The Real Deal Miami

Coral Gables OKs streetscape work up to $21.6M

The Miracle Mile project will widen sidewalks and convert angled parking to parallel parking
Rendering of Miracle Mile project

Rendering of Miracle Mile project

The Coral Gables city commission voted to allow the city manager and city attorney to negotiate a contract price up to $21.6 million for construction of a streetscape project on Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue.

Major construction work on the project is expected to start in summer.

The project will widen sidewalks along Miracle Mile, a four-block stretch of Coral Way in downtown Coral Gables between LeJeune Road and Douglas Road. New trees will be planted and new streetlights installed.

A conversion from angled parking to parallel parking on Miracle Mile will make room for wider sidewalks. Contractors also will upgrade the drainage system on Miracle Mile and replace beige-colored concrete with shell-colored concrete.

Also planned is the removal of curbs on Giralda Avenue, which intersects Miracle Mile. The streetscape project would turn curbless Giralda into a path primarily for pedestrians.

Commissioner Patricia Keon told the Miami Herald she is concerned about the plans for Giralda Avenue: “I have really grave concerns over what we’re doing to development there.” [The Miami Herald] — Mike Seemuth