Downtown Miami’s Historic Flagler Street Poised for Complete Overhaul

Published on October 01, 2019

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(Miami, FL October 1, 2019) – The Super Bowl is coming to Miami in early 2020, and so are major changes to Flagler Street, the City’s historic main street in the heart of Downtown Miami. The City of Miami is working closely with the Flagler District Business Improvement District (BID) and the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to transform Flagler Street into an iconic, festival-style boulevard with patterned pavers, curbless drains, wider sidewalks featuring railroad-themed streetscapes and enhanced landscaping.
“With a safer and more attractive environment and with wider sidewalks and more shade, the enhancements to Downtown Miami’s historic main street will bring increased vitality to our current retailers and restaurants,” said Miami City Commission Chairman Ken Russell, who represents downtown Miami and also serves as Chairman of the Miami DDA, which is contributing funds to the Flagler Street overhaul.
The City plans to kick off the Flagler Street project following the Super Bowl to allow current merchants to prosper from the upcoming winter holiday season, Miami Art Week and Super Bowl-related events. Construction will begin in Spring 2020 at Biscayne Boulevard and proceed westward to Southwest 1st Avenue. The enhanced Flagler Street will deliver an enriched pedestrian experience with expanded sidewalks, outdoor dining, improved lighting, signage, public art, utility upgrades, smart city technology and much more.
“We envision a mix of our current merchants with the opportunity to attract new businesses and development to make Flagler Street the commercial destination it has historically been for our city,” stated Terrell Fritz, Executive Director of the Flagler District BID. 
“We’re excited about constructing the new Flagler Street,” added Steve Williamson, Capital Improvements Director for the City of Miami. “This is a rare opportunity to transform Miami’s downtown into a special place. However, before we move forward, we are serious about ensuring current businesses have the chance to benefit from this year’s holiday and Super Bowl festivities, while also preparing themselves for the upcoming construction.”
Once completed, the new Flagler Street will offer opportunities for festivals, special events, outdoor concerts and family evenings. Already home to hundreds of shops and restaurants and lined with historic buildings, such as the Olympia Theater and the Alfred I. duPont Building , the reimagined and more pedestrian-friendly Flagler Street will be ready to take back its rightful place as Miami’s downtown cultural destination.
The redevelopment of Flagler Street coincides with Downtown Miami’s emergence as a thriving, live-work-play urban district, with nearly 100,000 residents and a daytime population of more than 250,000. Additionally, Downtown Miami has emerged as a popular tourist destination, growing from 3.1 million visitors in 2010 to nearly 6 million tourists today, according to Miami DDA data.