Major public-private building partnership advances in Brickell
Written by John Charles Robbins on May 22, 2018
A major public-private partnership bringing a residential tower attached to a new fire station to the heart of Brickell is advancing.
Miami commissioners are to consider a deal today (5/24) to expand the Rapid Transit Zone around the Brickell Metrorail Station to tie into the new mixed-use development from Southside Place LLC and the city.
The project replaces the city fire station at 1105 SW Second Ave. with a larger, state-of-the-art fire station.
Southside has offered to consolidate its adjacent property at 191 SW 12th St. with the city’s for no compensation, unifying the sites under city ownership. Southside would pay to build an $8 million fire station and develop an attached residential tower with parking and first floor retail.
The fire station is less than a block west of Miami-Dade’s Brickell Metrorail Station and separate Metromover station. The county controls the land under the elevated Metrorail and Metromover tracks, regulated as the Rapid Transit Zone and a series of subzones.
City commissioners will consider authorizing the city manager to sign a city-county agreement “for expansion and development of the Rapid Transit Zone with inclusion of the Brickell Metrorail Station, its surrounding property, a new city Fire Station No. 4, public-private parking garage, and mixed-use project.”
The city wants to expedite construction under a single regulator to avoid duplicative or inconsistent processes, the resolution says. Pending county legislation says the city wants to transfer to the county all zoning and permitting authority for the project. County code provides for city participation in the design, review, zoning and development.
The partnership with Southside calls for it to spend $2.2 million for vehicles and equipment for the new fire station, which must be in use before the old one closes.