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Question – What’s 11 stories tall, 129,000 SF, located within 0.3 miles of a transit station in a dense transit-oriented quadrant of the city (see map above), and dedicates 54% of its available volume to parking?  If you guessed Miami’s newest rising LEED Silver office structure just south of the Health District, then you guessed right.

Via Globestreet:

The space is designed to LEED Silver standards and will cater to the needs of healthcare professionals, according to Gutierrez Group…The 11-story building, located at 1001 Sunnybrook Road, will include four stories of office space and six floors of parking, says Jeb Bush Jr., commercial sales and leasing agent for Coral Gables-based Fairchild Partners, which will handle leasing for Highland Park.

Welcome to Miami.  Only Miamians can figure out how to rig the LEED certification standards so that this lousy excuse of a building can become Silver Certified.  Honestly, this building should be imploded upon completion.  The building, pictured below, is reminiscent of a few other less than notable properties we’ve discussed before (See: Miami Green, Bay of Pigs Museum, Marina Blue, etc.) and littered with the same atrocious parking standards Miami has become renown for.  Some might even say we have “world-class” parking standards.  I traveled the great cities of the United States and part of the world and have never seen another city that takes such pride in its autocentric designs.  Without a formal analysis, I’d go so far as to suggest that we have more parking structures in our high transit centers than any other city I’ve seen yet.  Its projects like these that will really tarnish the USGBC’s LEED certification system.

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4 Responses to Coming soon to a Health District Near You!

  1. Mike Lydon says:

    Form follows parking in America, and especially in Miami. The only other large American city that I am familiar with that does such a hack job on its urbanism in the name of parking is Detroit (maybe Houston or LA, but I haven’t spent much time there).

    Both there, and in Miami, the only infill buildings that get built consistently are those with giant floor plates, as economies of scale allow you to build the required parking. These inane requirements cause can literally price out affordable housing development because building the damn parking is so expensive. As alternative you get these buildings on stilts in the neighborhoods, like Little Havana so that all the cars can fit underneath. It kills street life, is ugly and makes neighborhoods and districts far to reliant on the automobile. You might as well take the Culmer Metro stop away from the employees of this new health district building. It will be irrelevant to them.

    Battles in NYC and Washington DC are now being fought over parking requirements. Keep you eyes on those…

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  2. FIUpanther says:

    It makes me so angry! It makes no sense and the City of Miami should have laws against this kind of stuff, it makes no sense!

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  3. joel says:

    while i wholeheartedly agree, miami is at a disadvantage because we realy cant dig here. none of those other cities is at such a low elevation like us… that has to play a role, right?

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  4. Blingtown says:

    The elevation plays a factor, but the ridiculously high parking requirement for urban developments is the biggest problem. What do we do to go about changing this? There is no doubt that a number of developers would be friendly to the notion. With a developer/environmentalist coalition, this should be a piece of cake right?

    The zoning code should be amended to allow reduced parking for a) proximity to transit, b) provision of bike facilities, c) proximity to walkable shops & jobs, d) proximity to underutilized garages.

    I think the powerful interest resisting this would be the Miami Parking Authority which gets dough from parking as well as payment-in-lieu fees every time someone buys out of the minimum parking requirement.

    Does anybody know who else would be an ally/enemy to this notion? We all know the requirement is bs, so let’s change it!

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