All-Aboard Florida gets final downtown land
Written by John Charles Robbins on September 1, 2015
All Aboard Florida has closed on the final land it needs to redevelop six blocks of downtown, as nearly 100 workers continue to forge the foundation of a new train station that will bring passenger rail to Miami’s urban core.
All Aboard Florida just closed on 2 acres in Overtown, a move that clears the way to construct 3 MiamiCentral, a mixed-use complex that is to bring Class A office space, retail and a grocer to the neighborhood.
The property is hugged by Northwest Sixth and Seventh streets and Northwest First Court and Second Avenue. Its neighbor to the east is the Miami-Dade County Administration Building.
One of the first tenants at 3 MiamiCentral will be All Aboard Florida, which will relocate its corporate headquarters from Coral Gables to the new site.
The plan also promises dedicated parking for the historic Lyric Theater nearby.
Addressing an issue that has plagued Overtown for years, 3 MiamiCentral will feature a national grocer, the company said. Hundreds of residents expressed this need to All Aboard Florida executives at a meeting in 2013.
“I’m excited to see this project moving forward and continuing to spur job creation and economic investment in historic Overtown and downtown Miami,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. “This is one of several developments that will truly be a catalyst for transforming Overtown into a sustainable community where people can live, work and play.”
The plan calls for a 12-story building that will house a grocer at about 29,000 square feet on the ground floor, nearly 97,000 square feet of office space, 33,161 square feet of commercial/retail space, and a garage to park 1,096 vehicles.
It’s perhaps the smallest piece of All Aboard Florida’s full development vision for downtown, which is to see a major train station, MiamiCentral, rise to be a transportation hub connecting All Aboard Florida passenger trains, Metrorail and Metromover, county buses, city trolleys and taxis, and possibly link with Tri-Rail.
The major part of MiamiCentral is about 9 acres west of Northwest First Avenue. Work to drill 50- to 100-foot pilings continues today, with 1,587 piles in place and about 40 to go, the company said this week.
The transportation hub will also include a mix of uses, with residential, office, commercial and a retail concourse.
All Aboard Florida has picked Facchina Construction of Florida for pre-construction and construction-management for 3 MiamiCentral. Construction is to begin this year, and sub-contractor and career opportunities are to be announced in coming months.
The complex, to be done in the first quarter of 2017, seeks LEED Silver certification.
Others working on 3 MiamiCentral are AECOM, a global provider of professional, technical and management support services in transportation and other markets, which is designing the complex, and Miami-based Design2Form, which is design consultant and bringing knowledge of the history and culture of Overtown to the project.
The centerpiece of 3 MiamiCentral is to be a mural by Miami-based sculptor and visual artist Robert McKnight.