PUBLIC VISIONING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017
Plusurbia Design and Perkins+Will led a community workshop to listen to the needs and wants of its stakeholders and residents in order to see their concerns addressed and ideas pushed through.
TABLE 1 – WHAT WE HEARD
TABLE 2 – WHAT WE HEARD
TABLE 3 – WHAT WE HEARD
TABLE 4 – WHAT WE HEARD
TABLE 5 – WHAT WE HEARD
TABLE 1 KEY POINTS:
- Pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment
- Either Commodore or Fuller St can be closed as a pedestrian St, which can have arts installed and widen sidewalk.
- Store frontage improvement
- Solar smart benches is recommended on Grand Ave
- No parallel parking on McFarlane
- No parallel parking on Main Hwy and widen the sidewalk
- Propose a outdoor theater in Regatta Park
Park/ outdoor performance space is suggested at Playhouse property.
- “Scramble” on intersection of Main Hwy, McFarlane St and Grand Ave.
- Keep the retail price low and local style to serve local residents.
TABLE 2 KEY POINTS:
- Implement water-view restaurants
- More shading along Bayshore
- Improve connectivity to waterfront
- Need for bike lanes and facilities
- Create a character and social identity
- Easily accessible and affordable public parking
- Aesthetics review council for integrity of history
- Better communication with planning / Neighborhood Enhancement Team office regarding development
- 1st 2 hours parking free
- Shuttle services from parking garages down Grand Ave
- Infrastructure support for pedestrians, bikes, and parking
- Resistance to new businesses
TABLE 3 KEY POINTS:
- Ensure community and public safety with traffic enforcement and police visibility, especially on Grand Ave
- Close Grand Ave from Mary Street on weekends to cars and create pedestrian-only space
- Improve bicycle access from S. Bayshore Drive to Key Biscayne
- Create a public transportation lane from the metro station into the core of the Grove
- Keep current diversity of tenants and density with affordable housing and retail spaces
- Incentives by BID for targeted tenant mix
- Moratorium on rezoning to increase height and density
- BID should create Internship Program to have business hire interns
- Trim trees and mangroves for better view of water
TABLE 4 KEY POINTS:
- Neighborhood Improvement District important to communicate with other community groups (BID) to agree on common goals and implement them
- Connectivity to the water
- Better cleanup of trash in parks and sidewalks
- Bring back parking fairy
- T5 reduced to T3
- More pedestrian and bike friendly
- Green roofs and other infrastructure methods
- More pocket parks
TABLE 5 KEY POINTS:
- The Grove’s canopy must be preserved and increased because it is part of its identity.
- Address architectural character throughout core. Consider street level amenities (windows, entrances, people-friendly street designs).
- Consider having a welcome center at Miami City Hall with trolleys that bring people into the center of the Grove and divert tour buses to the perimeter of the Grove, not through Grand Ave as they do currently. Tour buses detract from the experience in the Grove.
- NCD should be one code. Rewrite NCD -3.
- The Grove has a wonderful village character that should be preserved and new construction should keep the same character.