This week, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Governor Council got a special sneak peak at the construction of the Brightline Fort Lauderdale train station. The 60,000 square foot train station is rapidly taking shape since the topping out ceremony on September 16. Come with us on a tour of the station as it’s now possible…
Moving Along at MiamiCentral
December 9, 2016
This week, the South Florida Business Journal included MiamiCentral in an article on the rise of transit-oriented developments in South Florida. According to the article by Brian Bandell, “Traffic congestion has become almost unbearable in the tri-county region, especially on the major interstates, in the urban cores and in densely populated suburbs. With population growth continuing and little room for road expansions, the situation is likely to worsen in the coming years. Some people could reduce their commute times by moving closer to work, but that’s not an affordable solution for everybody.
“That’s where transit-oriented development (TOD) comes in. Living directly connected to or within a block of a public transit station could allow people to commute to work while bypassing traffic, enjoying free Wi-Fi and reducing vehicle expenses. Many U.S. cities have promoted high-density TOD projects along transit lines, and these neighborhoods have often seen property values rise.”
A prime example of transit-oriented development, MiamiCentral will be home to the Brightline train service, but it will also be home to hundreds of residents in its rental apartments, hundreds of workers whose employers will be located there and many shops and restaurants in CentralFare, Miami’s first true food hall. Plus, Tri-Rail will have two platforms within MiamiCentral and plans to offer service by the end of the year. MetroRail and MetroMover stations are adjacent to MiamiCentral, so there are lots of transportation options.
Just last week, MiamiCentral announced two new restaurants that will be joining CentralFare. Wynwood Yard trailblazer Della Heiman will open her first permanent location of della bowls and Parliament Espresso Bar will brew up Miami’s newest caffeine fix. The two will join the authentically crafted and carefully curated growing food and beverage program anchored by signature restaurant Monger by the Voltaggio Brothers, along with several other Miami restaurateurs such as Richard Hales of Blackbrick Chinese, and Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers, among others.
Construction progress on MiamiCentral continues at full steam ahead. Almost all of the massive Florida I-Beams (FIBS) that will hold up the elevated train track are in place and track slabs are being poured over the spans. Steel erection continues as well as underground and site work.
Foundations for the pre-cast V-columns are being poured and readied. The first V-column is scheduled to be put in place next week. Stay tuned for photos!
On To The Next Stop...
In preparation for Thanksgiving, Brightline co-sponsored (for the second year in a row) the Overtown Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Friday, November 18, 2016. Held at Reeves Park in Overtown, 500 families received a Thanksgiving turkey, along with some of the fixings for a holiday dinner such as sweet potatoes, corn, collard greens, biscuit mix and…