The Curbless, Pedestrian-Friendly Rebuild Of Flagler Street Has Just Been Granted Water & Sewer Approval

A construction project to convert Flagler Street in downtown Miami into a “festival-style boulevard” has just obtained utilities approval from Miami Dade’s Water and Sewer Department.

The approval was recorded on December 17, county records show. It only required a $33 payment from the city, since no new square footage is actually being connected to the system (only relocation is involved).

According to the agreement, construction work will run from Biscayne Boulevard to Northwest 1st Avenue.

City of Miami spokesperson John Heffernan told The Next Miami on December 4 that permitting for the project with the state, county and city was still ongoing as of that date. No construction timeline is yet available, he said.

Construction had been expected to begin after the Super Bowl in February 2020.

The rebuild is designed to make Flagler Street more inviting to walk on, with cars placed at the same elevation as pedestrians.

New features will include wider sidewalks, more shade, outdoor dining areas, lighting and signage improvements, public art, and smart city technology.

The street itself will get design improvements that include patterned cobblestone-style pavers, curbless drains, railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.

Bollards will allow for the complete closure of the street to cars. Some parking spaces will also be removed, in favor of seating areas for restaurants.

Once the project is complete, Flagler Street is expected take back its spot as Miami’s downtown cultural destination, the city says.

 



 

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Anonymous
10 months ago

My redevelopment plan for Flagler is much more cost effective and will do more to help Flagler.

Whats my plan? Get Mana out of Miami.

No amount of streetscape and making things pedestrian friendly is going to get people into the CBD if theres nothing there but vacant storefronts, cracked windows, and crumbling facades.

Azarius
10 months ago

Hopefully now he doesn’t have to pay for the streetscape maybe he’d build now is definitely the time!

Anonymous
10 months ago

After 15-20 years of Mana saying he’s “right around the corner” from announcing whatever his plan is, I think we can safely assume there is no plan. His properties look even worse than the day he bought them. He’s never built anything. All he does is release a Windows 95 level rendering to some sycophant journalists at the Herald every six months and we get treated to a feature article about his “vision.”

Even his Wynwood properties are in terrible shape.

He’s bad for Miami.

Azarius
10 months ago

I get it we want to see projects going up. But we don’t have to deal with the logistics behind getting everything built. I’m sure it’s a method to the madness!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Dont give me that BS, the MELOS have built 6 or 7 towers in the same time Span, Mana is full of shit and everyone knows it.

Azarius
10 months ago

Melo and Mana are two different types of developers.
Melo is going for infill and look into Melo you’ll really understand what’s going on but I won’t say

Azarius
10 months ago

Remember Cocaine and money laundering to South America is the reason Miami is what it is!!!!

Anonymous
10 months ago

we are in 2020 this is not the miami of the 80’s

Anonymous
10 months ago

I wish I had your optimism but its been almost two decades of nothing. In a town that can lure developers from all over the world (NYC to Hong Kong) who actually build, Im not inclined to trust the guy whos built nothing in 20 years of owning property here.

Sure Jan
10 months ago

They don’t call him Moishe Mañana for nothin

Sure Jan
10 months ago

This dude slowed down the entire renovation process by proposing the more expensive and less ADA-friendly pavers at the 11th hour, and you’re happy the man who has kept downtown a slum is getting the more expensive street with very minimal funds coming out of his own pocket???

Yeppers
10 months ago

Slum lords who own vacant buildings should have to pay the full potential value of their property taxes based on the maximum zoning allowance.

So Mana should have to pay property taxes as if he had already developed 50 story towers on his sites.

Would solve a lot of problems.

Sure Jan
10 months ago

Under Chapter 10 Article 4 of City Code he should be paying yearly vacancy fees at the very least. It’s not as much as what you’re proposing, but I have a feeling this rule hasn’t been enforced on his properties.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Just make it an open sewer for Mana to sell his properties.

Azarius
10 months ago

If I was Mana I’ll hold out for another 10 years when Miami will be really booming and develop Flagler into NY’s 57th

Anonymous
10 months ago

We should all play a game: Use the searchbox on this site and put in the word “Mana.” Then go look at each article and see if anything has ever become of any of these properties.

I cant stop laughing at the one where he poses with a hard hat and blueprints that was supposed to show how “serious” he was about developing this building a year and a half ago. Fast forward to today: Nothing has been done, and the building is in disrepair.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Great idea – but there are very few businesses on this part of Flagler that could create the kind of atmosphere to make people want to visit.

Anonymous
10 months ago

There could be if Mana left town never to return

Azarius
10 months ago

I wonder how this effects Manas decisions on his project timeline

Anonymous
10 months ago

The proper word is affects

Azarius
10 months ago

Thanks grandma

Anonymous
10 months ago

Words of caution.. don’t point out correct words or correct spelling on this site, because some people will get pissed if you do.

Anonymous
10 months ago

they started building already. I work in construction and they just started demolition on their building at 155 s miami ave

now that the tech people are moving into Miami he is hauling ass on every project I heard

Anonymous
10 months ago

Lmao @ Mana “hauling ass.” I’m literally across the street from the old Época store on Flagler and East Second Ave right now. it’s in complete shambles and it’s decay has destroyed what once was a relatively busy intersection up until Mana bought it. Go look at the time lapse on GoogleMaps and watch the deterioration from 2007 until now. He’s horrible for Miami

Anonymous
10 months ago

look bro I understand the frustration. I’d be pissed too if I owned a store there. I’m just sharing what I’ve seen and heard, no need to have your buddies get together and downvote my comment

Anonymous
10 months ago

I didnt downvote your comment.

Youll notice on this website, we all are very familiar with him and the blight he is responsible for in the CBD. We dont like hearing about rumors involving him and his properties because after two decades they have amounted to nothing. This is a blog about development so people here like development. Mana is not a developer. and is clearly an albatross around the neck of the CBD. A CBD which many of us think has a lot of potential, but can never be realized if Mana remains the owner of large swaths of it.

And also Mana almost certainly reads this blog (or at least has minions that do) and we all like to show him how appreciated he really is.

Sure Jan
10 months ago

If only there was a taxpayer authority that was supposed to eliminate blight in the CBD…..

Anonymous
10 months ago

I don’t think mana owns the old época… I think stambul owns it as well as the old post office

Anonymous
10 months ago

He most certainly does.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/photos-art-week-takeover-of-historic-miami-properties-including-mana-owned-buildings/

Ill go find the article about him purchasing it but this was from a little while ago where it mentions he owns it.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Bro the article literally says stambul will develop época…

Anonymous
10 months ago
Anonymous
10 months ago

Pretty cool.. I hope it happens.

Flagler has lost it’s shine over the years but it’s an iconic street.. as a kid we would line it up to watch the Orange Bowl parade.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The “Orange Bowl parades” down Flagler were a long time ago.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Believe it or not, people were alive and Miami was a city before you were born in 199X and some teen actor from Philadelphia wrote a song about it.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Believe it or not, that’s one lame comment you used to come back at me.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Flagler is dead
Even this project is no guarantee of a remedy

Anonymous
10 months ago

Its a great start as part of a grand vision, but without execution it’ll be just that…

Azarius
10 months ago

The same. The market hasn’t looked this promising for Miami for a very long time so just maybe it’s time he puts shovel to the ground. I’ve always said Manas going to be last to develop and from a development stand point he’s going to out beat every other development because of location and the amount of land he holds

Anonymous
10 months ago

Flagler Street was never a “downtown cultural destination,” unless you count movie theaters as it actually was a retail destination pre-163rd Street, Dadeland, and Westland Malls during post-war suburbia. As retail is no longer what it used to be, the best vision for Flagler is converting historic high-rises into upscale lofts and assembling non-historic low-rises to replace with new tall building set back into blocks, all with nice restaurants at street level. The second phase of Flagler First Condominium that was proposed in this concept, which would have given the historic building better ground tenants than RadioS**t and S**tway.

No xth streetscape redesign in the past twenty years, Ross relocating to the old Burdines/Macy’s, and glorified flea market will assist in a real “vision.”

Anonymous
10 months ago

This was all delayed for Mana

Anonymous
10 months ago

You’ll should see what Mana us saying about Mayor’s latest infatuation on Twitter.

Anonymous
10 months ago

please be patient with mana

Anonymous
10 months ago

Are you crazy!!!.. whatsaMana with you?

Anonymous
10 months ago

This is Mana’s plan. Surprised he got no credit in the article. Was that on purpose?

Azarius
10 months ago

I get it!! I dislike how Mana has been holding land as hostages! But think long term from his stand point… values in the last few years were shit! Nothing was really selling only a few projects a year. So assemble and wait it out. He now has more advantages. His land will be worth more, once he developed. And he can phase it out over years. Allowing each little project to be maxed in value. And FYI the Wynwood whatever board is the reason he hasn’t developed in Wynwood because they feel due to the size of the project HE should pay to have power lines put underground. But go ahead and down vote cause it’s the ugly truth.

Anonymous
10 months ago

None of this has stopped Swire, Related, Melo, Miami World Center, PNG, Brightline/AAF/Virgin, Aston Martin, that company that won the bid for the parking authority land that just topped out, from developing their plots. Even now in Wynwood were seeing developers put shovel to earth and starting to build. Weve got the third largest skyline in the country and have had it for quite some time. At some point, you have to accept the obvious: Mana is nothing more than a speculator.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Mana is a Land Banker.