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Julia Tuttle Park Proposed As Part Of Hyatt Redevelopment

Miami commissioner Ken Russell wants a public park to be built as part of a redeveloped Hyatt in downtown Miami.

At a commission meeting today, Russell presented a conceptual proposal for Julia Tuttle Park, which would be built next to the rebuilt Hyatt and Knight Center.

Russell showed a rendering of the concept prepared by Zyscovich Architects, which places the park on the river. The Hyatt is set back, while access ramps to I-95 are removed.

With the new proposal, the Hyatt redevelopment likely won’t be placed before voters on November’s ballot, after the item was withdrawn.

Hyatt’s current lease runs until 2078, so the company still has the option of walking away from redevelopment talks and remaining in the existing hotel.

In a statement, architect Bernard Zyscovich said that his concept would open up the area by bringing I-95 ramps to grade.

Under Zyscovich’s plan, the Miami Ave. Bridge would become more accessible by providing a second access point from I-95, which could help reduce congestion at the intersection in front of the Brickell Avenue Bridge.

Moving the Hyatt development to the North opens up a new way of entering the City while still leaving enough space for a new park, according to Zyscovich.

By pushing the I-95 entry to come to ground at Miami Ave instead of Brickell, it also creates the opportunity for a boulevard enty/exit into the City next to the River, while still allowing for a new tower on the available developable space.

“This is the moment in time when we can solve multiple problems at one time and will forever transform the entry to Miami’s downtown,” Zyscovich said.

 


(rendering: zyscovich architects)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes more parks and green spaces.

Marc305
Marc305

Completely agree, but this should be accomplished by building a TUNNEL not by building more ramps. Why is this so difficult to understand? The tunnel to the port has worked out great, just duplicate it and make it happen!

Suomynona
Suomynona

Absolutely. There should be miles of tunnels in the downtown core (bridges, highways, etc).

Anonymous
Anonymous

awesome

Anonymous
Anonymous

What are they proposing to replace access to 95 with?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Likely a more urban interchange. Theoretically, the traffic increase from smaller ramps would be offset by expanded transit. Too bad we haven’t done much of the latter.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes please!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The image shown is ancient. It’s from the concepts in Zyscovich’s Downtown Miami Masterplan with the older “Grand Boulevard” scheme replacing the Downtown Distributor. Still, I’m not criticizing it because it would be great to finally see it realized according to plan. Each go hand in hand considering that the existing park is a dead zone because the ramps being a border vacuum, and also why the existing hotel has no street interaction.

Anonymous
Anonymous

When you want to get votes in Miami, you talk about parks, that always gets the heartstrings pulled in the populace because they think you’re smart and doing something great for them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree with your sentiment in certain respects, but while I find many things I don’t like about Ken Russell I do have to give him credit for being serious about it. Parks was a big theme for him and he has stayed true to it. Maybe after he is finished making parks for hipsters (omni park) and parks for rich people to look at from their balconies (this park above) he will focus on giving the regular people a park that they can use. Something more than basically a glorified street beautification project which this project above seems to be mostly.

William
William

Well said. I’m not a fan of Mr. Russell… but his seriousness about parks is a positive. The hipster parks are a waste of resources. The CoM only meets the national city park requirements b/c o the acreage in Virginia key. Regular folks need park space. And not 10 miles away in Virginia key.

Anonymous
Anonymous

When will Miami remember its other founding “women”…EC McAllister for instance was a widow who came down in circa 1915 and built Miami’s first highrise ever…10 stories tall on the intersection of Biscayne & Flagler. She took Miami vertical for the first time ever…and then kept going, building homes, hotels and other buildings all over Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

MAKE THE FORMER ISLAND GARDENS/WATSON ISLAND PROPERTY THE PARK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Right, because it has great pedestrian and transit access, and is surrounded by things to do warranting its use. /sarcasm

Anonymous
Anonymous

There is still a lot to do in the area …… now the edges start to get together and make sense ……..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice. I like a lot!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah but Al Crespo actually likes him. He was just giving him constructive criticism.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is this a joke?

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Help. It’s not April 1st and I can’t see how this fiscally profits anybody in the short to medium term.

New park space, for real?

Anonymous
Anonymous

They gotta spend your tax dollars on something!!!

AnthonyE
AnthonyE

Obviously this jackass doesn’t live in the area… We need all the access roads to get in and out that we can get. How does it make any sense to do all this for more grass, we have bayfront, the new park across from the arsht center and the park by the perez art museum .

Anonymous
Anonymous

We don’t need an underutilized spaghetti monster running through the CBD. Google “freeway revolt” and look at all the successful cases studies where 1960s urban planning mistakes were removed to no detriment in what they were supposed to solve.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, we need more empty parks in Miami’s urban core. I mean why not use extremely valuable land as a glorified lawn…

GBA
GBA

Bayfront Park, Fort Dallas Park, and the Miami Circle are all parks within walking distance of the Hyatt site. Why do we need another park so close?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Green space will be very important as the densification continues; additionally it is important for drainage as well as providing public spaces for events and other civic things to occur. Parks are important, and having on in the urban core instead of along the bay will lead to more utilization and increased property values.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m all for parks, but really, will this be utilized?
Just remember Bicentennial…
So yes, spend $ in parks so the homeless have a place to crash…

Bro
Bro

Fort Dallas Park is one property over from the JLKC. Miami Circle is, literally, directly across the river from the Hyatt. Bayfront Park is a five minute walk away. GBA is right. It’s not like there aren’t any parks in close proximity to the Hyatt/JLKC site.
Assuming that site does get developed just like the rendering – are the Miami taxpayers actually willing to pay hundreds of millions to acquire the Riverfront Hotel, take down the I95 ramps, and pay for the new park’s maintenance? All for a new Park that will be next to existing parks.
Personally, I would prefer Hyatt use the maximum intensity and density of the site, in order to pay the City a greater amount so that the City could afford to give its citizens greater services, whatever those may be.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Look, I would rather go frolicking in a park to look at people playing with their children and mutes than go frolicking on a beach while looking at hot buxom babes in tiny string bikinis any day.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The proposed park is basically an extension of Fort Dallas Park, as well as Riverwalk the same way it related to Miami Circle Park across the river. It’s the best utilization of the land along the river, while many blocks will be opened up for development following the freeway ramps being dismantled.

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