You’re running late leaving your house and finally get into your car, only to pull onto I-95 to find gridlock, further cementing the fact you’ll be late to work. To add insult to injury, you’re watching your gasoline gauge slowly tick to empty as your idling car burns fuel. Unfortunately, as a South Floridian, this…
A View from Above: MiamiCentral a Downtown Transportation Hub and Neighborhood Rising
September 23, 2016
It may surprise you to learn that approximately 90,000 residents call downtown Miami home and another 20,000 are expected to move to downtown in the next five years, according to the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Additionally about 162,000 daytime workers are employed downtown and a 1.4-million-square-foot increase in leasable space is expected over the next three years.
Contributing to this increase will be MiamiCentral, home of Brightline train service and an 11-acre mixed-use development that some may call its own neighborhood. MiamiCentral is scheduled to open in phases beginning next summer when Brightline train service launches.
Spanning six city blocks in Downtown Miami, MiamiCentral will include the Brightline train station, two office buildings, 180,000 square feet of retail, 800 residences in two towers, and Central Fare, featuring six restaurants and more than 20 food and retail purveyors. There are also plans for another tower that will include more commercial office space, residential and a hotel.
Piece by Piece
Construction on the entire MiamiCentral development is moving along at a rapid pace. A centerpiece of recent activity has been the massive precast concrete beams, also called the Florida I-Beams or FIBs, which began being installed in June. Currently, at the northern point of the development which is where the actual Brightline station will be, all but 3 spans (a total of 10 FIBs) are left to install. The train tracks will be installed on top of a slab that will be cast on top of the FIBs. Work has begun on the track slabs and the rail deck platform has been started. Workers are also pouring foundation walls and installing rebar. Just this week, the steel for the 2 MiamiCentral office building was delivered and workers have begun installation. The train station structure core is complete and vertical structure elements are continuing to the parking level.
In other areas of the construction site, additional FIBs are being lifted into place; more concrete pours are taking place and foundation work is advancing.
We’re Getting Ready
We are excited about MiamiCentral and this incredible new urban crossroads is going to connect people with the places and things they love. Stay tuned for more information about MiamiCentral. The Brightline train is going to have a dynamic and bustling place to call home in Miami. All of those people moving to Downtown Miami in the next five years and those that are working in Downtown are going to have an amazing place to shop, dine, live and best of all, get to other places quickly in South Florida, thanks to Brightline!
On To The Next Stop...
A major construction milestone was reached at the Brightline Fort Lauderdale station: the topping out. This means that the construction of the train station structure is complete and now the focus will shift to the interior outfitting and finishes. More than 300 workers who contributed to the project donned bright yellow Brightline shirts and were…