urban development

Fort Lauderdale
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners voted unanimously to spend $65 million to replace part of the sewer main that broke repeatedly last month, leaving streets, yards and waterways contaminated over the holidays.

The new sewer main will run 7.5 miles underground and take 16 to 18 months to install.

Hard Rock
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It's 450 feet of larger-than-life rock n' roll novelty. 

From the Florida Turnpike, the giant guitar building that lights up neon blue and green at night has been almost impossible to miss since construction broke ground in the summer of 2017.

Now, it's finally open to the public.

 

The new guitar-shaped hotel is part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood's $1.5 billion dollar expansion, for more gaming, dining, places to stay and shopping. 

Pompano Beach
Pompano! Magazine / WLRN

Some residents in Pompano Beach are divided about new construction moving forward on State Road A1A. 

City commissioners last week approved the rezoning for land where A1A meets NE 16th Street — near North Ocean Park. 

A developer plans to build two  condo towers there — topping 205 feet tall. There would be mixed-use commercial space on the ground floors. 

David Santiago / Miami Herald

A West Kendall charter school received the Miami-Dade County commission's approval Thursday to expand and increase its enrollment. But the go-ahead came with a caveat to limit bringing more traffic into the area.

Kate Stein / WLRN

When it comes to water, South Florida has a lot in common with the Netherlands. Both regions are close to sea level and rely on canals, seawalls and pumps to prevent flooding. And both face an increasing threat from sea-level rise.

So it makes sense that Dutch officials and South Florida leaders exchange a lot of advice on resiliency.

Emilly Michot / Miami Herald

A day after concerns about westward growth sunk a request to extend the 836 expressway into Kendall, Miami-Dade’s mayor stepped in to try to revive the proposal with county commissioners.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez called for the commission to reconsider Tuesday’s 3-2 committee vote against the proposed extension. The plan would take the busy expressway past the county’s Urban Development Boundary, which divides intense development from land with growth restrictions designed to protect the Everglades.

Kate Stein / WLRN

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

A controversial proposal to extend State Road 836 -- aka the Dolphin Expressway -- is making its way to Miami-Dade County commissioners. The extension would be a 15-mile north-south highway to and from the Kendall area; it would give commuters another highway option west of Florida’s Turnpike. Critics say the extension would bring development farther west and closer to the Everglades.

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A controversial proposal to extend State Road 836 — aka the Dolphin Expressway — has been delayed on its route to the Miami-Dade County Commission.

The county’s Government Operations Committee, which consists of five county commissioners,  announced Tuesday it's deferring until next month a vote on the plan that would extend the western end of 836 south by about 15 miles into Kendall. The plan aims to give commuters another highway option west of Florida’s Turnpike. But critics say the expansion would encourage more development in agricultural areas and the Everglades.

Peter Haden / WLRN

Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture is envisioning a green and walkable future for Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach Village.

With the help of two federal grants, FAU students and researchers have been working for more than a year on plans to make the neighborhood more livable — and resilient to climate change.

"Livability is connecting people to other people. It’s not connecting cars to other cars,” said FAU Professor Jeffrey Huber, who headed up the project.

Kate Stein / WLRN

 

What if 30 percent of Miami-Dade County were shaded by trees? What would that look like? Is that something we’d really want?

Yes! says County Commissioner Dennis Moss. He heads the county’s Million Trees initiative.

 

"The trees are there, and they basically provide shade and they cool the community," Moss said. "When you have trees in the area, children are more inclined to go out and play."

 

C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

If you commute to work, you probably pick your route based on what's fastest. You might try to take roads with the least traffic or the highest travel speed. But that can be hard when traffic is bad and speeds are slow. Should you stick with your original route or look for alternatives?

 

With Donald Trump's choices for secretaries of transportation and of housing and urban development — Elaine Chao and Dr. Ben Carson, respectively — there may be hints about the urban agenda Trump's administration may be shaping.

Green City

The Miami-Dade Planning Advisory Board unanimously rejected the Green City development’s application Monday to build beyond the urban development boundary.

Audrey Armitage

A contentious debate sprung up at the Miami-Dade County Planning Advisory Board meeting Monday as the board weighed in on whether or not to allow a commercial retail development inside rural Horse Country. 

Horse Country, a two square mile area between Southwest 40th Street and Southwest 72nd Street along the Florida Turnpike, has been preserved as agricultural land since the 1970s. Miami-Dade County has more than 60,000 acres of agricultural land, but Horse Country is unique in being one of the most concentrated rural spaces within the county. 

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