Category Archives: Development

Projects proposed on Belle Isle and nearby, including buildings and roads.

Get ready for continuing construction at Belle Isle’s doorstep

Rendering of proposed Marriott hotel

Rendering of proposed Marriott hotel

A Marriott Residence Inn on 17th Street. A West Avenue bridge over the Collins Canal. A streetscape project in Sunset Harbour.

If you think the maze of detours and clamor of construction equipment just east of Belle Isle will end with the completion of the Alton Road project  (and the Venetian Isles streetscape), think again.

There’s a series of new projects in the queue, Belle Isle residents learned  Wednesday night at a meeting at the Belle Plaza condominium.  Belle Isle Residents Association President Scott Diffenderfer gave this overview:

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The lot is the triangle shape northwest of the A

The Marriott Residence Inn the city approved last spring for the pie-shaped property at West Avenue between 17th Street and the Collins Canal is in the process of being permitted by the city, and work could begin in a month or two. The city approved a 116-room hotel designed by architect Kobi Karp for the site.

Commissioners chose this configuration for the bridge.

The city chose this configuration for the bridge.

– Design work on the proposed West Avenue Bridge, which would cross the Collins Canal and link Sunset Harbour with the West Avenue area near Epicure, is moving forward, though construction won’t begin until the Alton Road project is complete.

The city commission approved construction of the bridge in April 2012. The bridge will include one northbound lane and two southbound lanes, one of them for cars turning left on to 17th Street from Sunset Harbour. There will be a sidewalk and bike path in each direction.

– The city is preparing documents to enable bidding for a streetscape  project in Sunset Harbour that will include solving the flooding problem and installing new sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. Bids will be sought this summer.

Belle Isle residents received updates on a variety of other issues:

– Alton Road reconstruction. The city and the Florida Department of Transportation are trying to get the project finished by December 2014, seven months earlier than projected, by working longer hours Belle Isle residents will get updates on a variety of public and private construction projects on and around our island when the Residents Association meets Tuesday night.
Among the items on the agenda:
– We’ll learn the latest timetable for switching the toll collection on the Veneitan Causeway to Sunpass, and how that may affect annual pass renewals, which happen each May.
– The Florida Department of Transportation will provide an update on the Alton Road construction project, which has disrupted traffic throught the east side of Miami Beach.
– The city will report on the sulphur odor on Belle Isle and around the park, as well as the park landscaping.
– The city will explain the delays on the Collins Canal bikepath, a partially completed project that was due to be complete last year. The pathway is mostly done, but lighting and landscaping are not.
– We’re get a report on the Sunset Harbour pumping station project, designed to reduce flooding in that neighborhood.
– The Belle Isle Residents Association will update several development projects near us — the 17th Street Marriott Residence Inn, proposed apartment on Belle Isle at the Belle Isle Key apartment location and a proposed parking expansion and renovation at The Standard.

The meeting happens at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave. There is a meet and greet at 6 p.m. and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Sent from my iPad on construction. FDOT representative Enrique Tamayo told homeowners that FDOT will try to minimize the impact on neighborhoods, but a major project like this is very disruptive.

Venetian Causeway conversion to SunPass. This is expected to happen in late summer. Venetian Island property owners with C-Pass transponders will be contacted so they can register their SunPass devices to work properly on at the toll plaza. We’ll still pay an annual $24 fee; other causeway users will be charged a toll each time on their SunPass. There will no longer be toll takers at the plaza.

The city has switched from iPark devices to a PaybyPhone, a smartphone app to allows you to charge metered parking to a credit card. The new app will be in service in a month or so.

– Proposed Standard Hotel renovation and new parking structure. This idea, floated by the hotel in January 2013, isn’t being pushed by the owners. They received a lukewarm reception from the neighborhood last year, and haven’t submitted a formal proposal to the city.

Miami Beach says Alton roadwork will be done by end of 2014

Here’s something to celebrate: The city of Miami Beach says the Alton Road reconstruction should be finished by the end of 2014, about seven months early.

Mayor Philip Levine announced the news in a press release after he and City Manager Jimmy Morales met with state officials on Thursday, including Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee.

In his release, Levine said “In addition to alleviating traffic congestion, this project has a flooding mitigation component that includes the installation of three new pump stations that will help alleviate the street flooding.  Along with the new pump stations, the City will be strategically installing an additional 30 and 40 pump stations throughout Miami Beach to reduce the flooding.”

Sounds good to us. Let’s hope the new deadline gets met.

(apologies to all on the original post, which said the work would be done by the end of 2013 — typo. The blog needs more sleep!)

Belle Isle residents to discuss traffic, development issues

Belle Isle residents will get updates on a variety of public and private construction projects on and around our island when the Residents Association meets Tuesday night.
Among the items on the agenda:
– We’ll learn the latest timetable for switching the toll collection on the Venetian Causeway to Sunpass, and how that may affect annual pass renewals, which happen each May.
– The Florida Department of Transportation will provide an update on the Alton Road construction project, which has disrupted traffic throughout the east side of Miami Beach.
– The city will report on the sulphur odor on Belle Isle and around the park, as well as the park landscaping.
– The city will explain the delays on the Collins Canal bikepath, a partially completed project that was due to be finished last year. The pathway is mostly done, but lighting and landscaping are not.
– We’re get a report on the Sunset Harbour pumping station project, designed to reduce flooding in that neighborhood.
– The Belle Isle Residents Association will update several development projects near us — the 17th Street Marriott Residence Inn, proposed apartment on Belle Isle at the Belle Isle Key apartment location and a proposed parking expansion and renovation at The Standard.

The meeting happens at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave. There is a meet and greet at 6 p.m. and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Sent from my iPad

MacArthur Causeway disruptions tonight, key community meetings next week

The lane closures related to the Port of Miami Tunnel project continue tonight, although this one is a bit more distant to Miami Beach.

Drivers on Interstate 95 north who want to head east to Miami Beach won’t be able to get on the ramp to eastbound I-395 starting at 10 p.m. through 5:30 a.m.

Workers will be installing new sign structures and panels related to the tunnel.

Meanwhile, two key neighborhood meetings happen next week:

– The West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association (WAVNA) is hosting a town hall with State Rep. David Richardson at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The state Legislature begins its session on March 2, and this gathering, at Oliver’s Bistro (West Avenue and Ninth Street) will be a chance to get a preview on everything from the Alton Road construction project to gambling and the use of red light cameras. .

– The Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave. There will be a gathering with refreshments beforehand.

Monday morning briefing for Belle Isle and the Venetian Causeway — the week ahead

Monday morning sunrise over Belle Isle.

Monday morning sunrise over Belle Isle.

Happy Monday folks! Here’s some of what’s coming up this week and the next few:

sewerwork– The Venetian Isle construction project that started Jan. 6 on San Marino expands today to DiLido Island. The new work involves digging a trench in the middle of West and East DiLido drives and installing pipes, the city says. Work on San Marino continues.

– On Wednesday, there will be another organic farmers market in the breezeway at the new Sunset Harbour Shops, featuring goodies from Paradise Farms. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– On Feb. 6, Miami Beach police will be holding a police captain’s walk with homeowners. It starts at 5 p.m. at the corner of East Dilido Drive and North Venetian Way. The walk is a chance to discuss security concerns in the neighborhood.

– On Feb. 25, the Belle Isle Residents Association holds its annual meeting in the meeting room at 20 Island Ave. There will be a reception before the meeting. We’ll have more details as the agenda unfolds.

MacArthur Causeway eastbound to close again tonight

At risk of sounding like a broken record….

One eastbound lane will close at 10 p.m. followed with the full eastbound closure between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured via I-395 eastbound to Biscayne Boulevard off ramp to I-195 eastbound (Julia Tuttle).  All westbound lanes will remain open at alltimes.

The city of Miami Beach says the closures are necessary for safety reasons while crews install sign structures and sign panels for the Port of Miami Tunnel project.

 

MacArthur Causeway east to close again Monday night

As work continues on the Port of Miami Tunnel, so do overnight road closures on Interstate 395 and the MacArthur Causeway.

On Monday night, one eastbound lane will close at 10 p.m. and then all eastbound lanes will be closed from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m., the city of Miami Beach says.

If you normally head to South Beach on the MacArthur, you will be detoured from I-395 east at the Biscayne Boulevard off ramp, and turned north on Biscayne to I-195 eastbound (Julia Tuttle Causeway).  Westbound lanes will remain open.

Crews are supposed to be installing sign structures and sign panels for the tunnel project.

MacArthur Causeway eastbound to close Wednesday night

The massive Port of Miami tunnel project will cause the closure of the eastbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday  to 5:30 a.m. Thursday — and it might have to close overnight Thursday as well.

The closure will also impact Interstate 95′s connection to Interstate 395. If you are heading north or south on I-95, you’ll have to take the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) to Miami Beach. You won’t be able to go east, even to exit on Biscayne Boulevard.

Drainage work starting in Sunset Harbour, will last six months

Flooding on 20th Street inSunset Harbour.

Flooding on 20th Street in Sunset Harbour.

We all know that Sunset Harbour floods with almost every rain and full moon-high tide combination. It’s no secret our neighboring hotspot needs improved drainage.

So this is good news, sort of. Starting this week, work begins on a drainage improvement project in Sunset Harbour.

But traffic is likely to go from bad to worse during the Sunset Harbour flooding work  construction phase. The area of impact includes almost the entire neighborhood, and construction is supposed to last (gulp!) six months.

The stretch on 20th Street in front of the Pubbelly restaurants, Publix and JugoFresh/Footworks is already a mess because of backups from the Alton Road work. Expect it to get worse.

According to the city, all existing pump stations in the area will be upgraded:

–There will be construction at the corner of Purdy Avenue and Dade Boulevard/17th Street to replace existing pumps and hardware (and yes, it appears the city had already been working on this).

–Existing pumps and equipment also will be replaced at Sunset Harbour Marina across from the Sardinia/PB Steak corner at 18th and Purdy.

–All along 20th Street, construction crews will replace a pumping station and add new drainage wells. In addition, a new sewer system will be constructed and connected.

Lane closures will happen between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, in phases.

Brace yourself — and remember the flooding in Belle Isle that finally got fixed after years of construction. In end, it was worth it.

Venetian Causeway water main work begins Monday

Venetian Islands_010214_Water Line Work Begins FINAL watermainThe contractor on the Venetian islands right of way project begins work on Monday, Jan. 6, on new water lines on San Marino Islands, and the work will last three weeks.

There will be roadway closings and detours during the construction, as well as some parking restrictions in the immediate construction areas. For San Marino residents, there will be parking restrictions during construction times, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the city asks that residents put a contact number on their car dashboard to avoid being towed.

According to Lauren Firtel, the city spokesperson for the work, there should not be any water service disruptions during this phase of the construction work.