Commission To Vote On Land Swap For MiamiCentral Supertowers

Miami commissioners are scheduled to vote on a rezoning that is part of a land swap deal with All Aboard Florida, with two supertowers hanging in the balance.

All Aboard Florida wants a 7,677 square foot park across from the civil courthouse to help square off their site where two supertowers are planned. In exchange, they plan to deed city a .5 acre property at 435 Northwest 1st Court along with $500,000 in cash, both of which will be used to build a new fire station.

In order to finalize the deal, a rezoning of the land from park to Central Business District

An analysis by city staff states:

…in terms of usefulness, the space is not used by Downtown residents and visitors, as it is not situated in a comfortable environment. The property is small and surrounded by heavily trafficked downtown streets, creating an “island” effect. Within the 10 minute walk service area of this block, there are many more comfortable parks for downtown residents, including Bayfront Park, Museum Park, Paul Walker Mini Park, and the park adjacent to the Steven P. Clark Government Center. In addition, there are a number of high-quality civic spaces, such as the plaza adjacent to the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Federal Courthouse. Furthermore, the City is designating approximately 16,000 square feet of land to Public Parks and Recreation adjacent to Eaton Park in the City‘s Upper Eastside, putting the City ahead in terms of total publically designated park space.

Miami’s Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board deadlocked in a 4-4 vote on the deal July 31, but the commission has the ability to override them. The commission vote is scheduled for September 28.

 

PreviouslyAll Aboard Florida Will Swap Land, Build Fire Station For Two New Supertowers

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Save the trees!

Anonymous
3 years ago

somewhere else..

Gables
3 years ago

Don’t like it. If they want the land, the developers need to find a piece of land the same size that will replace the park. We cannot have less green space downtown.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Agree. While this park is not the biggest deal, its the principle that counts. Developers can’t keep paving over every park and green space the city has in its core.

Take a park, leave a park, thats the way I see it. We need more parks and plazas downtown– rows and rows of skyscrapers are only nice for so long, and then your city feels soulless.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

Wasn’t this project originally just going to be the train station? Then came the “Oh look, we have land downtown and this World Center thing might be happening. Let’s go vertical with some office space and maximize that return!”

Marc305
3 years ago

Although I agree with you in principal, this is hardly a “park” it is more like a sliver of land with a few trees. Further more, the Anonymous below writes about having a “soulless” city? So, I guess that having homeless people hang around under trees gives our city “soul”? Notice that the city has benches there without backs and with a metal piece in the middle just to prevent people from sleeping in them. It is one thing to preserve a historic theater, it something entirely different trying to preserve this. Let All Aboard do what they do best, and redevelop this block.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah…that bench used to be my bed before they went and mucked it all up!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Let All Aboard do what they do best ?! Bring back 1940’s train technology which is already suffering from a years long delay at their intended destination (Orlando) ?! Oh.. and they’ll need to rely on local ridership to shore up their future HUGE losses on the project. LMAO

Anonymous
3 years ago

That piece of land is only 7677 square feet. The developer is offering half an acre, which is 21,780 square feet. Nearly 3 times the size.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“We cannot have less green space downtown.”

Um yeah, sure, when I go downtown, I wanna see nothing but acres and acres of nothing but trees and green space…I mean, sure, I can go to a million different places and see the same thing, but, a downtown should look like a forest……

Shesshh…where do you people COME FROM!!!!

Procalc
3 years ago

I agree, we need parks specially if they already have mature trees, but we also need the fire station. At the end, the city ‘SHOULD’ agree to what’s really crucial and essential.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Save our parks! Miami will never be a worldclass city without more parks. Look at Brickell – almost no parks. What poor foresight and poor city planning.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What are you talking about?…there’s the Miami Circle Park which the residents of Brickell’s dogs used to take a dump in before people who constantly stepped in dog poo there started complaining.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

aka the public-private strip of grass for Icon residents… great shade there too

jorge perez
3 years ago

lol nice. this was an indian burial ground.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Geezzz…If I see one more dumbass quote saying “Miami will never be a worldclass city without etc, etc, etc….I’m going to destroy my computer!!!!

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

But Miami will never be a world class city without your computer

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is perfect. That park is completely abandoned save for the homeless.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Make AAF pay for the replanting of the trees. It can be done and it will cost a bundle, but they can afford it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do it!

Anonymous
3 years ago

What happened to the courthouse move proposal? You know, the one which wasn’t Kobi Krap’s cheap monstrosity squeezed in a random lot across the street.

William
3 years ago

My biggest concern is the traffic pattern. I don’t understand how this could be accomplished without significantly altering traffic flow. Wouldn’t the city want to know before possibly losing the street? Traffic study anyone?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nah man, nobody considered it like you’re doing William because you are the smartest person on earth, lol….

MIAMI
3 years ago

SAVE THE TREES!!!! What is wrong with people. Why does Miami hate trees and green spaces?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Tell that to hurricanes…….