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.