Construction Underway At MiamiCentral, Set To Include 800 Residential Units

Construction is now underway at All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral, and the company has released more information about the project to the Herald.

The first towers will open in 2017 and include 800 rental apartments in two towers. A 39-story tower will include 450 units, and a 33-story tower will include 350 units. Residents will enjoy amenities that include a pool, basketball courts, and dog-walking area. The first phase will also include a 10-story office tower.

AAF is already drilling piles on one block, and will soon have three other rigs (one on all four blocks) drilling a total of 1,680 piles. The beams that will hold the elevated rail tracks will be complete by November, after which vertical construction on the residential and office towers will begin.

The retail portion of MiamiCentral, along with rail service to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, will open in late 2016.

Also part of the first phase will be All Aboard Florida’s headquarters on a CRA lot. That project will include 1,181 parking spaces, 33,161 square feet of retail space and 96,996 square feet of office space.

Work on the second phase will begin mid-2017. It will include an 850-foot tower that houses hotel and residential units.

Suffolk Construction is the contractor.

 

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Edin Coralic
5 years ago

Good luck AAF,we are all so proud of what you trying to accomplish. Miami deserves the best.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I still don’t understand why we’re trying to connect Orlando and Miami, when we don’t even have all of Miami connected. With more residents flowing in, traffic is going to grow into a monster problem to tackle since nothing has been done proactively. Sure we’ll have a line that looks nice, but the more practical transportation project would be metro lines to Miami Beach, to Aventura, and west bound from Downtown Miami.

XVS
5 years ago

Are you saying that Miami should stay disconnected from the rest of the world until you certify that we have perfect flow of traffic inside the city?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Since when did Orlando become the “rest of the world.” Last time I checked Amtrak comes to Miami, and the city has one of the largest airports in the country, in addition to FLL a few miles north. What I’m saying is that internal transport is a far greater issue than connecting central and south Florida. Traffic on our highways and streets aren’t from commuters going to Disney from Miami, but from people going from the suburbs to work while there’re not any viable modes of transportation to get them there. Stimulus money from the government should go to building our biggest city’s transportation system, and not flaunting it on a large scale and fruitless project.

marc
5 years ago

You do realize this is a private venture that relies heavily on real estate? You also know Tri Rai and in turn localsl will benefit from this infrastructure?

Obviously
5 years ago

Shesshhh, why is it every time some developer comes along with a plan to fill in one of these “empty dirt filled lots” in Miami the usual boo-birds come out of the woodwork and start chirping to the rest of us about their displeasure with it?

Miami will soon have All Aboard Florida, Miami World Center, and possibly a Casino Resort…on top of getting Brickell City Centre too. And that’s not all. Exciting times are coming to the residents of Miami and we still have to hear from these “Negative Nancies” who won’t do anything else but focus on the other girls dresses and hair at the party.

AGFE
5 years ago

Your comment should be directed to Miami Transit Authority of City of Miami in general, because Miami – Orlando is developed by the private sector and should absolutely be happening; Florida is backwards as it is, it needs to come over to this side of the 1980s.
But your point has validity, public transportation is primitive, the quality if lacking and only serves a fraction of the population- I still can’t understand how FIU is not connected to the Metrorail system, how Miami beach is still not connected to the airport via lightrail and yet there are plans to building more expressways to the west. The lack of logic here is baffling.

anonymous
5 years ago

This is a real estate play – not transpiration.

Don’t forget this project is being done without any government subsidies! Oops, I forgot the tax exempt bonds that they sold to finance it.

marc
5 years ago

and the real estate is what will keep it afloat.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Great for Downtown and Brickell
imagine hopping on a train to go to Disney from Maimi!!

anonymous
5 years ago

Rather take a plane. 90 minutes vs 3+hours. Both will end a far from Disney world.

Martim
5 years ago

I think what is more important will be the price-point for the train, not the time spent traveling. We already know how much a ticket runs for, on average, to fly to Orlando…

Anonymous
5 years ago

Well I’m fighting a losing battle with you guys. All I’ll say is when the streets are clogged and when Miami turns into Baltimore in terms of traffic because of all of these projects and the great influx of residents, don’t say that there was no warning that the city needs an expanded transportation system. The city planners really are doing a terrible job, and Miami will be paying the price in a few years. And its not just me, Jimenez said that the greatest problem facing Miami is the traffic. So while you guys laud this project and its ability to connect central and south florida, just remember that our own city remains disconnected and congested.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I think at the end of the day Miami is growing rapidly but the transportation issues arent moving faster then the proposed projects are coming in and being built so I understand the concern but rather its good or a bad decisions we cant wait around for the transportation infrastructure to get better we have to take on these projects as well as fine out ways to improve the infrastructure all at the same time we have to grow and be an even better and greater city and the time is now

Andreas
5 years ago

Holy run-on!

Dgm
5 years ago

AAF is the single most important traffic reducing project in Miami-Dade. Without AAF there will be no Tri-Rail Coastal Link. When and if it is built, the Coastal Link will take 10 million drivers off I-95 each year. That’s something like 30-40,000 less drivers each weekday on a single highway corridor. Once the Tri-Rail gains momentum then the local residents might be willing to spend more money on mass transit expansions and consider extensions to South Dade, West Kendall, and the Beach. The problem isn’t just incompetent city planners but also residents who demand the lowest tax rates of any large city in the USA and NIMBYs and may sayers that complain about any sign of progress.

Fredric
5 years ago

I disagree. It seems to me that residents of Miami and to a lesser extent, South Florida in general, are more willing to spend tax dollars on mass transit and especially on rail extensions. What seems to be happening is that the politicians and other government officials are out of touch with the pulse of the local populous. They just assume that there is a strong anti-tax sentiment in the population and a strong aversion to rail transit in particular because that is in fact the case in other metro areas around the country. But Miami is different. Voters in Miami-Dade have approved major expenditures for metrorail on at least two occasions and unlike much of the rest of the US, many people in Miami recognize that endlessly expanding roads and choking them with traffic is not the answer, that there is a critical need for an adequate and extensive mass transit system.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Well, there was the approval of bonds for the Metrorail in 1972 and the half penny tax in 2002. I hardly think throwing a couple hundred million dollars at the problem every 30 years really means much. There have been countless defeats of new taxes. Many more defeats than victories. The penny tax was defeated in 1982, 1986, 1991, 1999 and hasn’t been voted on since 2002. Miami absolutely is a tax averse city. Everybody knows the traffic sucks in Miami, but I don’t here a lot of support for mass transit outside of circles of transit and urban development enthusiasts. If you read the Miami Herald Op Eds you’ll see constant complaints about train noise and very few letters in support of mass transit.

Obviously
5 years ago

It’s not about Miami being a “tax averse city.” It’s about what projects tax money is going to get spent on. Remember, Miami just recently finished an over one billion dollar tunnel to the port. A lot of us would’ve preferred that that money be used for the extension of rail to Miami Beach and westward in the county. There is now exploritory consideration about existing unused railroad tracks that runs west as an option for use as a lightrail line. It’s so cost effective that even the thought of not trying it out would be a brainless gesture for officials in MiamiDade.

The subject and implimentation of lightrail systems is complicated and you or I may desire it right now but it just won’t happen that way.

Juan Carlos Contreras
5 years ago

If you’re hoping AAF will reduce traffic in Miami, you’re delirious. AAF will not serve commuters in the region, but to transport people between the Miami area and Orlando.

As many people that travel between the two cities, it pales in comparison to the millions who are traveling around the city who are the ones creating the congestion.

AAF is not here to reduce congestion. That is Metrorail’s duty, and that responsibility falls on all of us and our poor elected officials and government leadership. Miami needs Metrorail to succeed into the future.

Edward
5 years ago

Maybe you guys should elect a better Mayor next time. Just saying people are voted to office to fulfill duties don’t like them get rid of them.

Mike
5 years ago

That goes for the county and state level as well. Vote these people OUT

Anonymous
5 years ago

that is the point voters in miami dade county which is in charge of developing and overseeing transit in the county along with a backward thinking mayor in miami that docent push the issue are the problem and it is our fault for not going to the poles and voting these people out of office and putting progressive thinking elected officials of will lead an effort to invest in our cities future not only infrastructure but parks and other issues that affect the citizens quality of life.