Commissioners To Vote On ‘Visionary’ Wynwood Norte Upzoning

Miami commissioners are scheduled to vote this week on upzoning an area called Wynwood Norte.

It is the second and final commission vote, after it unanimously passed a first reading in October. The second reading vote is scheduled for February 25.

The Wynwood Norte Neighborhood Revitalization District is being created at the request of residents of the area who want to better control gentrification, according to an October article in the Herald.

The plan for Wynwood Norte includes:

  • Increasing zoning density with up to 9,000 more residential units than currently allowed (the current population of the area is around 4,000)
  • Requiring a 10 percent set aside for affordable housing in exchange for the increased density
  • Developers would also fund shade trees, sidewalks, lighting, in addition to affordable housing
  • Forbidding demolition unless a new construction permit has been issued
  • Rules to discourage lot assemblages, and encourage smaller scale development

The area encompasses 140 acres, or around 29 city blocks.

Plusurbia Design created the plan.

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

“Forbidding demolition unless a new construction permit has been issued” – this should be included across all of the City of Miami. Empty disheveled lots are bad for business.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Agreed to some extent. Some buildings in Miami need to be torn down

Anonymous
4 months ago

Disagree to the fullest extent. Code enforcement exist for a reason. Some slumlords in Miami need to be thrown in jail.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sometimes a empty lot looks better than a empty unkept building that could attract squatters.

Anonymous
4 months ago

And vacant lots don’t attract tent cities?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not with daily afternoon thunderstorms in the pm.

Anonymous
4 months ago

And police enforcement… and avoiding the LA and San Francisco fiasco !!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wynwood is world famous for the murals and graffiti painted on its unkept buildings.

Real estate flippers in Miami have a history of buying old buildings, getting variances for increased building size then demolishing the building and selling the land at a profit.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Biscayne MiMo is the best example of that

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well a metromover extension from the school board to 29th st at least should be also in the plan

Anonymous
4 months ago

We hope to change the suburban mentality of miamians in near future. Some people the only improvement that they want for their city its a new mall or a casino in downtown.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well it’s not because it’s a waste of money when there’s a newly double-tracked railroad minutes away by foot feasible for a station or two.

Anonymous
4 months ago

There’s a difference between costal link (commuter rail) and metro-mover (light rail). Metromover is used to get around the neighborhoods surrounding downtown (Omni, Brickell) and runs very frequently every 2-4 minutes. Coastal link on the other hand is used to bring people from the suburbs into the downtown and surrounding areas and would run much less frequently (probably once every 30 minutes).

One size doesn’t fit all in when it comes to transportation and both are needed and very welcome

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not sure about the name.
I’d welcome the density.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It is recognition of the heavily Hispanic (mostly Puerto Rican) families that have lived there for decades who, at one time, found employment in the garment district there now nearly a faded memory.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I thought it was just another nonsensical SodoSopa buzzword. The neighborhood might as well be called North Wynwood or Midtown West. The Puerto Rican history you talk about was when it was known as “Little San Juan.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Is Metromover going to be extended to this area?

William
4 months ago

Won”t happen. Too logical.

Anonymous
4 months ago

you are obsessed with the metromover wynwood expansion

Anonymous
4 months ago

He doesn’t want to pay for a Tri-Rail or Brightline ticket or pass between his Melo apartment and scarfing down silly craft beer and overpriced tapas in Wynwood.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You can always ride one of those brake-less bicycles to get a fruit forward hoppy brew….so cool….so smart….

Paul
4 months ago

By 2023, Waymo will likely launch driverless cars in major metros like Miami that will cost half as much as Uber. Cruse and Tesla aren’t far behind.

Driverless cars are going to make the Metromover mostly obsolete. There will still be a case for people to take public transit for long distance trips, large events and if they are low income. But the Metromover doesn’t do long distance, there are no major event venues in Wynwood, and if you’re too poor to get a $5 Waymo, you shouldn’t be going out for drinks in Wynwood.

Shawn Kouri
4 months ago

Wynwood Will become a much better place 10 to 15 years from now in the future. It will be far more than just an arts District. It will be a place for young adults, singles, couples, families with children, visitors and tourists alike and even companies. We are already seeing the first signs of it happening in other parts of that area. It’s going to be so awesome 10 years from now. They are also requesting some apartments to be affordable housing. Which is good so that means that area could become an economically diverse community. Even low income families can live there. That’s a good thing.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hopefully less than then. I’d hope 5-10 years top

Anonymous
4 months ago

I mean……Wynwood is Miami’s arts and entertainment district…..that’s what is. Every city must have somewhere for people to go and have fun…..that is Miami’s…..there is no where else in the city of Miami. Sounds like you want that taken away in exchange for visions of strollers and children running to and fro, nursing homes and quiet streets full of newly formed nimby’s signing petitions and removing any sort of entertainment in the neighborhood. Sounds like a great plan.

Anonymous
4 months ago

As long as they don’t shut down all the bars I think it’s fine.

I live in the Mission in San Francisco and it has a mix of families, restaurants, bars, art galleries and is also famous for its murals and graffiti.

Miami has other neighborhoods known for arts and entertainment. Miami Beach and the Grove certainly fit that mold.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You are going out on a limb with those specific predictions.

Azarius
4 months ago

Love the smaller lot development requirement. But any new developments in this area would help. Glad to see efforts to keep it affordable which shouldn’t be a problem with promenade areas nearby like Wynwood, Design District, Midtown, Park West, and Brickell

Anonymous
4 months ago

Love the labels… West West, East East…

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you have to include “displacement mitigation” in your plan that’s supposed to prevent gentrification…..then you know your plan is already going to cause gentrification.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Gentrification is inevitable. It’s just a matter of mitigating its effects better. People will be outpriced and move to Allapattah, or those who laid down so-called “roots” will just sell and make a profit. It annoys me how everybody who cried gentrification about Lemon City a.k.a. Little Haiti, hadn’t lived there for years.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Only renters are “gentrified”. Owners get wealthy.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If you claim to have lived in a neighborhood for years with “roots,” why are you still renting?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Interesting how the developers are paying for the local government’s short comings. Affordable housing, sidewalks, lighting, shade trees should be payed for by the government. What are they doing with our taxes, if developers have to pay for everything?

Anonymous
4 months ago

There’s no budget in this plan and nowhere does it say private developers would pay for those things, which is actually a huge shortcoming of a master plan to not have anything budget related. Their implementation matrixes are mostly blank. The trash cans and lights don’t have the agency info, so you can’t assume the private developers will bear the responsibility for lights and trash cans. That said, government can require developers improve the public realm if it is a rational and proportional nexus to the project (exaction as defined in the SCOTUS cases of Nollan & Dolan).

Anonymous
4 months ago

Whoa whoa whoa counselor….Nollan & Dolan were the dudes in the Monkeys!

Anonymous
4 months ago

the city never has included building affordable housing in their budget.

Get the developers to pay as much as they can from their huge profit pile.

Anything to make the area look better. But no amount of trees and landscaping will make people care about their neighborhood so that they don’t spray paint buildings, lightposts etc.

until the neighborhood destruction gangs have left, the ‘new plantings’ and such will look like it did before in just a few months.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The government should never be the primary force in the affordable housing business. Any urban planner can tell you that as he points to pork and beans.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Colorful neighborhood. I went last Saturday in the new restaurant of Morimoto and I love it. If it improve the transportation system, add a park and more pedestrians streets in the area in a few years this neighborhood will be one of the best all over the country.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m conflicted. While it’s great to add trees and affordable housing I think the identity of Wynwood is long gone. These renderings look like Miracle Mile. I feel like Wynwood is gonna end up as another Lincoln Road with trees and national-chain commercial storefronts blocking all the murals.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Just realized the area is technically zoned more north, I guess there could be improvements in that area.

Long MIA
4 months ago

Already has. Foot Locker just opened at 2621 NW 2nd Ave. RIP Wynwood Sur.

Azarius
4 months ago

This is more north between 29th and 36th not the Arts area

Anonymous
4 months ago

Don’t worry. Soon Miracle Mile will look like Wynwood. Have you been there recently? It looks like Mana has bought half the buildings there.

Anonymous
4 months ago

empty, sad

Anonymous
4 months ago

Big problem with miracle mile is they cater to the working professional. If they could building more apartments (which they do have some being built) than you could see that area have a nice boom

Anonymous
4 months ago

Who cares what you “feel like?”

Anonymous
4 months ago

you either.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You cared enough to reply.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I replied because of your illogical whining.

Anonymous
4 months ago

most of the murals are coated with gang taggings, general spray paint etc.
Not a great loss at this point.

Anonymous
4 months ago

developers are making money on these, so let them add a percentage for each project to go towards extending the people mover. Just planting a few trees isn’t a lot considering the massive profit for the developments. Be sure they add to 10% of sale price towards police/schools funding.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great idea to not make any profit whatsoever.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Have you done that calculation?
The Metromover costs how much PER MILE to build in concrete steel etc. How much to acquire the land or right of way?
NOW….how much is the cost per year to OPERATE this Metromover to a neighborhood of 4,600 people?
Now after that excercise…what percent do you “let them add”? Is it 100%, or 75% ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Oxymoronic name

Don
4 months ago

Is Wynwood Norte a good name for a neighborhood? Catchy?

Yes or no?

Anonymous
3 months ago

NO

Mike
3 months ago

Empty lots with no immediate plan for use should be turned into user friendly green space

American Worker
3 months ago

Sounds like a cool idea. More homes at a smaller scale is worth a try, I think.