Daily Archives: July 30, 2007

Snaphot of Development on the River

Image: View of the Miami River from the rear of the Miami River Club Townhouse Community

Miami River area development is challenging to track and this post is definitely not my attempt to do so but a brief prelude to an incoming River profile. I recently stumbled upon an interesting section of the River that caught my attention. It’s where the river splits in two. In the south side of the split, there is an old townhouse development called the River Club.

Image: Rear side of River club (left) and the abandoned pool (right). These are inexpensive town house units facing the River.

This charming river side community is livable but deteriorated. There seems to be little hope of it changing. The pool is dried up and graffiti splattered. There is nothing in the way of landscaping or pleasant amenities. However, it sits right on the river fork, is a short walk away from a beautiful riverfront park, and has new construction is surrounding it (Terrazas River Park Condo and River Oaks Condo). Let’s take a look.

Image: The river club is outlined in red. Terrazas on the River (right) is highlighted in dark blue and River Oaks Condo (left) is highlighted in light blue. Both are new construction residential high rise developments. Sewell Park is clearly visible as well.

The River Club is symbolic of under appreciation along the Miami River. I haven’t factored in the full scope of new construction in the area and therefore cannot present a comprehensive picture. Look forward to that soon.

Image: rendering of Terrazas Park Condo

Image: Rendering of River Oaks Condo and Marina

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Trouble Floating

Image: Miami River sunken boat.

I know this is an environmental hazard or liability of some kind. It’s been there for months, at least. Of course, no one cares.

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A Slice of Miami in the West Bank?

According to BBC News, a town called Marzaa Sharqiya north of Ramallah is considered the Palestinian interpretation of Miami.

Some Palestinians even refer to the village as the Miami of the West Bank on account of the wealth and the seemingly endless summer partying.”

The report, although not entirely relevant to what Miamians care about, does offer a perspective of Miami as a lifestyle concept.

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Murals on Overpasses

Overpasses are an eyesore, but is painting them with dragons, unidentifiable animals, polka dots, and floral patterns a way of making them any less unappealing?

Who’s doing the painting? Who’s paying for it? Surely it isn’t prisoner labor. I appreciate the effort but can’t help but sense the utter futility in continuing painting them, but can’t come up with any alternatives. What’s next, murals of country vistas and waterfalls? Maybe Britto can chip in with his own pop art overpass.

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New Multi-Level Retail Center Planned for Uptown

A 120,000 square foot multi-level retail complex planned for 32nd street and Biscayne Blvd is now leasing. The project, which is unnamed in the display sign, is located directly south of the proposed 3333 Biscayne office/condo development. With the advent of so many high density residential units and the absence of new retail on Biscayne Blvd. (except the rapidly filling spaces at Cite), Uptown has become an area ripe for retail activity. Seth Gadinsky is the broker assigned to the project. The project is within walking distance from Midtown Miami and the Design District.

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