Master-Planned Urbanist Community Proposed At Metrorail Station, Including 2,500 Residential Units

A developer has submitted an unsolicited proposal to build a massive project on the 18-acre city-owned GSA/Solid Waste property next to the Santa Clara Metrorail station.

According to the proposal, the project would include:

  • 2,500 residential units (of which 500 will be workforce)
  • 100,000 square feet of retail
  • 300 key hotel
  • 200,000 square feet of office
  • 5 acres of green space
  • six parking garages

There would be seven high-rise buildings rising up to 30 stories, along with a mix of mid- and low-rise buildings.

The developer is proposing to environmentally remediate the site, currently used as a dump and auto repair facility.

They will also build an indoor civic space (wither a library or study house) and outdoor green space with a community market open to the public.

The proposal calls for 6% of rent revenue to be paid to the city, which they claim will result in nearly $1.5B rent over 99 years. The project is also estimated to generate $3.2B in taxes paid over the same period.

NR Investments is the developer that submitted the proposal. The company has also developed projects such as Canvas near the Arsht Center.

DPZ CoDesign has been hired to create the site plan.

Miami commissioners are scheduled to discuss the proposal at a July 28 meeting.

 

The low and mid-rise buildings:

Community gardens:

View from Santa Clara station:

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Jesus
24 days ago

This is huge. It may not be tall, glamorous, or different from the others but it will help with mass transit and can encourage the federal government to send us more money for public transit with higher ridership.

Azarius
24 days ago

Smash the Approval Button ASAP‼️

Azarius
24 days ago

Also don’t forget about the BIG project 2 blocks north of here

Downtown Vagabond
24 days ago

The federal government is out of money lol

Checo
24 days ago

Jesus, the Federal Gov’t TAKES money from me and people like me.
Don’t celebrate that.
Celebrate more housing, and more opportunity for people.

Set the fare so that the train can function without a sugar daddy.

Jesus
24 days ago

Funny. But the invisible hand of the free market will not take care of everything.

anonymous
24 days ago

Excellent location for this development to spur growth in the area. If they can designate some of the units as workforce housing that will help people who need housing next to major transporation hub

Whiskers
24 days ago

“2,500 residential units (of which 500 will be workforce)”. Happy?

Azarius
24 days ago

No a 1000 would make me happy, workforce housing (nurses, teachers, police officers) is still at the top of what the average Miamian makes so more in the area versus market rate will help with housing needs

Anonymous
24 days ago

If it were 1,000 you would say 1,500. And if it was 1,500 you would say 2,000. There is no satisfying the affordable housing brigade. Half of them flat out say housing is a human right and all property should be owned by the government.

Checo
24 days ago

These are young people or people who’ve been exploited by dopey professors.
They wouldn’t read a Thomas Sowell book if you offered them free housing for life.

Urbanist
23 days ago

These are also people who work in the industry and understand how the lack of affordable housing is driving up the cost of construction, service work, and everything else as everybody is struggling to pay rent that goes up faster than pay. That’s not a long-term sustainable model for any place.

Checo
24 days ago

Did I ever tell you the story of the school teacher who bought a Miami Beach house for $300,000 and sold it for $9,700,000 all the while renting it out for WAY more than his monthly expenses?

Enough about the school teachers who work 9 out of 12 months (that’s 75% of the months that working people work).

Great school teachers are hard to find, and terrible school teachers are hard to fire. BOTH make the same amount of money.

Muhammad
24 days ago

Hell no. 1,000 low income and 1,000 workforce ho. 500 market rate. Let them the money off retail, hotels and office spaces.

Checo
24 days ago

Great point Whiskers. I agree.

Reading comprehension is a gift. May I suggest Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too?

This would be the perfect location.

Billy
23 days ago

500 is nothing. There needs to be about 15000.

iRideMDT
24 days ago

LONG OVERDUE! Something like this should have been built back in the late 80s after Metrorail was built!

original dune movie
24 days ago

definitely…..but in the late 80s early 90s gas prices were dirt cheap so there was little incentive to vuild….in the 90s all state and local govts were soo flush with money except miami fucked that up and went broke….

Anonymous
24 days ago

In the late 80s and early 90s, Metrorail was still looked at as a park-and-ride system, and TOD concepts were in their infancy.

Anonymous
24 days ago

They should rezone and redevelop ALL the areas around all the Metrorail stations.

Anonymous
24 days ago

I’ve been thinking and saying that for the longest. Wake me up when they finally get around to it.

Zzzzzzzzz……

Melo’s competition
24 days ago

Wake up!!!

Anonymous
24 days ago

They’re trying but the NIMBY’s are strong. Pinecrest NIMBY’s especially don’t want any density around their “village”. Write to your commissioner and tell them you’re in favor of TOD upzoning around all SMART corridors.

Checo
24 days ago

Pinecrest people are a bunch of Nimby’s but that has NOTHING to do with it.
Pinecrest property owners have nothing to do with the MetroRail experience as you exit the Brownsville Station.

I will wager $1,000 that the next Brownsville Community Organizer meeting to discuss MetroRail stops will not have a Pinecrest NIMBY…unless it is the Lawyer extracting fees from the community organizer GoFundme page.

Checo
24 days ago

Rezone them to what?
They are already zoned and ripe for development.

Take a morning and ride the Metrorail. Step off the Earlington Heights stop, or the Santa Clara, and then do this same excercise at 10:30 on a Friday night.

If you were a developer, are these the places you’d want to invest your family’s money?
Are these the places you want to invest your time?

Politicians and bureaucrats set the map for the MetroRail, and they set the tone for the development around those stops.

Billy
23 days ago

Agreed. Metro transfer is horrible.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Very cool, it’s almost an independent city, with lots of residential apartments, huge retail spaces, offices and even a park. Excellent occupation of this area, between Downtown and the airport. And with metrorail at the door.

Adrian
24 days ago

To me these are my favorite stories, density spreading up and down the metro corridor.

Shawn Kouri
24 days ago

This is probably going to transform that area for sure. This will be a live, work, and play experience that will be like no other, and will bring economic opportunity into this area. Plus this could also be a transit oriented development! Some affordable housing could be included in this project, but there’s also going to be buildings as high as 30 stories tall, offices, and A small shopping mall, along with a public park. This is going to be good

Anonymous
24 days ago

Like no other… Except for Downtown Doral, Downtown Dadeland, Midtown Miami, Miami Worldcenter…

Anonymous
24 days ago

Downtown Doral is fake urbanism.

Anonymous
24 days ago

What’s “fake urbansim?” There’s either URBANISM or NO URBANISM.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Agreed, the original concepts looked promising, but the final result looks like Dania Pointe in Broward County. Suburban strip malls with parallel parking and Melo-tier high-rises.

Anonymous
24 days ago

what did you expect to see at Doral ? super tall glass towers ?

Checo
24 days ago

Brownstones and a place to hitch up my horse when he gets thirsty.

Ana
23 days ago

Brownstones?!?!? You do know that brownstones were originally created as mansions in NYC, Boston and Philadelphia. Also they were created by the super rich who had the money to put ornate designs into their homes… You think we need brownstones in Little Havana, Doral, “Santa Clara”, and overtown?

BTW now we’re doing the NYC thing where we call areas new names like “Santa Clara”? Can we please get a grip on the renaming of neighborhoods for the sake of reality.

Anon
24 days ago

Those are all really different.

Melo is sigma and Chad
24 days ago

Perfect for the area, but where would the solid waste relocate to. And what happen to that other development that had a highrise sitting on stilts.

Yet Another Anonymous
24 days ago

Wasn’t that closer to another station like Allapattah Station?

Anonymous
24 days ago

I love the cartoon type sketches. It looked freehand, without a computer software program.

Anonymous
24 days ago

That’s because this is a flip… Don’t get excited everybody.

Reader
23 days ago

They would be leasing the land

Downtown Blue Voter
24 days ago

Great!!!!

perico 4 life
24 days ago

A simple fix to remedy low ridership that the lackluster Metrorail has now is to simply make it more convenient. Mass transit is not designed to be a money maker for government, it almost always operates at a loss and at best breaks even. Profit should not be the motive for the county, the sole motive should be to increase ridership. 1) make parking free. there is no cost incentive for commuters to take the train into the city if it costs $6 to park plus a $5 round trip ticket. 2) Possibly the biggest factor, make the trains more reliable. every 5-10 minutes at peak times and 10-20 minutes at off peak times. 3) run the trains 24 hours a day. Miami is a 24 hour city and the reality is that if anyone who has even a remote interest in taking the train into downtown/Brickell from say Dadeland for a night out for dinner and drinks wont because the trains stop running at midnight. so you’ve eliminated anyone who would consider that as an option because they’d be left stranded and have to uber back. Developing a city reliant on and around transit will take decades, however utilizing what we do have to work at its absolute best can be done tomorrow.

Checo
24 days ago

My #1 issue is reliability.
The MetroRail/Mover has broken down more than my car in the last 2 decades, and I drive my car 95% of the trips or more in the last 2 decades. My car is 100% reliable with excellent air conditioning…never to hot…never to cold.

#2 privacy.
My car never has a stinky homeless person or a “reformed” felon. My car affords privacy so that I can do business without disturbing people next to me.
(HINT: It is rude to talk on the phone in trains)
My car has great music on the playlist when I’m not talking on the phone.

Anonymous
23 days ago

“I drive my car 95% of the trips or more in the last 2 decades”

“My car is 100% reliable with excellent air conditioning”

But Checo is going to tell us about taking and riding on the Metrorail/Mover.

Nah, I think I’ll rely on my own judgement.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Say it louder for the people in the back!

Anonymous
24 days ago

Now this is truly beautiful

Anonymous
24 days ago

Yeah.. I don’t dislike it but, I don’t understand why we always see apartment proposals that have little to no balconies as if this proposal was meant to be somewhere like Pennsylvania or Massachusetts?

Anon
24 days ago

Best thing i’ve seen on this website so far

Anonymous
23 days ago

Agreed, much more exciting than new skyscrapers

Michael
24 days ago

DPZ always does great work.

Anonymous
24 days ago

You mean like Miami21? IDK, it looks good on paper, but the final results…

Anonymous
24 days ago

Let’s hope the final product looks like something similar to the sketches, rather than modernist boxes with schizophrenic window and balcony placement, no broken up and articulated massing, or shade trees. Considering it’s NR Investments, don’t forget the massive turd they proposed in the A&E District.

Nathaniel Martin
24 days ago

I support development of this scale near mass transit stations, but the architecture as depicted is distressingly bland and the design is totally alien to the architectural context of South Florida. I wish DPZ would stop trying to turn everyplace into a generic northeastern US suburb.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Still a big step in the right direction

anonymous
24 days ago

Pretty looking project. Ditch the 6 garages. Build as little parking as necessary.

Anon
24 days ago

why there isn’t covered walkways absolutely everywhere in Miami is crazy

AN
24 days ago

Seriously. Way past time Miami adopt porticos like they do in Italy, would be so helpful in the 9 month summer we have.

Anonymous
24 days ago

There was once a time when Miami buildings had porticos and loggias, as well as shade trees, and then modernists ruined it.

Muhammad
24 days ago

1,500 low to moderate income 1,000 market rate. Period.

Anonymous
23 days ago

It should all be market rate! Why should low income families have preferential treatment on brand new apartments?

Jonathan
23 days ago

Because they need it the most

Anonymous
24 days ago

Cool, but 6 parking garages next to a metro station seems like overkill

Anonymous
24 days ago

What are you gonna do?.. make people who’ll live here TAKE the metrorail?

Anonymous
24 days ago

Metrorail Winning.

Allapattah!!!!!
24 days ago

This is simply awesome for Allapattah! Allapattah has mutiple metro stations… every single one should be surrounded by these types of developments (the vacant land is there!) I have family that lives in Allapattah and it’s painted with a broad brush. Allapattah is very large and has various sub-communities within it…. many teachers, police officers, airport mid-manager workers, health care works, etc live in the area and would gladly fill these units. A handful of activists go out of their way to stop development in the area but they truly don’t care for the quality of life of the residents. This development can really lead to economic diversity in the area. One can leave the single-family homes on the interior streets alone while upzoning and building on its main arteries. Such as 12th ave, 17th ave, 22 and 27th ave as well as 20th and 36th street. These are filled with empty warehouses and vacant lots. You have 4 metro stations and multiple bus routes alongside them helping traffic into the Airport and Downtown as well as getting folks to use public transportation. —- The City of Miami better approve!!!!!!

Mike Jones
23 days ago

This indeed is huge… that area is bad but with great potential. Hopefully they approve this project!!!

EJS
24 days ago

This wld be a MAJOR IMPROVEMENT to the area, especially since the Rubell is up 12th Ave along w SuperBlue and the soon-to-be-completed Fotografiska. Liz Calderone’s latest apt tower is down the street as well. But unsolicited proposals don’t carry much weight do they? Is the city planning to move that waste transfer station? I hope so, but not holding my breath. (Actually in this area, you often have to hold your breath…haha)

Checo
24 days ago

You think?
A mixed use development is an upgrade over a trash facility?

yeah…you know….I think you are right! IT IS an improvement!!

EJS for Mayor!!!!!

Yes yay
24 days ago

DPZ! Finally something by the leaders of New Urbanism in the city in which they are actually based. I pretty much hate almost everything being built right now in this town but this looks very promising. Great location, excellent infill, good massing, hopefully good street level experience. Build it.

SkidroweDC
24 days ago

Let’s hope that the actual buildings and parks are a little more adventurous. But even if this assemblage of polite, cautious buildings and outdoor spaces were to happen, it would be spectacular. The metro stations between downtown and the airport are wildly underutilized, located mostly in low-density semi-no-man’s-lands.

Melo’s competition
24 days ago

Build it now, tf are you waiting for??

Med. Prof.
24 days ago

Cool. But one thing that needs to be addressed that hasn’t been is this garbage transfer station that’s just a block east on 20th street. The stench is horrible when a good breeze picks up. I work at JMH right behind it and we can smell it periodically entering and exiting the building. I don’t understand why they built it there in front of the hospital in the first place years ago. Those existing units at the Santa Clara station surely can’t have their windows open too much. Imagine sitting outside and catching that sour garbage juice smell in the wind…..something to consider.

Joe CARollo
24 days ago

Nah fam leave the dump as is…

Anonymous but Famous
24 days ago

THIS IS SERIOUS. I wander how much of the sour smell might be blocked by a line of zigzag, closely planted bamboos along the eastern perimeter of the site