Coral Gables Votes In Favor Of Design For Mobility Hub

Coral Gables voted yesterday to move forward with plans to build what they are calling a Mobility Hub.

The Mobility Hub is mostly comprised of parking, with levels 2-9 of the 10-story structure devoted to 626 parking spaces.

It will replace an older parking garage.

There will be a landscaped public rooftop terrace with solar panels, and accommodation for future drone deliveries.

Here’s how architect Gensler described the project in a cover letter:

The Coral Gables State-of-the-Art Mobility Hub is a unique mixed-use facility designed to provide a platform for Coral Gables’ mobility vision today, with the flexibility to meet long-term trends and technologies. It will replace the existing Garage #1 located at 245 Andalusia Ave, one block south of Miracle Mile, between Salzedo and Ponce.

The conceptual design of the project comprises of an active and vibrant ground floor, 8 stories of resting and charging place for multiple types of vehicles, an activated rooftop terrace, and facades that reflect its use while providing life and character to the Downtown Coral Gables. The building will be 10 stories high including the terrace roof level, approximately 132’ in height and 360,000 GSF. Current budget for construction is $30.8M.

The ground level functions as an activator harmoniously mixing a variety of mobility options with shopping and dining, and a gathering point for the community. Planned improvements to the surrounding service alleys into pedestrian-friendly paved pathways, facilitate connections to Miracle Mile and the neighborhood. As the front door to the core of Coral Gables, the ground level represents the community it serves with engaging art, sculpture, and opportunities for public interaction.

A landscaped rooftop terrace connects people to wellness through walking paths, fitness nodes, and programmed classes to nurture the body. The rooftop also connects people to the City by providing unique views of the City. The terrace brings community and family together with special gathering and event spaces.

Accommodations for future drone package deliveries are incorporated to allow for this eventuality. Areas for both exercise and play are planned around a meandering path surrounding a multi-purpose turfed field. Elevated photo voltaic panels provide power for the building loads while also providing comforting shade to users below.

Nine flat parking floors provide a more user-friendly experience and offer storage and charging options using today’s technologies as well as accommodations for future technologies including additional upgraded chargers and the onset of autonomous vehicles. The higher-clearance flat floors allow for simple conversion into other uses that may become a priority in the future.

The lively screened façade allows for measured glimpses inside with occasional niches to allow for the incorporation of natural elements and public art. The perforated screen panels modulate across the face to subtly evoke movement and transparency while allowing for natural ventilation. Remaining harmonious with its surrounding, this more airy and light expression reflects the unique building type and its goals and was chosen over a heavier more solid Mediterranean expression.

The goal is for the Hub to become a major focal point for the City’s downtown area, proving a multi-modal mobility solution for the community, a community destination and connection point, advancing Coral Gables mobility vision, and providing a near future platform for mobility, with the flexibility to meet long term trends.

 

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Anonymous
22 days ago

I’m old enough to remember when we called these “parking garages” 😉 Still a nice upgrade from the ugly old crumbling awkward garage that exists there now.

Anonymous
22 days ago

>>The Mobility Hub is mostly comprised of parking,

Sigh, we’ll never learn

Anonymous
22 days ago

Mobility Hub was just a fancy name. Its jus the redevelopment of a garage to more modern standards. Nothing life changing but its good for the area. A “mobility hub” doesn’t make any sense in this location, just misleading advertising.

Anonymous
22 days ago

I agree with you but think logically.
There’s literally no mass transit in the C Gables CBD. Even trolleys and buses are banned from Miracle Mile
That should tell you the insanity!!!!

Anonymous
21 days ago

This would make more sense if it was connected to multiple means of mass transit

Anonymous
22 days ago

Mobility Hub???? LOL. Miami Central Station is a mobility hub. This is a parking garage.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Is coral gables done with Mediterranean? Guess they’re done with integrity… City Not-Beautiful

Anonymous
22 days ago

Believe it or not, Coral Gables has embraced modernism in the past and does in the future, when it’s done right, meaning not those monstrosities being built at Douglas Road Station just outside city limits.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Very cool building, but it will not fit in whatsoever into the Mediterranean aesthetic of Coral Gables.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Thats right. Coral gables has unique aesthetic.

Anonymous
22 days ago

God forbid architectural diversity. I bet if a solid Coral Gables style building was proposed anywhere except Coral Gables, you would call it a Pollo Tropical.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Big upgrade from the current garage, definitely good for the area! Taking back the first floor for pedestrian/shopping use also will be a nice improvement.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Mobility hub!?!? This is a parking garage. What is the f… wrong with us people today?

Anonymous
22 days ago

Human Resources: Talent Management and Effectiveness

Janitor: Custodian: Environmental Services employee

Parking Garage: Motility Hub

Latino/Latina: LatinX

Doctor: Medical Provider

Woman: Birth-giver

Pendejos súper sensibles: Z generation, Milleniuns!

🤓

Anonymous
22 days ago

Drug dealer: Blue-collar pharmacist
Man in a dress: Woman
Illegal alien: “New American.”

Anonymous
22 days ago

Meh…

Anonymous
22 days ago

It’s just a modern garage. It would make perfect sense if it were much closer to Coconet Grove or Douglas Road stations on the Metrorail line.

AbyNormal
15 days ago

Great Vision and project to replace a decrepit, crumbling and useless parking garage. Like the aesthetic or not, this structure is being designed with the future in mind…If you read, the floor to floor heights allow for it to serve our car dependent culture today, but be flexible enough to be retrofit to: office, retail, condo…etc. in the future.

T G
21 days ago

Nice addition. This area is nice but seriously needs more parking. There are some lots around but they get full and can charge quite a bit.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Love the design

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

I love the design too! 🤗 but a don’t like LeBron!

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron. He claims to be about social justice but he won’t say “Free Hong Kong.” He won’t talk about the Uyghurs that are locked up in concentration camps in China. He won’t talk about all the women that he’s profiting off of in his Chinese sweatshops that are making all his shoes — for dollars — that he’s coming over to America and selling them for hundreds and profiting millions off of here in America.

“So, I just wanted to call a spade a spade. I wasn’t going to let him dupe the people and make the people think he’s a social justice warrior and he’s on this pedestal,” Covington continued. “No, LeBron James is not on a pedestal. That guy is a piece of crap. He’s a piece of garbage. He uses that school that he’s funding as a tax write off and then he wants to claim that he’s some good guy. No, he’s not a good guy, man. All he cares about is lining his own pockets and bowing down to China. The real heroes in this country are the heroes of law enforcement, are the heroes in military. Those are the people that are protecting our freedoms and fighting for us [every day] and sacrificing the ultimate sacrifice — their lives to keep us free.”

Anonymous
20 days ago

The last time LaBron opened his mouth and made a political statement what did that right-wing woman on TV say to him?.. oh yeah.. “JUST SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE!!!”