Following a public groundbreaking ceremony in September, construction promptly began on a new neighborhood park near Mary Brickell Village on South Miami Avenue and S.E 11th street. The project – dubbed ‘Triangle Park’ due to the shape of the parcel – is a partnership between a private developer and the City of Miami to build a publicly accessible park on undeveloped privately-owned land. As a private development, the property will remain a park for the ‘foreseeable future’ until the owner is ready to build upon it.
After a flurry of construction activity through the end of 2011, work stalled shortly after the new year. The site is gradually turning into a muddy pit strewn with plastic bags and other garbage. Construction equipment is gone. A ‘Marc Sarnoff for Commissioner’ campaign sign lies crumbled against the chain link fence, which is peeled back in some places. Anything stronger than a gentle breeze kicks up dust from the site onto pedestrians and parked vehicles.
According to the owner and developer Mallory Kauderer, the primary reason for the work stoppage is due to a delay in securing a necessary water supply for the planned shrubs and trees. Florida Power and Light agreed to provide the site with a water hookup for a sprinkler, but have been unresponsive in repeated requests to install it, according to Kauderer.
Kauderer said that if the city permits for the project were provided in the timeline he originally expected, the water hook-up would not be necessary because the natural rainfall during the summer months would be sufficient. The required permits took longer than expected to secure and construction was delayed until the late fall, when rainfall is less frequent. When asked if construction could resume sometime this spring or summer without the FPL water hookup, Kauderer confirmed it could.
Ron Nelson, Chief of Staff for City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff urged residents to be patient. “Please remember that this is a temporary park offered by a private landowner. Our goal is to make better use of empty land throughout the city and encourage landowners to be better stewards. We moved forward based on his commitments and it appears that he has run into some issues that we the city have no control over. He has assured us that the problems are being worked out,” said Nelson in an e-mail to Transit Miami.
In the meantime, Transit Miami calls on Kauderer to keep the site clean and becoming of one of Miami’s signature neighborhoods as well as maintaining communication with local officials to keep residents and business up to date with it’s progress.
Subscribe via Email
Find us on Facebook
- Marta Viciedo on Making Miami’s Mean Streets Safer
- Rudy on Imagining Townhouses in Little Havana
- Mr. E. on Lackluster Mayoral Candidates Promise More of the Same on Transportation
- hello miami on How Miami Greets Its Visitors (and Locals)
- Mike Moskos on How Miami Greets Its Visitors (and Locals)
- Ken Arguelles on Miami Bungalow Love
CategoriesAccident Architecture bicycles bike lanes Bike Miami Days biking Biscayne Boulevard Brickell bus Climate Change Coconut Grove complete streets Downtown Miami FDOT High Speed Rail Metrorail Miami Miami-Dade County Miami-Dade Transit Miami 21 Miami Beach Museum Park News Parking Parks Pedestrian Pedestrians Pic o' the Day Planning Real Estate Development Rickenbacker Causeway Sprawl Streetcar Traffic Transit Transitography Transit Oriented Development Transportation Tri-Rail Uncategorized Urban Design Urban Development Boundary Urban Growth Urban Planning Walkability
- Liberating High-Quality Home Design December 5, 2013Does not having the money to hire a world-class architect mean you shouldn't be able to build a well-designed house? A new website seeks to make high-quality design accessible to the masses with open source architecture.
- Obama Takes on Inequality December 5, 2013In a major economic speech delivered yesterday, President Obama called America's growing inequality and lack of upward mobility “the defining challenge of our time”. Though he may have diagnosed the disease, did he prescribe an effective cure?
- Cincinnati Council's "Pause" Vote Imperils Streetcar Project December 5, 2013By a 5-4 margin, the Cincinnati City Council voted to pause the city's streetcar project in order to further study the costs of canceling it. If warnings from the federal government are to be taken seriously, the vote itself may kill the project.
- Could Amazon Drones Increase Urban Property Values? December 5, 2013Developers at Google and Amazon are among those working diligently to produce a near future full of autonomous cars and delivery devices. Economics professor Casey B. Mulligan suggests such advances will increase the value of urban land.
- Future-Proofing Underground Condo Parking December 5, 2013Declining demand for zoning-mandated underground condominium parking has Toronto developers and architects talking about ways to design flexible sub-surface spaces to accommodate the possibility of alternate future uses.
- "Can I Have a Road Usage Fee with that 15-cent Gas Tax Increase, Please?" December 5, 2013Don't ever accuse Rep. Earl Blumenauer of not thinking big. Accompanying his gas tax increase bill, he has proposed a bill to study ways to charge drivers by the miles they drive. One takes care of the funding problem now, the other in the future.
- Madrid Master Plan Prioritizes People over Cars and Development over Regulation December 5, 2013Completed about every 15 years, Madrid's General Urban Plan sets out a long-term vision for the city's development. The newest iteration replaces a "dud" from 1997 that has "dogged the city for years," reports Feargus O'Sullivan.
- Would Advanced Technology Have Prevented the Metro-North Derailment? December 5, 2013As federal investigators focus on the likelihood of human error being the cause of the Dec. 1 derailment that killed four passengers, attention has been placed on the federal requirement for all railroads to install positive train control systems.
- Front Runner Emerges to Succeed Amanda Burden December 5, 2013As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to take office at the beginning of the new year, speculation is growing as to who will succeed Mayor Bloomberg's popular commissioners. The Real Deal floats several candidates to become NYC's next chief planner.
- Could Detroit Be "Blight-Free" in 36 Months? December 5, 2013Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, has expressed his belief that the city can clear its backlog of 78,000 blighted buildings within the next 18-36 months.
- Liberating High-Quality Home Design December 5, 2013