Construction Officially Underway On A Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Rebuild Of Downtown Miami’s Flagler Street

Construction crews have commenced work on a project that will convert Flagler Street in Downtown Miami into a “festival-style boulevard.”

Construction is moving from east to west, and the area closest to Biscayne Boulevard is now fenced off.

It will take two and a half years to complete the project, with a total of five phases lasting 30 months, according the City of Miami’s Office of Capital Improvements.

The rebuild is designed to make Flagler Street more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.

New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.

New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics will be installed to prepare for new vertical development, the Downtown Development Authority says.

The street itself will get design improvements that include patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.

Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.

Once the project is complete, Flagler Street is expected take back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.

(photos: Ryan RC Rea)




The five phases, each to take eight months:

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

You can throw lipstick on a pig but until Mana and the ROK family decide to stop being holders and actually do something with their real estate this area will remain the same.

Anonymous
1 month ago

for real. This is what these clowns have been waiting for. The city to think that if they put these improvements in than they will start to build. Meanwhile, Mana has done diddly for almost a decade and it only helps improve the value of his property to flip.

David
1 month ago

Ha ha, saving money.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Right you are! The streetscape wont change much. Like you said, lipstick on a very ugly pig.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Imagine 5 years from now Flagler is walkable and lively, Brightline is running trains all the way to Orlando and the 5 additional stations between Aventura and downtown are running, Monorail to the beach. World center is filled in with a few more high rises and god willing the conention center. Wynwood continues to fill in. Beautiful signature bridge is complete (even though it was a waste of money that should have gone to rail. 830 Brickell is completely leased with good quality jobs. Waldorf and elleven residences are complete and filled. All the new cruise ports are complete and the if we’re blessed the Royal Caribbean HQ comes back. One can only hope Miami develops into a truly world class city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Love the vision…but you left out SKYRISE!

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean “SH!TRISE?” Won’t happen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Without Skyrise, there won’t be complete revitalization of downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. that’s what they said about that Ferris Wheel.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Without more bike lanes and a world class resort casino, life will be total shit here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Get a grip

Anonymous
1 month ago

You need better schools, universities, museums, more cultural activities like theatres, concerts halls to be world class city. Meanwhile mayor has good intentions to transform the city.

David
1 month ago

There’s the people part…Has anyone walked around the downtown Flagler or downtown Biscayne area, not to mention Miami Beach as of late 2020?
If someone told me Miami’s first museum arrived in 2012 courtesy of a real estate developer, I’d be more inclined to believe a new nightclub project had been misidentified. Miami is not NYC, regardless of the number of tall buildings.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will there be shore power at the port ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I certainly hope so

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown Miami does a great job getting great press. In reality the area is a DISASTER with empty storefronts, no retail, no services, no restaurants, no customers. But lots of homeless people!

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s why you see aliens in that new movie destroying it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except Crema opened now, which I’m even surprised why they chose the area, probably got a good deal.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice project but it’s going to take a lot more than that to make Flagler shine again.
Offices, apartments, restaurants, retail snd lofs of d it

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, you lost me with the “snd lofs of d it” words.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should remove those screens on the fencing to open up the space and less inviting for criminals.

They have police sitting nearby, but they are always in their cars watching TV on their phones and not actually keeping an eye out for crime!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I bet you don’t have a blue lives matter sticker on your car.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s right. I dont.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Heck, why should he?.. they have guns (including shotguns), tasers, mace, and the ability to summon other people just like them to make sure they don’t lose their lives.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Remove criminal and homeless from our streets and parks. And yes, the police should step it up and actually enforce the law.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why cant we buy them a one-way Greyhound bus ticket to LA? Seattle? Portland?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Because you’re probably be one of the people who’ll be upset and get mad when you find out they’re kicking out a bother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin of yours.

Anonymous
1 month ago

enforcing the law is racist.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You just hate it when the law is enforced on racist cops.

Anonymous
1 month ago

With Mana gutting and-or holding properties maybe the city will allow vendors to set up tables when the street is done.

Anonymous
1 month ago

2.5 years? Really?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think this project was approved years ago and blundered. 9 months to complete the section right off Biscayne Blvd. Lets hope they dont mess it up. Also, nice to see some of the spaces by 50 Biscayne open in their model, but that commercial space has been vacant for years…

Anonymous
1 month ago

They will do construction on “Mana Time”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Probably 5

Anonymous
1 month ago

7.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The mayor of Miami should use his new found fame to push for an earlier completion date.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. we’ve been waiting for years for something to be done and now you say the Mayor of Miami needs to start flexing his muscle?

Anonymous
1 month ago

What happened to the proposal for an “X” crossing similar to Shibuya and Oxford Street?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s the striped intersection pictured.. it’ll be a “scramble crossing” like you mentioned.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ross will be behind construction tape for how many years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Rome wasn’t built in a day, it it went faster than this project.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“but it”, not “it it”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Romans didn’t let people like Mana own property, if you know what I mean. In fact, they WERE property.

Rey Valdes Broker Realtor Developer
1 month ago

What the heck!! What we got to loss?
It got as ugly as it could so whatever is upswing now! With all the development and press comes money and jobs.
Suarez got a great idea moving tech to Miami. With that comes young people who are the ones that make and spend money. Now that Ross Lethinen are out of the political frame to block casinos and competition and no taxes for the Indians we will probably get gambling in Florida!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sorry, But without Curbs, these people that are talking on their phones, eating etc, will mow down pedestrians.
The curb helps some in getting their attention if they aren’t paying enough…before they whack into a crowd.
Secondly, it is for water removal from rain water. So now the entire area will be one level, so in a good rain, the cars will make ‘swells’ of water to push into the people walking…

Not a great idea.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s a way to get a cheap pool.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bollards and drains exist.

Tim
1 month ago

Live in well designed urban places. Because the last thing nature(not developers) needs is asphalt,concrete,steel and manicured lawns Thank you

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go live in a forest somewhere if you don’t like it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I can’t wait to stroll barefoot.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can’t tell if you’re a hippy, or that one poster who sexually fantasizes about being squashed by big feet. You might as well step on a grill with how hot pavement gets.

David
1 month ago

Folks really want to be on the same level as the drivers in Miami?? Miami is the first pla e, for example, I’ve seen a driver opt to continue partially on the sidewalk in order to prevent a vehicle from turning into their lane. I know what area to avoid.

David
1 month ago

Cant wait for the rain!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Park West is center of culture and entertainment in Downtown.

Flagler Street sucks, and this little project is not going to change that.

Bob
1 month ago

So. Y’all are talking and talking. It took 2.5 years to do the courthouse block. One block. It drove all of the store fronts out of business. There’s people here that we’re not consulted or assisted as to the closures. This is a disaster and will not being in anything good to any of the merchants in this area. Damn