Downtown Miami’s $83M The Underdeck Gets Federal Funding

Miami has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build The Underdeck underneath the new Signature Bridge.

The federal grant is for $60M – the largest in the City of Miami’s history, according to Mayor Francis Suarez.

It was awarded under the DOT’s Neighborhood Access and Equity program initiative, which aims to correct mistakes made during highway construction.

In a statement, commissioner Christine King said the existing I-395 was a “community-disrupting highway.” The area would be revitalized by the rebuild, she said.

The 33-acre space is being built beneath and around the new Signature Bridge under construction in downtown Miami. Completion of the Signature Bridge is planned in 2027.

It will include a mile long trail, with space for walking, jogging, biking, and scooting.

A 2022 presentation showed that project designer Hargreaves Jones was planning a Signature Pedestrian Bridge at the center of The Underdeck.

Other planned amenities included multiple play and green areas, a water feature, multi-purpose court, and dog park.

Total cost of The Underdeck is estimated at $83M.

 

 

 

Renderings shown in a 2022 presentation:

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Norman
1 month ago

This with Green Biscayne would be amazing for downtown❤️

Gump Gump
1 month ago

They were supposed to build coffee shops in the middle of Biscayne Blvd. What ever happened with that? It was a cool idea

Next Miami-kun ^_^
1 month ago

A Juan Valdez in the middle of Biscayne boulevard sounds dream-like.

Jordan
1 month ago

That was “sponsored” by the Waldorf Astoria sales team, so that they didn’t have to explain the riff raff on Biscayne Blvd whilst trying to sell $1,500 per sq ft condominiums.

Sales got off to a great start, and the investment in lawn furniture, planters, and a coffee shop are no longer needed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

An update from 2017 sounds about right regarding any “progress” what a shame…

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should reroute the federal money being misspent on this project—which is doomed to become a desolate, almost post-apocalyptic haunt for the homeless—to the Miami River area. There, people already love to walk and are keen on improvements like interactive water features, dog parks, better park maintenance, and tennis courts. The vision they have for a park aligns far more with the vibe of the Miami River, truly serving the needs of locals in Brickell, Riverside, Downtown, and Little Havana.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The I95 bridge needs to be redone like this, get rid of the ugly parking lots and transform it into green space with water features and light up the pillars to eliminate the landmark bridge in center of Miami.

Jordan
1 month ago

Except that there is no one single owner in a mile or 33 acres all together like in the Underdeck.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There are 9 acres at Marti River Park (15 acres if you include the wasted asphalt parking under the bridge), and it’s crucial for the city to consider using eminent domain to acquire a portion of the surrounding land, particularly in the blighted area directly west of I-95 and along the perimeter of the Miami River. This is especially vital given the challenges posed by rising sea levels and population growth. This land connects to the Underline and Lummus Park, offering the opportunity to create a mega park interconnected by small green bridges. With numerous property owners in areas like Brickell, Downtown, Little Havana, and Riverside, including myself—a passionate advocate for such initiatives—let’s think ambitiously and take proactive steps towards realizing this transformative project. An initiative like this would inspire not only the country but the entire world, creating connected green spaces that balance urbanization and foster exponential city growth.

Al Czervik
30 days ago

Okay. Great first first step….you wrote a long post.
Step 2. Get off your arse and do something.

Your minions wait your instructions fearless leader.

Anonymous
30 days ago

Yes sir. I’m taking notes and developing master plans that both the public and the private sector will be applauding.

anonymous
30 days ago

If they dont have security round the clock this will be the homeless HQ of downtown miami. The underline is already being overrun by homeless squatters at night even though its designated a public park and therefore illegal to do such. And for those that will start crying about how inhumane that is, go house them yourselves.

Anonymous
30 days ago

I never see homeless at the underline, I think you mean the Overline Overpass

German
1 month ago

Downtown biggest eyesore are the parking lot around the Freedom Tower. I wonder if they will ever build something there. Low-rise museums would be fantastic!!

Tyra
1 month ago

Those should also become a park surrounding the Freedom Tower. They could built them to resemble small mountains of 5-6 floors high with parking under and a huge park with shading trees above. It would become Miami’s coolest spot, literally and figuratevely😍

Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s a underutilized park right across the street. Those lots are prime real estate and need to be towers, in the same architectural style as Freedom Tower.

Jordan
1 month ago

You mean across the street and to the south, and across the street and to the north. The downtown parks are plentiful. The programming inside the parks is not.

The is why the Underdeck is such a winner. The frameworks for management, programming, fundraising, and operations has been completed, and the team running that organization are not government bureaucrats.

Tyra
1 month ago

Absolutely. Biscayne Blvd needs to be more pedestrian friendly, there are literally thousands of people moving to Downtown and crossing it to go to our parks. It’s too unsafe right now and out of scale.

Anonymous
30 days ago

Biscayne a highway. It’s not going to happen, Thurston Howell. We should all unite to turn Flagler, Miami River frontzc and 2nd Avenue into this European style pedestrian corridors, not the exterior main highway.

MIAMI DALE
1 month ago

This will be Miami’s Central Park

Anonymous
1 month ago

Right, like Metromoober is Miami’s subway. Please… it’s a proposed linear park and doesn’t even hold a candle to the Highline.

anonymous
1 month ago

It is, coming from a local, any claims it isn’t are ignorant.

Nancy B.
1 month ago

Finally it got funded. This will be amazing. Downtown has so many parks, it will be an oasis in the core of Miami!

Jordan
1 month ago

Finally?
It is about 2 years ahead of schedule.

Anon
1 month ago

Park West will be surrounded by parks!

Tyra
1 month ago

😍😍😍

Brickelite
1 month ago

Brickel has parks too!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ok. Cool!

Anon
1 month ago

uh huh

Anonymous
1 month ago

I like the brickell parks more, too

Downtown baby
1 month ago

Which parks are in Brickell?!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brickell has way more parks than Downtown, baby.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Look at the chain linked fence, looks ghetto.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The benches look outdated and not modern at all, and they don’t even have blocked off sections to keep homeless from sleeping on them

Anon
1 month ago

Thank God because we know if it was up to the city of Miami it would never happen.

Anon
1 month ago

Can they please rename it because “The Overtown Miami Greenway” and “The Overtown Miami Downtown Connector” sound absurd.

The Miami Greenway is fine.

Tyra
1 month ago

Or just The Greenway!

Ronin
1 month ago

Wait, isn’t it named “The Underdeck”?

Anon
1 month ago

No that was an unofficial placeholder. A community board of overtown residents has decided the name will be “The Miami Overtown Greenway” – what a mouthfull

Blah
1 month ago

So everyone will simply call it the Greenway. Imagine if Central Park was called “the Midtown to Uptown Central Park”😜

Nano
1 month ago

Why these long names like Maurice A Ferrè Park. I preferred Musuem Park but I now simply call it Ferrè Park, no one has time to say all of that.

Jeeeez
1 month ago

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Everyone I know still calls it Museum Park.

LOL SQUARE
1 month ago

You should hang around younger people then

Anonymous
1 month ago

They’re going to rename it Museum Park.

Multimodal Boi
1 month ago

Bicentennial Park for us real OGs

MMN
1 month ago

I just call it Musuem Park and always will.

Jordan
1 month ago

Not exactly.
More detail is provided in my comment above…provided it clears the “Awaiting for Approval” hurdle from The Next Miami moderator.

Jordan
1 month ago

There was a community board, and many of those meetings were announced, promoted, and hosted in Overtown.

The volunteer board received many grants to hire marketing firms, hire an extraordinary administrator, and raise funds to hire architects, planners, consultants, and Miami Community Leaders with experience in managing venues, parks, and real estate.

The Executive Committee board can be found here: https://underdeckmiami.com/executive-committee/

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should just drop the word overtown #miamigreenway works better

J. Corona
1 month ago

Below The Metro rail on US 1 is called the UNDERLINE!

Jordan
1 month ago

Underdeck is a technical term that traffic engineers use describe the area below the deck of a bridge.

It wasn’t officially named that.

Next Miami-kun ^_^
1 month ago

Or how about Via Verde? Adds an elegant tone to an otherwise overly commercial word like Greenway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ohhhh I really like this!

Next Miami-kun ^_^
1 month ago

Also adds a bit of Spanglish flair to it if you think of it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami is not only a Spanglish city it’s a world city

Jenny
1 month ago

Miami needs more American flavor, we have enough Spanish flavor already.

Cesar
1 month ago

Via Verde is already being used by Mexico City

Anonymous
1 month ago

Also a suburban subdivision in Boca.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No more Spanish words, it’s too much

BDub
1 month ago

We are all zooming right past “Over/Under”.

Anon
1 month ago

Undertown

Yup
1 month ago

I am not. Overtown will be an amazing place and it’s the perfect place to invest in right now. If you are zooming past it, it’s because you aren’t looking at the big picture…

Anonymous
1 month ago

The majority of it is in Park West and the A&E District, too. Overtown is west of the FEC tracks.

Jordan
1 month ago

Marketing firms with extraordinary resumes narrowed down the names to about 4, and my vote went to “The HEART” of Miami.

Historic Entertainment Arts & Recreation Trail.

Community Organizers in Overtown, who were conspicuously missing from the meetings, and who lost the vote, got very squeeky, and insisted that Overtown be named in the linear trail or else, managed to get it renamed to OVERTOWN MIAMI GREENWAY.

OMG.

Yes…….OMG indeed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Beautiful space, congrats MIA!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Amazing news! Another beautiful park coming to Downtown!

anonymous
1 month ago

is this ideal…no. But it does have potential to be a nice addition for a space that is completely underutilized. Lets see how this plays out

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

This was a lot of money for a fake bridge over troubled land. But I guess it could be a good thing if it’s done right.

transplant
1 month ago

Agreed. Would have preferred the government buy an acre or two and start making actual unobstructed parks. Or extend the metromover up N Miami Avenue to Design District.
But given it’s federal money, I’ll try not to complain

J. Corona
1 month ago

Federal Money is just taxpayer money!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Build parks, and ruin streets with Metromover flyovers. Sounds like a grand plan.

Jordan
1 month ago

I prefer if the Government just get the hell out of the way.

Cesar
1 month ago

It’s not just a bridge, though. It’s also a stupid double-decked highway on the 836 over the river to the west.

MMN
1 month ago

This IS fabulous news BUT 2027 is a pipe dream, 2029/2030 more likely than not. Official published timeline won’t move until Q1/Q2 2025, but it’s a certainty. Also, while $60M is fantastic the city needs another $60M to complete the funding. $83M total cost is wildly inaccurate also. People and media really need to start holding elected officials accountable to deliver solutions.

Jordan
1 month ago

I heard that the construction budget for all the bells and whistles, calculated by private construction consultants, knowing that it would NOT be a government construction project was $56m. Annual operations costs from $6-$8m.

The Feds have committed $60m
Matching $60m sholuld be no problem.

For all the WE NEEDs out there who NEED public space, I’ll send you the Go Fund Me page and you can all chip in $100,000 each until we reach the $60m match. Then I’ll go the Ken Griffin, and successful people like him, to make up that $60m shortfall.

guy1
1 month ago

HURRY UP!!! This bridge project started in 2020!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is the best news in a while!!! Congratulations Miami!!!
Now, please, DONT F…UP and build something that becomes an attraction for locals and tourists.
With art, entertainment, events, etc
This can really be amazing.

bob art guy
1 month ago

Looks Great and looks Green. Sadly, the dummie landscape architects who undesigned the Underline. Forgot to make it GREEN – In fact, the new extension of the Underline near Simpson Park cut down almost all the GREEN space to put concrete or stuff that looks like concrete.

Yup
1 month ago

The underline is painted green tho

Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s ton of free space in underline, feels like a tropical forest and local residents and families go out and plant new vegetation every weekend

anonymous
1 month ago

Hopefully, I love that this will shut down the naysayers who kept trashing the signature bridge and were skeptical about the park being built.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s an overpass with smog and noise, not a bridge

Anonymous
1 month ago

The bridge sucks but this is huge news! So happy it’s getting grant funding! And we know the city will need the oversight that comes along with the Federal dollars!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I used to think the bridge sucked too because it wasn’t needed BUT after seeing what it will become– THE Miami icon– I’ve come to love it.

Jordan
1 month ago

The infrastructure upgrade WAS and IS needed.

Tyra
1 month ago

I ❤️ it!

Downtowner
1 month ago

Thank you, President Biden and DOT Secretary Buttigieg!

Antennae
1 month ago

He has no clue this is happening…. please

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least Pete “Mad Magazine” Buttigieg isn’t saying what the park should be like… yet.

...eyes rolling into next week
1 month ago

Meanwhile, during the last four of five years, there isn’t even a sidewalk on the busiest, most dangerous intersection in the city, on Biscayne Blvd. from 11th street to 13th street.

This causes pedestrians to walk down the street, on Biscayne, which also floods like crazy.

annon
1 month ago

hopefully they won’t let homeless people take it over. so many of them around the underline… nice things in this city end up being destroyed very quickly!

Al Czervik
30 days ago

The Baywalk connection under 395 is a happening simultaneously (but separately).

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m all for creating uses under underutilized infrastructure, but how will CO2 and other gases emitted from cars affect kids and families playing under this park? Studies show schools, homes, etc close to highways face higher risk of heart and lung problems.

Brooklyn
1 month ago

wouldn’t those fumes emit upwards?

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s a dumb misunderstanding. Even when a straight up pipe throws thousand degree gas straight into the air it settles right back down nearby because it’s not all gas. It’s heavy particulates and smoke that drop right back down.

Tyra
1 month ago

It’s a city not the suburbs. There will be traffic and there will be fumes.

007
1 month ago

Hot air rises!

Name*
30 days ago

But not hot solids

Hialeah Hybrid
1 month ago

I read somewhere CO2 is good for plants, that plants emit oxygen at night, and electric cars don’t emit CO2. So maybe if you’re worried about emissions go plant a bush, drive a Tesla and visit the Underdeck at night. Otherwise moving to Johnston Atoll might be a good option.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You sound genuinely stupid if someone can’t complain about the health of a park UNDER A HIGHWAY. Why don’t you like right next to an oil rig if you’re so staunch on this? CO2 for plants does not mean all CO2 will be taken by the plant. Most of it is left over when the stomata in their leaves close. This is basic highschool biology and I can tell you know nothing from the Hialeah in your name.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Them: Give us more parks!

City: Ok, here’s a gigantic park in an otherwise-underutilized publicly-owned space!

Them: Not there! We want parks on privately-held land that cost taxpayers millions of dollars!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Them: Give us more parks!

City: Ok, here’s a park fronted by two highways with the worst pollution in the city What do you mean expanding highways is unsustainable and will always be?

Them: Huh?

J. Corona
1 month ago

Clever 😜 but the Port of Miami will always be a working port with freight. That means huge trucks climbing up the 395 out of the port tunnel. I doubt there will be electric kenworth trucks. But I could be wrong?

Fred
1 month ago

“I read somewhere” = “I saw a TikTok…”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tik Tok has more factual news than the foreign bought highly censored TV media which feeds us lies often

Jordan
1 month ago

Hahahaha…..
Were you in Mrs. Smith’s 4th Grade class with me?

Jordan
1 month ago

How will CO2 affect kids and families?
My 4th grade science teacher taught me that plants and trees consume CO2 in order to grow.

So, the kids and families who love trees and plants will be smiling whilst they play in the park.

Cesar
1 month ago

Plants can only sequester so much CO2. It’s just like humans can only eat so much food in a day. It actually takes a lot of plants to sequester the amount of CO2 generated by the 143,000 average annual daily trips on the 395/836. AADT figure courtesy of FDOT.

Jordan
1 month ago

Regular followers of The Next Miami probably remember that guy who posted about “no funding for the Underdeck” and how everyone except for him were stupid.

They may also remember a different guy who said, and it’s paraphrased here, “Relax Francis. Get your panties unknotted. There are a lot of great volunteers and community leaders working very hard to get the necessary funding well in advance of the 2026 completion date of the bridge.”

The Mad Commenter was 100% percent certain that there would never be funding ever.

The other guy, knew that their were citizen volunteers with the chutzpah to DO THE WORK to make things happen.

It happened.

A 33 acre public space connecting the waterfront to Gibson Park in Overtown with design and input from the best operators, designers, architects, landscapers, and developers….and evidently…some VERY good Grant Writers.

Congratulations to the Underdeck Exec. Commiteee, Friends of the Underdeck, the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, and all the people that attended the 100’s of meetings and charrettes over the last 3 years to get to this point.

anon
1 month ago

Sound great but the City of Miami is going to stuff as many huge billboards as possible into this area. Look at the gigantic obscenity going up next to the Perez Art Museum to help them pay their overblown salaries.

Michael M
1 month ago

Connect the waterfront walkway! Its blocked under 112 in design district and its blocked under this I395 mess

Al Czervik
30 days ago

The Baywalk connection under 395 is a happening simultaneously (but separately).

ray
1 month ago

The renderings do not look creative, imaginative or impressive. Given the money involved, they need to run a competition to get different submissions and get miamians to vote for the winning submissions.

Al Czervik
30 days ago

Those meetings happened already.
About 129 public meetings in total.

F L Olmstead
1 month ago

Try growing all those flowers under shade…. good luck..

Cover the Podiums
1 month ago

I know its too late, but honestly it would have made more sense to move the interstate underground. Seamless connection downtown and edgewater

Anon
1 month ago

Out of budget for Miami at the moment – maybe in 20 years

Cover the Podiums
1 month ago

well after spending $1 billion, its highly unlikely that its going to be replaced after 20 years lol

ParkingHater
1 month ago

Thank you Mr president 🫡

Anonymous
1 month ago

Thank you, desperate attempt for support after doing nothing for three years.

ParkingHater
1 month ago
Andres
1 month ago

It looks nice,, but the noise and the pollution, and the darkness provided by the highways will big challenges to attract people to the area

Ricardo
1 month ago

The west side of this park is going to be dangerous

LOL SQUARE
1 month ago

You haven’t been paying attention I see…

Yup
1 month ago

It’s going to be amazing actually, lots of developments coming to Overtown.

Anonymous Four
1 month ago

But what if…vehicles spill over the size?

Miguel
1 month ago

How safe will it be to exercise beneath a major highway with millions of vehicles constantly emitting noxious exhaust fumes?