Renderings Revealed For $1B Master-Planned, Walkable, Transit-Oriented Neighborhood

Renderings have been released for Upland Park, a $1b transit-oriented development planned near the Dolphin Mall.

The development will be “the first truly viable alternative to automobile commuting,” according to the project website.

Upland Park is being purpose-built for integration with the upcoming east-west transit corridor, according to the developer.

The community will have expedited access to major employment areas such as Miami International Airport, the Health District, Downtown and Brickell, the developer says.

The project site itself is at the planned Dolphin rapid transit station.

Once inside the community, residents and workers will enjoy enjoy a master-planned walkable neighborhood with built-in traffic solutions, along with resiliency features.

The goal is to also have a variety of residence sizes and price points within the neighborhood, catering to “all ages and audiences,” from students to seniors.

The project is planned to include:

  • 1,700+ new mid-rise and garden residences
  • 140,000 square feet of retail space
  • 427,000 square feet of commercial space
  • 126-room hotel
  • office space
  • charter school

Site work is planned to begin in early 2023, after the developer signed a lease for the land on December 1 and obtained a $35 million site work loan, according to the SFBJ.

Plusurbia Design is the urban planner for  Upland Park, with Arquitectonica the design architect.

Terra Group is the developer.

 

A rendering released by Miami-Dade County showing the BRT service planned on the east-west corridor of the SMART plan:

 

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Notsosmart
1 month ago

I can’t believe the East-West connection in the SMART plan is to put bus stations in the middle of i395….

Anonymous
1 month ago

third world solution to problem

Der komissar of das kapital
1 month ago

While it definitely is not preferred its something that the dipshits who co trol this town could actually fund and accomplish in our lifetimes..

Fed Up
1 month ago

They lie about what they can accomplish. We got the World Cup and *boom* like magic suddenly we have the capability to extend the Metrorail to Hard Rock by 2026. It was the spectacle of the world cup that secured that; not their own citizens literally begging them for decades.

It’s shameful. Don’t tell me a friggin bus stop in the middle of a highway is the best we can do. Thats garbage and the people who live and work here deserve better.

Juan Carlos
1 month ago

Fed Up, they don’t lie – they inspire. It’s up to us to do the work collectively. Keep moving and don’t get discouraged!

Welcome Ken Griffin to Miami
1 month ago

MIAMI, LET’S PITCH FOR KEN GRIFFIN to move his historical mansion to Jose Marti Park, and create a historic park for Brickell, Riverside and Little Havana! HE already wants to move it – we just need to partner up!

Welcome Ken Griffin to Miami
1 month ago

“The New York Post reports that Citadel founder Ken Griffin is in negotiations with the city of Miami to have a historical landmark relocated from his four-acre waterfront property: Villa Serena, the 109-year-old mansion that once belonged to statesman William Jennings Bryan.”

Welcome Ken Griffin to Miami
1 month ago

THIS WOULD BE PERFECT at Jose Marti Park, which NEEDS a renovation desperately. “Villa Serena is also a notable example of Mediterranean Revival architecture. Constructed of poured concrete, the home was built to last. Located on a site between Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Bay, the edifice takes full advantage of both the street and bay with facades on either side of almost equal prominence and architectural beauty. Built in true Spanish estate splendor, the home features architectural details hand-selected by the Bryans such as wrought iron detailing and decorated tiles imported from Cuba.”

Welcome Ken Griffin to Miami
1 month ago

From a historical design perspective – it FITS so well as a transition zone between Brickell and Little Havana.

Make Greater Miami Greater
1 month ago

Why would anyone oppose a historical gift of this stature (if its free)? Maybe it can come with a brand-new park development at Jose Marti Park, and tourist attraction in Riverside/Brickell along the river. It can go from being practically unnoticed discreet spot on the waterfront… to another HIGHLY-VISIBLE waterfront, public, on the Miami River (needing some juju) where the entire city and World can see!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Here we are incentivizing development in BFE along the Everglades, where traffic is bad and there’s no metro, when we could be further incentivizing development around a downtown Miami metro and the small “DDA follow the sun zone” in walkable Brickell.

SMART MIAMI
1 month ago

I drove by the Vizcaya Metro tonight, and it is in the PERFECT spot for Brickel extension development. It’s so grossly underdeveloped around this metro stop now. Here the city is incentivizing development in far, far away Everglades, when there is a neighborhood practically in Brickell WITH A METRO STOP, that doesn’t have any dense development or retail masterplan. Shift gears and build the Vizcaya neighborhood!

Anonymous
1 month ago

If it were only Vizcaya. Most Metrorail stations are underutilized. But what is growing? Western suburbs with no infrastructure. Go figure

New Miami
1 month ago

What’s stopping a masterplan Vizcaya neighborhood? Wealthy mansion owner? Those wealthy people can own mansions in anywhere in Florida. Didn’t they know a metro stop would be an ideal spot for urban development? It’s very rare to have a metro stop in Miami and Florida (I’ve heard so many people pleading to get one, and there are metro stops so underutilized adjacent to Brickell).

Solutions
1 month ago

Why not just build a silent fast speed rail system along Dolphin Express way instead of more buses?

Name*
1 month ago

We need Metromover stations!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Metrorail or light rail, yes. Metromover, no. Not even to South Beach… Higher-capacity Metrorail or a streetcar as previously planned instead!

Choo Choo
1 month ago

Metromover is literally better than a streetcar. Pretty similar capacity if you add cars without getting stuck in traffic

zapatos chino
1 month ago

street car could be built much quicker and cheaper…but everyone here is fixated on above grade rail

Checo
1 month ago

“Literally”? No it isn’t.
Street car stations are much less expensive.

For instance, the elevator insurance expense line item on the P&L on the street car station is far less than the elevator insurance expense line item on Metromover stations.

Checo
1 month ago

“You” and a handful of people “want” Metromover stations.
Other than YOU and the handful of people, WE do not NEED more Metromover stations.

Original
1 month ago

Aren’t you the one Checo whose always leaving disavowing and unfavorable comments to people that say “WE” on this site? Now you’re the one saying – “WE do not NEED more Metromover stations.”

YOU and others like you Checo are the reason Miami is clueless on how it should and need to develop in its ever increasing expansion.

Surname*
1 month ago

We have them, Name*! Vizcaya – build it up!

Anonymous
1 month ago

we gotta let the county know how bad this plan is

Checo
1 month ago

Great idea. Let the county know by posting twice.

anonymous
1 month ago

You get what you vote for. People keep voting in these same politicians that do a horrible job. MIami Dade should have extended the metrorail out to the Doral/FIU area and as far south as Homestead. This would allow for a much easier long term development plan to build densely in smaller areas and make it easy to get around the county. But that makes too much sense and those politicians will do the absolute minimum to stay in office.

Anonymous
1 month ago

New talent = new leadership = new ideas = new development!

Banana Republic
1 month ago

= Communist!! According to Miami Dade voter’s Standards.

chancleta
1 month ago

true statement here….too much radio mambi blather

don knots
1 month ago

ask radio mambi

Anonymous
1 month ago

So you want the Metrorail expanded to sparsely populated areas to enable further sprawl, rather than expanded to existing development like the aforementioned? You’re about as backward-minded as the politicians you loathe.

anon
1 month ago

the metrorail station would allow the area around it to be converted from sprawl into dense development.

Anon2
1 month ago

Actually, this only incentivizes further sprawl into distant areas, when development should be in and around downtown so people can walk to work and all essentials.

Anon
1 month ago

Also better to build in and around Brickell for environment and risk of pollution messing up Everglades and beautiful sunsets

anonymous
1 month ago

The whole point of extending stops as far down as homestead is to allow for more reasonable priced housing to be built since it is cheaper and those people can still have access to the core of Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s cheaper housing north of Miami already. Focus on expanding areas where people can walk in and to Brickell and then branch out further.

It seems developers are trying to make a quick buck, flip it and go leaving city to deal with traffic and neglect that would follow in the urban core.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Build up Riverside and Little Havana. It’s walking distance to Brickell. Quit high zoning suburbs – just makes traffic and non one can walk!

Checo
1 month ago

Okay. I’m all for that. Extend the Bus Rapid Transit stops down in Homestead, and extend the BRT out west to Dolphin Mall. Use Federal money to purchase the land/right of ways and use the Federal money to build stops that are easily upgradable to Metroraill.

Duh.

That is what is happening now, whether the majority of people following here realize it or not. It is a great strategy.

When the BRT lines are in place, AND the ridership justifies it, the MD County can go back to the Feds for additional funding with ridership that will justify the investment.

Bryan Riley
1 month ago

The development is happening already with only road infrastructure. Build out some master TOD planning on relatively cheaper and vacant land. Much more cost effective and will solve some of the housing issues.

Anonymous
1 month ago

BAD IDEA – we should all write to our leaders and stop this – going to make it so much more congested for Miami and Hispanic community.

This is way too far out west when you could literally just connect little Havana to Brickell and make a walkable area along the river.

Juan Carlos
1 month ago

Doral is a suburb. Why build a metro to a suburb? From what I saw, it is largely a Venezuelan non-English speaking suburban community. It’s well served with buses. People can move to a metro stop neighborhood or by airport if they want to be close to trains.

Anna
1 month ago

Sad

Enough
1 month ago

Create more planned housing in Brickell and Downtown, not in far outposts where traffic is already terrible. Outrageous and people should demand it be stopped!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nobody will use thus stasion as the abandoned metrorail stations in the middle of nowhere. We have great urban designers in this city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Really? So why aren’t they accelerating Brickell expansion already?

Anonymous
1 month ago

NOT a “transient” neighborhood – would take an hour to get to downtown and worst with these dumb expansions into Everglades already too crowded here

Common Sense
1 month ago

BUILD METROS and the planned communities will follow. NOT the other way around. Focus on finishing Brickell and surrounding areas. This City has been running backward for the last several administrations of leadership.

Checo
1 month ago

This City has been running backwards?
Interesting opinion.

My experience and observations are that more and more producers are moving INTO Miami that out of Miami. In my lifetime, Miami has never been better.

It seemed to start getting better in 2002 with Manny Diaz and nearly every aspect of life quality has improved since then.

Checo
1 month ago

What is so hard to believe?
Have you ever read or prepared an application for Federal Transportation funding?

If you have gone through that exercise, or even read the work of the people who actually do the work, it is not hard to believe at all. It is a sensible strategy.

T G
1 month ago

“Transit Oriented” is the latest buzzword for development.

Ok. There’s nothing revolutionary about having a community near a bus station.

Charles E. Culpepper, Jr.
1 month ago

Elevated metro rail is the only long-term solution for a public transportation system for metropolitan Miami (Dade County). Any other system will not solve the transportation problem and will only waste money and eventually be demolished. Accept the inevitable. If the city/county only has $100 to spend on a transportation system, at least spend the money wisely. If all the politicians together cannot resolve the problem, then give the problem to me. I can solve it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t tell the “EXPAND THE METROMOVER” and self-driving car crowds.

Urban planner
1 month ago

Elevated for suburbs, yes. For downtown, no. Flyovers for a metro does not mix well with a walkable downtown. It must be underground.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What is the purpose of having stops in the middle of the 836… there’s absolutely no density around it. There should be a metro line going up Flagler and turn south to FIU

don knots
1 month ago

very true

Miami Winning
1 month ago

So cool! I hope we get something of this scale and cohesive master planning within walking distance to Brickell, or in lower-zoned Brickell.

anon
1 month ago

how do you get from the walkable transit oriented community to the middle of the highway to get the bus lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

They will name this Bus Heights.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah what a great marketing strategy, people are gonna line up to take a bus to all these locations lol what a joke

David
1 month ago

Doral in the mud right now, knowing they were an inch away from annexing this area.

real estate BS
1 month ago

I don’t see how the commuter gets from the station in the middle of the Dolphin to civilization

Checo
1 month ago

The public transportation system does a great job of accommodating special needs. They will make maps for every type of handicap, so whether you don’t see it from a visual impairment or don’t see how from a mental impairment, rest assured, they will spend the money to accommodate your special needs.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I saw a handicapped women plead for a better roundabout at SW 3rd Ave in Brickell, and a seemingly better peanut roundabout was proposed that would meet special pedestrian needs, yet the City went through with the old roundabout plan despite known issues. The peanut roundabout looked better and had functional improvements for pedestrians…

Juan Carlos
1 month ago

Zero follow up on the peanut roundabout. There is little transparency and public updates in Miami – should be better in next administration! People care a lot!

Temp
1 month ago

The last article for 2022.

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

So this is going to be something like a small smart city built around mass transit. That is pretty cool. You can just walk and have less dependence on the car. This is also going to transform that area since it is mostly warehouses I think. It’s also going to create good paying jobs Because of the offices

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city should focus on smart city plan around the actual Brickell metro stop where all the people of this Brickell outpost city will be coming in for work.

Anonymous
1 month ago

City should buy up all underdeveloped land in Brickell west of I95 and create a master plan. Time to Eminent Domain before it gets more expensive!

Checo
1 month ago

The Master Plan already exists.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly. A good master plan gives a solid framework, yet adapts to unforeseen changes and new advancements and opportunities.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The outdated one from the 1960s? Miami is a new world and a top league city now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What hasn’t the city forced sales of the last three decrepit homes on 11th street in Brickell – would be perfect for a BCC Mary Brickell Village style mixed retail/park walkable to Underline and new one southside park

Anonymous
1 month ago

The DDA should buy those three homes remaining old homes and sell it to the best idea developer.

Anon
1 month ago

Tear down those deteriorating 3 homes in Brickell and use land as a park until development planned

anonymous
1 month ago

I hope this BRT sytem that is proposed has the option to be converted into Rail like the one under construction in south dade

Sry
1 month ago

It doesn’t.

Checo
1 month ago

Of course it does.
As bad as the Bureaucrats are, at least the leaders are 40-55 year old’s who have been adulting for a long time.

Whining in the comments section is even easier than a 9:05am to 4:55pm government office job.

anon anon
1 month ago

has a nice “dadeland station” vibe for all the Nouveau riche latins in doral.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Half-assed BRT solution aside, can we talk about the cheap and nasty architecture? Stacked boxes, and cluttered windows and balconies? Hopefully this is conceptual and it’ll be up to each developer.

Antennae
1 month ago

No end in sight to me western expansion.

BDub
1 month ago

Unless you count the Everglades

Juan
1 month ago

There’s a clear end. Look up what UDB means.

Anna
1 month ago

Great

Melo, the true giga chad
1 month ago

This is exactly what Miami needs! I just wish it was closer to downtown. Its time to start tearing down entire blocks of single family homes in liberty city and little haiti

I'll just assume
1 month ago

No problem.. but whose gonna pay those people who own those single family homes in Liberty City and Little Haiti.. you?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Little Haiti is too far at present moment to make impact to congestion. Let it evolve in phase 2 or 3. All these master plans far from Brickell hub, without metro rails just create traffic.

Urban planner
1 month ago

Huh? The OP made a good point. Liberty city and surrounding areas are great locations, but it’s filled with single family housing. Which forces development all the way to the Everglades. We can’t keep expanding expressways!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly! The more we build pop up “cities” which are just marketed sububurbs of Brickell – the more congested traffic becomes in these areas!

Western Miami-Dade is already so congested on the roads – nobody wants this!!!

EXPAND BRICKELL so the economy can grow to accommodate new workforce of pedestrians without cramming up the roads even more!

Urban Planner 2
1 month ago

Traffic is already a nighmare in western Miami-Dade! Make Miami a pedestrian city like every modern city! Move north if you want a suburb, time can’t go backward and you can’t fit a circle inside a box.

Checo
1 month ago

Tough to decide if the Son of Urban Planner’s excessive use of exclamation points is more impressive than the non sequiturs, but I would posit that only people who decide to walk can “make Miami a pedestrian city”.

Furthermore, EVERYWHERE is within walking distance if you have enough time.

Urban Planner 2
1 month ago

A non sequitur can be funny, but it also can me a symptom of a brilliant high-processing mind. It takes time to connect the dots for people… when I got As in advanced Algebra in middle school and Calculous in high school in Florida, I was frustrated showing my process, because the conclusion was often apparent in my head. Thanks for the tips!

Urban Planner 2
1 month ago

In this type of fast-speed economy, there’s almost never enough time. We should focus on in and around the core, in my opinion. If you look from above, there are dense ancillary downtowns popping up around greater Miami, that seem so spread out, and huge underdeveloped plats around the core downtown.

melo my mellow
1 month ago

love the sim city play here

Melo, the true giga Chad
1 month ago

what does that even mean? Right now is the perfect time to pay off every resident in those areas and develop it in medium density housing

the real triple DDD
1 month ago

why not get rid of the single family homes on star island and venetian causeway to make for more high rises and density??? its much better real estate???

In Re To Triple DDD
1 month ago

Because those homes on Venetian Causeway and Star Island are actually maintained by the people who own them at no cost to taxpayers. Not just that, they also being a lot of tourists who look at them, which creates more money for the ENTIRE city.

The aforementioned deteriorating homes are NOT bringing any resources to the people of Miami-Dade. If anything they inhibit growth of denser areas, which is a burden on everyone.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Better yet in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables , they’re closer to Metrorail.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You would have more luck building new lines into Liberty City than forcing this on Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Forcing it? It’s awesome to get this type of modern investment.

They started a new development like this at the Coconut Grove / Coral Gables stop and the entire area around Merrill Park is booming like Brickell. It’s a great alternative to Brickell, and super close but could use some expanded property development.

I think Vizcaya stop is where the money and best need is, next to lower zoned Brickell, because it’s only one stop and the homes and buildings around there look like they need to be knocked down and we’re upzoned recently.

Also Vizcaya is a worldwide historical destination for Miami and visitors and connected to Brickell and the Underline.

Ponce De Leon
1 month ago

Forget expensive lines to Liberty City! The city can’t even get them to Miami Beach or Hard Rock yet

We already have metros in Vizcaya Coconut Grove and Gables along the walkable beautiful Underline, right now! This area called and she’s waiting for you to build her up. Develop it and tear down those abandoned looking sheds along US1!!!! 🏗

Don’t waste our hard earned tax money building new metro stops when the city isn’t even using the ones it has to full potential!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Both the Grove and the Gables have a tree canopy which lowers the temps by about 10F
In order to walk to a bus or anywhere, a tree canopy needs to be established.
So, maybe livable in 2045.

MIA305
1 month ago

definitely time to tear down all those homes in little haiti and liberty city

La Croqueta
1 month ago

Yes, because we must preserve Hialeah, Kendall, and Sweet Waters’ Architectural value.

Melo, the true giga Chad
1 month ago

85% of people living there are renters anyway

Dan marino
1 month ago

Actually not true..and how many rental units are being built in midtown,brickell,wynwood and in your precious edgewater in that kushner/saudi development??

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not enough in Brickell, Dan Marino. Didn’t you retire long ago? These other areas you mention don’t have metros and should be expanded in next phase when metros come.

New to Brickell
1 month ago

Me too! Would be nice to see a planned area like this around Brickell so people can walk to work and nightlife….

It would provide more immediate housing without need for metro expansion, which takes time and capital, and eliminate cars on the roads.

Pol
1 month ago

little Havana….!

Yes
1 month ago

Yes! Restore historic little Havana and connect it to Brickell!!! I’d rather walk to Little Havana than go downtown.

Pol
1 month ago

Little Havana goes from the roads to the river so it boarders Brickell to the south and Downtown to the north.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Riverside borders Brickell, but I believe Little Havana is just west of riverside. The area just west of Brickell needs to be fixed up with new development and it all needs a facelift asap!

Pol
1 month ago

Riverside is always being LITTLE HAVANA.

Checo
1 month ago

Ummm….Little Havana is restored, but you can restore it even more if you like. Little Havana has been connected to Brickell via Calle Ocho/Carlos Arboleya Blvd for decades.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Can you walk from Brickell to Little Havana? Hope the city renovates under I95 to green landscaped park or something nice, not metal fences, and maybe a historic walking path honoring the Cuban heritage of Miami.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

We have 27 problems in miami-dade. And until we abolish them we will continue to be a disjointed mess. The RTZ expansion was a great opportunity to humble coral gables and the county fumbled

Anonymous
1 month ago

If miami-dads can’t work together break it all up and let each neighborhood run itself, tired of all these different areas competing and push back on new development. Brickell could be it’s own separate fort from Miami if it wanted to. If you want old Florida life move NORTH to a rural or suburban county. Finito.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s own separate city if it wanted to*

Urban Planner 2
1 month ago

Yeah we need a more unified master planning, not the DDA and all the separate agencies ruled by separate special interests making mixed matched chaos infrastructure. Either reform our local government to be more centralized or break up Miami-Dade into separate cities all together.

Checo
1 month ago

THIS JUST IN…..
NEWSFLASH….
Miami Dade County IS, in fact, made up of separate cites.

Not coincidently, the highest paying jobs, the greatest density, the Metromover, Miami Central/Brightline Station, Government Center, the Four Seasons, the Mandarin Oriental, JW Marriott Marquis, Miami Heat Arena, Perez Art Museum Miami, the Frost Science Museaum, the Performing Arts Center of Miami Dade, and the tallest buildings are ALL in the area bounded by the Downtown Development Authority.

Maybe “Urban Planner 2” is right, and everything mentioned above is pure coincidence.

Or…..
Maybe, just maybe, the Son of Urban Planner hasn’t been adulting long enough to really understand how the world, or Miami, works.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice work DDA!! Great points. Just to clarify, Miami is doing excellent work, just hope to see areas develop in harmony and consistent quality as plans in the DDA.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Expand the DDA! Or urge the DDA to serve areas immediately around its boundaries! When those areas do well, the DDA areas do even better!!

Pol
1 month ago

Yes Downtown can expand to Flagler and 12 ave ..LIttle Havana .

Ponce De Leon
1 month ago

Pol don’t push it. That’s a huge ask to start expanding downtown THAT far. How about Riverside Park in Little Havana along SW 8th ave… this would put I95 right down the center of downtown creating a central corridor and nice flow, equal balance along both sides of I95 – that’s my suggestion to build Miami into a complete city!

Pol
1 month ago

Okay that is good, very walkable area. Today you can see alot of people waking the flagler and 1st st bridge to and from downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Pol, I like your ideas and vision. This area would be amazing development/renovation and as expensive and coveted as Brickell and parts of Downtown in very near future. The waterfront Miami River is iconic, and this is more central and historically prevalent to the ultra luxury area of Coral Gables.

Pol
1 month ago

👍

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why is there a “DDA” that doesn’t serve all downtown Miami? Who serves downtown Miami outside the DDA? It doesn’t make sense to have these areas lead by suburban leadership that have different interests than the residences and businesses in these parts of downtown Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Start with the tiny last remaining half-block of 3 sheds/homes in Brickell on 11th Street! That is PRIME real estate for new dev in MIA.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This plan is suitable for the miami casino empty lot. With the extension of metrorail to west through Flanger street will be awesome project.

Anonymous
1 month ago

More higher education, less casino special interests.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What Metrorail west extension?