One Brickell Approved, Could Add A Temporary Baywalk During Construction

Related Group’s One Brickell project is now just about shovel-ready after the city’s Planning Department issued a final decision last month approving it, including several waivers from Miami 21 requirements.

Commissioners gave the green light after the developer agreed to certain conditions, including:

  • If One Brickell is built in phases, Related will repair and restore a 5-foot dock behind the property to serve as a temporary public riverwalk until Phase II commences construction (Related hasn’t committed to opening a temporary riverwalk before construction starts.) Eventually, there will be a full riverwalk connecting to the Miami Circle.
  • Impact fees and Public Benefits contributions for One Brickell will be used to construct transportation improvements that could improve traffic on the highly-congested Brickell Avenue drawbridge. That could include restoring a northbound lane that was recently removed, smart signage warning motorists of bridge openings and providing alternate routes, Southeast 10 Street cut through beneath Metro-Rail in order to access alternate routes, or other improvements.

As with all projects in Miami, a clearance letter from the FAA will be required prior to the issuance of a construction permit (the FAA is still reviewing the plans.)

 

The approved plans:

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

I am the biggest proponent for high rises, but these two buildings right next to a bridge that goes up a couple of times an hour ….. SMH, I don’t know it just seems crazy! Would be great if they would build the tunnel they have been planning since the 1990’s.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Or a zip line from the pool deck to the other side of the river?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yes! a tunnel! That would make absolute sense but… money talks, corruption reigns and common sense walks. In the end we are all skd!

Marc305
5 years ago

This idea did not start in the 1990’s it actually was proposed in 1966 and then again in 2006, both times it was rejected because it would not have a big enough impact on traffic. Seriously?! Maybe not in ’66 but in ’06!!!! Come on! Here is the link:
http://the305.com/2013/12/29/the-1966-proposal-that-shows-the-tunnel-that-never-was-for-downtown-miami-brickell/

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Could it improve traffic? absolutely. Would the impact justify a billion dollar tunnel under the sea bed? Not by a long shot.

Marc305
5 years ago

It absolutely would! What? Do you think the population will stop growing? What about 10 years from now? 20? or 30? This kind of short sightedness is what makes Miami the zoo that it is. Building stadiums with tax payers money but not the infrastructure that a growing city needs!

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

You have to keep in mind that the primary cause of traffic on that bridge is not due to the fact that it goes up, it has to do with the inefficient street layout on both sides of the bridge, so a tunnel by itself would not solve a thing and would be very expensive. The primary solution is a mass transportation system that actually takes you places you want to go, taking a significant amount of cars off of the road.

Marc305
5 years ago

If you believe for one second that the people who pay a premium price to live in Brickell will take public transportation, you are mistaken. First of all the locations that our Metro and Metromover go to are very limited and that is not going to change for the foreseeable decades. What if you work or want to go to Aventura or the beach, or even North Miami. What do you propose they do, take a bus? Building a tunnel would help traffic, period. If you don’t even believe that than there is nothing further to discuss.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

That one flew right over your head didn’t it? As I said, the long term solution is to CREATE a mass transportation system the DOES take you to places you want to / need to go (ex. Aventura, North Miami, the Beach) I KNOW that the locations and reach of the current metrorail and metromover are very limited today, captain obvious. If the system is reliable, clean and actually effective at transporting people to the main hubs around the city, you don’t think people would start using it? An underwater tunnel in this location would only be a small patch to a bigger problem, and an expensive one at that.

B
5 years ago

Some people just don’t get that you can’t ride something that doesn’t exist. You have to build it first. But since we didn’t build it first, we have a lot of catching up to do. Any new dense development should make a positive contribution to mass transit, not just paying the traffic impact fee and dumping another 500 cars on roads that are already WELL above capacity.

Anonymous
5 years ago

….Uuuuhhhh, I live in Brickell and my net worth is around $3M yet I have traded in my luxury car to have the car(e)free lifestyle in Brickell. I find most other places in Miami uninteresting, but on the rare occasion I want to go to Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, or South Beach I take an Uber/Taxi. I traded my car in just a few months ago and my lifestyle has improved immensely.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Who cares about YOUR lifestyle.

B
5 years ago

How about “all of the above?” Having traffic backups does affect mass transit too–the busses and trolleys all get stuck too, drivers get impatient and stop yielding to bikes and pedestrians, ect., so improving traffic flow also improves biking and mass transit. Besides, many people buying those condos are not actually going to be living there. In fact, many people do rent with roommates just because they can be in the city and not need a car to go everywhere–in particular, UM students and medical interns. These condos are by and large not going to be traditional owner-occupied units for the entire year.

B
5 years ago

Well, since FDOT already wants to spend $1Bn on a totally unnecessary 395 bridge reconstruction, I think the money is not the issue here.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Baylink is more of a top priority right now than some Brickell folks being inconvenienced by a bridge going up and down every now an then.

marc
5 years ago

Absolutely. The tunnel would only service the people in this small corner of the city. The amount of money a tunnel would cost right now would be better spent servicing millions else where like Baylink or the population out west.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It’s not an either/or solution. Get done what needs to get done. Enough tax $$’s are going to waste already. The tunnel is sorely needed! Miami is hardly a model for good planning. Just build up by the seat of the pants with no infrastructure.. its insane!

B
5 years ago

Agree with Baylink, but keep in mind that it is not only Brickellites who are inconvenienced, it is every Miami Trolley rider and every rider of any County bus that crosses the River. In particular, #8 through Little Havana and all the way to FIU–which is one of the most heavily used bus lines. Plus many more busses used to cross the river so you could easily transfer at the Government Center, but now many routes can only go to Brickell, so you lose time with an extra transfer, and you either have to use the often-delayed Metromover or walk the several blocks and hope the Metrorail is running on time so you can still make the transfer. We need an “all of the above” solution.

And Question: WHY is the Miami Ave. bridge being refurbished instead of replaced with a higher bridge????

Dan
5 years ago

I agree that a tunnel should be built there, but If I remember correctly they said the costs would be astronomical.

Kramer
5 years ago

Actually, the most recent tunnel plan was for the South Miami Av. Bridge not Brickell. It was advocated by Miami commissioner Johnny Winton for a long time before he decked a police officer at MiA and had to resign. A shame he had to go as his plan if adopted would be ready to go now and be the answer to the Brickell traffic nightmare to come..

alfredo
5 years ago

I have been going to Miami for the las 6 years; traffic is so horrible i am planing to sell my property; To much construction and no transportation infrastructure.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I will be doing this too if BayLink doesn’t happen in the next year

Anonymous
5 years ago

This City leadership is sick! We’ll be paying the price of their shortsighted planning for may years to come.

B
5 years ago

Hmmm….is it really a good idea to have yet another massive 6 floor parking structure right besides the notorious Brickell drawbridge?