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Take an early look at the new Miracle Mile

Coral Gables is spending nearly $20M on renovations

June 08, 2015 01:05PM

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The New York-based design firm brought on to revitalize Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile has released new renderings of what the four-block stretch will look like when completed.

Cooper, Robertson & Partners was hired by Coral Gables to bring its long discussed $20 million streetscape improvement plan to life. City commissioners approved an upgrade plan in August that called for more green spaces and improved pedestrian areas, such as wider sidewalks, outdoor dining areas and mid-block parks and plazas.

The design firm held an open house last month to show residents their vision for a new Miracle Mile. The plan for the famed four-block stretch of Coral Way is transformative.

Parking on the street will be entirely parallel, doing away with the 45-degree-angled spots for more sidewalk space. Giralda Avenue will become curbless, with the option of closing the road off to vehicles for special events. These tweaks are geared to create a more pedestrian-centric area with outdoor furniture for cafes and restaurants. The firm said everything down to the trash cans is being designed with art in mind.

The city plans to break ground on certain parts of the plan, yet unannounced, by this fall. —  Sean Stewart-Muniz

  • Juan Fiol

    they forgot about the PARKING. ..

    • they mentioned parallel parking along the road. There are some parking garages that people dont know exist behind Miracle mile on the north side. They will have to build in more parking for sure.

    • Kristian Toimil

      And bytheby, the parking garage on Aragon is cheaper than metered parking.

  • Ray James

    Parallel parking? Really? They are making a difficult situation worse…without fixing the real reason miracle mile is not completely successful…which is the tenant mix. Wider sidewalks mean nothing for a retail store yet parking does.

    Leave the sidewalks and diagonal parking alone… Look for real retail solutions!

  • Joe

    The Agave LLC (ex Old Spanish Village) project when completed will put Miracle Mile out of business. How can city officials allow a reduction in parking to even be drawned up? Very hi rents with poor parking will be Miracle Miles demise ultimately.