin American Museum.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The Nader museum is a scam to sell condos on public land

Anonymous
5 years ago

How else do you propose they make their money back for that design they’ve presented? The more interesting question is who will pay for the Oppenheimer design? They’re proposing all those features yet not much to make they’re money back and turn a profit.

BK
5 years ago

Aren’t there already two parking garages right across the street from Wolson Campus???

Anonymous
5 years ago

The college is a state agency and can do their own permitting… they don’t have to follow Miami 21.