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A Key Portion Of The Baywalk May Finally Be Built In Brickell Behind The First Presbyterian Church

A Key Portion Of The Baywalk May Finally Be Built In Brickell Behind The First Presbyterian Church

The pedestrian-heavy neighborhood of Brickell may soon get another portion of the Baywalk built.

If approved, the new Baywalk would be built at 609 Brickell Avenue, behind the First Presbyterian Church.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $1,714,704. It is being called phase 2 of the Baywalk and Seawall project there.

Miami officials want to apply for a grant to cover half of the project cost from the Florida Inland Navigation District, which has an assistance program for funding. City commissioners are scheduled to vote at a meeting next week on applying for the grant.If approved,  $772,389 would be covered by the grant with the city covering the remaining $942,315.

Two other baywalk projects are on the agenda. They include a $674,601 floating dock and seawall at Southeast 25th Road (next to the Una Brickell project) and a $277,440 baywalk and seawall at the end of Northeast 22 Street, both of which may be covered in part by grants from the Florida Inland Navigation District.

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe my grand kids will be able to walk from the Rickenbacker to the Julia Tuttle.. a man can dream…

Anonymous
Anonymous

They can jump on a free trolley….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Some day we could ALL walk from highway to highway, from parking pedestal to parking pedestal… oh what a pedestrian utopia that would be!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Meanwhile at the former Herald site….

marc
marc

and the Women’s Club.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And under the McArthur by the Perez………..connecting to the Herald site

Anonymous
Anonymous

Never gonna happen. Giant dirt mound being built for new i395

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Women’s Club would be so easy, connecting Margaret Pace Park to existing boardwalk to the south. That should have been made a condition of the renovation currently going on.
The NE 22nd project would also connect more disjoint pieces.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is part of the renovation plan. Look at the article from a few months ago

Anonymous
Anonymous

a large concrete pad

Anonymous
Anonymous

We have grownups telling grownups they can’t have a resort casino.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I never understood why this church hasn’t sold its parking lot to a developer with an agreement to provide parking in a new garage. They have a prime lot and can fund all their operations for years. Kind of like what a couple if other downtown churches have done except in this situation they will keep the church building since it is historic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I never understood why the Brickell office towers of yesteryear built parking garages facing the water either. In a way, it’s even worse than giant parking pedestals, especially considering how set back they’re from the street anyway.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because it’s not up to the church, it’s up to the church members, and while offers have been made and voted on, us members have not seen the offer we want and understand the value we hold here.
—Member of the church.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Church members are the most greediest people I know of.

Anonymous
Anonymous

We get to vote, we don’t get to keep any of it, we would choose how the funds are used so there is no personal monetary incentive for us. We believe the church value I mentioned earlier is it’s ability to bring hope, peace, positivity, and help to the Brickell community.

There are plenty of other vacant lots in Brickell that are fit for another high rise, and while we understand we are lucky enough to be one of the few waterfront “opportunities”, we would feel the same if we weren’t.

—Member of the Church.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You can bring a lot more hope, peace, positivity, and help Brickell with a few more million dollars in the church bank account.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah.. these church members are so concerned for the poor and impoverished people and neighborhoods of Brickell. So concerned to the point where they’ll prove it in the most dollars they can get!

Anonymous
Anonymous

so the church just wants more money. You’re holding back that part of Brickell. Please sell and get it over with.

-Member of Brickell Community

Anonymous
Anonymous

I hope that Jorge Perez or “associates” are not members of the this Church and if its members want to good for Miami don’t sell to Related…

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s a real embarrassment that such improvements take ridiculous amounts of time in Miami… there is no leadership… none…..

Anonymous
Anonymous

This walkway isn’t more than 20 parking spaces wide…1.7 million to throw some cement down? LOL

Anonymous
Anonymous

Clearly, you have no idea how complicated it is to build and permit a seawall.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are you planning to open the bags of cement, or do that thing where you set the cement in the bag?

Anonymous
Anonymous

So does the SE 25th floating dock will connect to Alice Wainwright Park? Curious to see how continuation of the Baywalk is handled there, since technically the park closes at dusk.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Once the church got the new real estate tax bill no longer treating all the site as Religious Exempt, it may many them think about selling the parking lot

Mcapo
Mcapo

Finally!

Anonymous
Anonymous

No good deed goes unpunished.

The Church is facilitating the construction of the baywalk, and there will be uneducated and undereducated people here that will still not he happy.

Thank you Church Members.

I can understand the challenge, the Church is giving an inch, and there are people who want to take a mile.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Great to hear progress is being made on Baywalk, but this area is already walkable and continuous… areas that aren’t connected would be a bigger concern I’d think, but guess it’s better than nothing (just hope funding isn’t going here instead of other areas that aren’t currently walkable / continuous).

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please do not forbide bicycles on the boardwalk 🚲

Anonymous
Anonymous

They should, nothing worse than bike thinking they own the sidewalk and wizzing by