Downtown Miami’s historic Flagler Street is set to be rebuilt this spring with a design that is more pedestrian friendly, and developer Moishe Mana said he went shopping yesterday to pick out pavers.
It isn’t clear if Mana is picking the pavers for the entire street or just one of his own projects there.
Mana wrote on Instagram that picking the right color isn’t easy. The developer said that he was “out and about all morning” in his search for the right paving bricks, and appears to have found one that he likes.
Mana also wrote that his first move of 2020 was to sell his Miami Beach home and move into an apartment in Wynwood that overlooks his property there.
Last summer, city commissioners approved spending $20.5 million to $22.5 million on the Flagler Street project. A special taxing district was also approved to fund ongoing maintenance from area property owners.
The curbless, pedestrian friendly Flagler design was created by architect Zyscovich and was spearheaded by Mana. Construction on an earlier design was halted after officials were shown the Mana plan.
New features for the street 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.
Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2020, after the Super Bowl.