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RIVER COMMISSION GREENWAY
SUBCOMMITTEE AND QUALITY OF LIFE JOINT MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Jan. 11, 2006
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
The Miami River Commission’s (MRC)
Greenways Subcommittee (GSC) met on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 10:00
AM, Robert King High, New Board Room, 1407 NW 7 St. Dr. Ernie Martin
chaired the meeting. The attendance sheet is enclosed.
I)Discuss Future Miami River Greenway Governance
– The Greenways subcommittee noted they had approved all printed
materials and power points for the MRC’s Greenways Retreat.The Greenways Retreat is focused on the future maintenance,
security and special events necessary to ensure the long-term success of
the Miami River Greenway.The
Greenways Retreat is scheduled for January 13, 2006, 11:30-3:30 at the
FT Lauderdale Riverwalk, and on Friday, January 20 at the Miami River
Greenway, 1407 NW 7 ST.Mr.
Kevin Brown, City of Miami CIP Department, confirmed his attendance and
that of City of
Miami CIP Director Mary Conway
and Public Works Director Stephanie Grindell.
II)Status of Miami River Greenway Historical Markers – The
Greenways subcommittee noted the MRC authorized staff to issue the
Request for Proposals.Dr.
Martin and Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director stated they are
continuing to request a meeting with representatives from the Villagers,
Inc., to finalize and execute and acceptable agreement regarding their
$25,000 awarded grant for the markers, prior to issuing the RFP.
Discuss Status of Draft Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design Standards
– Mr. Kevin Brown, City
of Miami, stated the draft Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design
Standards remain in the Planning Department, which are preparing a GIS
overlay to identify the effected parcels.Mr. Brown stated the Planning Department indicated
21 will change the zoning in that area as well.Mr. Brown stated he is scheduling a meeting with Mary Conway,
Director of CIP, and Lourdes Slayzyk, Assistant Director of the Planning
Department, to discuss the draft Greenway Design Standards.
Discuss Status of Miami River
Greenway Development - Mr.
Brown provided the following status update of greenway development along
the Miami River Corridor:
E1/F (Neo Lofts/South River Drive, between SW 1st St. and SW 2nd St.): 98% complete - Landscaping has been installed; trees affected by
Hurricane Wilma were replaced.TPL
and MRC recommended revising wayfinding signage.
A (Garcia’s, North of Lummus Landing):
100% of drainage structures and pedestrian path have been installed;
damaged trees have been replaced, landscaping and signage is 90%
historical signage designer is discussing with manufacturer the
tamper proof means of securing the sign panels, and the fabricator
agreed to make changes to match the original designs.Mile markers every ¼ mile still need to be installed.Asphalt on street will commence on January 17, 2006, and the project will be
completed by Jan. 20.
E2 (North of Neo Lofts / Flagler to NW 1st Street): Continuing to examine existing underground utilities, drainage
systems 80% installed.Mr.
Brown stated there might be an error in the design, which the design
consultants will correct at no additional charge.Bibeau noted only one block of NW 1 ST between South River
Drive and NW 6 Ave, is one-way heading east, and Mr. Jose Casanova,
City of Miami Planning Department, replied the City is considering
noted the opportunity to convert a Bell South owned riverfront
utility parcel adjacent to this on-road riverwalk section into a
pocket park, by providing grass, landscaping, bench, trash
receptacle and decorative lighting.
G (South of JoseMartiPark): Brown stated there are lots of underground utility issues in this
section.The Plans were
completed in 2004 and new utilities have been installed since then.The riverwalk will be installed beneath I-95 in JoseMartiPark as well.Brown stated landscaping would be a future phase, to buffer
the planned upland skate park area.Due to issues with executing the necessary LAP agreements
with the FDOT to use their awarded grant funding, Brown stated the
FDOT funding for sections G, B & C will be moved to fund other
portions of the Miami River Greenway, and the City of Miami will pay for the
construction of sections G, B & C.Mr. Brown noted the greenway construction needs to be
coordinated with the construction of the adjacent Jose Marti Park
noted the adjacent Finnegan’s River restaurant remains under
construction, and Mr. Brown stated the owners have been notified of
the timelines for the construction of the adjacent Greenway and
B/C (Flagler Extension, North of Miami Riverside Center): Construction
documents have been completed; will be performed last, along with
segment G, to allow contractors to work out structural logistics;
Brown noted the FDOT awarded grant funding for these sections will
be re-programmed to construct other sections of the Miami River
Greenway, and the City of Miami will pay for these sections.Bibeau stated he will coordinate a meeting with FDOT and the
City regarding converting FDOT public right-of-way beneath and
adjacent to both sides of the 1 ST Bridge, and the east side of the FlaglerBridge, into a riverfront pocket
parks, immediately adjacent to these planned on-road greenway
Brown stated the City has identified funding and hired Reynolds, Smith
and Hill to prepare new construction documents for the on-road Greenway
section along North River Drive in SpringGarden.Mr. Bibeau noted he had authored the “East Allapattah
Greenway” grant application, which resulted in the FDOT awarding
$1,000,000 to the City of Miami for the on-road Greenway along North River Drive from NW 7 Ave to beneath I-836.
V)Discuss Status of Miami-DadeCounty, City of Miami and Federal Bond Funding for the
Miami River Greenway– The GSC directed MRC staff to schedule a presentation from the County
Capital Improvement Department.
New Business- The
Greenways Subcommittee scheduled their next public meeting for February January 11, 2006, , 1407 NW 7 Street.The meeting adjourned.