Frequently Asked Questions
The vision of the Flagler Street Beautification Project states: Flagler Street shall reclaim its proud and distinctive heritage as the City of Miami’s iconic main street…A vibrant, walkable and historic shopping district.” The main purpose of the project is to reconstruct Flagler Street into Miami’s pedestrian-oriented historic main street. Moreover, by drastically improving the street corridor, it will bring more people to the downtown area and act as a catalyst to attract more private dollars and redevelopment.
The Flagler Street Task Force was initially created as a collaboration between downtown Miami business and property owners, the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the City of Miami’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Their collective goal was to implement the vision laid out in the 2025 Downtown Miami Master Plan and lead reconstruction efforts, including but not limited to, visioning, goals and objectives, design character, public participation, outreach, design intent and to secure funding. Now, the Task Force is a vehicle for interested parties to publically participate in overseeing the reconstruction efforts and guide the long-term process of activating and marketing the street.
The Flagler Street Task Force includes Downtown business and property owners, major stakeholders, project designers, and City of Miami, Miami Dade County, Miami Parking Authority and Miami DDA staff. They meet on the first Monday of every month at 9am at the Olympia Theater on Flagler Street. See the calendar on the website for exact dates/updates.
- Replaces on-street parking with Valet Parking/Loading Zones to accommodate wider sidewalks to allow for more pedestrian traffic and sidewalk cafes, and provide increased safety to all street users.
- Provides quality, large shade trees (live oaks) planted with underground Silva Cells to assure large tree growth without sacrificing walkable space. These will provide shade and lower the temperature of the corridor for pedestrians.
- A complete re-design of the street drainage, including ten new drainage wells, to fix current issues, including the inverted sidewalks.
- Provide a sidewalk that is made from readily available, quality materials arranged in an aesthetically pleasing pattern. The hardscape will feature neutral colors and patterns that can change with the times. There is also an actual steel railroad rail embedded flush with the sidewalk making a tangible connection with the street’s history.
- Unique and iconic “Crossing Gates” to close sections of the street for regular street festivals and events. Gates in up position serves as a gateway or beacon adding to the character of the streetscape. They are placed at the avenue intersections, and the attached signage rotates in up or down positions and is designed to relate to the history of the street.
- New Street lighting, bicycle racks and trash cans. Trash and Bike racks are placed in convenient locations with at least 1 per block on each side.
- Bollards placed at mid-block crossings for pedestrian safety.
Yes, sustainable elements include drought‐tolerant landscaping, and all of the 70 new Live Oaks will be planted in underground Silva Cells. Silva Cells are modular suspended pavement systems that use soil volumes to support large tree growth and provide powerful on-site stormwater management through absorption, evapotranspiration, and interception. They can also accommodate utilities and support hardscapes along with the weight of any load they carry. Their rounded edges prevent significant stress concentrations, meaning that the supported hardscapes are in no danger of sinking due to compressive forces. Openings on the deck of Silva Cells allow ample room for air and water to penetrate to the enclosed soil.
Yes, there are 27 Medjool Date Palms and 3 Live Oaks that will be saved and transplanted to other areas in downtown Miami that are in need of large-scale landscaping upgrades.
Reconstruction for the project began in January 2016 and is currently in Phase 4. The project is supposed to be completed by summer of 2018. Due to project delays in 2016, an updated construction schedule is still needed to accurately determine the project finish date.
The cost for the project is approximately $13 million. The City of Miami established a Special Assessment District to collect $1 million from property owners, in addition to $6 million funded by the City of Miami, and $6 million from the Miami Dade County Building Better Communities Program.
Flagler Street Task Force, Miami DDA, City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Miami Parking Authority.
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The project will begin at the intersection of NW 1st Ave and Flagler and proceed east in 13 phases on a block-by-block basis. Most of the phases will be grouped together with drainage well location and maintenance of traffic in mind. For instance, phases 1, 2 and 3 from NW 1st Ave to NW Miami Ct. will all occur at the same time. After that construction will proceed with phases 4 and 5 from NW Miami Ct.to N. Miami Ave., phases 6 and 7 from N. Miami Ave. to NE 1st Ave, phases 8 and 9 from NE 1st Ave to NE 2nd Ave., phases10 and 11 from NE 2nd Ave. to NE 3rd Ave., and finally phases 12 and 13 from NE 3rd Ave. to Biscayne Boulevard where the project will terminate. For more information, please refer to the homepage or the Phasing Link on the website.
In order to complete the reconstruction project as soon as possible, and to minimize the impact to business owners, the allowable construction hours are Monday thru Friday, 8am to 12am midnight, and Saturday, 8am to 5pm. Construction has typically been completed from 7am to 3:30pm.
No. All businesses along the Flagler Corridor will have pedestrian access to their storefronts at all times for the length of the project. If there are any special circumstances, the construction team and/or Public Information Officer will work with each business to accomodate them. For loading/unloading and deliveries, please refer to the Detour and Parking section of the website.
Yes, but it will be closed off to transit on a block-by-block basis only.
Because all on-street parking will be removed there will technically be less parking. However, there will be valet stations located on each side of the street along each block. People who valet will be able to drop their vehicle off at one end of the block, and have it brought to them at the other end. For multiple surface lot and parking garage options, please refer to the Existing Parking section of the website.
At this state, the design documents have been completed, and a contractor has started work for the full reconstruction of the street. Any changes in the design documents would incur delays and additional costs. It would be unlikely that any changes to the design would be incorporated at this point.
After the Flagler Street Beautification Project is finished, we expect increased pedestrian traffic; greatly expanded outdoor dining space and improved overall aesthetics. The implementation of larger sidewalks and removed on-street parking should transform the corridor into a pedestrian friendly environment with a focus on walking, strolling and social interaction. The ability to close the street for special events, festivals and/or markets should bring about a dramatic increase of residents and tourists alike patronizing local businesses.
Further, the new landscape improvements and drainage system should reduce stormwater runoff, prevent flooding to the streets and sidewalks and contribute to minimizing urban heat island effect for pedestrians/shoppers/diners.
Finally, once the Flagler Street Beautification Project is finished, we expect a dramatic increase in property values around and along the corridor.