November 27, 2014
Construction at Brickell Citycentre has just barely left the ground (they’ve been working on the underground bits and pieces for a year) and the megaproject already has nine massive cranes up and running. The first portion to go vertical, a section of the lower-level mall along 8th street, is already six stories high, the second through the fourth being very tall (probably “mall height”) floors. To the north, the foundations look to still be getting dug, and to the east, a bayfront lot that isn’t part of the project (at one point the site of the hoped for “Brickell Green Space) is being used as a staging area.
Some 25 acres could be available on that Dodge Island site, Iglesias said — enough for a 25,000-seat stadium with expandable seating for different events as well as the mega-yacht marina and perhaps waterfront promenade. Limited parking could be built underground, as in the Miami Heat’s AmericanAirlines Arena, but it’s unclear how much more parking space would be available. Traffic could also be a concern, with only two ways to get onto the island: from Port Boulevard on Northeast 6th Street and the new Port Tunnel, which is scheduled to open next year. Most MLS games take place on weekends, though some are also scheduled for Wednesday and Friday nights. More pictures inside.