First Look At Phase 1 Of Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Flagler Street Rebuild

The first phase of the curbless, pedestrian-friendly rebuild of Flagler Street appears to be one step closer to completion, new photos show.

The $32 million project will see Flagler rebuilt as a “festival street,” designed to be more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.

Photos show that pavers are now being installed. There are also new trees that were just planted, along with traditionally styled lampposts.

New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade trees and other landscaping, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.

New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics are also being installed to prepare for new vertical developments in the area.

Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.

A total of five phases are planned. Groundbreaking took place 10 months ago in May 2021, with an original completion estimate of 30 months for all five phases. By October, the project was said to already be 20% over budget due to the complex utilities found under the street.

 

(photos: Michael Schall)




The five phases, each to take eight months:

 

 

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evan
6 months ago

Even when this nice street redesign is done who is going to want to walk down Manas ghost town of a street.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Just my thoughts.
What a waste of $
That part of downtown is dead

Anonymous
6 months ago

Agree. So this question goes out to anyone who comes to this site: What would make the new Flagler a destination place? What business would you like to see? What retailers, restaurants, bars? Just curious. On a recent visit to Dubai, I went to a development called La Mer. Looks nothing like the modern skyscrapers I associated with Dubai. I would love to see a place like that here.

nonmous
6 months ago

They’re giving us lipstick on a pig.

Elpit Onaso
6 months ago

Miami is growing so fast though, that the entire flaggler street will be gentrified before you know it. And mana will become one rich son of a bitch.

ignoranymous
6 months ago

“mana will become one rich son of a bitch?”

Urbanist
6 months ago

Of course since Mana is behind this project it is the slowest project in the city.

The Melos will build a new high rise before they can finish one block. Unreal.

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

They complete their twin towers on Biscayne bay before this is even half way finished.

BDub
6 months ago

50 years from now folks are really going to enjoy the opening celebration for this project.

Anonymous
6 months ago

One brick a day keeps real progress away…

Anonymous
6 months ago

Nice looking trees.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Corners built for 40 MPH. Completely appropriate for a walkable downtown neighborhood.

Casey
6 months ago

Downtown is poised for something special over the next 5 years.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I think you missed a (1). 15 years at best. Most of you will be middle aged and won’t care anymore.

Anonymous
6 months ago

probably true lol, they’ll be living in Kendall and rolling down Killian PKWY in a SUV taking their step kid to a birthday party.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I am going to grow old by the time this done with. Mana will never do anything with all the retail he has purchased. He will flip these at some point and another “BCC” will be built.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Maybe when its done and it looks nice, Mana can finally get the price he wants and sell his holdings and Downtown can thrive again?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Each phase is to take 8 months but this first phase was started 10 months ago and its not anywhere near complete.

Perfect.

Anonymous
6 months ago

The “first phase” included two phases. Take a look at the project schematic included above.
Three more phases are required to complete the project. The last phase is also almost complete.
The underground work was completed about 3 years ago during the previous construction phase.

Michael Schall
6 months ago

It is close to finished and phase 2 has already begun. The construction timelines per phase overlap

Anonymous
6 months ago

this project is moving insanely slow, get it moving..

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

Slow and basic, its not even rainy season yet and im sure they will go even slower

ba ba
6 months ago

its infill.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Imagine seeing Miami drivers then saying “No, i don’t want a curb”

Anonymous
6 months ago

$32 million project for homeless ppl to defecate all over and sell/do drugs.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Please, do something with the fountain ⛲️ at bayfront park, it could really be beautiful.

Anonymous
6 months ago

8 YEARS! 8 YEARS since they announced this and the project is still ongoing…

Gio
6 months ago

I don’t see how removing the curb from the street will make it safer when cars will still be on the street. Someone please enlighten ……..
First visuals look good.
I think the Coliseum was built faster.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I think the attempt to recover Flager St is commendable, which should have a good plan of incentivized occupation for entertainment, since it is the central axis of the city and should receive many buildings around it. Not wanting to compare it to New York City (not least because Miami is much cooler than NYC today), but Flager could be our Broadway. If Flager doesn’t find its place in the cultural and artistic world, it will lose prestige to the new 7th St boardwalk inside the MWC.

Drac
6 months ago

“Not wanting to compare it to New York City (not least because Miami is much cooler than NYC today), but Flager could be our Broadway”

You don’t want to compare Miami to New York City but you want Flagler st. to be like NYC’s Broadway?

(scratching my head) Uh, okay…

Anonymous
6 months ago

It’s a brick yard.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Will they be getting rid of the street parking permanently, or those bollards cna raise/lower depending on whether the street is in “festival” mode?

Luis
6 months ago

the next lincoln road !

Anonymous
6 months ago

Marshalls really needs to go, rather that whole block. Something amazing could be built there, and I don’t mean Melo crapboxes.

ignoranymous
6 months ago

Haha, a choosy beggar…

Anonymous
6 months ago

That Marshall’s building has had so many chances to be interesting. The ownership just doesn’t have any idea how to make it great, and they scare off any possibility of greatness.

Frank
6 months ago

Looks good.
Except, more public vertical garages should be provided to compensate for the lost public street parking as we do these Streetscapes.
Businesses will suffer from lost parking spaces.

No More Parking
6 months ago

How many people are driving in to use these businesses? There are literally THOUSANDS of residents.

If a business is reliant on having public parking available directly in front of their store they need a new business location or business model.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Nobody drives in downtown…its all walking, scooters or metromover

Anonymous
6 months ago

I guess that explains all the cars that you see on the road.

Michael Schall
6 months ago

Data suggests that pedestrian oriented streetscapes increase economic activity compared to vehicular oriented streetscapes

Anonymous
6 months ago

Then why not eliminate all cars and roads?

ignoranymous
6 months ago

crickets…

Anonymous
6 months ago

Because almost everywhere in America is car dependent. That’s just how it was built.