The Underline Special District
Miami, FL

Project Type: Urban design, Mobility, Building design,
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The Underline Special District Plan

Project Type: Urban Planning and Design
Project Status: Completed
Dates: April 2019 – February 2020
Site Area: 10+ mile Corridor
Team: Plusurbia Design + Tindale Oliver (Benesch)
Client: Friends of the Underline, Inc.

The Underline, a 10+ mile green corridor along the Miami-Dade Metro Rail, has the potential to impact its surrounding areas through careful planning and zoning positively. Inversely, the corridor will significantly benefit by assuring that surrounding areas are protected, that stakeholders are provided safe and pleasant access to the corridor, and that any potential future development is appropriate to its context and its privileged Transit Oriented location.

This study calibrates through planning and zoning the future development and mobility improvements along the length of the corridor spanning five municipalities. To maximize the corridor’s positive impact and balance changes resulting from the creation of this Green Corridor, the study proposes mid-scale development that transitions from denser and more intense transit-oriented areas to single-family residential neighborhoods. Future development and infrastructure improvements are supported through financing strategies outlined in the study to allow the corridor’s evolution to be incremental.

Recommendations are necessary to understand this balance and propose improvements to development standards and value capture mechanisms to capitalize on the value created to build and maintain the Corridor’s positive impact.

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