Downtown Rail Station Approved; Groundbreaking Set For September

County commissioners unanimously approved All Aboard Florida’s plan to build a rail terminal in downtown Miami at a zoning hearing last week.

Jose Gonzalez, a representative of the rail company, told commissioners that groundbreaking for the station is set for September. Site work at the project will begin in August, leading to the loss of hundreds of parking spaces currently on the site.

The hearing lasted just ten minutes, and mostly consisted of commissioners showering praise on All Aboard Florida. Commissioners were invited to attend the formal groundbreaking ceremony.

City of Miami officials were also granted a say in the design, and joined county staff in granting unanimous approval.

The first phase of construction will cost $150 million and include mostly station and retail space. Eventually, the project could include office, hotel and residential use.

 

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Peter
7 years ago

To the Editor:
You’ve got some sort of problem where it appears only the latest article is appearing in the largest of the five squares and is not appearing in the list below.

For instance, the article on the station in Palm Beach was in this large square this morning and is no longer visible anywhere.

Peter
7 years ago

I do see the other stories in the smaller squares but not in the list.

Yet Another Anonymous
7 years ago

One thing I’ve wondered ever since the first rendering that no one has pointed out is why are they putting the actual platform about one and a half to five full blocks from the government center station? With no visible connection at all? Gov Center is between flagler and first/second streets, the platform starts close to third and stretches up to about eighth street. Which puts it right next to the Overtown station and I guess you could argue a direct connection to the Arena Metromover station. I’ll be it was too expensive/difficult to build into the more complicated Metrorail/Metromover station rather than building between between two simpler ones.

Anonymous
7 years ago

in the agreement with the county there is a mention that they will include a connection to the government center metro rail station in the first phase of the project , but it gives them wiggle room so who knows if it will happen in the first phase

Laz
7 years ago

What is the city doing about that loss of parking? I know Mon-Fri those lots are pack!

Anonymous
7 years ago

im not sure what they will do during construction but they are adding a bunch of parking i believe

global reach
7 years ago

Take the bus or metrorail then.

zachj305
7 years ago

The people parking in those lots can either park somewhere else downtown or park and ride at a metrorail station. All of the metrorail stations outside of downtown have massive parking lots/garages and its cheap. Not an issue.

DowntownWorker
7 years ago

I work in a building adjacent to these lots. 2 of the 3 lots have been mostly empty for the past few years. Only recently have they allowed construction workers for the new Children’s Courthouse to park there. As for the bigger lot by Government center, it is half full most of the time. There are plenty of other parking options in downtown.

XVS
7 years ago

Either pictures are wrong and the actual station will be a cheap concrete monstrosity, or the $150M is a ridiculous miscalculation in costs.
I bet on a former, hope for the latter.

marc
7 years ago

The $150 mil pertains to the station with retail only and not the towers.

XVS
7 years ago

I realize that. Can’t see how it can cost less than twice that. Time will tell.

peoplemover
7 years ago

Where is the people mover? Not one picture of it…are they sweeping that under the rug?

Cesar M Gonzalez
7 years ago

Any word on the actual date and time of the groundbreaking mentioned here ?? Is it still in September ?? Thank you.