Miami To Begin Construction On Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Rebuild Of Flagler Street Next Week

A construction project to convert Flagler Street in downtown Miami into a “festival-style boulevard” will begin construction in the first week of May, according to Miami Today.

The first phase of construction will start at Biscayne Boulevard. In total, there will be five phases, each taking around eight months, according to the DDA.

The  City of Miami’s Office of Capital Improvements says that in total, construction is expected to be 30 months (despite the DDA’s timeline listed above), Miami Today reported.

The rebuild is designed to make Flagler Street more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.

New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.

New utilities, including power, gas, fiber optics will be installed to prepare for new vertical development, the DDA says.

The street itself will get design improvements that include patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.

Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.

Once the project is complete, Flagler Street is expected take back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.

 




The five phases, each to take eight months:

 

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

I just saw Moishe at Home Depot perusing the paver isle !!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Isn’t it crazy that this this project was supposed to be completed 3 years ago? Lol.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Typical

Anonymous
4 months ago

Make it a permanent pedestrian only street. Miami’s version of Lincoln Road.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes. Yes. Yes. I sound like the Katz’s Deli scene in When Harry Met Sally.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This will be a game changer for downtown. Pedestrians streets rise the value of real estate significantly.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly . Car and pedestrians Levels the same – get ready for cars to plow through people easier as they are on their phones

Anonymous
4 months ago

Definitely getting plowed.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That sounds exciting. Wait…I AM excited.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I hope this time they finish it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah, but it’ll take like 60 months instead of 30.

Anonymous
4 months ago

hope this time they start it

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why is construction going to take 30 months? 12-18 months seems more reasonable. I guess bureaucracy added more time. Beautiful project though.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Because it’s the way the city does business. Piece meal and penny pinch everything.

Anonymous
4 months ago

While overspending our money at the same time of course

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol Ed that wasteful spider bridge

Anonymous
4 months ago

Because it takes 24 months to get a building permit and 6 months to do the work.

Danny
4 months ago

Because there are so many utilities underground and at grade which will need modifications. Many of it is not on a thorough as-built over the years. Then to add the vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Thus the 5 phases over 30 months. Last time there was so many delays and unforeseen conditions that equaled huge costs.

Hopefully they learned a little more of what’s in the ground.

Anonymous
4 months ago

hold up….. we need 30 years of studies…!

Anonymous
4 months ago

At 30 months, this will be done 30 years before Mana puts a single shovel in the dirt

Anonymous
4 months ago

Wouldn’t it make more sense to build the new buildings in the area first? It’s like painting the kitchen before you put up a new one…😳

Anonymous
4 months ago

Then it’ll never get done…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Case in point, most of Brickell’s streetscape hasn’t been touched since the 1960s.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Making the street nicer will move development forward. Think of Wynwood

Marc
4 months ago

The goal of this project is to drag on as long as possible. This forces businesses to close, drives down property values, and allows Mana to buy even more of the neighborhood.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The good news here is the utility work to prepare for new vertical construction.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I hope this brings about a real Renaissance to the street. Hopefully the old crappy watch/camera/luggage stores will be replaced with nice places to eat and shop that don’t get boarded up at 5 PM when offices close and everyone heads out to the burbs. A mix of national retail stores and smaller shops would be great. Give people a reason to stay after work.

Azarius
4 months ago

Why does it take them so long to replace sidewalks and redo a street? In that time Melo will top off downtown 1st and be half way finished with his Edgewater project

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ridiculous spending of money never to be recovered

Anonymous
4 months ago

The city should aggressively market the conversion to attract new retail. Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, Bath and Bodyworks, House of Blues. Others will follow. Success breeds success. If you build it, they will come.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Most of those are or will either go to Bayside Marketplace, Brickell City Centre, or Miami Worldcenter. Flagler Street at street level is best fit for restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, and maybe like… an Urban Outfitters.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Sure. But it would be nice to have a mix of both. Realistically, at least to start off, the big chain stores wont risk it, but if the street comes alive, they may bite. All it takes is one brave one, and others will follow. Build a BK in any corner, anywhere, and Wendy’s, McDonalds and Taco Bell will pop up across the street. Everyone wants a share of the market. The thing here is who will jump in first. Obviously, the reno has to be beautiful.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Beautiful. It reminds of me of Lincoln Rd

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cool, let’s build Metromover right over it! /sarcasm based on TNM commenter logic

Anonymous
4 months ago

You took the words out Of my mouth

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exciting stuff! Once this actually gets going the clock will really start ticking on Mana to improve his buildings and fulfill his “grand vision” NO MORE EXCUSES!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I hope they replace those rusty old traffic lights.

Anonymous
4 months ago

So cut off another artery in Downtown?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Flagler St is horrible. This will not help. Brickell is amazing.
Overtown much better future. Park Weat million times better.

Anonymous
4 months ago

In what reality do you live in? Flagler Street is the Main Street of Miami. The entire street grid is based off of Flagler street. Not to mention, it has one of the best and most liberal zoning densities for vertical development as well as a historic pedestrian friendly cohesiveness that the other neighborhoods of Downtown Miami don’t have.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ummm , try 100% pedestrian !!

Anonymous
4 months ago

nice project, lets hope it gets actually done like planned. they should also do something with the fountain by bayside where Flagler starts.

NOSTALGIC
4 months ago

Cut the BS and bring back Woolworth’s, Grant’s, and McCrory’s!

Anonymous
4 months ago

The amount of drug dealers in downtown right now is ridiculous.
There’s a reason why everyone is going to Brickell, It doesn’t smell like piss everywhere you go.

Anonymous
4 months ago

And then get tear up once new buildings are built and they have to connect those buildings to sewer and water

Anonymous
4 months ago

The post says the infrastructure is being laid in advance in anticipation for future construction needs.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Go mana go!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yawn

Anonymous
4 months ago

Cant wait to walk down this beautiful street and visit all the pawn shops and shady discount stores!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lovely…. They are gonna eliminate the little bit of parking left on Flagler street and make more room for the homeless to piss and poop on the curbless sidewalks. This project is like those perfect pics on social media of some utopian reality that only exists in a virtual world. Kudos!

Anonymous
4 months ago

No bike lanes anywhere. Still another failure.

Anonymous
4 months ago

We use sharrows in Miami, that’s how we know you’re a Russian troll bot not really from Miami

Anonymous
4 months ago

Miami has both bike lanes and sharrows.

Anonymous
4 months ago

In Brickell, there are now more scooters than bikes. Something needs to be done to accommodate both. A scooter can go 15 mph which is way faster than anything should be going on the sidewalk. It’s a hazard.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Simple solution, add bike lanes

Anonymous
4 months ago

Move out into the sticks in deep South Dade if you’re so worried about being able to bike.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Lol.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“No bike lanes anywhere. Still another failure”

You must really have a death wish…