7 Vacant Acres Could Become Omni Park In Sixty Days

The team that built Grand Central Park is proposing a similar plan on 7 vacant acres next to I-395 next to the Arsht Center.

Brad Knoefler wants to build Omni Park on the land next to I-395, currently vacant. It could be completed in 60 days, he says.

The proposal includes:

  • A skate park, similar to what was in place at Grand Central Park
  • Food and beverage vendors operating out of temporary structures, including shipping containers
  • An art zone, “zen parcel” and sound stage where concerts and events would be held

A gateway parcel connecting the park to Biscayne Boulevard is also included in the proposal.

Trees are already on the property and none will be planted (trees planted at Grand Central park created problems for the owner of the property.)

The Omni CRA is being asked to vote on $300,000 in funding at a meeting tomorrow.

Andres Viglucci first reported on the proposal.

 

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marc
4 years ago

Sure why not?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Are you kidding? This is an ugly park,no trees,no fountains,no benches,no kids playground…..
Miami deserves better.

marc
4 years ago

So you’d rather have nothing then? Let’s keep these lots barren then? How about you get a group that is interested in doing this as well with designs that are more pleasing to you then?

marc
4 years ago

By the way, it’s a pop up park intended to only be there temporarily until FDOT needs it in 1-2 years.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Hey, it’s not exactly millennium park but it will have to do for now. You want it to sit vacant forever?

Ed C
4 years ago

Probably better vacant then full of homeless. You add grass and pavement and you now it becomes go-to place for homeless. I prefer an empty lot then a lot full of homeless.

Ed C
4 years ago

Not saying I don’t want park but this is not a park.

marc
4 years ago

Grand Central Park was the same thing and much closer to where all the homeless are and it was not some homeless haven.

Oscar
4 years ago

Not saying that homeless presence doesn’t impact property owners but do you realize how painfully lacking in compassion you sound?

Add
4 years ago

Idiot its temporary!

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s a No-brainer

Anonymous
4 years ago

Will be even more appreciated when Miami is built up and green space is a rarity. Do it!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Except that this is just an interim use until the market is healthy enough to develop the site… I wouldn’t get used to it being there.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Would of been nice to put more trees and high ones for shading. Love a park with depth in trees like CP in NY.

Anonymous
4 years ago

understand that trees are not an option as this is a temporary park and trees could create obstacles when its developed in the near future

Anonymous
4 years ago

amazing…. people comment with what appears to be no knowledge of the facts…this land is owned by fdot…it will become the signature 395 bridge project…this park thing is temporary… and why not have it available now…it just could become a pretty nice thing to go to…another option…dont go if you dont like the neighborhood

Anonymous
4 years ago

Who can be against building parks, even if temporary?

Anonymous
4 years ago

I love this idea It’s sad going to Arsht and seeing all these vacant lots. Hopefully they can add maybe a fountain or statue to make it more classy

Anonymous
4 years ago

While the container crates might not be “classy,” they will give some much needed activation and options in the area.

un-invasive species
4 years ago

One of my apartments used to look over Grand Central Park when it was still open. It was utilized all of the time- do it!

Frank Gehry
4 years ago

I love how they let the surrounding context inform the design concept: VACANT LOT.

Ano-nymo
4 years ago

Wait… Let’s do the this grand central park thing again.. Grant Stern and his side kick Brad Knoefler ! They’ll tie up precious land and hold up real investments in community. All for a park that will charge eventually charge fee’s because they can’t properly secure or maintain it….

Hopefully Brad will give him some time off to head to the Midtown CDD so he can stop land owners from developing their own land and provide jobs for the locals (Walmart)!!

marc
4 years ago

I doubt they can tie up FDOT and its land bridge.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Land bridge…haha

Anonymous
4 years ago

Great Idea……. the city starts to take a new shape , nice .

Yet Another Anonymous
4 years ago

Tiny temporary skatepark in render is barely on par with afterthought skate parks in small towns after a big push a few years ago, that just used light duty metal ramps and partial pipe.

WhyNotNow
4 years ago

This land is ultimately going to be the new 395 bridge. After they build the new bridge, What is FDOT planning for the land where the roadway is now?

Alpina
4 years ago

I think is a better idea to use the money towards a PERMANENT park…one that it is really used by locals…how about museum park, they need to really finish this park and make it a destination.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Most of these things can be used permanently–or at least be used as steppingstones to build to something permanent.

Anonymous
4 years ago

grand central park turned out to be a major failure and they even went so far as to charge admission or a memebership fee to access the park and this is basically the same thing. Nothing in the design and scheme seem to be proprietary or unique, so I don’t understand why, if the city was interested in doing this project, which i doubt, would they not just do it themselves through a standard RFP. This is basically some random guy taking money for land he dosent own so that they can re-distribute that money, among his friends to run some sort of business there, so we can now have the pleasure of spending our money at this “park” right on the edge of one of the worst neighborhoods in miami, with no other destination within 4 blocks. Do you think the opera house people are going to sit in this empty patch of grass to eat at a food truck? this reeks of grift

Anonymous
4 years ago

That area is changing.. progress is coming… get with the times why don’t you

Anonymous
4 years ago

“Get with the times”? Shipping container parks are soooo 2010

William
4 years ago

I’m pretty sure those are the lots being used for the upcoming highway project. FDOT? I remember back 10 years ago they bought several plots to make sure they had right of way access. This park makes little sense until at least the new bridge is done?
Also
If memory serves me right, the park on the old arena site created a huge mess of litigation. Why would another short term lease be granted to a lessee with such a history?

marc
4 years ago

Read the article.

GyroMeat
4 years ago

Is today April fools?

Anonymous
4 years ago

Another park for the homeless to gather and ruin

Anonymous
4 years ago

Would probably cost $50k to lay concrete pathways and plant grass.. $250k pure profit for Knopfler out of taxpayer pockets.