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Delayed start at Coral Gables Mobility Hub

Written by Abraham Galvan on June 14, 2022
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Delayed start at Coral Gables Mobility Hub

Groundbreaking plans for the Coral Gables mobility center have been temporarily put on hold, according to city officials.

The city is carefully moving forward with the mobility hub, a project that will position Coral Gables at the forefront of technology and transportation, said City Manager Peter J. Iglesias.

“However, due to current increases in the cost of construction materials, we will not start in September,” he told Miami Today. “We hope to do so in the near future.”

In April, city commissioners approved updated design plans for the Coral Gables mobility center that cost an additional $640,000.

Design consultants M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates Inc. were initially paid $2 million to design the mobility center and will now receive additional funding to redesign the new renderings.

During the April 12 meeting, Mr. Iglesias explained to city officials that the scope of the project has been expanded to allow for an upgraded rooftop park, micromobility, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“This fee is based on the original price of $40 million,” Iglesias said at the time. “We think it’s an appropriate purchase for the mobility center and it’s based on a project that’s a bit more complex.”

The Coral Gables Mobility Center, to be located at 245 Andalusia Ave., is projected to be complete by the first quarter of 2024. The city has entered into an agreement with the Weitz Company to manage construction, including the demolition of the existing parking lot where downtown will be raised, costing the city an additional $1.5 million.

The center will have an internal vehicle access lane for ride-sharing services, retail stores and bicycle storage. It will also offer stationless vehicle parking, docking stations for shared bikes, a wi-fi lounge, e-commerce logistics for drone package deliveries, and pop-up cafes.

Earlier this year, city staff met with the Florida Department of Transportation, which was reportedly very impressed and encouraged the city to apply for federal grant funds, including a $6 million grant.

The city is also working with a federal lobbyist, who is actively seeking grants and money to fund a project.

“It is very important that we have time to make sure that we have the right tenders or the right GMP (good manufacturing practices) procedures to make sure that we qualify to receive federal funds,” explained Mr. Iglesias at the commission meeting on 12 of April.

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