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RIVER COMMISSION GREENWAY
SUBCOMMITTEE AND QUALITY OF LIFE JOINT MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Sept. 13, 2006
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
Miami River Commission’s (MRC) Greenways Subcommittee (GSC) met as
regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month, September 13,
2006, 2:00 PM, 1407 NW 7 ST, New Board Room. Dr.
chaired the meeting. The
attendance sheet is enclosed.
I. Update of Proposed
Merrill-Stevens Expansion Project -
Mr. Bibeau noted Merrill-Stevens representatives had provided the MRC
with an informational update on
Monday, September 11, 2006
. Mr. Bibeau distributed the
Merrill-Stevens’ conceptual plans for its expansion project, which
include, “two scenic River Walk pedestrian Paths providing expanded
public access to both sides of the River.”Mr. Bibeau noted Merrill
Stevens is proposing to create the publicly accessible riverwalk on the
north and south shores at their cost, therefore the Greenways
subcommittee should consider recommending the public sector Greenway
funding be used for other areas, which don’t have committed private
sector funding sources.
Lavinia Freeman, Trust for
, asked what Merrill-Stevens projected timeline for the expansion is,
and Dr. Martin noted they indicated during the MRC meeting that they
would continue to meet with property owners
and Miami Dade Expressway Authority in an effort to secure lands needed
for their expansion project. Once
this has been accomplished, Merrill-Stevens would commence the
II. Discussion of Greenway
Connectors Needed on County-Owned Property on North Shore Beneath the
South Miami Avenue Bridge & Metro-Rail, South Shore Beneath the
Metro-Rail & Metro-Mover –
stated Mr. Marcos Redondo and Mr. Armando Acosta, Miami-Dade Public
Works/Bridges attended the July Greenways Subcommittee meeting regarding
needed greenway connectors beneath County owned bridges in order to
connect existing sections of the publicly accessible pedestrian path. Dr.
Martin noted Redondo and Acosta had informed the GSC that their
department was solely responsible for the structural components of
bridges. Ms. Ashley Chase,
MRC Assistant Managing Director, therefore invited Ms. Priscilla Morales
and Mr. Mike Riera, Miami-Dade Public Works, to address the
Martin provided a brief overview of the Miami
River Greenway Action Plan, which was unanimously adopted by the
Board of County Commissioners, and the MRC’s goal to create a
continuous pedestrian path. Mr.
Bibeau explained the GSC recommended:
connect the existing north-south pedestrian path beneath Metro-Mover
into the new riverwalk proceeding east at the “Brickell on the
River” mixed-use development, while providing direct scenic pedestrian
walkway for new residents to access the NW 5 ST Metro Mover Station; and
2) connect existing riverwalk proceeding east past One Riverview Square,
Bijan’s Seafood Restaurant, River Park Hotel, James L. Knight
Convention Center and Hyatt, with a riverwalk section currently under
construction to the west of the South Miami Ave Bridge, via creating the
Greenway beneath the County owned S. Miami Ave Bridge on the north
Bibeau provided Ms. Morales and Mr. Riera with pictures and maps of the
MRC recommended greenway connector areas, located beneath County owned
bridges. Dr. Martin noted Mr. Redondo had explained the County’s
Public Works Department didn’t currently have any funding specifically
allocated for these small greenway segments beneath County owned
Bridges.Mr. Bibeau noted
the following potential County funding and State grant sources for the
recommended Greenway connectors:
The Miami River
Greenway’s $7.5 million line item in the County’s Building
Better Communities Bond Program.Ms.
, mentioned TPL had met with Meredith Nation, City of
, Consul Tech, Dr. Martin, Mr. Bibeau, and Roger Hernstadt,
Miami-Dade County CIP, regarding expediting the availability of the
approved Bond’s Miami River Greenway line item.
is an eligible applicant for up to $1 million greenway grants in the
Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Transportation
Enhancement’s May 2007 grant cycle.
Morales stated once funding was made available for the Greenway
connectors, the County’s Public Works Department may facilitate the
design and construction of the MRC recommended Greenway connectors
beneath County owned bridges.Ms.
Morales noted the county currently has a non bond-related $500,000 for
seawall reconstruction, adding that she would discuss the possibility of
using that funding with Roger Hernstadt, Miami-Dade CIP. Ms.
Morales also offered to look into additional potential funding sources
with Mr. Henderson, Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and
GSC thanked Ms. Morales and Mr. Riera for their attendance and
III. Discuss Future Miami River
Greenway Governance –
Dr. Martin stated he had scheduled a meeting (publicly noticed) on
September 22, 2 PM, at the Downtown Development (DDA) offices, 200 S.
Biscayne Blvd, with Mr.
, Director of the DDA, Ms. Freeman and Mr. Bibeau, to discuss
incorporating Greenway Governance into the draft DDA Downtown Master
Plan.Mr. Bibeau noted
during their recent meeting, Mr.
requested MRC staff provide an assessment of the riverwalk section
within the DDA boundary.Mr.
Bibeau distributed copies of the draft “Virtual Miami River Greenway
Tour Sections within DDA District”. Mr.
Bibeau noted he expected to revise and finalize the draft for use during
the September 22nd meeting.The GSC reviewed the document, and Dr. Martin suggested
highlighting Greenway needs in the assessment.
GSC discussed the continued need for greenway maintenance and iron clad
guarantees of public access in perpetuity. Mr.
Bibeau presented a copy of the “Agreement Between the City of Miami
and One Miami for Construction and Maintenance of a Riverwalk”, which
is the only known formal Agreement of this sort, required because the
City of Miami provided $4.1 million for construction of the Riverwalk
adjacent to One Miami.Mr.
Bibeau provided copies of the “MRC Coordinated and Co-Funded Volunteer
Projects”, approved by the MRC Executive Committee on
August 22, 2006
.The MRC has made over
$10,000 available for 12 locations, 5 events with 350 volunteers,
including bagging litter and weeds while spreading mulch along the
recently development sections of on-road greenway, and creating another
MRC recommended riverfront pocket park adjacent to the Greenway.
IV. Status of Miami River
Greenway Historical Markers –
Ms. Ashley Chase, MRC
Assistant Managing Director, noted the MRC passed a resolution on
September 11, 2006, authorizing execution of an agreement prepared by
the City of Miami Law Department, regarding the MRC’s donation of 6
historical markers along the Miami River Greenway, which the City will
maintain. Ms. Chase noted
she anticipated to receive an executed copy from the City of
by Friday, September 15. Ms.
Freeman requested a copy of the agreement, which Ms. Chase agreed to
provide.Ms. Freeman noted
TPL was working on a similar agreement regarding the donation and
maintenance of artwork along the Miami River Greenway.Mr. Bibeau noted including artwork in the continued development
of the Miami River Greenway, in addition to its maintenance, security
and special events, is a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce adopted
Chase stated a timeline has been created with the MRC’s contracted
sign manufacturers, Baron Signs Manufacturing, and the City of
, to have the 6 historic markers manufactured and installed prior to the
December 31, 2006
termination of the Villagers $25,000 grant agreement, and Baron Sign’s
contract.The next milestone
in the timeline is Baron Signs securing permitting in September 2006.Ms. Chase stated the GSC approved marker’s text, layout and
historic pictures were submitted to the sign manufacturers, whom will
provide MRC staff with a final designed proof prior to submitting the
of the final proof will only address consistency with the final text and
specs provided by the GSC, to what appears on the proof.
V. Discuss Status of Draft
Greenway Regulatory Design Standards
– Dr. Martin and the GSC
noted the importance of adopting Miami River Greenway Regulatory Design
standards remain awaiting consideration to be adopted by the City of
VI. Update on Miami River Greenway Development –Mr.
Bibeau provided the GSC with pictures of the One Miami riverwalk, which
per the GSC’s recommendation removed the large planters which were
blocking the unobstructed pedestrian path, and the Neo-Vertika riverwalk,
which per the GSC’s recommendation relocated its fire hose boxes which
were obstructing the pedestrian path.
Bibeau added the storm drain system on the Neo Vertika riverwalk were
Discuss Status of Miami-DadeCounty, City of Miami and Federal Bond Funding for the Miami River Greenway –
Ms. Freeman reported the County has tentatively agreed to allow
TPL to administer the design, and the City of Miami administer the
construction of sections of the Riverwalk using the County’s $7.5
million Miami River Greenway line item.The funding is currently scheduled to begin becoming available in
2010, and TPL offered to advance the funding in order to commence the
design phase and be reimbursed when the County’s bond funding becomes
available.To date, the
exact Riverwalk section locations to be designed and constructed using
the County’s bond funding hasn’t been determined.
Review of Miami River Greenway Riverwalk Cross Sections -
Ms Chase provided the draft “Miami River Development Riverwalk
Dimensions.” The report,
she noted, compares the riverwalk dimensions pledged by developers to
the MRC, with the dimension in the copies of the approved plans obtained
thus far from the City of Miami’s Planning Department and Building
Department, in addition to as built dimensions. Ms.
Chase added that MRC staff continues to attempt meeting with Mr. Kevin
Walford, City of Miami Planning Department, every Tuesday at to obtain the remaining,
previously requested Planning and Building Department construction
plans. Ms. Chase added the
Planning Department also has in their possession a “working file”
illustrating landscaping and precise riverwalk/greenway dimensions. Ms.
Chase noted she continues to reach out to Mr. Walford in order to obtain
the aforementioned “working file,” as well. The
GSC directed MRC staff to continue their efforts in working with the
City representatives towards obtaining the approved riverwalk cross
sections requested by MRC Chair Bagué’s January 2006 written request.The GSC agreed to review the provided Greenway cross section
comparison summary, and discuss it further during their October meeting.
New Business –The
GSC addressed the following items:
Mr. Bibeau stated
EAC Consulting, which is conducting the Tamiami Swing Bridge
PD&E, requested the GSC’s recommendation regarding which side
S. River Drive
the on-road Greenway should be located on, as it proceeds
from the Bridge.The GSC
reviewed the area on the map, and noted the waterfront side of
S. River Drive, NW
, has several USCG certified international shipping terminals,
featuring trucks turning in and out of the shipping terminals.Therefore the GSC recommended the on-road Greenway be
constructed on the upland side of
S. River Drive
, from the
to NW 25 ST, where it turns west to connect with the
MRC staff agreed to
continue reaching out to MRC board member Manuel Prieguez regarding
Clear Channel Communications potential riverwalk connector
Dr. Martin and Ms.
Freeman stated they would attend the
September 14, 2006
meeting of the “Miami Partnership” with the Health District
) stakeholders for the “Streetscape, Gateway, and Signage
Improvement Implementation Workshop”
presented the GSC with a copy of the Transportation Improvement Plan
(TIP), which includes rolling over the Miami River Greenway grants
previously awarded by the FDOT to the City of
, to the next fiscal year
Mr. Bibeau asked
Ms. Freeman to forward him a copy of the East
Little Havana Green Print Plan, for which he served on the
The Greenways subcommittee confirmed
their next regularly scheduled second Wednesday of the month 2 pm
meeting for October 11, 2006, 1407 NW 7 Street, New Board