Project Type: Urban Design
Project Status: Planned
Completion Date: March 2009
Site Area: 94 acres
Client: Pro-bono work
After a prolonged period of remarkable political stewardship which has yielded stability, consolidation and steady growth, the City of Hialeah is now ideally poised for a true renaissance. Endowed with clear advantages by virtue of its transit connectivity; its central location in the hub of the Miami-Dade / Broward County line and a large and growing residential base; Hialeah’s most significant obstacle in its unmitigated rise to prominence amongst Florida’s elite cities is arguably a still undefined identity. Its rich, varied and long-standing cultural heritage has not yet congealed into a distinct and recognizable image. This elusive «sense of place» has time and again proven to be the critical aggregate which enables communities to capture the imagination and interest of a new generation of savvy investors; driven entrepreneurs and increasingly discerning prospective residents who seek to add value to their investment by setting their roots in a place of distinction with a unique and easily identifiable image.
Significant victories have thus far been achieved in the re-development effort; these, have wisely sought to recapture the prestige and élan of Hialeah’s distinguished heritage. Numerous revitalization plans, infrastructural refurbishment projects and civic monuments have generated a new momentum towards the reestablishment of Hialeah’s distinction and stature.
Within this promising context the re-development of the Hialeah Race Track site stands poised as the tipping point, the catalyst which may well propel Hialeah forward into a new era of prominence.
In collaboration with Manuel de Lemos and the City of Hialeah.