Biscayne Boulevard Green Initiative Expected To Begin Construction At End Of Summer

The Biscayne Boulevard Green Initiative is finally expected to begin construction at the end of the summer, according to the CEO of the Miami Parking Authority.

MPA CEO Alejandra Argudin made the announcement at a June 8 meeting of the Off-Street Parking Board Finance Committee.

The Green Initiative project is being built in partnership with the developers of the 100-story Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences, which is being developed across the street.

“Trust me, they’ve been pushing on their end,” Argudin said at the meeting.

Construction had been expected to begin sooner, but “got stopped because of issues with
the city, and issues with the structures that they’re putting in place with water and sewer.”

The green space will run along 3rd and 5th Streets on Biscayne Boulevard, surrounding the exterior of the surface parking lots in the median of the street. A majority of the parking spaces will be preserved.

The green installation will integrate parking with native trees and shrubs, benches, decorative lighting and pavers. There will also be a teahouse serving beverages, pastries and other prepared food.

Swiss landscape architect Enea is overseeing plans for the project, which is being designed to encourage walkability.

 

 

(photo: Ryan RC Rea)

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Anonymous
1 month ago

We need a Màyor that isn’t in the pöckets of cars and ôil industries.

Anonymous
1 month ago

how many more year until PMG replace the art screen on the south side of X miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

The 37 MPA spaces are going where Waldorff is bein built?

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need a GOP Congress that isn’t in the pockets of the oil industries.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People in Iraq reading this went, “WHAT?!!!!”

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Iraq? Reading? The internet? WHAT?!!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not that. It’s parking requirements that are locked into zoning. The zoning laws need to change.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Stop handing out waivers like candy that make Miami21 buildings look worse than old code ones, too.

Lenny
1 month ago

????

So the oil industry is significant financial contributions to City Mayors now?

That thinking does not pass the triple digit IQ hurdle.

Mario
1 month ago

Troll alert !

Anonymous
1 month ago

Pre-2016 called and wants their baseless arguments back.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hopefully this sets the tone for Green Biscayne so the boulevard in the inner city could become more of a green walkable space with less car lanes and a proper bike lane. With the thousands of new people each building brings to Downtown, this is a must.

BikeLad
1 month ago

And hopefully they’re planting trees that actually provide shade instead of just looking pretty

Anonymous
1 month ago

‼️‼️‼️

Anonymous
1 month ago

Absolutely!! 🌲>🌴

Spell it Right
1 month ago

Bury the grid work

Anonymous
1 month ago

It doesn’t set the tone for anything. Minus the tea house all they are doing is adding some shrubs to the existing parking

Anonymous
1 month ago

Geez, the Maurice A. Ferre Park along with Bayside and Bayfront Park which is on the other side of this “Biscayne Boulevard Green Initiative project” and some people are still not satisfied.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, with acres of barren grass and no shade.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Walk over to Bayside if you need to cool down.

Lenny
1 month ago

It’s called a “Green Initiative” but is really a way to pretty up an otherwise ugly sense of arrival at a sales center.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thats exactly it

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need to have traffic lights properly timed on Biscayne Boulevard. You have 13 seconds to cross and it’s ridiculous, plus if you miss that timeframe, you have to wait almost 5 minutes, even more ridicolous.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I noticed that last week, whoever times those traffic lights never crossed a street by foot, I guess.

nobody
1 month ago

Pedestrians aren’t a concern of theirs at all.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Especially considering the drivers on Biscayne who aren’t aware that they’re not in Formula 1.

Lenny
1 month ago

You have to drive fast so you don’t get stopped by every other red light.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Timed traffic lights are easier said than done and part of the reason for making traffic worse. We need smart intersections. No point in waiting at a light for over a minute at two in the morning without a soul in sight.

Anon
1 month ago

You are absolutely correct

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. I can just imagine an intersection telling another intersection “I’m smarter that you…”

Checo
1 month ago

They shouldn’t be…especially on the CBD parts where Biscayne Blvd where the east/west streets are not major thoroughfares.
The way that the lights are timed are intended (in some wacko bureaucrats mind), but they way that they are currently timed has the opposite effect of slowing traffic.
If you catch the Red light at Chopin Plaza/SE 1st Street, you can take off quickly and drive 40mph to get to the Arscht Center. You have to run a lot of Yellows, but you can make it.

Timing these lights alone, could set the stage for smooth, easy, and safe traffic flow at 30mph. But the looney tune “cars of the streets” gov’t workers think they helping the greater good.

Anon
1 month ago

So it’s still going to be a parking lot.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Make Biscayne like Champs-Élysées. Add more green, reduce lanes, increase time between traffic lights and add speed bumps.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is Miami lol keep dreaming

Anonymous
1 month ago

Many of my dreams about Miami came through…more luxury buildings, bigger population, everyone moving in…so yea, I will keep on dreaming on this one too because it seems to work😉

Anonymous
1 month ago

True. But thinking our 100-foot wide river of asphalt is on its way to becoming the Champs-Elysees because PMG is adding some shrubs to a PARKING LOT is dreaming

Anon
1 month ago

Keep downvoting but you know its true. Get real.

Conno Sir
1 month ago

If any of you for 1 minute think Biscayne Blvd can ever become like Champs Elysees make sure you test your water for purity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

exactly lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Or just stop drinking alcohol.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Many of my dreams about Miami came through…more luxury buildings, bigger population, everyone moving in…so yea, I will keep on dreaming on this one too because it seems to work😉”

Haha.. that shit has happening in this city before you were born son.

Anonymous
1 month ago

YouTube tomorrow’s build Paris. The champs-elysees is going to be even more incredible. But that’s what makes París a true world class city vision and initiative Miami lacks both

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe they should deal with crime and cleanliness before spending billions on bike lanes. Most people’s perceptions of Paris are from old movies. It has changed for practically all the worse.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It was millions, not billions. And those were paid for by the scooter program, not public dollars. Thanks for playing tho. Bye.

Anon
1 month ago

Miami isn’t even in the top 10 cities in the US nevermind worldwide, comparing it to Paris is literally insane

Anonymous
1 month ago

Correct!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Having moved here from Manhattan, I can tell you the importance of the north/south thoroughfares. Reduce the flow on one and there will be a spillover effect that will be painful. This is what happened as bike lanea were added to Manhattan avenues.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In Miami, they’re not called, “bike lanes,” they’re called, “moving target lanes.”

lol…

Nick
1 month ago

What happened to building a green space and removing the parking lots?

Anon
1 month ago

Looks like they’re not doing that. This looks far less expensive and seems like the developers are contributing to the cost. In true Miami fashion, the easy, cheap way is what is moving forward.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s look at this clearly. Biscayne Boulevard is so unattractive that PMG feels the need to makeover the section in front of its property.

The city is piggybacking off this initiative and calling it “Biscayne” Green when it’s merely a landscape improvement between 3rd and 5th streets.

Sally-Ann Wiltshire
1 month ago

They’re keeping the parking? That’s a shame. This is more of a parking lot beautification than anything else.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah it looks like they are adding some shrubs and that’s it

Alpina
1 month ago

Omg, just put the parking underground and make all the surface a park with big ass trees, cafes and restaurants

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, like DD

NoDogsGuy
1 month ago

I like looking at the palm trees in Florida while I’m driving —

Anonymous
1 month ago

I like not boiling to death while I’m walking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

What’s with this “lets go underground” shit all of a sudden? People, the money and problems with doing something like that ain’t cheap!

Anon
1 month ago

This is great news! Biscayne is very much in need of improvement – a 100 foot wide river of asphalt that acts as a barrier to Bayside and Bayfront Park. Looking forward to a greener Biscayne

Anonymous
1 month ago

“A majority of the parking spaces will be preserved”… what a joke!

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s the most important thing to the city above all. It determines any and all development. Parking parking parking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you can afford parking, you can probably can afford a car.. and if you can afford a car, you can probably afford to live in a condo downtown.. and if you can live in a condo downtown, you more than likely will be going to one of the venues in the area, be it to dine or to shop or a night out.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The problem with transit here is regional, not local. Yes, I live downtown and can walk to bars. The issue is transit not connecting to Coral Gables, West, FIU, MIAMI BEACH, etc. That’s what causes the congestion and that is what will continue to get much, much worse over the next decade.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Geez, and here I am thinking the bigger the population gets, the more “congested” this city gets.

But, what do I know…

Mike
1 month ago

Complete let down…this city is so addicted to parking!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

More than any other city I have ever seen. It’s totally insane. Every single structure has an enormous parking podium at the base, and any lot that is not developed is covered in a huge surface parking lot. Even our most prized historical landmark (Freedom Tower) and our prime boulevard (Biscayne) are literally parking lots.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And the people who park in those facilities or in those surface parking lots ain’t complaining!

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, they are…I’m literally one of them…they’re hideous and ineffective and if we had transit I would take it. Why is that so hard to grasp?

Anonymous
1 month ago

“No, they are…I’m literally one of them…No, they are…I’m literally one of them…they’re hideous and ineffective ”

So you won’t park your car in a parking space in one of them because you consider them “hideous and ineffective?”

(scratching my head…)

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nothing in Miami will ever change unless the Urban Core Residents get involved in our local politics. We are the ones who are letting Carollo & Co. run this town like a Banana Republic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’ve been here about a year and have tried to become involved. Full transparency I am a NYC transplant. Also, everyone I have seen at meetings / trying to get involved is mostly transplants too.

I don’t see many Miami natives getting involved in local gov :-/ For whatever reason that is.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That is the reasoning behind having Miami Urban Core so heavily gerrymandered at the state and local levels.
We need the transplants to get out and vote this November. You guys can make the difference.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I know I’ll be there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So what’s the reasoning behind hilariously obvious gerrymandered districts in Chicago, huh? Equity and shoshojustis? Apparently it’s only gerrymandering when the other side does it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
To you boys and girls, always keep your Chicago card handy and be ready to whip it out!

lol…

Lenny
1 month ago

You don’t see it?
Maybe you are going to the wrong meetings.

Anonymous
1 month ago

La Rambla Barcelona should be the blueprint

Conno Sir
1 month ago

Another one in desperate need to test their water

Anonymous
1 month ago

These people are delusional. Barcelona and Paris don’t have the same zoning codes / laws as Miami people. It is literally *illegal* to build like those cities in the united states / miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

Blueprint not replica

Anonymous
1 month ago

And that is the point. If we had the vision and initiative to do so, we’d start with changing the zoning

Anonymous
1 month ago

We have literally multiple visions of not only Biscayne Boulevard but other parts of the city released by multiple architectural firms practically begging the city to invest in their plans and improve the city.

The issue is not a lack of vision at all. It’s the city funding it, period. Even this minor initiative is being funded by PMG, not Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

> It is literally *illegal* to build like those cities in the united states / miami
And that is utterly idiotic and cancerous.

Everyone who actually lives in miami hates the traffic. Everyone besides the politicians who can’t tell the difference because instead of suffering like the rest of us their every car ride is spent giving head to lobbyists, parking authority thieves and (literal) highway robbers

Anonymous
1 month ago

When Ultra’s in town, when the most amount of people travel to Bayfrontpark, nobody can park in those lots. Those lots aren’t necessary. People can park on the street, Bayside, or any of the other garages or lots close by.

eymay
1 month ago

A good step towards making biscayne more walkable. Hopefully something similar is introduced for the whole stretch of the downtown core (perhaps to the DD.)
Or at least better timing on the crosswalks 🤣

Anonymous
1 month ago

This will literally do nothing for walkability. It’s just between 3rd and 5th streets and they are just adding greenery to the existing parking. And the tea house. If you’d like some tea. Thats it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

seeing they are keeping a majority of the parking spots is so dissapointing

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its disappointing to you but its about making money to them.

BDub
1 month ago

Preserving 72 surface parking spaces on prime real estate. What a waste.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Which completes first, this or Underline? Serious question.

nobody
1 month ago

lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

This will be done first. It’s a relatively small project.

The tea house is a simple structure and other than that it’s just some landscaping.

Anonymous
1 month ago

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Charles E. Culpepper, Jr.
1 month ago

Interesting the comparison between Miami and Paris. Most of the year Paris is cold, dreary, grey and dirty. In the summer it is usually too crowded. Miami is new with sunshine and the bay. I live in Miami and have lived in Paris. Paris is a world class city I agree. There are many world class cities I have lived in and have visited. All cities have problems; however, even with its problems, Miami is still the best city in the world to “hang your hat”.

NoDogsGuy
1 month ago

If they install those fake grass green carpets and people take their dogs to cr@p and p€€ on it — is not going to smell very good there

Bob
1 month ago

Do you walk your dogs in this area ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least the fake trees are gone.

Loma Dez Granke
1 month ago

Paris is doing something similar but in a grander scale, where by the end of the decade they plan to plant millions of trees to transform their city. I hope one day we can see this in Miami, where we reduce the amount of space cars make up and introduce superior public transportation

Anonymous
1 month ago

“similar” LOL

Anonymous
1 month ago

Biscayne Green was hardly anything innovated, frankly ugly, and akin to college assignment, complete with Singapore supertree ripoffs. However, this… Really? A teahouse that looks like it’s made from leftover IKEA pieces? What do they think this is, some hipsterfied Japanese garden, forgetting the fact it’s ninety-plus degrees for most of the year?

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need a Mayor that isn’t in the pockets of the car and oil industries!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Who would have guessed how iconic this is going to be? There’s nothing more iconic than drinking hot brown water in a humid parking lot.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Green Initiative Winning.

ex-Londoner resident in 33132
1 month ago

July 8: The Teahouse idea, a relaxing oasis to rendezvous, is brilliantly original!

Eduardo Burkhart
1 month ago

Dubai II of the West, Miami