Wynwood study supports adding a Tri-Rail station
In their months-long quest to get a Tri-Rail station erected in their neighborhood, directors of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) last week released results of a study they commissioned from urban planner Cesar Garcia-Pons.
The study compared patterns of both current and projected growth for two sites: one within a half-mile radius of Northeast 29th Street and the Florida East Coast Railway line (Wynwood’s northern boundary), and the other within a half-mile radius of Northeast 36th Street and the rail line (close to Midtown and the Design District).
BID officials concede that Midtown Miami touches both areas and has a slight overlap on both, so data were analyzed with and without considering Midtown. The Northeast 29th Street site is the clear winner, BID leadership said in a release.
“As the data contained in this study suggest, there exists significantly higher development capacity in the vicinity of Northeast 29th Street than Northeast 36th Street,” the study said. “And, for the purpose of providing the greatest economic development benefits at the lowest cost to the public sector, a higher development capacity provides a sound statistical basis for siting a Midtown Tri-Rail Station nearer to Northeast 29th Street.”
“The results of the study make a compelling case for siting a commuter transit station a bit further to the south of 36th Street.” Mr. Garcia Pons is quoted in the release, which also included these key findings:
■When the overlapping Midtown area is removed, the future development potential capacity of the Wynwood/29th Street Station area is three times higher than the equivalent Design District/36th Street Station area.
■Based on the maximum build-out data sets (population, density, commercial and employment), the total Wynwood/29th Street Station area has a 50% higher future potential development capacity than the total Design District/36th Street Station area.
■Exclusive of the overlapping Midtown area, the Wynwood/29th Street Station area has a projected maximum buildout population of 52,400, versus 16,100 for the Design District/36th Street Station area.
■When the overlapping Midtown area is included, the Wynwood/29th Street Station area has a projected maximum buildout population of 90,500 versus 55,000 for the Design District/36th Street Station area.
■At maximum buildout, the total Wynwood/29th Street Station area is projected to have 27,900 employees, while the Design District/36th Street Station area is projected to have 18,300 employees.
The next step is to share the findings with city and county officials, the release said. “The Wynwood BID prides itself on