I-395 land deal adds parking for Adrienne Arsht Center
County commissioners unanimously approved a land swap last week that makes way for the placement and setback requirements of the Florida’s Department of Transportation’s long-awaited I-395 signature bridge and provides space for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ evolving parking needs.
This will involve exchanging a county-owned 60,170-square-foot site south of Northeast 13th Street between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Second Avenue for the FDOT-owned property totaling 61,904 square feet immediately west of the county’s land between Northeast Second and First avenues.
Now, the state can reconstruct I-395 with its planned signature bridge from west of I-95 to the MacArthur Causeway while the Arsht Center maintains its view and receives space for parking in a nearby community park.
Based on appraisals by the transportation department, the sites have an equal value of $27.8 million.
The swap would require the transfer of Safe Neighborhood Parks grant requirements from the land the county would give to FDOT to the one it would receive from the transportation department.
The swap will preserve the view corridor at the front of the Arsht Center’s Ballet Opera House by restricting any permanent buildings from being put up on the property that would obstruct it.
According to Michael Spring, director of the county’s Cultural Affairs Department and senior advisor to the mayor, the state requested a different site from the county but, noting the Arsht Center’s ever-growing need for parking, proposed this land exchange in the best interests of all parties.
In a memo to commissioners, Mr. Spring reported Miami-Dade County has a track record of partnering with FDOT on projects that have a countywide impact.