Transit Oriented Development
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a fast-growing community development trend that includes a mixed-use of housing, office, retail space and/or amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of public transportation. TODs provide better access to jobs and housing for people of all ages and incomes. TODs help to enhance connectivity for area residents and businesses, leading to safer accessibility to jobs, businesses, residential and commercial districts, and schools.
- Reduce the number of household drivers.
- Lower congestion, air pollution and greenhouse emissions.
- Create walkable communities that accommodate healthier lifestyles.
- Increase transit ridership and fare revenue.
- Expand mobility choices that reduce dependence on the automobile.
- Reduce transportation costs.
The Underline is transforming 120 acres of Miami-Dade County-owned land below the existing Metrorail guideway, from the Miami River (Downtown) to the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, into a world-class multimodal corridor.
Link at Douglas is located next to the Douglas Rd. Metrorail station. The project will help offset expenses, focus density around the station and promote increased patronage of the Metrorail system.
Motion at Dadeland sits directly adjacent to the Dadeland North Metrorail station and the Dadeland Station retail center.
VOX Miami is located next to the South Miami Metrorail station. Once completed, this development will significantly enhance accessibility to and visibility of the Metrorail station.
Projects & Resources
- Miami-Dade Transit’s 7th Avenue Transit Village is a mixed-use development project located in the heart of Liberty City, one of Miami-Dade’s oldest and most celebrated communities.
This multi-modal hub provides economic growth and community redevelopment opportunities for in District 3. Miami-Dade Transit’s 7th Avenue Transit Village, located on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 62nd Street, enhances current transportation services, revitalized the area and provide immediate access to I-95. The project includes a multi-level parking garage and a transit hub, which is now being served by four MDT bus routes - NW 7th Avenue MAX (277), Liberty City Connection (46), 62, and 77.
The entire project, constructed by Atlantic Pacific communities on property owned by Miami-Dade Transit, consists of two phases. Phase I of the project was completed in 2016 and Phase II was completed in 2017. Phase I features 76 units of affordable housing, while Phase II features 100 units of affordable housing.
With a total project cost of $68 million, the 7th Avenue Transit Village features a community black box theatre, ground floor commercial space, an edible garden and picnic shelter, and Silver LEED certification.
- Project Overview
The project was initiated by an unsolicited bid from a not-for-profit agency. Phase V of the project has an estimated completion date in 2023 and will bring the total number of units at the development to 445.
The Brownsville Transit Village, located at 5200 NW 27th Avenue, is a 5.2-acre, joint-development project at the Brownsville Metrorail station. The project currently features 401 affordable housing units in five 14-story rental buildings, a 660-space parking garage for tenant use with an additional 100 spaces for Metrorail riders, and 6,400 sq. ft. of retail space.
The project is divided into five phases, with four phases completed. Each phase is geared toward providing housing for low-income families, the elderly, and other members of the Brownsville community. Brownsville Transit Village residents benefit from immediate access to rapid transit at the nearby Metrorail station, along with amenities such as a community center, computer lab, and an exercise room. Additionally, on-site community programs offer literacy training, health and nutrition classes, and seminars for first-time homebuyers.
As of November 1, 2012, Brownsville Transit Village is open for residents and visitors alike.
Phase V of the project has not yet been completed.
Developed by Carlisle Development Group, the largest affordable housing developer in Florida, the Brownsville Transit Village development is a mixed-income, multi-phase, urban in-fill development.
Brownsville is historically a low-income community, and the provision of affordable, quality dwelling units is sorely needed within this community.
The five phases of mid- to high-rise buildings are as follows:
- Phase I consists of 96 units of affordable family housing financed by a tax credit exchange equity promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place in June 2010.
- Phase II consists of 100 units of housing for the elderly also financed by a tax credit exchange equity promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place June 2010.
- Phase III consists of 103 units of housing for the elderly financed through Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and gap financing promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place in November 2010.
- Phase IV consists of 102 units of family housing elderly financed through LIHTC and gap financing promulgated under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The groundbreaking took place in November 2010.
- Phase V will be a 44-unit affordable rental community with an option for an additional 21 units. The optional addition would bring the project to a total of 466 units.
Each phase of the development has achieved Silver LEED certification, focusing on reducing energy and resource consumption through:
- High-efficiency plumbing fixtures
- High-efficiency lighting in units and common area
- Solar powered common area lighting
- High Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rated Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (14+) in units and common areas
- Tankless water heaters
- Wall insulation of R-10+
All Family developments will promote community and enhance the quality of life of its residents through the following on-going programs:
- Welfare to Work Self-Sufficiency, by South Florida Workforce's One Stop Career Center
- Homeownership Opportunity Program, which offers financial assistance with the purchase of a home
- First-time Homebuyer seminars
- Health Care
- Literacy Training
- Health and Nutrition Classes
- Life Safety Training
- 24-hour on call management
- Health Care
- Literacy Training
- Health and Nutrition Classes
- Life Safety Training
- Resident Assistance Referral Program
- This project is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development located on the South Dade TransitWay at SW 200th Street.
- The facility features 12,500 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space, 123 affordable housing units already constructed in Phase I and an additional 47 units to be constructed in Phase II.
- The facility contains a new Park and Ride lot with 100 spaces of surface parking for TransitWay patrons.
- Caribbean Village comprises a significant investment in Art in Public Places with one-of-a-kind wallpaper, murals, paintings, tile work and entry-way lighting.
- Construction started in June 2018 and the project completed in December 2019. Phase II has an estimated completion date in late 2022.
- This is a joint project being completed by the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) and the developers of the Miami WorldCenter building complex, which will consist of residential, retail, and commercial properties.
This TOD will not only enhance the appearance and functionality of the Freedom Tower Metromover station, but it will help to encourage more riders to use transit.
Station enhancements include:
- New elevator shaft and elevator system
- New escalator
- New stairs and a canopy to protect users from the elements
- New landscaping
- New finishes to the platform floor
- The development on 5.2 acres next to the Coconut Grove Metrorail station is a mixed-use residential and retail project that broke ground in early 2021.
- Once completed, this transit-oriented development will feature:
- 170,000 sq. ft. of retail space
- 402 residential units
- Parking garage
- The proposed development will significantly enhance accessibility, visibility, convenience and appearance of the Coconut Grove Metrorail station.
- The project has an estimated completion date in 2023.
- This project broke ground at the end of 2019.
The development at Douglas Road Metrorail station is broken up into two projects.
- The headquarters of the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department (WASD), a five-story, 150,000 sq. ft. office building completed in 2002.
- The Link at Douglas, a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development.
- Phase 1A– 285,375 sq. ft. 22-story residential tower with 312 micro units (623 SF each) and ground floor retail.
- Phase 1B– 907,000 sq. ft. 37-story high-rise with 374 units (837 SF each), 75,000 ft. of open space and a parking garage with 700 spaces.
- Phase 2– 22-story office tower and cafe.
- Phase 3– multi-story tower with 330 residential units (717 SF each) with ground floor retail.
- Phase 4– multi-story tower with 359 units (731 SF each).
Completion of this project will help offset expenses, focus density around the station and promote increased patronage of the Metrorail system.
DTPW is working with the developer on station improvements, accessibility to the site, project components, bus and trolley bays, and other transportation related improvements.
The entire development has a scheduled completion date in 2031.
- Approximately 22 acres of land abutting the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) was transferred from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to Miami-Dade County. As part of this transfer, the County agreed to operate and maintain all common areas.
- The current MIC tenants and the future TOD tenants will operate their own systems and maintain their own areas.
- The County will initiate a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, offering development rights via a ground lease of the 7.8 acre vacant property adjacent to the Central Station. Private developers will be able to submit proposals to build on the property (e.g. hotel, office building, restaurants, etc.).
- This project is located next the Dadeland North Metrorail Station (8400 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, FL.)
- The project was completed in Spring 2019.
- The project features 294 market-rate rental apartments in a 25-story building with a parking garage, along with 7,500 sq. ft. of ground floor retail.
- The project cost was $86 million and created 210 new jobs.
- Motion at Dadeland is situated near the Dadeland North Metrorail station, Towers of Dadeland (14-story residential building completed in 2005), and Dadeland Station (859,337 sq. ft. “Big Box” vertical retail mall featuring Target, Best Buy, PetSmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Michael’s).
- Northside Transit Village is a mixed-use residential and retail transit-oriented development separated into four phases.
- Once completed, the entire development will feature four 8-story buildings totaling at least 438 affordable housing units (219 units of elderly housing and 219 units of family housing), 20,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail, and 250 dedicated ground-floor Metrorail parking spaces in a multi-level parking garage.
- So far, 229 housing units have been constructed on site. Another 279 units are under construction, and the project has an estimated completion date by the end of 2021.
- The mixed-use residential and retail transit-oriented development at Okeechobee Metrorail station (West Okeechobee Rd./U.S. 27 and W. 19th St.) is set to break ground at the end of 2021.
- Once completed, the project developed on the 3.49-acre surface parking lot at Okeechobee Metrorail station will feature:
- Three 8-story towers with 202 units of affordable elderly housing and 84 units of luxury workforce housing.
- 10,225 sq. ft. of retail space.
- Structured parking for tenants.
- Covered walkways to and from the station.
- A kiss and ride area for transit patrons.
- The Underline will transform 120 acres of Miami-Dade County owned land below the existing Metrorail guideway, from the Miami River (Downtown) to the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, into a world-class multimodal corridor.
- The first half-mile phase of The Underline, Brickell Backyard, opened to the public in February 2021. This first phase has already received national and international acclaim.
- The Underline will be Miami-Dade County’s first true mobility corridor uniting all modes of transportation enhancing accessibility to eight Metrorail stations within its path and the neighboring communities.
- Once completed, The Underline will serve 107,000 residents within a 10-minute walk, will provide access to public transportation to one University and 24 schools, two hospitals, three urgent care facilities, four major malls and over 10,000 businesses.
- The 10-mile corridor will provide separated pedestrian and bicycle paths, improvements to over 30 intersections, access to public transportation, lighting and WiFi. In addition to the transportation components, recreational features will include butterfly gardens, playgrounds, exercise equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, soccer fields, picnic areas, dog parks and more.
- Construction of The Underline will significantly enhance connectivity for area residents and businesses for safer accessibility to jobs, businesses, residential and commercial districts, and schools.
- The Underline will be built in segments and each segment will demonstrate Miami-Dade County’s commitment to improving and enhancing connectivity and an emerging focus on integrating all modes of transportation.
- Construction on the second phase of The Underline began in 2021. This 2.14-mile phase will stretch from SW 13th to SW 19th Ave.
- VOX Miami is a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail transit-oriented development under construction on a 6.34-acre site next to the South Miami Metrorail station.
- The project began construction at the end of 2019 and, once completed, will feature:
- 102 student housing units above an existing five-story garage.
- 194,050 sq. ft. of office space.
- 14,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space.
- VOX Miami is broken into two phases. Phase 1, featuring the student housing units, was completed in 2021. Phase 2, featuring the office and retail space, began construction in 2021.
- Quail Roost Transit Village will be a mixed-use development on an 8.51-acre site due west of the SW 184th station on the South Dade TransitWay.
- Once completed, the residential and commercial transit-oriented development will feature:
- 500 housing units, 250 affordable and 250 market rate.
- 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
- Park and Ride garage with 261 dedicated spaces for transit riders and spaces for the residential and commercial components of the project.
- Covered walkway.
- The project has an estimated 2024 completion date.