FYI Miami: July 23, 2020
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FREEDOM TOWER MOVER CLOSED: The Freedom Tower Metromover station this week is beginning a one-year closure for renovations that, according to Miami-Dade transportation personnel, will “not only enhance the appearance and functionality of the station, but it will also help to encourage more riders to use transit.” Improvements to the station, a county press note says, include a new elevator shaft and elevator system, new escalator, new stairs and canopy, and upgraded landscaping and platform floor finishes. “The renovation is a joint project being completed by the Department of Transportation and Public Works and the developers of the Miami Worldcenter building complex,” the note said. For the next year, through an expected fall 2021 completion, Metromover vehicles will bypass the station. Passengers can exit at either the College North, College/Bayside or Park West station, which is a roughly three-minute walk from AmericanAirlines Arena.
A MICROMOBILITY-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN: The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County are looking to enter into an agreement for development of a micromobility network in greater downtown Miami, with a city vote scheduled for today (7/23). The city would contribute $1 million toward the network. According to the draft contract, the city would allocat its funds toward the project from District 2’s collected micromobility fees. District Commissioner Ken Russell has been the city’s biggest proponent for the scooter pilot program, with the city reaping dollars from the pilot for the bicycle network. The overall project has a cost of just over $2 million, with the county to pay the remainder with road impact fees.
NEW REGIONAL PARK: Plans for a regional park in Miami Gardens could start coming together in early September, when Miami-Dade commissioners will decide whether to direct county staff to start work on the project. Commissioners in committee unanimously forwarded an item by Barbara Jordan that, if approved Sept. 1, would direct Mayor Carlos Giménez’s office to prepare a plan for a park at 20201 NW 37th Ave. and find funds with which to design and build it. In 2008, the county Historic Preservation Board designated the 12-acre site as the Harwood Acres Archaeological Zone, according to a memo from Ms. Jordan’s office, which said that a regional park there focused on “educating residents and visitors alike about nature, history, preservation and conservation,” while being used “in a manner that is consistent with the historic archaeological designation,” would benefit residents in need of outdoor space.