Here’s a reminder: You can meet your neighbors and learn about key issues facing the neighborhood when the Belle Isle residents Association holds its annual meeting, tonight in the card room at Belle Plaza, 20 Island Ave.
The gathering starts with a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m.
We’ll get an update on ongoing and future road projects (get ready for bridge construction at West Avenue), the proposal for an five-story apartment complex on the Belle Isle Key site, progress on the Venetian Causeway and more.
The association will also elect new officers and hear from you about your concerns.
Looking east on Jan. 26, 6:45 a.m.
It’s a pink champagne sunrise over Belle Isle and South Beach.
The city of Miami Beach is holding a public meeting Monday to share construction plans for West Avenue between Fifth and 17 streets.
Please don’t tell us you thought the completion of work on Alton Road would end the west side disruption on South Beach. Nope.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr. It will be in the city manager’s large conference room on the fourth floor.
City engineer Bruce Mowry is supposed to provide an overview of the West Avenue Neighborhood Improvement Project, which includes the elevation of streets and sidewalks and drainage initiatives to deal with flooding issues.
Crescent Heights development, which owns the abandoned South Shore Hospital and surrounding properties between Alton Road and West Avenue, has scheduled another session with West Avenue residents — this time to outline the traffic plans for the proposed apartment/retail complex it calls 600 Alton Road.
The meeting happens Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Miami Beach Golf Course clubhouse. The West Avenue Neighborhood Association asks that you RSVP if you plan to attend.
At a meeting in January, Crescent Heights showed a proposal for a sleek complex that included 440 rental apartments above 60,000-square feet of retail space and parking for 1073 cars.
The configuration of the retail at street level included open air walkways under the building, and green space (described as a mini-park) facing Fifth Street. Parking was underground, an interesting challenge given the frequency of street flooding in the area.
There were many questions about traffic impact during that meeting, and Crescent Heights promised to follow up with a session with the traffic plan — and this is it.
Meanwhile, Crescent Heights is scheduled to appear at the Planning Board on Feb. 26 and the Design Review Board on March 5.
The monthly Miami Beach Community Bike Ride happens Saturday morning between 9 and 11:30 a.m.
It’s a fun event for participants — and a wise thing to plan around for errand-running South Beach residents.
For Belle Isle and other Venetian Causeway dwellers, it’s important to know that the last leg of the ride takes riders down Alton Road from Middle Beach and then east at 20th Street to Dade Boulevard and the Convention Center area.
The ride starts at Fifth Street and Washington Avenue. Here’s the general route, for planning purposes:
- Fifth Street from Washington Avenue to Ocean Drive
- Ocean Drive from Fifth to 15 streets
- 15 Street from Ocean Drive to Collins Avenue
- Collins Avenue from 15 Street to 87 Street
- 87 Terrace between Collins Avenue and Harding Avenue
- Harding Avenue from 87 Terrace (to Indian Creek) to 63 Street
- 63 Street from Indian Creek to North Bay Road
- North Bay Road south from 63 Street to 45 Street/Alton Road
- Alton Road from 45 Street to 20 Street
- Dade Boulevard from 20 Street to Convention Center Drive
- Convention Center Drive
- 17 Street from Convention Center Drive to Washington Avenue
- Washington Avenue south from 17 Street back to Fifth Street