City of Miami Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the implementation of a new Wynwood Streetscape Master Plan.
Implementation will begin immediately, the Wynwood Business Improvement District said in a statement. The BID is funding and constructing the project together with commercial property owners, and will coordinate with the city.
The project will include:
Florida’s first ever Woonerf – a street designed primarily as open space for pedestrians and bikes, that also allows access to cars (three streets will be converted to woonerfs)
A new greenway that will include a minimum half-mile trail network open to pedestrians and bikes
Enhanced landscaping that will help combat climate change, add shade-providing tree canopies, reduce the heat island effect, capture stormwater runoff, and reintroduce native plant species
Safety and mobility improvements including new crosswalks, mid-block crossings, widened sidewalks, protected bicycle lanes and district-wide signage
It took 24 months and dozens of public hearings, design charrettes and community workshops before the design was finalized and approved.