Miami To Begin Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Flagler Street Rebuild After The Super Bowl In 2020

The City of Miami has scheduled a date to begin construction on a pedestrian friendly rebuild of Flagler Street.

Work will begin in Spring 2020 starting at at Biscayne Boulevard, and then moving westward to Southwest 1st Avenue.

“With a safer and more attractive environment and with wider sidewalks and more shade, the enhancements to Downtown Miami’s historic main street will bring increased vitality to our current retailers and restaurants,” said commissioner Ken Russell.

City commissioners approved the project in July, at a cost of $20.5 million to $22.5 million. A Special Assessment District was also approved for the area to pay for ongoing maintenance of improvements.

Existing merchants will be able to conduct business as usual through events this winter including the Super Bowl and Art Week, before construction begins. City officials say they are serious about allowing existing businesses to benefit from the holiday and Super Bowl events.

Once completed, Flagler Street will become more inviting to pedestrians. New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology. There will be patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.

Pedestrians and cars will be at the same level in the new design, and bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to automobile traffic. Some parking will be removed in favor of seating areas for restaurants.

The street will become a “festival-style boulevard,” taking back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.

Tourism in downtown Miami has nearly doubled since 2010 to 6 million visitors, according to the Downtown Development Authority. The population of residents and office workers has also been soaring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous

They must mandate businesses in the CBD install impact glass and remove shutters and cages over the windows at night. It’s an eyesore and a detriment to the development of the area as a place to be in the evening.

Anonymous

Only at night???
Downtown Miami, but for a few blocks close to Biscayne Blvd is a total eyesore. Most stores are boarded up, it’s a blighted area crying in desperation. It’s actually sad. It’s beyond 3rd world.

Anonymous

Yeah, it will take more than this project. These pictures are more a fantasy plan than reality. It’s beyond me why the center of a city with the most transit oriented area in the county, close to the bay can be so desolate and lifeless. Only in the U.S.A

Anonymous

Agreed with the comment(s) here. This entire area is a completely blighted corridor to begin with; and the structures themselves should be addressed before giving the area a beautiful pedestrian-friendly walkway to nowhere.

Sgt. Sapingo

I’m not sure Miami is responsible enough for curbless streets. Someone is going to get run over.

Anonymous

Hopefully, someday they’ll be able to convert it full time for pedestrians only.

Anonymous

Hopefully by then I’ll be retired and no longer working downtown, and you’ll be stuck in the brutal traffic quagmire that will result from such a silly idea.

Anonymous

Not sure if this wise. With no curbs or barriers terrorists have taken advantage of this in some overseas cities by using cars to run over innocent people. Sad but true.

Anonymous

I agree… we should ban all cars from the downtown area to solve the issue.

Anonymous

Just expand Metromover.
Problem solved.

Anonymous

we should ban all people who hate cars from the South Florida area

Not Gene

Can someone make sure the 5G poles are done on Flagler BEFORE this begins? Would hate to see asphalt and spray paint all over new sidewalks and pavers.

Anonymous

I thought they were building this already, but i forgot that moishe mana is behind this project and any project involving moishe mana takes forever.

Anonymous

Takes forever, or never happens?

Anonymous

Fantastic! The homeless people will be thrilled with the added space.

Anonymous

…and the extra shade.

Anonymous

Finally

Anonymous

A start now clean up the rest of downtown. D2 commissioner is MIA!

Anonymous

Planned ending date?

Anonymous

Hahahahaha it’s Miami…so never

Anonymous

It would be nice to see a sample of the pavers they plan to use

Anonymous

WISHFUL THINKING! FLAGLER will never be like those renderings
All FAKE! Noone from midtown will come down, noone from brickell will cross the miami river, noone from south beach will drive into mainland,noone from midtown will drive down, public transportation is horrible trollies are a joke, parking is horrible in downtown, theres 1 way in and out of brickell, store fronts rents are skyhigh now…imagine then….its going to take more than a facelift to make this work..

Anonymous

Boy you really need a chill pill.
Enjoy your happy hour dude

Anonymous

Who is this “noone” character you speak of? Perhaps he or she shouldn’t live in Miami if visiting downtown is such a bother.

Just a City Dude

The idea is fab!

Now … are they raising the ‘Z=0’ ground level? Or will this all just be underwater every high-tide… and another swiming pool during King Tide? Curbs play a role in drainage… not just keeping cars at-bay .. . . . …

Anonymous

As a native Miamian, I am not aware of any tidal issues in downtown. There is one tidal issue at 8th to 13th on Brickell but that is about it. Another one is present at the Zaha Hadid tower on Biscayne.

Lyin' Ted

Love it…I’ve been waiting for someone to recognize that Miami needs wider sidewalks….wish they could do this on Brickell as well because the sidewalks there are pitiful. Lots of negative comments but not really sure why? Not everything in Miami needs to be completely redeveloped from the ground up. Sure the Design District is nice, but it’s strictly for tourists and rich people (and fakers)…a REAL city has areas for all people, so I’m optimistic the improvements will help increase retail traffic and business organically.

Anonymous

What a waste of money. Build a pedestrian curbless street. Even though there are no pedestrians

Anonymous

Great! Now the homeless will have more room to camp out on!

MLam

Bike lanes? What happend to those?

Me. and many others

they’ll come back after Climate Change is reversed and one won’t drown in their own sweat!

Anonymous

“Bike lanes”? Miami doan need no stinkin bike lanes because no one pays attention to them in the first place.

Anonymous

Absolutely ? and moreover, this is definitely not a bike city. Unfortunately, it’s a car city. Air conditioning car city at that

Anonymous

Design district looks super with the big trees.. a little messy but what a nice place to stroll there–beautique type stores and restaurants will come.

Anonymous

“Messy”? From the falling leaves?

Anonymous

Yes, the sidewalk is all for yourself

Anonymous

Yes, trees and lighting are long(!) over due. It only took them 20 years for Craig Robins to realize that people prefer the ambiance of trees (shade) and lighting (ambiance) to elevate the area. Duh. Now- lets sell some $20,000 USD watches! Still will not match the elegance of Bal Harbour Shops retail experience.

Anonymous

Farewell and adieu to any mom & pop store that lay in the path of this development that can’t weather the storm.

Anonymous

I don’t know what mom and pop or any retail in the area.
It’s all an abandoned wasteland

Anonymous

Love this but it should have ended on SW 2nd or 3rd instead of 1st.

Anonymous

Oh Yeah!!
That SuperBowl Cash flow!!

Practical Oldtimer.

Happy to see improvements, but this only works in the photo/videos and in theory.
Wider sidewalks means that comes at a cost with less or no street parking.
More shade means more leafy trees where the leafs fall and 1. stain the new brick floor, 2. leafs plug the storm drains on heavy rains and the street floods, and 3. the roots will eventually bust into the storm drains, and 4. shade encourages more vagrants to the area and to sit around.

Anonymous

AND FIVE, YOU COMPLAIN TO MUCH

Anonymous

And six you should be impeached