Metrocenter Development Concepts Released, Will Include New Downtown Transit Terminal

Miami-Dade released new concepts of the massive downtown Miami Metrocenter project, in a presentation to developers yesterday.

The winning developer will be required to build a new transit terminal as part of the project, the presentation said.

Also required: new facilities for the main library, HistoryMiami museum, other public facilities, and 2.5 acres of open space.

In addition, the winning bidder will be expected to build a minimum of 2,000 units of affordable and workforce housing.

New York’s Hudson Yards (built by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross) is shown as an example of what the county wants built. The goal is a well-designed, walkable and transit-oriented development where a car isn’t necessary.

The county expects to choose the winning developer in 2024, according to the Herald.

Miami-Dade expects the project to cost around $10 billion, with completion to take 12 to 15 years, a county official said.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

We always look at NYC for inspiration and examples… unless it’s about public transportation…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Or transportation in general (i.e pedestrian streets, protected bike lanes)

Lenny
1 month ago

The garbage bags cooking and leaking out bile on the sidewalks are a real NYC treat!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I know it’s just an example but those buildings are soooooo ugly!

The Lefty Anarchist
1 month ago

Really?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Eventually Mayor Suarez will see the light, especially when Miami and South FL gets inundated with bumper to bumper traffic on a daily basis. On the bright side, the Brighline and the TriRail is expanding, so from a regional basis, that’s good!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Those renderings look terrible aesthetically, but the density opportunity is immense and the opportunity to build public ammenities from scratch is generational.

Anon
1 month ago

Those are not designs…

Anonymous
1 month ago

They’re not real renderings it’s just to show the massing

Anonymous
1 month ago

Unless you’re in a cult, looks are always an opinion of yours.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Twitterbot.

The guy above is British
1 month ago

You’re British

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly my thought. Even the idea looks horrible. Such a joke!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Plezzzee.. what’s there now looks horrible and is a joke!

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is no idea…? Can you read? We are years away from designs….

Urbanist
1 month ago

Can we build the east-west MetroRail at the same time?

dj milligrams
1 month ago

preaching to the melo cheerleader with their big building fetish is difficult around here…any discussion about well rounded/smart urban planning is not appreciated…nor are comments about the panama papers

Anonymous
1 month ago

Preaching to some people in this city who have this “pie in the sky hope” concerning a mass transit east/west Metrorail line they would like to see but are always getting disappointed about it is entertaining, but in reality, its starting to get kinds stale.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not happening. You’re getting Bus Rapid Transit on the Dolphin Expressway. Thats it. It’s in the Smart Plan look it up.

Lechozo
1 month ago

That’s already done.

Anonymous
1 month ago

and that’s all that will be done

Anonymous
1 month ago

The bones of the platform are already there at Government Center and we desperately need it.

anon
1 month ago

There is an approved plan for transit in Miami Dade. Building an east-west Metrorail connection is not part of it. Everything is publicly available online for your review.

Antennae
1 month ago

OK Miami Dade County, let me tell you what is the number one ingredient in creating a mass transit oriented community: Little to no parking required
Simple as that.
It makes things easier for developers and it reduces construction cost. Not to mention fumes and congestion

Anonymous
1 month ago

Parking MAXIMUMS!

Xavier
1 month ago

$10 Billion is ridiculous!

We could do metro rail to Doral and still re-develop it. Just change the zoning in Little Havana and the affordable housing will come on its own.

Anonymous
1 month ago

12 to 15 years really means 20, at best. Why can’t we get it moving and do it in 5-10 years instead?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can steal more money with a longer timeframe.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Give it to Melo…….9 months it’ll be done….

Anonymous
1 month ago

This kinda big.. let’s give them more like um, fifteen months.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Melo is good for infill in distressed neighborhoods and maybe an Aria on the Bay here and there… We want something spectacular for this site.

Melo, a true giga chad
1 month ago

The government center?

Jo Mia
1 month ago

Melo = Cheap work

Anon
1 month ago

Look at all that beautiful waterfront land right next to the river perfect for development – and completely cut off and devalued by the enormous interstate slicing directly through downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

honestly, i feel like we should shorten the end of i95 for better urban development

ANON
1 month ago

Completely. IMHO I95 should end at 836, connecting those neighborhoods once again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Frankly I95 should have been built down to Homestead. Shortening I95 to appease a few newcomber condo yuppies is laughable.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Newcomers?!?! Where are you from? You’re clueless. It was stopped because of the grove, coral gables, and pinecrest.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I lived in Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay before they were called bays fool…. back in the 70s and 80s. Have lived in SE Broward and NE Dade since then. While were still a hispter twinkle in some Bartle and James drinker’s eye. Making I95 shorter would only apoease the newcomer hipsters in condos they cannot afford, so who cares. Everyone else would be left with a traffic quagmire. Dumb idea.

Brett
1 month ago

What clueless clown thinks the Feds were stopped by Coral Gables and Pinecrest from putting I95 through? Interstates were put through some of the nicest neighborhoods across the country. Learn about Eminent Domain. They simply decided the population concentration and access points south of the Grove did not warrant that I95 be built any farther.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Comments like this prove most people on this site and not originally from here or did not grow up down here

Anonymous
1 month ago

Like I said before, people using desktops on dialup in their mom’s spare bedroom are jealous of those with smart phones.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Like I said before, these idjits only use a “smartphone” to take selfie pictures, tweet, and face book. Other than that, they just beg their moms to buy them a new and very expensive phone every two years so they can do and talk childish shit on.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Like I said before, unemployed losers living with their moms can’t afford smartphones and lash out on those that can.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. a mindless kid who begs his mom to get him the latest smartphone so he can text the letter “U” because he can’t spell “you.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

So you think natives want I95 to be torn down south of the 836? From what crack pipe do you toke?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can thank racism for that. They purposefully put I-95 there to destroy Overtown

Rob
1 month ago

Boy Bye

Anonymous
1 month ago

So, Mayor Pete… what about the link that runs straight through a historically wealthy South Brickell area?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brickell was already changing from a wealthy residential area into a commercial district. Also 95 only affected a minimal amount of existing wealthy home instead of completing destroying a neighborhood and cutting into quadrants

Anonymous
1 month ago

Plus those people that had a home in Brickell and sold them to the city in order to build the Metrorail thru there where paid a hefty sum for them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

By the time I-95 was under construction in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Overtown already was in decline and most residents had moved out. Liberty City was built during the Great Depression twenty years before to alleviate the blighted living conditions.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How old are you?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I95 was sliced through Boca Raton too, funny how they have done OK. Wonder what the difference was. Hmmmmm.

Anonymous
1 month ago

95 was not built through the historic core of boca and the wealthy homes. Not much was built west of 95 when it was originally constructed

Anonymous
1 month ago

I95 was why Opa Locka became a slum too. OH WAIT. I95 doesnt run through Opa Locka. So what WAS the reason? Do tell us woke hipster! What could it have been? Hmmmm…..

MBA
1 month ago

Didn’t you hear? Elon Musk is planning on digging Tunnels all over Miami! Oh yeah I forgot, they’d only be for teslas and so small a bus couldn’t fit in them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

12 to 15 years?? Sheesh

Anonymous
1 month ago

Were you thinking to design, approve, and build 23m sqft by next year?

Anon
1 month ago

lmao

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s actually not that bad. It will be phased, so you may see completed buildings just 5 years from now.

Similar to MWC, which has been under construction for a few years already and probably wont be fully built out till the late 2020’s.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So it’ll be watered down and value engineered to hell? Yeah, Hudson Yards is a stretch…

John the bandit
1 month ago

It’s a good start. Make it happened. This should’ve been done along time ago. Seriously.

Anon
1 month ago

Have Craig Robbins consult

Azarius
1 month ago

Great Opportunity to add a west – east line and create a real transit hub that connects all our many modes of public transportation while adding thousands of affordable and workforce housing

Anonymous
1 month ago

>>The goal is a well-designed, walkable and transit-oriented development where a car isn’t necessary.

Good! Now to make this a reality have a parking ratio that supports and streets that are comfortable for people to walk and bike. Shade, protected bike/mobility lanes, etc.

Azarius
1 month ago

Yes this is exactly what Miami needs! Hope they stick to the design requirements. This will be a very transformative project

Anonymous
1 month ago

“completion to take 12 to 15 years”

Why are they telling us about these plans now?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Kind of a pointless question to ask. Would you prefer for there to never be plans??

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s go five years into the future.. do you think that any person telling you this or that will happen five years from now is really a prediction you can count and bet on?

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

Does new Transit terminal mean just a giant new bus loop which they wanted to redo anyway at government center, or does it have to do with using or making a new East-West station for a post “Smart plan is only BRT” system?

Melo, a true giga chad
1 month ago

How about $10 billion in an underground subway system east of I-95? And plan everything around it.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

“The county expects to choose the winning developer in 2024”

Developments on this county land need to be starting in early 2023 but having a winner announced in 2024

Anonymous
1 month ago

LETS GOOO

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami version of “where a car isn’t necessary” is two parking spots per unit instead of three

MR. 305
1 month ago

I hope the buildings look better than the ones in this concept. And when will Metromover and Metrorail be expanded? All this new development is adding Billions to the property tax base. Where is all this money going?!

John el bandido.
1 month ago

12 to 15 years ? Rockefeller center in newyork took 8 years to complete. And that was the 1930s. Cmon ridiculous. Get melo to do it. Or the Chinese. They will build that in 6 years.

Calivalle
1 month ago

Should be a World-class design…💎💎💎

Anonymous
1 month ago

Completed in 2035? Miami will be experiencing about a 4″ increase in mean sea-level rise from 2027 to 2036 due to the 18.6-year Lunar Nodal Cycle. West of US1 is high ground, but panic could ensue in other parts of coastal Miami.

Hank
1 month ago

You read it on the Internet, so it must be true !

Name*
1 month ago

Formally branded as MetroCenter, the 28-acre district includes the seat of government for Miami-Dade County. When a developer is chosen, they could be given the right to build up to 23.7 million square feet of mixed-use space on 17 acres. The developer could be chosen in 2024, according to the Miami Herald.

The master builder would also get “unlimited height and development intensity” on the land that would be leased long-term to the developers, according to the county.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Affordable housing should be built further west but at least it’s not waterfront.

IHateBrokerBabble
1 month ago

further west as in the everglades ???!!!! just say it !!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um… plenty infill on plenty on vacant lots in the Little Havana and Flagami areas.

white flight
1 month ago

does that mean the county can add a “speculators and value added tax zone ” on your precious not-for-the-proles-waterfront-areas?????????

Anonymous
1 month ago

^no that means no subsidized housing for you on the waterfront period. Want waterfront living, either earn the money or marry the money.

Anonymous
1 month ago

referenced some great precedents and came back with sh*t…

Wtf
1 month ago

10mbillion for this crap

Yezuz
1 month ago

Hideous

Anonymous
1 month ago

Setting the bar really low with these concept renderings. Absolutely nothing like Hudson Yards whatsoever. I’ll take the existing Philip Johnson fortress over a bunch of jagged boxes any day.

anon
1 month ago

You do understand these are not designs? You do understand it will be another 2+ years till we actually see *anything* even remotely close to final? The bar hasn’t been set anywhere. This isn’t the development. It’s a concept graphic for massing.