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Miami’s Underline Snags A $22M Grant. Now Its New Phase Can Be Built In Coral Gables

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JAMES CORNER FIELD OPERATIONS FRIENDS OF THE UNDERLINE
A rendering shows a planned basketball court that is part of the Underline segment in Brickell now under construction.

Ambitious plans for construction of the Underline, a 10-mile-long “linear park” for people on foot and on bikes that would run beneath the elevated Metrorail tracks, got a significant lift with the announcement Wednesday of a $22.3 million federal grant for the project.

The BUILD transportation grant to Miami-Dade County’s transit agency will pay for design and construction of a two-and-a-half mile segment running through Coral Gables, said Meg Daly, founder of Friends of the Underline, the nonprofit group that has conceived and coordinated the plan.

That means there’s now enough funding to complete the full three-mile portion of the Underline through the Gables from Douglas Road south to Red Road, Daly said. Private developers building mixed-use projects along that stretch are responsible for the pieces running along their properties. The city of Coral Gables, meanwhile, expects to contribute about $5 million from impact fees collected from new development along the planned trail, said Vice Mayor Vince Lago.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.