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.