Curbless Pedestrian-Friendly Design For Downtown Miami’s Flagler Street Approved, Completion In Two Years

Miami commissioners voted unanimously last week to finalize a deal that will see Flagler Street rebuilt with a pedestrian friendly design.

Completion will take two years, according to the Herald.

Pedestrians will be at the same level as cars in the curbless design, which also includes bollards that allow for the complete closure of the street to automobile traffic.

A cobblestone look will be created on the street by using pavers instead of regular pavement.

Sidewalks will also be wider to allow for more restaurant seating and other amenities, and some parking will be removed to allow for more space.

A Special Assessment District was also approved for the area to pay for ongoing maintenance of the improvements.

Moishe Mana, who controls a significant amount of property on the street, spearheaded the design, which was created by architect Zyscovich.

Total cost of the project will range from $20.5 million to $22.5 million.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Yessss now let’s do this to every street in downtown

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yaaaaas

Anonymous
2 years ago

yasss!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

oh yeahhhhhhhhhh there oh yeahhh papi. mammi. oye yessssssssssssssssssss oh oh i can’t take it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ay papi

Anonymous
2 years ago

yaaaasss kweeeen

Anonymous
2 years ago

one thing I like the most about this project is the trees, very necessary in Miami summer.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The only necessity in Miami is AC.
Unless you are an amphibian.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks good. Now bring bike lanes, shade trees and wider sidewalks to the rest of downtown and Brickell. Every road needs a diet.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brickell needs road diets/sidewalk expansions way more than downtown

Anonymous
2 years ago

They both do.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yep but there’d need to be more public / automated toe transportation to get all those folks to work. The current scooters is a great option = more of that BUT it also needs to have options for rains. trolleys going up and down all treats or avenues with covered waiting pods would do the trick.

Anonymous
2 years ago

yeah wishful thinking.

Anonymous
2 years ago

nobody rides bikes in this heat. What are you,12?

Anonymous
2 years ago

They all scooter instead

Interested
2 years ago

More shade trees, less palms please

Anonymous
2 years ago

AGREE 100% !!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think the Courthouse steps could be used for theatrical seating for staged shows on the street.

Gene
2 years ago

Great idea.

Anonymous
2 years ago

there’s no biz like show biz.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great idea

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or that can be the stage…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Make the curbless sidewalks and road work contingent on Mana redeveloping his assets there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Probably the best idea I’ve heard in a long time.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mana has no intention of redeveloping. He’ll flip, and hopefully to people proposing quality development, unlike Centro, that Israeli developer’s eyesore, etc. proposed in the historic core.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mana excuse now accepted… But 2 year clock is now ticking…after that what else will he say?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bet on NIMBY cries from construction noise from the boomers living in 50 Biscayne. I can hear it now… “Can’t you push construction up to 10am? 8am is far too early in a rEsiDenTiaL nEiGhBorHoOd for a Monday morning!”

Anonymous
2 years ago

50 Biscayne may be the worst residents in downtown Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The real challenge will be getting store owners to makeover the store fronts and displays to look like this. Also lets see how long it takes the City to actually start construction. By the way, Mana is NOT EXCUSED. It’s not his money, there is no mention of any of his Flagler properties being involved. We shall see. Awesome concept however.

Dan The Man
2 years ago

I really do miss Miami but this is great for Flagler Street! I am currently in Denver, CO and this setup looks like something similar to the 16th Street mall.

Anonymous
2 years ago

you aren’t missing anything… I’m really jealous that you live in Denver now.

Anonymous
2 years ago

haha if you like Denver LEAVE!!!!! CHAO!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I was born & raised with all my family living in Miami… Would be hard

Anonymous
2 years ago

put them all on a bus and bye bye

Anonymous
2 years ago

maybe she can’t leave for medical reasons, so don’t be so quick to judge. and no fingering pointing cause remember when you do that 3 fingers are pointing back at you

Anonymous
2 years ago

No way — best warm beaches in Miami year round

Anonymous16546756
2 years ago

Miami is better in my opinion

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah but Denver has legal weed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami has cocaine, checkmate.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not the same. Cocaine doesn’t give you the Viagra effect.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They should put medicinal cocaine on the ballot next year!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks better but how about some more shade trees and vegetation in general? Imagine beautiful canopy trees with lights at night that would really help make Flagler a bit more attractive post office hours.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just make sure to specify what kind of trees. If you leave it at just “trees” you’ll see a bunch of lame palms that don’t do jack.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you want more trees then don’t get mad when their constantly interrupting the flow of traffic by closing whole blocks to do maintenance on the trees.

Anonymous
2 years ago

the street is closed so doesn’t apply dummy

Anonymous
2 years ago

The plan is to close the streets only for certain events ass-hole.

Anonymous
2 years ago

it’ll be trashed and dirty within a few months.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great design and concepts. But the street was just completely redone at a very high cost. Is it really worth it to tear it all up again for these modest changes? And what about the projects recently completed or under construction that completely missed the opportunity for wider sidewalks? The sidewalk in front of the new 85 story Panorama development is as narrow as 4 feet in some places. You can’t have single family width sidewalks in front of towers! The City planning department has failed miserably on achieving wider sidewalks throughout downtown and Brickell. New buildings need to be set further back!

Gene
2 years ago

Spot on – absolutely. Wider sidewalks, shade trees and canopies.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gene is back!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

and a free car for everyone!

Anonymous
2 years ago

stop whining

Anonymous
2 years ago

hello this is south america – they all get paid off this isn’t city planning where do you think u live

Anonymous
2 years ago

the work that you speak of was only done for the block where the courthouse is located and maybe the one immediately east of it. There was an issue with the contractor and the rest of the work was never done. Once that happened they went back to the drawing board and decided to go with this curbless design.

Not Gene
2 years ago

Don’t forget the cobblestone!! Can’t wait for a cane, walker, heels, etc to get stuck in between the pavers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Did not know that, thanks for info.

Not Gene
2 years ago

Whoa there… a lot of lots/parcels in downtown and Brickell are VERY narrow/shallow. If you force more sidewalk on THEIR property, that could be considered a taking since its lost economic use to their project. The easiest and best way to achieve wider sidewalks is to go into the ROW and take street parking or a lane. Don’t bash the planning department when you don’t even know how complicated land use laws and property rights are.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What’s the over/under that once the street plan is done MANA sells and cashes out !!?? LMAO

marc
2 years ago

I’ve always thought that was the plan. He ain’t fooling me.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just enough for a big REAL developer to come in, tear up the streets and sidewalks, and build more residential.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The homeless can’t wait !

Anonymous
2 years ago

Looks nice–hopefully they can find something that gets rid of gum. Trees make it feel 10 degrees cooler. Design District is great example.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Those road block gates are ugly but I guess if they really emphasize the “railroad” history of flager then maybe it’ll make sense to the public but its really out of place in these renders

Anonymous
2 years ago

And strictly from a security/safety stand point they are weak almost like a twig compared to a car or truck that wanted to cause harm like recently

Anonymous
2 years ago

Railroad crossing gates are actually designed to be easily broken and pushed down by a car which is the exact opposite of what you want a pedestrian guard to do

Anonymous
2 years ago

These would only be down for major pedestrian-oriented events like festivals. Police would likely be positioned by these for that reason.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They also make the actual entrance to the walkway less accessible to pedestrians. If you are having a street fair like the one in the rendering, there is no easy way for large crowds to get out of the there.

Temporary bollards make more sense. You can unscrew them to re-open the street to cars. If you want to get real fancy, there are bollards which retract into the ground.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lets hope every other block doesn’t smell of steaming urine. I also hope those cobblestones dont get destroyed by people “digging them out” as I’ve seen with some of the existing tiles at various points on this street. Will there be more parking options? Love the addition of more trees too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Cool video presentation. What software is that? Seems like they have 3d modeled all of the urban core

Anonymous
2 years ago

YES!!! although this is Miami, so don’t hold your breath!

Anonymous
2 years ago

They JUST finished revamping Flagler! Now another $20 million??

Anonymous
2 years ago

The design was NOT created by Zyscovich. It was created by Curtis + Rogers Design Studio, for the DDA. Curtis +Rogers has been working with the City and DDA for over 5 years in developing these creative designs. Mana came into the scene recently, and Zyscovich represents them, but they did not create the design, they reviewed what was already designed, and based on some comments they made, the design was adjusted. Get your facts straight, this is what gives the press a bad name.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful. Shouldn’t the homeless issue be addressed first? Only one block away….

Anonymous
2 years ago

One block away? They’re on Flagler, too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Love it!

Anonymous
2 years ago

OMG just like NYC, Paris, London. bahhhhahahah

Anonymous
2 years ago

Mana is spearheading it so I am cautiously optimistic. Could use this street to help control the Ultra crowds once it’s finished.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beautiful presentation and great design. Too bad the area will still be dead for another generation.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only dead for as long as Mana owns even a square inch of land on this street.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dead for another generation?.. It’ll take half a generation for them to finish it!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Do you just talk shit to hear yourself talk shit?