MPA Approves ‘Innovative’ Mixed-Use Redevelopment Of College Station Garage

An “innovative” mixed-use redevelopment of the College Station Garage has been given approval by the Miami Parking Authority, according to a press release issued today.

Oscar Rodriguez, Principal of developer College Station Partners, LLC, said they were excited to now begin the pre-development process, with groundbreaking “in the very near future.”

Under the terms of the newly approved deal, two residential towers with 600 apartments each would be built and owned by the developer. A total of 180 of units in the entire project will be dedicated to workforce housing.

The Miami Parking Authority will own and operate a 1,355 parking-space garage that will be built at no cost to the agency.

“As a public organization, we have a shared responsibility to provide public parking for the community but also to address interconnected urban challenges, which housing is one of them,” said Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, the MPA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The workforce housing component of the project was of utmost importance to MPA to allow individuals and families the ability to live in downtown Miami, a growing urban employment center close to schools, cultural and sports venues, and various transportation modalities.”

“The key to economic expansion is to redevelop the aging urban infrastructure to attract and retain residents, entice new businesses and improve mobility on our roads. We are carving out a vision not only for today but also for the future of the city of Miami residents,” Argudin said.

The project will also have 30,000 square feet of commercial space.

Arquitectonica will be the project architect, according to the terms of the agreement.

College Station Partners, LLC, is a partnership between the principals of Related and ROVR Development, LLC.

 

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Hello
12 days ago

That metro mover station will be packed

anonymous
12 days ago

good, with more ridership that will hopefully get more cars added onto the system

Anonymous
12 days ago

Which will mean the need for longer stations and a complete rebuild, which might as well mean longer cars. Wonder who’s paying for it if it remains free?

Anonymous
12 days ago

The current metromover stations can support 2 cars, but they usually only run 1 car at a time. They can also increase the frequency without needing to lengthen the station platform

Go fish
12 days ago

All stations can currently accommodate double car length movers on the outer loops. Currently only the inner loop is running double cars. Ironically, the inner loop carry’s less people than the outer loops which take more passengers to more destinations. But of course, why would they have it right in this backwards county?

Chyneesha
12 days ago

Brickell can’t because of the turn where the river crossing is and incline. Omni loop has run doubles before but not often.

Sub Tropics
12 days ago

It is at least somewhat possible there have been double cars in Brickell. Maybe under crush loading scenarios it wouldn’t work all the time.

Lechozo
11 days ago

I’ve seen a picture of a double car MM south of the river. Apparently it was an exceptional thing.

Chyneesha
12 days ago

It’s not free. You pay for it whether you use it or not. 🙂 So does every county resident including those who have never been downtown.

Anonymous
11 days ago

We need landscapers in Homestead to pay for Metromover extension so that Brickell trust fund babies can ride Metromover to craft beer fests in Wynwood. (sarcasm light on)

Anonymous
11 days ago

Good. We pay for the highways to take them to Homestead. They can pay for the Mover to take us to our fun events in Wynwood.

Miami Winning
12 days ago

Gorg! Also, great mission statement by Ms. Argudin.

MBB
12 days ago

I really hope they keep some of the large grown trees surrounding that site. That’s the only thing that made that corner acceptable to walk through.

Anon
12 days ago

I really hope those are metal panels and not stucco. If that’s all painted stucco it’s going to look like crap.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Well whatever it is, it can’t look worse than the disgusting parking garage currently sitting on this lot.

coco chanel
12 days ago

no no no ….brutalism has its fans….it smells like “liberation”

Anon
12 days ago

Love the paved crosswalks! We should do this more often in the Miami core… I’d like some around main st (8th) in Brickell but I’m sure we all do 🙂

Anonymous
12 days ago

If it’s metal, it’s going to rust and look like a Brazillian shantytown.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Build build build

Melo, the true giga chad
12 days ago

At least the towers are different heights. Can’t stand when the developers get greedy and do identical towers in the same podium to save money in engineering. I know Melo, the ultra chad, is guilty of doing this 🙁

Anon
12 days ago

Same, great observation!

David
12 days ago

How do you know it is going to be different height? So far what I’ve heard it’s gonna be two towers both with 600 apartments

Antennae
12 days ago

This project is amazing. I’m very happy it was approved. I hope they break ground soon.

anonymous
12 days ago

Can we also get rid of that 7-Eleven on the corner there to improve the area as well? 🙂

Anonymous
12 days ago

If you buy out the owner, you will likely be able to do what you want done with it.

Anon
12 days ago

Exactly. People think this forum is some kind of drag and drop Sim City

Miami Winning
12 days ago

Love Sim City – Miami has a lot of Sim City players, and that’s the kind of spirit and public-promoted innovation that helps a city grow tastefully! We may not able to be developers, but we would love to help developers. Many eyes are better than two. We got this Miami!

Manny
12 days ago

Exactly! Now I just wish they actually have a f*ck

Anonymous
11 days ago

That’s great, but the real world revolves around profits and property rights.

Checo
11 days ago

#1. Developers never develop using only 2 eyes. I takes a solid team with talent representing many different aspects. No developer can build a skyscraper his or herself.
#2. It takes a very talented person, to take the ultimate responsibility to develop a skyscraper in real life. Average (and below average) people have absolutely have no idea what it takes to be a developer.
Even smart people with a reasonable sense for what sacrifices and personal guarantees are necessary, wouldn’t risk their personal fortune, or family’s well being, to do what developers do.
#3. Playing Sim City, or playing architectural critic in the comments section is not enough to highlight on the Resume or write on the Job Application for the Developer Helper job.

Anonymous
12 days ago

If the area improves, it’ll leave eventually. More Millam’s Market and Dean & DeLuca, and less CVS and 7-Eleven please.

Anonymous
11 days ago

Milam’s is an overpriced version of overpriced Publix, and Dean & WHO?

Everyone uses CVS, and 7-11 does have great slurpees.

Melo is sigma and Chad
12 days ago

Amazing, but that lot where Loft III is suppose to be before MDC bought need needs to be developed too. The parking lot behind the church could be redeveloped too.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Who owns that parking lot?

RenRich
12 days ago

I see 3 towers. How us that a factual rendering?

Anon
12 days ago

Renderings are never factual. They are an artist’s interpretation

Robin Stan
12 days ago

It’s a shame the Terra proposal wasn’t chosen.

Anon
12 days ago

diglets.

Yet Another Anonymous
12 days ago

Dugtrio

Anonymous
12 days ago

Diglets with Pokérus, judging by the horrendous blotchy cladding.

Sub Tropics
12 days ago

Premium residential development within walking distance of the Miami Bull.

Anon
12 days ago

I hope that hideous thing is vandalized. Its AWFUL.

Anonymous
12 days ago

It will if it’s not moved where worthy, meaning Brickell.

Anonymous
12 days ago

They should redevelop also their parking next to Nativo and the parking lot next to the Freedom Tower

Anonymous
12 days ago

MDC has to sell it first.

Anon
12 days ago

the other proposal was better. the units facing the amenity deck will get zero daylight with this design. the buildings are so close together, neighbors in different towers will be able to converse from their balconies.

MiamiArchi
12 days ago

So wait its now two towers, not three?
And is it 180 workforce housing total or 180 per tower?
wonder if the design is still the same or not.

BDub
12 days ago

Article says 180 per tower

Chris in Miami
11 days ago

BDub…in the 3rd paragraph it actually says “a total of 180 units in the ENTIRE PROJECT will be dedicated to workforce housing” NOT 180 per tower…

Yet Another Anonymous
12 days ago

The garage that’s there now is somehow not that ugly especially with the tree canopy

Anon
12 days ago

The architecture is kind of cool with the breeze block but unfortunately the area has fallen into complete disrepair. Every time I walk by it smells like urine and there is usually about a dozen homeless

Anonymous
12 days ago

IMO it’s one of the ugliest buildings in all of Downtown.

Anonymous
12 days ago

About as innovative as Crystal Pepsi.

hot toddie
12 days ago

lolz at the attempts at workforce housing…..those will be half full at best due to “approval processes”

Anonymous but Famous
5 days ago

Crowding is a psychological term, and never beneficial. What is needed is the physical term, density. Boston is five times denser than LA, but the latter is more crowded (cars contribute a lot to the problem).

Anon
12 days ago

A bit crowded but a major improvement over the currently dreary conditions

Anonymous
12 days ago

Crowded is good. Crowded is what we aim for!

ok.....
12 days ago

Sweet. Can’t wait till it’s as crowded as Hong Kong. Density is the only metric baby!

Anonymous
11 days ago

Hong Kong is only 16k people per square mile. We want Tokyo Level Density!