Freedom Tower Metromover Station To Be Renovated & Connected To Worldcenter

Miami-Dade commissioners are voting today on a deal with Zom and Miami Worldcenter to renovate the Freedom Tower Metromover Station.

Zom is preparing to break ground this summer on the 44-story, 434-unit Luma Miami Worldcenter apartment tower, but needs a utilities and pedestrian easement through the station property.

As part of the deal, Zom is proposing to spend $3.2 million rebuilding the station. Improvements will include upgrading the aesthetics to match the Worldcenter project, as well as relocating escalators and elevators. Zom will also pay a small amount of rent for the easement.

The public will have access to Miami Worldcenter through the station property.

Previously, the deal called for Zom to spend $2 million, with reimbursement by the Worldcenter Community Development District.

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marc
3 years ago

Good. Glad some of the MM stops are getting renovated with new developments around town. Now if we could get some to help extend it as well since local government doesn’t have the stomach to even try would be even better.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Great comment! I have always believed that the Metromover is the one system that needs to keep growing. Let’s extend it up to Midtown with stops through out Wynwood and east into South Beach. Yes, it is slow but it is the one type of public transportation that is not affected by flooding and it does not slow down traffic.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s slow by design but it can be made to go faster– especially on a run to Miami Beach.

Miami1
3 years ago

The one at MIA is fast..

Anonymous
3 years ago

… and it derailed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree, I currently live across the street from the Financial District Metromover in Brickell and I take it at least 2 or 3 times a week. Now in addition to going to BCC I will also be able to go to the new movie theater in Downtown at Met Square and to Miami World Center. That is awesome, I would love to take it all the way to the shops in Midtown. Make it happen!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Metromover expansions outside of downtown are only feasible with upgrades like replacing the rolling stock with proper, longer trains like Tokyo’s Yurikamome Line and the Vancouver SkyTrain. Consequently, stations would need to be upgraded. The system as it currently is isn’t fit to serve South Beach, let alone Disneyland. Otherwise, Metrorail or streetcars would be more feasible alternatives.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A Metro Mover loop serving Miami Beach could be operated from a new station at Herald Plaza providing interchange. This is such an obvious expansion, it’s just mind-boggling why it has never happened for so many years.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s only slow because it unnecessarily stops every 2 blocks (and waits unnecessarily long at every stop)… it needs slightly fewer stops a longer distance away from each other (like the distance from Omni station to Museum park station) and it will work out much better.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s only slow because the stations are near each other and frequency pretty high. If made to run across the bay to South Beach, the trains can do 31MPH, so basically they could speed over to South Beach in less than 5 minutes assuming no stations along the causeway.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Win-win situation

Broken Record
3 years ago

Reduce the time in stations and increase the speed while they’re at it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“increase the speed?” What’s your hurry?

Broken Record
3 years ago

If modernized with new lines added, it could take a lot of cars off the road in greater downtown. Speed is part of the decision on whether to drive.
That would be a product worth paying for.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’ve ridden the meteromover a few times and the speed was just fine to me. I’ve seen many comments on this site by people wanting an extension of the metromover by having new routes going to up an coming areas and Miami Beach. I see very few people who are concerned about the speed metromover travels because safety is more of a priority. Any time one is downtown in a car, parking and the price of it is basically going to be a number one issue, second, places worthwhile to go and visit, not how fast the metromover will get one to them. Right now, there are projects going up that addresses both issues downtown. Downtown and it’s satellite areas are going through a massive transformation and we must have patience while the modernization of everything takes shape.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That won’t happen.
NYC has a great transit, But if you’ve ever taken an Uber from Midtown to JFK you you’ll notice that the great transportation didn’t take any cars off the road.
Only a dopey professor and the mindless mush head students who believe them would think that transit takes cars off the road.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do you understand there are millions of people in nyc… not including visitors and not including all the commuters in the surrounding metro area… of course there are still gonna be cars on the road even with the subways and trains

Anonymous
3 years ago

Exactly! The infrastructure is there, now make it run more smoothly please.

suomynona
3 years ago

Increase the speed? No thanks. That thing already takes curves/turns too fast as it is.

If you wanted to add more “cars”, I’d be in favor of that.

Polo
3 years ago

The Park West and 11 ST Metromover stations also need to be renovated.

Yet Another Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s only being slightly renovated like the other stations, not fully incorporated as shown in earlier, better renders.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

Does anyone know if the Museum Park station will be renovated as well? Also, any updates on the proposed park between the Arsht Center and the expressway. It was proposed for the lot where the parking lot is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Omni park? It is there.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

No. Not Omni Park. One proposed a while back (renderings were on this site) on the block south of Arsht, now being used as a parking lot. It was probably just another park idea proposed with no intent to actually build.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Good!.. with all these parks near the Arsht center, what’s the point in having more?

Andrewn2
3 years ago

The plaza that will be built with the new bridge?

Broken Record
3 years ago

Museum Park has already been renovated. It’s one of the better stations in the system.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

Wow. I used it a few months ago to go to the Frost. Wasn’t aware that it was “one of the better” ones.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

I saw some renderings a while back done by Bellomo Architects that looked super nice. Probably too nice to be true.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey ILoveMiami, take a trip to the Everglades National Park if you have that big of a fetish for parks. You can run around in it all day and still would only see about a 10th of it.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

Actually I prefer feet but I do go out to ENP often to get away from a-holes like you for a while.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Evidently you don’t go far enough into the Everglades. Now ILoveMiami, get out there and go further into the swamp next time, the pythons and alligators would love an idiot like you for a snack!

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

I eat pythons and alligators for breakfast. Once again…a-hole!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wow, why are you such a d*ck? Do you hate eveything, or just public parks?

marc
3 years ago

It was “renovated” from the abandoned state it was in from being closed from public use for almost a decade before the Museum came online. They just painted, put in new lighting and signage and updated the technology to standard. The structure itself is the original one.

Broken Record
3 years ago

Agreed.
I still stand by my statement that it’s one of the better ones.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Freedom Tower will be criminally underutilized when MWC is finished. It could make a beautiful condo-hotel, the historic tower being a boutique hotel and condo tower built in the back sharing the amenities. See “The Beekman” in Lower Manhattan.

marc
3 years ago

The Freedom Tower would be a natural fit for the proposed Cuban Museum they want to force on us on Parcel B.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe in the lobby or printing room portion, considering the entire building is too big. Frankly, the Cuban Museum should be combined with the Bay of Pigs one off Eighth Street, because it would attract tourists who visit Calle Ocho, the second most-visited area after South Beach.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nice idea!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Muy true. I was an extra on a Coke commercial shooting on Calle Ocho on a Sunday morning. I was surprised at the number of tourists roaming and filling the streets, some even following guides (Paul George the local historian was leading one group via a megaphone). And the double decker busses filled with tourists. Eye-opening.

marc
3 years ago

Calle Ocho is a tourist hotspot on the weekends during the day.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why are you telling us you were in a coke commercial on Calle Ocho without showing us a picture of how you really look? We have a celebrity here and we won’t be able to pick him out in a commercial folks!