Board: 422 Parking Spaces Is Not Enough For 19-Story District 36 In Midtown

Miami’s UDRB deferred a decision on the District 36 project last month due to concerns that the plans didn’t include enough parking.

Developer Mack Real Estate Group submitted plans for the 19-story project that included 422 parking spaces – 10% fewer than required by code. Mack also asked for a waiver to allow for one industrial-size loading berth where two are required, and for parking to be permitted above the second level.

According to Miami Today, board members expressed concern over the reduction in parking from the 468 spaces that are required. Board members also weren’t thrilled about the design of the north elevation facing I-195.

Mack is hoping to build 197 rental apartments on the property, along with 66,741 square feet of retail space. ADD Inc is the architect.

 

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anonymous
5 years ago

What a joke. This traffic plagued area needs less parking not me.

This area is urban and people there will be making many trips by foot and bike. Not only that but between the retail and 200 apartments 440 spots is too many.

Miami should be welcoming less parking not requiring more.

Laz
5 years ago

Completely disagree, people need their cars here to go to work, not one major employer is in this area, any working people would have to drive to get to work.

Marc305
5 years ago

How does this even make sense? Try selling units with not enough parking. How about if you want to live in Midtown and you work in North Miami, how are you going to “foot and bike” up there. Midtown is an up and coming area but most of the people who live there do not work there. They need parking, period!

Dave
5 years ago

So you are saying the city needs to force the owner of the stores and apartments to have parking spots that he does not want and has determined he does not need? There is more than enough parking for the residents and as for the retail, it is across the street from Midtown and its oodles of parking garages and a block or so from the garages going up in the Design District. If anything the city needs to move to a model of shared parking for retail rather than every project having its own separate dedicated garage (Brickell for example could absolutely use a few public parking garages).

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hear hear!

Andrew
5 years ago

Forcing abundant parking just hikes up the unit/retail prices. Not everyone has a car and for sure doesn’t drive it all the time. I live nearby with 1 car for 2 people. We totally wouldn’t need to drive there but if parking was super easy might do that. If it was a pain to park, I’d just walk or take car2go or something. Miami needs to cool it with the 2 spaces for everyone at all times mentality. Also, if you were looking to buy/rent there and there wasn’t parking for you, you could make your own decision. I, for one, wouldn’t care and a more affordable unit would be a bonus vs paying for unneeded parking. Parking is never free…it’s just embedded in the price of real estate and retail.

marc
5 years ago

Something to consider is that there will be a Tri Rail stop on the FEC tracks at 36th and NE 2nd. Access to mass transit for residents and shoppers alike should inform less parking.

marc
5 years ago

To add to my point. Any new developments in the vicinity of mass transit should be allowed fewer parking spaces than usually required if the developer wants it. There will be stops near this, 79th Street, NM Beach, N. Miami, Aventura and several others along Biscayne Blvd, up to downtow . Ft. Lauderdale in the next 5-7 years.

Obviously
5 years ago

Let’s see…468 parking spaces, 197 rentals…that works out to two (2) parking spaces per apartment and seventy one (71) parking spaces for the retail portion.

Looks like to me that those are going to be some pretty pricey apartments.

Skipip
5 years ago

Miami should amend miami 21 to provide developers an incentive in the urban core to contribute to a mass transit fund (that will be used for mass transit improvements) in exchange for reduced parking, similar to the affordable housing fund for height bonus.

Andrew
5 years ago

Totally agree. And not everyone has a car, plus not everyone will drive for retail if they are already nearby. Tons of parking just encourages more cars. If parking was a pain, you might consider other options for transit.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Traffic’s already enough of a pain for people to consider transit options; there just aren’t any in this area. But not like anyone wants to go to the Design District, Midtown, Wynwood or Edgewater or anything…

Laz
5 years ago

Im just so sick of these anti-car people, in miami you need a car, end of story. you need to go work, you need to go out and have fun. As much as these eco-friendly urbanist like to think this is not new york, you do not have a subway system that stops at almost every possible section of the city.

ive said it a million times most people that live in downtown/brickell dont work there.they need a car to get to work.

Obviously
5 years ago

Funny, I haven’t seen anyone say Miami is New York City. I think what people are saying is that while areas like Midtown, Edgewater, and the Design District is up and coming and not densely pack yet, right now we see a great oppourtunity for the city to expand Metro Mover up into and throughout these areas. Expanding parking lots and more space for cars where more reasonable price units could be built on encourages more driving, which does nothing but clog streets and pollute the air (I won’t even mention Global Warming).