Master-Planned Urbanist Community At Metrorail Station Passes First Commission Vote

A developer proposal to build a master-planned urbanist community next to the Santa Clara Metrorail station has passed a first vote by city commissioners.

According to The Real Deal, the commissi0ners voted to accept the proposal by developer NR Investments, but will also open up the land to competing bids.

An official Request For Proposals will be issued to other developers in 45 days. Other developers interested in the land would then have 45 days to respond.

The NR proposal was designed by DPZ CoDesign, the Miami-based pioneer of the new-urbanism movement.

According to the proposal, the 18-acre city-owned GSA/Solid Waste property that is now mostly used as a maintenance and waste facility next to the Santa Clara Metrorail station would be redeveloped with:

  • 2,500 residential units (of which 500 will be workforce)
  • 100,000 square feet of retail
  • 300 key hotel
  • 200,000 square feet of office
  • 5 acres of green space
  • six parking garages

There would be seven high-rise buildings rising up to 30 stories, along with a mix of mid- and low-rise buildings.

The developer is proposing to environmentally remediate the site, currently used as a dump and auto repair facility.

They will also build an indoor civic space (wither a library or study house) and outdoor green space with a community market open to the public.

 

 

The low and mid-rise buildings:

Community gardens:

View from Santa Clara station:

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Shawn Kouri
2 months ago

This is seriously going to transform that area. This would be important, especially as Miami continues to run out of room to expand outward in the suburbs and build more subdivisions. So, it not only makes sense to build upwards but it also makes perfect sense to make a community on the principles of new urbanism which promotes walkability and bike ability with less reliance on the car and he would be able to walk to and from work or to shops and restaurants within walking distance, seconds to minutes. It can also be a great way to help with traffic

Azarius
2 months ago

Well stated Shawn

Anonymous
2 months ago

Miami hasn’t ran out of room. We still have a bunch of 1-3 story buildings that are prime for development.

Anonymous
2 months ago

“run out of room to expand”: I think Shawn is referring to the limited space for continued sprawl since we have the everglades to the west and the ocean to the east.

but yes there are still MANY opportunites within many prime for development/redevelopment

Anonymous
2 months ago

**within miami

Anonymous
2 months ago

More so, we have a bunch of vacant lots and dilapidated one story shacks within minutes from Metrorail stations that are prime for redevelopment.

Melo, a true giga chad
2 months ago

Probably the most significant project in Miami dade currently. We need to keep changing the zoning laws to allow for these types of developments in Hialeah and little Haiti. Too much hideous single family homes.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Something like this needs to be around every metro rail station and future smart corridor stations

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

Fast track this project please, we need piling work before EOY

Anonymous
2 months ago

It’s likely going to be Q1 or Q2 2023

Anonymous
2 months ago

I hope they put some serious time and money into remeidating the soil on this plot of land. We don’t want to just throw a tarp on it and call it a day lest in 15 years, residents start getting cancer and shit from all the toxic chemicals that have leaked out of the scrap cars and repair facility there.

Lenny
2 months ago

We don’t.
Maybe they should do an Environmental Phase I

Anonymous
2 months ago

Incredible looking project with much needed worforce housing and great public space! Hard to imagine a better proposal, but excellent to see a competitive process being available – Miami wins regardless.

Joe
2 months ago

No brainer.. winning proposal for everyone involved including opening up Civic center to residents.

Prometheus
2 months ago

I used to work at the MDC Medical Campus & walked there from the Santa Clara metro station. This is a great project, but I’m just wondering, is that waste facility going to remain open? Because it’s no fun being downwind from that thing. Plus it’s crawling with vultures. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but how are they going to manage that?

Anonymous
2 months ago

There should be no standalone parking garages, let alone six. What’s the actual parking count?

Anonymous
2 months ago

If properly lined/located, they work much better for pedestrians than every building having its own podium

Anonymous
2 months ago

Looks great, but seems a little ambitious. Doubt the developer will build all of this. Might be like world center where they build a building or two, then sell off parcels to let other developers fill in.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It’s likely a conceptual plan, but hopefully the results look something like it. Compare Cooper Carry’s original human-scale plans for Downtown Doral with the vertical suburb, Neo-Le Corbusier monstrosity that was built, or what Miami21 promised versus practically ever Related and Melo building.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Wow, this will breach the divide and Overtown will follow

Anonymous
2 months ago

The commissi0ners
Where the 0 Stands for zero mass transit investment.

Anonymous
2 months ago

More developments like this need to be built around existing Metrorail stations before a legitimate case for any expansion can be made. Metrorail usage is currently insufficient to attract federal funds for expansion.