Island Gardens Racing To Beat Construction Deadline

The developer of Island Gardens has submitted revisions to a MUSP for the project, in an attempt to break ground before two key deadlines.

Flagstone, the project developer, must break ground on elements of the project by certain dates, or the ground lease on the city-owned land is considered null. In addition, a MUSP approval for the project has a time limit.

In an October 2015 letter, the developer’s attorney wrote that those dates were extended by 6 months and 60 days due to a state emergency declared in 2015 from Tropical Storm Erika, in line with the state’s Permit Extension Law. The new deadlines are as follows:

  • MUSP expiration – July 7, 2016
  • Marina completion – September 7, 2016
  • Commencement of construction of retail/parking – April 31, 2017
  • Commencement of construction of hotel, if no option exercised (can be extended up to 10 years with option) – April 31, 2019

The developers met with city planners in a Coordinated Review Committee meeting on June 21 over a MUSP modification, which the architect says is a minor change.

 

 

 

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Marc305
4 years ago

I find it funny how there is always people asking for parks in Downtown Miami when the few that we do have are always empty. The ones that people actually go to are the ones that are directly in front of residential towers as is the case with Margaret Pace Park that in addition to open space they also have things for people to do such tennis courts and basketball courts. Putting a park in this location without residential towers would be ludicrous, it would sit there empty like Bicentennial Park did for so many years before the Museums and high rises were built.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Becuase Bicentential Park was a large park, now littered with “monuments”. When you walk or bike into a park it should feel like a natural space, so people feel good, where they can relax away from the hustle of the city! For instance, reference Vondel Park in Amsterdam. If you want to walk from the North end of Bicentenial Park, to the South end where the museums are, you have to walk back to Biscayne boulevard and walk on a narrow sidewalk, practically a quarter mile, crossing many lanes of traffic. That is not a park…

suomynona
4 years ago

Parks are good, but they need to be in good locations where actual residents can use them. Not isolated on an island that isn’t realistically in walking distance.

The problem with parks downtown is that there hasn’t been many people living downtown until recent years and obviously the weather can be an impediment. But at least when you have a park you can go there in the morning/evening when the whether isn’t so awful, and you can use it in the winter months when it’s perfect out.

Edin
4 years ago

This is so STUPID!!!!
Who runs this city????
Take that location back,and give it to somebody who is going to build it TODAY.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I WONDER WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE AGAINST BUILDING IN THIS CITY? LOOK AT ALL THESE OTHER CITIES THEY KEEP BUILDING! BUILDING! BUILDING! DO WE WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND OR GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF THIS CITY? MIAMI IS A POPULAR CITY BUT IS STILL LACKING SOMETHING NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT BUT IT JUST DOESNT HAVE THE CHARM OR TOURIST ATTRACTION AS OTHER CITIES DO. THE MORE WE BUILD THE MORE WE HAVE TO OFFER SUCH AS SKYRISE, MIAMI WORLD CENTER, AMERICAN DREAM MIAMI AND MIAMI WILDS AMONG OTHER PROJECTS WILL ONLY MAKE THIS CITY BETTER NOT WORSE.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Miami lacks effective typing instructors.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I may not be around to ever see this project.
Don’t bother reading anything related to this anymore.
I will resume once I see the cranes.

Anonymous
4 years ago

this guy should be kicked to the curbed and if nothing else the action from our elected officials to give this developer any further consideration proves just how ridiculous the whole thing is….it reeks of unbalanced favortism of some way shape and form

Ted P.
4 years ago

This project should never take place after years of never happening. This space is public land and should be converted into some sort of public park. These are some of the best skyline views in Miami.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Public Parks?
For what?
Nobody comes
Miami is not a park city.
Too hot and humid. That’s why we have the beaches.
Bicentennial Park was there for 18 years and nobody ever went.

marc
4 years ago

People are slowly starting to use Museum Park now and I suppose more will come once the Science Museum is finished.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Don’t count on it

Anonymous
4 years ago

Are you serious? Parks are green spaces that usually have trees to provide shade. Miami has such few green spaces in the city, it just deplorable how they can just keep building and not even consider the health effects. You are delusional.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You are right, Miami needs more parks. But they don;t all need to be prime waterfront land. a continuous bay walk/bike path from coconut grove to the northern extents of the city would be more used then another waterfront park with no program. Bicentennial, Museum, and Margaret Pace Parks are all great if they are enhanced and connected. Build more parks between I95 and US1, where it enhances the residential neighborhoods for locals (not tourists) and the land is affordable enough that the city/county/state could acquire it

Anonymous
4 years ago

Miami is the only city in the United States sandwiched between 2 National Parks. The Biscayne Bay National Park provides a lot of blue space.

Need some shade
4 years ago

I’ve gone to Museum Park (the old Bicentennial Park) a few times and it’s okay but it’s certainly not what was originally proposed for that location. There were supposed to be plenty of trees to supply shade but instead it’s pretty bare. Who wants to sit on a park bench in the hot sun when it’s 90 degrees?

Anonymous
4 years ago

No thanks. I don’t have the inclination to go to a steamy beach with 85 degree water in the middle of the summer. Bicentennial Park has existed but no one was living in downtown Miami 18 years ago. It is a great park btw.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Great park and great location but who uses it?
Wasted money

Anonymous
4 years ago

Park in the middle of Watson Island?
Hahahahahaha
Waste of money
Waste of space
Waste of beautiful views. Nobody will ever see them.

Anonymous
4 years ago

They’ll get an extension, count on it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Good don’t build it.