New York City-based real estate developer Property Markets Group (PMG) and the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) are joining forces to bring more public green spaces to Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami. PMG announced the collaborative effort with the MPA as a 5-year green initiative which will infuse lush landscaping with active parking lots, adding in benches, decorative lighting and pavers for public use. The subject properties involved in the initiative are lots 19-1 and 19-2 that sit directly across the street from the developers Society Biscayne at 400 Biscayne Boulevard and the site for the upcoming Waldorf Astoria Miami at 300 Biscayne Boulevard.
Enea Garden Design has been selected as the landscape architect for the green space that the developer says “will exude nature, warmth and beauty, as well as encourage walkability…”. The space will begin on Northeast 3rd Street at the intersection with Biscayne Boulevard on lot 19-1 and stretch over to Northeast 5th Street. Centered right in the middle on Northeast 4th Street will be tea house and lawn. The parking lots will become a ‘lush green oasis’ across the street from Miami’s 1,049-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper, the Waldorf Astoria Miami.
Below are photos of the subject properties already fenced off from the public, likely to prep for construction. Images are from Ryan RC Rea.
“The new Green Initiative is part of PMG’s continued commitment to the city of Miami. We’re creating an inviting sanctuary in the center of this dynamic, energetic downtown,” said Ryan Shear, Managing Partner of PMG and developer of Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami. “The environment will be reflective of the welcoming experience we hope to instill throughout Waldorf Astoria Residences Miami and the surrounding neighborhood.”
Information on when exactly construction will begin is unclear, but according to The Next Miami, there are plans to begin within 12 months with the actual work lasting approximately 6 months to complete. Most of the parking spaces will be preserved.