Photos: Construction Progress At Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Flagler Street Rebuild

New photos show construction progress at downtown Miami’s Flagler Street, which is currently being rebuilt into a curbless, pedestrian-friendly “festival street.”

The project is already around 20% over budget, according to Miami Today.

The reason for the budget blowout – FP&L says it must lay cable by hand instead of machinery due to too many water and gas lines being in the way.

FP&L’s problems added a total of $5 million in costs, raising the total budget from $27 million to $32 million.

Groundbreaking took place in May 2021. The original construction schedule called for five phases lasting a combined total of 30 months.

 

 

(photos: Aaron DeMay0)

 


The five phases, each to take eight months:

 

 

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T G
1 month ago

This place looks like an absolute dump right now. I feel bad for the business owners here. 2.5 years for a streetscaping project of this size? that’s a snails pace.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope to see this in my lifetime!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t see any progress.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If downtown looked like an abandoned Chernobyl style catastrophe before this rupture, I don’t want to see it in the next few months.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It forces the (few) businesses to shut. New tenants won’t move in during construction. Land owner then is without income on the property, racks up debt, then has to sell to Mana at Mana’s price

Anonymous
1 month ago

The only business worth anything on that stretch of road is the Walgreens. The rest are garbage stores that sell knock off and stolen goods.

Anonymous
1 month ago

My watch guy is Flagler Street, has been for a few generations.
The Olympia Theater is a gem.
Lost Boy is always packed.
and there are a handful of others…not many…and not enough for such an important street.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not important when the local government has allowed mass exodus and expansion of the outer suburbs. Now the Palmetto and the Turnpike are the main arteries of the city.
Go figure

Anonymous
1 month ago

So true. I was walking around the Marshall’s and it is a real disaster. If there are only 516 homeless on the street in Miami, then 501 of them on Flagler Street right now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed. The project is was over-priced to begin with. Now its over budget, behind schedule, and is a project literally nobody was asking for in the first place. Plus, the finished product, unfortunately, will look nothing like the renderings.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What a joke Mana is

Anonymous
1 month ago

I will now add an extra year to the construction!

– Moishe Mana

Azarius
1 month ago

He’s acting like a mobster washing money through bad construction contracts and planning

Anonymous
1 month ago

how the hell does the experts in this city responsible for this project not know about the FPL cable needing to be placed and what the obstacles might be…..what a joke…..

Anonymous
1 month ago

…..do the experts in this city….

Anonymous
1 month ago

There was actually a super interesting article that came out on this recently. Even in NYC, there isnt a homogenized central guide to all the underground gas lines, electrical, water, etc., and there’s a massively expensive project going on right now to map it all.

I could see something like that being at-play here, especially considering downtown miami’s relative age, the lack of good record keeping, code enforcement, series of development and phases.

Anonymous
1 month ago

thats logical….thanks….it makes sense and i never thought of that

Anonymous
1 month ago

yeah what happens is utility companies are supposed to keep maps of whats underground, but there isnt much cross-communication. And its also a lucrative little gig for the utilities to require that they have their own surveymen go out on-site and ensure the locations of things, charging developers an arm and a leg to spraypaint the ground and mark off where what is.

so theres been a lot of reluctance to even provide municipalities with full maps of underground elements, or ones that could be used to draw up master-maps and speed things along. theres a sentiment that some of the information is proprietary.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In 3 years downtown will be incredible. And have a strip of bars and restaurants for hopping late into the night. Resurgence.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The same was said three years ago, and it has only gotten worse.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The same was said 23 years ago and it has gotten worse as EVERYTHING around it has gotten better.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

20 million over budget all ready and two and a half years to complete. Thanks mana and the wasteful spending City of Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

20%

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not about any of this it’s about all the homeless harassing and begging for money and the fact that the area smells like urine and feces. Nobody will want to come to the area until the city of Miami solves this problem.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Flagler sucks
And this silly project isn’t going to change anything

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great for having a Gay Pride Parade!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes! We need more gay life in mainland Miami. All the bars are at the beach right now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Azucar is in Miami and it’s quite a show.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Twist should open a location here

Madonna's Magical Hemorrhoid
1 month ago

Actually most of them are in Broward 🙂

Anonymous
1 month ago

You need to take back South Beach from the ratchets first.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is true. The gays know how to clean up a neighborhood. Send them over to South Beach and then Downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gays get dirty downtown, no thanks. When the next phases of MWC are complete, more pressure will be exerted on cleaning it up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Men in thongs… who wants to see that?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Other men in thongs.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good, that just leaves more women for me!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hahaha

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lots of women too. Remember Magic Mike?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Probably you in private…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sorry but i’m not a peter puffer and don’t fuck with peter puffers like you do.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lots of people. However, everyone isn’t in thongs…
Obviously you haven’t attended one.
Wonder why

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sorry but unlike you, I don’t get my rocks off at em.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Me

Anonymous
1 month ago

I always wondered why there’s no Pride in downtown on or Brickell.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you’re a man and you’re proud of getting on your knees and bending over for another man, then you need help.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What about the women who are into that? Oh, you wouldn’t know.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I dont need help. My problem is i dont do it enough!

Anonymous
1 month ago

😂😂

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why doesn’t Miami have a Naked Bike Ride Day? Can’t we start one?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh wow, groundbreaking🙄 (pun intended)

Anonymous
1 month ago

it was a big mistake to start the rebuild of this street in 2021. it should have started on 2020, everything was closed due to the pandemic so it would n’t have hurt local businesses because they were closed anyway, construction in the private sector continued as usual so i don’t know why they postponed the start of this project. starting on 2021 is going to be the knock out blow on the small businesses that survived the pandemic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dude, what are you talkin bout?.. this shit has been going on for at least over three years now…

Anonymous
1 month ago

What a waste of our money !!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

So, how about cleaning up the graffiti in that second picture?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami need more pedestrians streets. Get rid of the cars.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay, we’ll start with getting rid of yours first, then your entire family.

Anonymous
1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣oh man! You guys are hilarious 😂

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go hike on a remote mountain trail if you don’t wanna be bothered walking around cars.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Einstein

Anonymous
1 month ago

Close the road to traffic.
Instead of lowering the sidewalks, raise the roadway (less flooding).
If it works in south beach, it would work here.

Should liven up the area some.

Anonymous
1 month ago

the idea to remove sidewalks as a raised platform has been something being tested out for years in brtian. they changed a few roadways to remove curbage, and instead using cement textures, design, and sloping to make a more immediate connection between the pedestrian and roadway space. you’d think this would lead to more danger, but what they found is drivers are actually more attentive, drive slower, and less accidents happened in these areas.

what I would have preferred to see though is actual raise/lower bollards leading in and out of the road. I dont have much faith that people arent going to smashing into those gates over and over.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The new Rodeo drive

Anonymous
1 month ago

🙂

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not one bike in that video!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Magnet

Anonymous
1 month ago

The make believe people they show walking down the street look like robots.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lies. Another corruption probe should go into the state government as well. If they didn’t get their pay raise they’d purposely cause damage to penalize Miami for not supplying the corruption but we already know this was lined up from the start as “bonuses” but they had to use this deception tactic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

CAROLLO IS THE BAG MAN

Anonymous
1 month ago

It will be exactly like the renderings except fewer people.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s more people now that’s under construction. Have you ever walked around?

Azarius
1 month ago

Melody will be done with Downtown 1 and the bay project by the time this is done. It’s ridiculous how long it takes to repave and lay for bricks down smh. And it’s not like it’s this Immaculate design, it looks basic‼️

Anonymous
1 month ago

They are completely redoing all of the infrastructure for new vertical development. Thats new sewer, new waterlines, new electric, new cable / fiber, new hydrants, new connections to *every single building* and THEN raising the street, and hand laying hundreds of thousands of pavers. This is more of an infrastructure project to allow for Flagler St. to be redeveloped with high density.

Anonymous
1 month ago

As long as the pre-war high-rises stay and are restored into upscale boutique hotels or lofts, and maybe some of the low-rise facades.

Anonymous
1 month ago

keep the old bases and give the glass toppers

Positive for Flagler
1 month ago

Dear Negative Anonymous–
Shut up. We get it. You’re unhappy. I happen to own a condo in downtown. Love it, love seeing change taking place regardless at what pace. If you want to be heard, be helpful. But you’re negative posts…what? Do you feel better now? You’re not a billionaire and Mana is…so what. Do the downtown a favor and move away. Or just sit quietly for a few and see what happens when positive comments encourage ideas.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is so written by Mana😂😂😅

Par de salados
1 month ago

Majority of the commenters are most probably from the suburbs and ex-residents lol. They wouldn’t get it.

adrian
1 month ago

I like it very bold