Together, Let’s Reimagine North Miami!
The North Miami CRA and City of North Miami are kicking off a new initiative- the North Miami Mobility Hub & TOD Strategic Plan– with the idea of providing its residents, businesses and visitors safe and affordable transportation options that are connected to pedestrian-friendly development. The intent is to have a more systematic approach to seamlessly integrating current multi-modal mobility options including walking, cycling, Miami Dade buses, NoMi Express shuttle service, jitneys, and LimeBike bicycle sharing systems, with future mobility options such as Tri-Rail Coastal Link, Zipcar car-sharing (FIU campus), and soon self-driving vehicles.
The possibility of a future high frequency rail connection in North Miami- the Tri-Rail Coastal Link– provided the impetus for the City Council to proactively undertake this initiative to ensure that the City is better prepared to embrace future transit as a vital asset that will make North Miami more competitive than its surrounding communities in the South Florida region. With this in mind, the City of North Miami invites its citizens to provide input and get involved in shaping the future of its urban core and help lay the foundation of an implementation action plan that prioritizes improvements and projects for attracting development around its future multi-modal mobility hub at the intersection of NE 125th /123rd Street and the FEC railroad.
What is the NORTH MIAMI MOBILITY HUB & TOD STRATEGIC PLAN?
The NORTH MIAMI MOBILITY HUB & TOD STRATEGIC PLAN calls for a two-part planning process: detailed neighborhood redevelopment strategy within a half-mile radius of 125th Street and FEC station and corridor redesigning plan to ensure first and last mile connectivity between the city’s main corridors- NE 6th Avenue, West Dixie Highway, NE 125th/ 123rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard- and the heart of its urban core.
The North Miami Mobility Hub and TOD Strategic Plan will bring together multiple stakeholders and agencies locally and regionally to help shape the future of North Miami’s urban core. The Plan will enable the City to achieve the following:
- Establish a vision for the area and guide public and private decision-making and investment for the next 20 years as it relates to accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists, associated improvements related to transportation, mobility and infrastructure to improve the overall brand identity of the area.
- Develop ‘complete streets’ utilizing established placemaking measures such as designing streetscapes from building face to building face, addressing the street, sidewalks and fronting buildings and not just the carriageway.
- Identify, leverage and maximize development opportunities, and demonstrate the potential of these opportunities in terms of capacity, density, detailed site design elements, integration into neighborhood structure, and principles for future redevelopment around the mobility hub planning area.
- Recommend modifications to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning code to make the regulations more transit-supportive, promoting social equity and attracting context sensitive private development into the area.
- Formulate a first and last mile connectivity strategy to and from Downtown CRA, existing destinations such as FIU, Johnson & Wales, and Barry University, Museum of Contemporary Art and planned destinations such as the Chinatown Innovation District.
- Develop a phased implementation strategy to demonstrate how the North Miami mobility hub may transform over time and attract transit oriented development components with appropriate densities, mix of uses, built form and opportunities to integrate new development with the future Tri-Rail Coastal Link station facility.
What is a Mobility HUB?
A Mobility Hub comprises of a well-designed transit station and surrounding area that allows for seamless integration of all modes of transportation with a high-quality user experience. It brings together an intensive concentration of work, live, shop and play experiences that are comfortably accessible by foot, approximately a half-mile radius or within 10-minute walking distance. In addition, mobility hub also serves as the origin, destination, or transfer point for a significant portion of trips.
What is TOD?
TOD is Transit-Oriented Development. A TOD is defined by the American Planning Association as “a project or projects that are served by existing or planned transit service. They are compact, moderate to high-density developments, of mixed-use character, interconnected with other land uses, bicycle and pedestrian friendly. TODs are designed to support transit services separately or combined: heavy and light rail, fixed guideway, streetcar, or bus systems on dedicated facilities and through available roadway connections”.
The Study Area
The North Miami Mobility Hub & TOD Planning Area is strategically located within the city limits, serving as a critical link between the Downtown CRA/ Central Business District and Biscayne Boulevard (US 1). The map identifies the planning area for this study. The City of North Miami, home to over 62,000 residents (2015 Census estimates), is situated 10 miles north of Downtown Miami- the center for one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country.
The study area is well served by transit. At present, the study area is served by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) bus routes and local shuttle service, NoMi Express connecting to area destinations. In addition, the City through FDOT funding recently embarked upon a Complete Streets design intervention for 125th Street that will help enhance the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in one of the city’s most traveled arterial roads. The city also recently signed a contract with a LimeBike, a private dockless bicycle sharing program to provide this service to North Miami residents.
The other planned transit initiatives, including the Tri-Rail Coastal Link and the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan (Northeast Corridor) emphasize the need to better connect the region’s urban centers with each other through public transit systems.
Oriented (Open Space)
125th Street/ 123rd Street is one of the primary connectors linking Downtown North Miami/ Central Business District (CBD), home to the City Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art and downtown businesses, to the Biscayne Boulevard corridor which serves the Johnson & Wales University campus and Florida International University campus.
The city’s main economic corridors- Biscayne Boulevard (US1), West Dixie Highway, US 441 (NW 7th Avenue) and SR 924 (NW 119th Street) also serve the purpose of bridging the first and last mile connectivity issues to the future North Miami Mobility Hub and TOD planning area from the rest of the city.
From a development standpoint, the 2036 Future Land Use Map (FLUM) identifies a concentration of industrial areas between 143rd Street and 151st Street and properties along the FEC railroad between NE 121st Street and NE 135th Street. Medium and High density residential/ mixed use developments (from 25du/ acre to 100 du/acre) are proposed in the FLUM in the following locations and illustrated on the map below: