City of Miami officials and project partners from the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Flagler District BID and Miami-Dade County have broken ground on the $20.5-million Downtown Flagler Street Beautification project.
The ceremony marked the official start of a complete overhaul of the city’s historic main street in the heart of downtown Miami and will result in a revitalized Flagler St.
The project will transform the street from its current design into a pedestrian-friendly, festival-style boulevard. Features including wider sidewalks, enhanced landscaping, improved lighting, public art and outdoor seating areas will combine to make the space more welcoming to pedestrians and to outdoor activities such as open-air dining and festivals. Curb-less drains, patterned pavers and limited on-street parking will further improve the experience, while still allowing for vehicles to safely traverse the corridor.
Work on the project is beginning at the easternmost end of Flagler St., where it intersects with Biscayne Boulevard, and will proceed westward in five phased sections, reaching its conclusion at the intersection of Flagler St. and Southwest 1st Ave. Dividing the project into sections will help minimize the impact construction has on the many businesses that line Flagler St. The anticipated construction time for each phase is approximately nine months, and work will be performed sequentially with minor overlaps, for an estimated construction duration of 30 months.
Once completed, the new Flagler St. will offer opportunities for festivals, special events, outdoor concerts and family evenings. Already home to hundreds of shops and restaurants and lined with historic buildings, such as the Olympia Theater and the Alfred I. duPont Building , the reimagined and more pedestrian-friendly Flagler St. will be ready to take back its rightful place as Miami’s downtown cultural destination.