Baywalk Connection Under I-395 Signature Bridge May Finally Have Funding

In bits and pieces, Miami’s Baywalk project is slowly moving along.

The latest would add a critical connection that has been missing . It may soon be possible to walk along Biscayne Bay from Museum Park (now renamed Maurice Ferre Park) to the Resorts World site, where the Miami Herald building once stood.

The project is referred to as Under I-395 – Phase 1 – Pedestrian Baywalk Connection in city documents.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote this on $1,120,000 in financing for the project, none of which would come from the city itself.

The Downtown Development Authority has committed to finance $420,000, plus an additional $280,000 in administrative costs, for a total of $700,000, subject to the city obtaining matching funds.

A grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District Waterways Assistance Program would provide the matching $420,000 needed to complete the project, if it is approved.

The commission vote is scheduled for March 28.

 

 

 

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peej
1 year ago

Why would they rename the park entirely and not to “Maurice Ferre – Museum Park”?

Suppose you could call the initial “Museum Park” name a placeholder, but at least it was accurate…

transplant
1 year ago

It’s truly incredible that something so desired by the constituents is unprioritized by the same folks the constituents elect. I find this particularly bad in Miami. I mean, asshat Jimenez ran on a platform that expanded public transportation and look at him now. Miami needs better.

Not to mention, $1B project so they better figure out how to allocate literally .01% of the budget for something other than cars.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please help me understand. Let’s say you live in a $5 million unit at 1000 Museum. You suddenly have an urge to walk. You take the elevator down, cross Biscayne, walk across the park and you reach the water’s edge. Now you want to WALK to where? The awesome restaurants at BAYSIDE? Maybe you’d like to stroll the 30 blocks to Brickell for a drink? Maybe north to…where? Are there really hundreds and hundreds of people waiting anxiously to walk by the water’s edge?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Don’t just give me a thumbs down. I’m ignorant of these things. Educate me. Tell me why my comment is soooooo off the mark.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Your comment is off the mark because it assumes that the city is static. The demand might not be there right now, but it will grow as the baywalk is more fully connected, catalyzing new development around it.

And yes, there are lots and lots of people who enjoy simply walking along the water… That’s a pretty universally appreciated activity, I’d say.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You need to picture what this area will be like in 40 years after the renderings and idealized images become the reality.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You guys missed the point again. There is NOTHING wrong with a connected bay walk. It’s a win-win. But it’s not a catalyst to world fame. People won’t come here for the bay walk. I guess what I really object to is the hype. Every little project that is announced here (even though many never get built) gets lauded as the answer to our lack of “world class” clout. When we become a place where major conventions are held, when we host an Olympics, a world’s fair, when we get a truly iconic landmark, museums that showcase the greatest art ever produced by man, when people come here for something other than the beach, a nightclub, spring break, or a music festival (and all these things are good as well as the occasional Super Bowl), then we can really be proud to be a world class city. Let’s work towards that and tone down the hyperbole. It’s just a cement side walk.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Heyyyy.. I know what will make this city world class… bike lanes everywhere!

(bike lane lovers gotta love this)

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think you are very smart, let’s take a stroll down beautiful Biscayan Boulevard together and stop in all of the beautiful cafés and pubs

Anonymous
1 year ago

I love you. You are as smart as me. First off cross in Biscayne Boulevard you take your life into your hands so that ain’t going to happen. And walk in the heat to where? They will probably put park benches all along like they did in Margaret pace Park where all the homeless people sleep. I’ll people want to do in the city is drive cars they can’t afford get fake tits and go to VIP rooms this is not an outdoor city unless it’s on the beach

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please don’t post like this. We’re trying very hard to spread an idealized image here. Your realistic posts really screw that up.

Anonympous
1 year ago

So, where is an “outdoor city”

LA has crap beaches, few tourists go there for their beaches, but yeah you can walk around inland and look at brown hills and smog.

NYC, Chicago….lmao

Anonymous
1 year ago

Short answer. Yes. I used to walk fro Jade Brickell to Heat games for several Seasons as a season ticket holder. Now, I walk to the Museums with my wife and son. People walk and jog often. It’s certainly not crowded, but people do it even now.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Walk? More likely you’re taking the elevator up to the helipad.

Anonymous
1 year ago

have you never wanted to go running, walk a dog, or just walk around with an audio book?

Anonymous
1 year ago

past the point of ridiculous….vote this to move forward or lets vote them out

Anonymous
1 year ago

Its a young city trying to grow up and a connected waterfront is a critical step in creating a worldclass pedestrian friendly downtown core.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Just build it already. This is a huge amenity to residents who are paying lots in property taxes.

marc
1 year ago

Huge amenity to all.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Renaming Museum Park as Ferre Park is such a ridiculous move. Why? Idiots…

Anonymous
1 year ago

I thought it said ferret park

Anonymous
1 year ago

or Feral Park?

Anonymous
1 year ago

At least they didn’t rename a historic neighborhood predating the City of Miami itself to appease some Third Worlders who contributed nothing but crime and poverty…-oh wait.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol…..

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do you mean “Little Haiti”?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Nahhh.. Little Havana.

marc
1 year ago

Administrative costs hmmm

Anonymous
1 year ago

its underwriting cost, hence the financing part.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Great news! You will be able to walk from ‘Museum Park’ to Margaret Pace Park along the water. Long overdue. Great for all the tourists that come to the Museums. Great for all of Miami! The downtown waterfront is for everyone to enjoy.

Anonymous
1 year ago

There’s the bait, get ready for the switch. Ooops morons again…..fell for the bait…..sorry you lose again Miami. City filled with suckers.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Omg. Just like NYC we are a world-class city the envy of the entire planet.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Just like NYC?” Um, no!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami is now more important than NYC, London, or Tegucigalpa.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Gee, didn’t know that.. I thought Miami was trying to keep up Wilmington Delaware.

Anonymous
1 year ago

These asshats are slow as molasses in getting this done. Hurry up. Incompetently run city!

Anonymous
1 year ago

There must be a better way to honor a donor to the city other than naming parks and streets after them. Such ego some of these rich people must have.

Anonymous
1 year ago

He is not a “donor” to the city you dope. He was mayor during a time of great positive change in Miami and responsible for our first real push out of the boondocks and into the limelight. Most of you haven’t lived here long enough to know, yet are so eager to comment. Get educated before you comment.