After Years Of Planning, The Underline Is Breaking Ground Tomorrow In Brickell

Construction on the first phase of The Underline will get underway tomorrow, following years of intensive planning and fundraising.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled in Brickell tomorrow, November 1, near the Miami River at SW 7th Street and SW 1st Court. The ceremony will be held at 11 AM.

Earlier this month, Miami-Dade County awarded a $14.3 million construction contract to begin building the first half-mile segment, known as Brickell Backyard. The work includes new pedestrian and bike paths, landscaping, lighting, sports areas, and soil remediation.

Completion of the Brickell Backyard area is expected in 18 months.

In total, The Underline will run ten miles and cost $120 million to build, plus $3 million annually to maintain.  Founder Meg Daly told the Herald that the group has lined up $90 million in pledges so far.

 

 

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Oscar
2 years ago

Looking forward to playing basketball with James Harden there once this is completed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“The Underline will run ten miles and cost $120 million to build.”

Wow!.. That’s almost eleven million dollars a mile.

Anonymous
2 years ago

especially since a path already exists… under the metrorail.

peej
2 years ago

That cost isn’t just for the trail, but for all of the unique activations in each area, along with improved street crossings.

Gables Station is designed specifically to open towards the trail (other TOD developers–take notice), and the area around UM should be great for students as well.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But 120 millions!!!!! That’s hard to swallow…. who’s in charge of the project… Donna Shalala?

Anonymous
2 years ago

?

Anonymous
2 years ago

The amount of increased tax revenue from higher property values along the line should pay it off in time.

It probably won’t take that long either… maybe 10 years at most.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Will be very interesting to see what happens with homeless. If that is not cleaned up, people will continue to be hesitant to see it as a place to go

MSK Missionary Position
2 years ago

What about the Hobo’s who call Brickell MetroRail Station their home? Who is going to take care of that massive infestation? Place reeks like urine everytime I walk by the area to board a train. Will Underline hire police or security to keep these areas clear of vagrants?

Anonymous
2 years ago

With 3 millions a year for maintaining this project, they better have security and keep the urinating Hobos away

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brickell Station is sad for how important it is. Sooner or later, it should be renovated in a style like the Miami Airport station.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, this is a good project for developers

GyroMeat
2 years ago

James Harden plays basketball at the Underline??

Anonymous
2 years ago

I like that the current plans call for lots of lighting. Will be great for evening walks

Anonymous
2 years ago

Talk about insanely overpriced. At one time it would have cost $10mil/mile (county’s share) for a Disney style monorail version of Baylink to connect Miami to the MB Convention Center. http://bit.ly/rrcFP6

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brickell residents will turn this into dogshit alley for sure. The place will reek

Anonymous
2 years ago

I see people voted down but I tend to agree. Unfortunately not averyone cleans up after their dogs. The sidewalk surrounding Axis and El Tucan often have poop and in some cases I guess people don’t see it because you see it smudged across the sidewalk. I also see it when walking around Brickell Ave

Anonymous
2 years ago

The urine smell is horrendous in the morning, or when it rains. Condos need to provide space for dogs- I even see people using the nearby school as a dog toilet. That’s disgusting- use a bag for gods sake!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I have to agree bc none of them pick up their dog’s shit. They don’t even care if its a bigger dog taking a shit in front of Brickell Heights on the tiny patches of grass that’s there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

18 months for the first 1/2 mile, how long will it take to finish all 10?

Anonymous
2 years ago

How will the safety of underline users be insured at each of the street crossings?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully with the improvement of pedestrian roadways in South Florida, but for now, probably just some good old common sense.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only Phase one?!!? Its a linear park that’s been in planning forever!!!how hard can it be?!follow the metro-rail! The path is already in place…
The High-line in New York didn’t need so much thought and its was really well designed and executed, far from what these renderings are showing!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The High Line was conceived in 1999 and didn’t break ground until 2006, with Phase 1 opening in 2009. The whole thing wasn’t complete until 2014. So, 15 years start-to-finish — with 3 separate phases — for a 1.45-mile project.

So… You’re wrong.

Gene
2 years ago

Thank you for the facts. The HighLine is an epic design – we’ll thought out, designed and executed. Let’s hope we have the same results here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The same guy that designed the High Line is designing the Underline, so hopefully we’re good on that front — but you are 100% right to include execution as a key factor.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So Google must have changed your life, so Yes, I’m wrong on the timeline, thank you for copying and pasting information. So I guess you feel better now. So anyway, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a rip-off. So hope you have a good day.

An Opinion
2 years ago

We’re all very proud of you for having the last word. You’re the winningest. *golf clap*

Anonymous
2 years ago

Loozer

Anonymous
2 years ago

A groundbreaking for the underline adjacent to the heavily used crosswalk that hasn’t been repainted for two years. Irony has never been so thick.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i am very excited with this project!!! SUPER!!1

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good luck with this boondoggle.