Construction Contract Awarded For ‘Brickell Backyard,’ Part Of The Underline

Construction is about to begin on the first portion of the Underline, known as the Brickell Backyard.

Miami-Dade commissioners voted this week to award a $14.3 million construction contract to build the project.

The project runs for about a half mile, from the Miami River past the Brickell Metrorail station through SW 13 Street.

It will include:

  • A transportation component creating new dedicated pedestrian and bicycle trails; the modification and improvement of three signalized intersections and; the reconfiguration of bus bays and bus patron seating areas.
  • Landscaping, consisting of native vegetation which will provide relief from the large built-urban setting
  • Way finding signage
  • Lighting
  • A new gym area consisting of a flexible basketball court, gym equipment, and space for group classes and activities
  • A staging area for concerts, movies, yoga and other group activities
  • A dining area accessible to bus, trolley, Metromover and Metrorail patrons, as well as visitors and residents
  • A new game area consisting of fixed tables and chairs, providing spaces that engage and support community interaction

Completion is scheduled for 2020.

It is the only portion of the ten-mile Underline that has been awarded a construction contract. The segment is only about 5% of the total planned length of the Underline.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Is that James Harden playing bball with the red shorts in the first drawing ? ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

lol wow, they even look like Houston Rocket shorts.

Anonymous
2 years ago

haha damn..it looks like him!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s obviously him look at that beard

Anon
2 years ago

so many strange things in these renderings, a guy dressed for soccer playing basketball. and is that also Jeremy Lin?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Also, where is the defense in that basketball game ?? The game on the other side of the court looks more realistic… And what is the guy with the dark blue muscle shirt standing there looking at ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

And all that will cost 14,000,000&!!!!!

A Half a mile of ….
Natives plants ( they grow everywhere, that’s why they’re naitives!)
Bike path…
Yoga space …
Small music amphitheater …

Something is better than nothing, but aren’t we being screwed???

Can someone explain how this is so expensive, please ??

With No insults, please……..

I’m not republican
I’m not Latino
I’m not Democrat
I’m not Cuban
I’m not millennium
I’m caferul with my grammar
I’m not from Hialeah
I didn’t vote for Trump or Obama
I’m not white
I’m not black
I did not use a raft to be here

So please, explained to me with no insults, just facts … and no offensive remarks.. if you don’t like my question

?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah its pathetic how people on this page can’t rebuttal statements and then assume you belong to those labels. If only these commenters who insult me actually knew what I looked like.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amusing.. commenters can insult you but they don’t know a thing about you?

Anon
2 years ago

All fair questions… if i was paying this bill, i’d fire my team and get someone to do it much cheaper.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, typical Miami mindset, that’s why we have Cheaper Buildings throughout Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Trust for Public Land estimated “downtown destination park” development costs at $6-8mm per acre, for highly programmed, designed, and maintained parks, exclusive of land acquisition costs. TPL, “Downtown Parks: Funding, Management and Costs” at 6 (2008). This park is maybe 1-2 acres, so I’d say that’s in the ballpark.

marc
2 years ago

FYI- The space underneath the metro rail from the river to 13th is roughly half a mile long and about 100 feet wide. That makes it about 12 acres of space, take away the space taken by the station and the rail pedestals and you have conservatively 6 acres of developable space? So probably not 1-2 acres.

Anon
2 years ago

2640*100=264000/43560 does not equal 12, equals +/- 6 acres.

marc
2 years ago

Correct. Used 1 instead of 1/2 mile which is why I got 12.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you for been specific, and adding this. I don’t know why these insults and political crap has taken priority over the actual subject of discussion.
But yes,I thought the same, sounds rather expensive but I’m sure if there is extra money the construction company will refund the money..tLOL!!directly to politicians of course.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think the majority of it is towards the reconfiguration of the bus bays and improvements to the three intersections. This will inevitably involve tons of milling, paving, repaving BS and countless hours of night work to keep 7th/8th open during the day.
If I had to guess, the entire thing is probably over-engineered and overcomplicated for what it needs to be. Just get an artist to paint a crosswalk mural over the intersection like they do in other cities and actually enforce idiot drivers who do not yield to pedestrians in cross walks when it is the law. Adding flashing signs and repaving the street won’t change idiot Miami drivers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Unmarked envelopes of cash take up half the budget.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Damn dude, just ask your question, no need to present some list of what you’re not. No one is thinking about insulting you because you don’t understand the cost of something, who cares? If you’re an adult, there in no need to guard your feelings on a discussion forum like this… heck, you’re “Anonymous!”

Anonymous
2 years ago

? thanks for the participants that inform and not offended dissenting opinions
Let’s get back this site again
With no political views and insults
Yours
? of Peace

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, you say that now but wait till another article like “Another $10 billion hedge fund is opening a Miami office” is presented and watch how fast people on the right start with the accusations.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Always amazed how this town uses the “more is more” approach when building parks. Reminds me of the Marine Stadium where consultants are pushing for a Frankenstein “Flex Park” with everything under the sun except an abundance of grass and shade trees.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A couple of points I would like to make:

1) Complicated construction site (tons of existing utilities and extremely large footings for metrorail viaduct) + having to always keep the Metrorail open and accessible. All of this is $$$.
2) Huge soil remediation process. This is $$$.
3) Storm water system has to be adapted to the two conditions mentioned above which makes it extremely expensive.
4) All in all, the stuff you mentioned in your post is actually not that expensive; it’s the remediation, construction phasing and infrastructure that make it go up to $14M.
5) Finally, $14M is peanuts. I recommend you inform yourself on the current cost of construction in South Florida before getting too upset about this.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Completion in 2020? Finish it in 6 months!

Anonymous
2 years ago

They’re hiring the same company that’s doing Flagler Street.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Look, I get that this is probably an unpopular opinion, but SW 9th and SW 12th street really should have been connected up under the Metrorail. With a focus on pedestrian and bikes and just as one lane for vehicles, with some serious street design thought given to slow traffic so that there’s minimal impact on the Underline. But the reality is Brickell is being developed on both sides of the rail line now, and connectivity is a disaster with 5 blocks closed to traffic.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Connectivity is key to any urban street grid/system. Allowing the cars to choose alternate routes with these connections improves the pedestrian realm along all of the other ‘arterials’ in the area. It’s a smart idea.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great news!

Anonymous
2 years ago

How about some bike lanes in the City? What’s so hard about it?

Anonymous
2 years ago

They did all that work on Flagler and it still does not have bike lanes. This city is a toilet.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We only have that one bike that only goes in one direction in downtown. If only we had a city commissioner that does more than take selfies.

Anonymous
2 years ago

yea and its always blocked by parked cars cause the city was to lazy to implement the bike lane correctly with buffered parking instead of the current configuration.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m all for complete streets, but as you said, the one in Downtown proves that politicians in Miami are too dumb to properly implement one and the populous in general are even stupider when it comes to properly using one.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Every “new” idea in miami is usually crap cause the policy makers never enforce what they come up with . And since most of miamians are 3rd world retards everything goes to shit.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But we pioneered accelerated bridge building technology.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is a failed city, limited transit, no tree canopy, narrow sidewalks, no bike lines, poorly maintained parks, literally a hot mess once you come out of your million dollar house or condo.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Dramatic much? Miami is faaaaar from perfect but a failed city? Calm down and eat a cookie.

Anonymous
2 years ago

He is right. Especially if you want to consider it an international city. Needs a lot of work.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The “work” on Flagler was simply a scam to get all of the decrepit small businesses to struggle so much that they were forced to shut down and sell their land below market to the big developers. Of course no real planning went into it, unlike the Calle Ocho redesign which is getting much more attention and a potential bike/BRT lane because the area is already gentrifying pretty well.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They can easily put one on the sidewalk on biscayne blvd.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bike lanes don’t go on sidewalks!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then put it right next to it. That sidewalk is huge and very wide.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please, this is not someplace like Omaha Nebraska. People in this city will run over you and your bicycle.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The spandex squad are against it on the grounds of lane segregation, and think they own the entire road. Their stupidity becomes a city liability when they dart out in front of moving cars.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah so many cyclists killing people these days. On roads with a sharrow bicycle symbol, bicyclists legally have the right to use the whole lane. So they’re not darting in front of any cars on these roads, they are FOLLOWING THE LAW!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Congratulations on completely missing the point. Next time you’re riding in front of a car, don’t go flipping them off or sticking your arm out when they overtake you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Really? I’m the furthest thing from a cyclist but I swear it is ALWAYS the drivers whom are flipping the cyclists off and yelling at them to “GET A CAR, GET A LIFE”

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

“Spandex squad” That’s a good one. I’ll use it sometime!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Genuinely curious, why do you need a bike lane when you have sidewalk? I’m not a cyclist, but I don’t understand why they have to use the street when they have sidewalks.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Since no one is answering you. You are not allowed to go faster than walking pace on a sidewalk. Obviously a bike is faster than walking pace. But is slower than a car, so… bike lanes.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re functionally retarded hence why you live here. A bike goes 20 mph and a pedestrian goes 5 mph.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“2020” 2022 after all the delays and cost overruns and they might find some pottery that will stop construction.

Anonymous
2 years ago

lol… or some bones that once consisted of someone’s meal 300 year ago.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Steaming, heaping piles of Overtown feces will adorn the local tapestry caked to a steaming stench from the choking humidity

marc
2 years ago

Are they importing these piles from Overtown? This is in Brickell.