Master plan being prepared for Grove waterfront
By Deserae del Campo
A vision for Coconut Grove's waterfront and spoil islands is under way as Miami officials have hired consultants to create a master plan for the 38-acre coastal area.
By early October, urban planning consultancy Sasaki Associates is to have a master plan ready for commissioners, said Luciana Gonzalez, special projects coordinator for the city's planning department.
Miami officials passed a resolution in July approving a contract with Sasaki, with the final bill not to exceed $600,000.
The master plan is to implement landscape surveys, architectural designs and community research for a coastal park, waterfront promenades and an environmental element for the spoil islands. Once the islands are stripped of exotic plants and replanted with a native species, the area can be redesigned for public access and recreation activities.
"The master plan can help the community graft together what it needs for long term care and provide the future of what it should look like," said Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton.
Curving along South Bayshore Drive, the area is now a mixture of condominiums, marinas, small businesses and the historic Miami City Hall, which was once the Pan American Airways seaplane base and terminal.
"Once the master plan is completed," Ms. Gonzalez said, "it's up to city commissioners to implement the design created by Sasaki."