All Aboard Florida Readies MiamiCentral For Final Review Next Week

Dade’s Rapid Transit Developmental Impact Committee will review plans for All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral project at a meeting next Thursday (January 22).

This is the final step in the approval process. If the committee votes in favor, All Aboard Florida could begin the permitting process immediately.

According to county administrators, there are several unresolved issues that AAF is rushing to address prior to the meeting, including the location of several project components,  a miscalculation of landscaping requirements, and an acceptable maintenance plan. If AAF is unable to complete those plans by the meeting, it will likely need to be deferred.

County officials are also privately expressing doubt about AAF’s aggressive goal of opening the project in the Fall of 2016, considering how technically challenging the project is.

The meeting is open to the public, although it is considered an administrative review.

The first phase of MiamiCentral is to include passenger rail platform elevated 50 feet above downtown Miami streets. Below it will e nearly 200,000 square feet of retail spaces. In later phases, the project will include about 2 million square feet of office and commercial space, along with 1 million square feet of residential space.