All Aboard From Miami To Orlando

On the same long-vacant site where Henry Flagler built his little Miami train depot more than a century ago, All Aboard Florida (AAF) is hoping to establish a new urban hub, which will take passengers from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The privately financed passenger-rail service is moving ahead with the AAF station at MiamiCentral. The Center will including a food market, shops, restaurants, offices and two residential towers with 800 rental apartments affordable to people who work in the neighborhood. “We’re going to dramatically change what downtown Miami looks like 24 to 36 months from now, and in an unprecedented way,” AFF president Michael Reininger told the newspaper. Heavy equipment rolled on to the MiamiCentral site in early November to begin prep work for one of the city’s most important projects in decades. MiamiCentral’s first phase will add 178,000 square feet of retail space to the area, including a supermarket (see leasing plans below). Banners placed around the property say that the project, which will serve as a terminal for All Aboard Florida’s rail line to Orlando, is ‘arriving’ in 2016. The Miami-West Palm Beach portion of the project is fully funded. Work recently began on the Ft. Lauderdale station. Suffolk Construction has been selected as the construction manager for All Aboard Florida’s planned terminal in downtown Miami. Additionally, discussions continue on a possible Tri-Rail Coastal Link that would terminate at AFF’s project in downtown Miami....