Citycentre Magnet For Dozen New Towers
By Meisha Perrin
Starting Friday (4/19), northbound South Miami Avenue between Southwest Seventh and Eighth streets will be closed off for the rest of the year with the northbound traffic detoured through Brickell Avenue because of Swire Properties’ underground construction work for its Brickell CityCentre project, said city Director of Transportation Carlos Cruz-Casas.
"There is underground work to be done, which is creating a tunnel between the two parcels," he said, "and it was virtually impossible to maintain traffic in a safe way at the same time that they were doing construction underneath."
The Brickell CityCentre project, which recently got approval from the city for an extension that added almost an acre to bring the project to about 10 acres of lot area, is for a more than $1 billion mixed-used development project with below-grade parking that is to help internalize traffic circulation.
It is expected to be completed in late 2015, opening in various stages.
The extension increases the retail entertainment area by more than 78,000 square feet, adds 772 parking spaces, and includes a 350-unit residential tower that is to be 528 feet tall.
It will encompass an additional block, to be called North Square, to the north of the project and just south of the Miami River between Southwest Fifth and Sixth streets — and the retail space will be enough to accommodate an additional anchor department store.
Swire Properties is responsible for improvements to the portion of South Miami Avenue that it encompasses, which are to match the approved streetscape improvements developed by the Downtown Development Authority in conjunction with Miami-Dade County.
The authority, according to its master plan, is to make improvements to the roadway by adding wider sidewalks, street trees and streetscape elements, as well as improve pedestrian connectivity between the east and west sides of Mary Brickell Village across South Miami Avenue.
In addition, the city is working on a drainage project under its department of capital improvements, and according to Mr. Cruz-Casas, the department just requested proposals for that project. He said it should begin this year.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e-MIAMI TODAY, an exact digital replica of the printed edition.