CAPITAL PROJECTS - SOUTH POINTE PROJECTSBAYWALK
As part of an agreement with the Portofino Entities, the RDA will develop the Baywalk, a pedestrian path from South Pointe Park travelling west past the Miami Beach Marina. The RDA will also oversee the refurbishing of the seawall that extends along the Baywalk.SOUTH POINTE STREETSCAPE
Over the next few years the South Pointe community will benefit from the South Pointe Streetscape, a five phase improvement that is the first substantial upgrade to the area's water, sewer, roadway, signalization, street lighting, irrigation and landscaping in over 25 years. It is a $28 million right of way enhancement that will advance the quality of residential life by refurbishing the sewer and drainage systems, promoting safe pedestrian travel, increasing the urban tree canopy, mitigating vehicle congestion. Additionally, the South Pointe Streetscape will be the first subtropical use of an innovative skeletal soil mixture to prevent sidewalk pavement cracks from the root systems.
SOUTH POINTE PARK
South Pointe and other parks will undergo millions of dollars in renovations to protect their natural charm and maintain a substantial quality of life for residents.
THE COURTS & THE COSMOPOLITAN
In 1988, the RDA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a "new residential development at the old police station site" in South Pointe. Following years of negotiation, this private-public partnership, called "the Courts", is under development between First and Second Streets, west of Washington Avenue and east of Michigan Avenue.
The overall vision was to create a Mediterranean village as an economic generator to revitalizing the area. A neighborhood orientation simultaneous with economies of scale in construction would allow this project to meet specified area redevelopment goals. However, the Courts concept was revised to include a diversifying MiMo (Miami Moderne) architectural theme for the next phase, the Cosmopolitan, which will break ground in mid-2001.
In order to preserve a popular tradition in the South Pointe Area, the RDA will renovate a City-owned vacant land parcel, on Collins Avenue between Second and Third Streets into a cooperative garden. The current community garden, on Washington Avenue between Second and First Streets, will be renovated into a municipal surface lot to meet the many parking needs within the area.
As a compliment to continuing area revitalization of the South Pointe commercial district, the ground level of the Portofino Tower will be developed as commercial retail space by the Comras Company to meet the demands of residents occupying over 1000 new residential units in the area.
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