Downtown_Kendall_Executive_Summary by chrstphr


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                                                                                                      Downtown Kendall Charrette
                                                                               CHARRETTE MASTER PLAN REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
                       Snapper Creek Expressway                                                               DOWNTOWN KENDALL CHARRETTE, MIAMI
                                                                                                              DADE COUNTY FLORIDA: In 1995, the Kendall
                                                                                                              Council of ChamberSOUTH originated the
                                                                                                              idea of working together with property owners,
                                                                                                              Dade County government and the neighboring

                                                                                          SW 70 Ave
                                                                                                              community to build consensus on the future
                                                                                                              of the Dadeland-Datran area. Three years of
 Palmetto Expressway

                       Snapper Creek Canal
                                                                                                              meetings, phone calls and great effort from the
                                                                                                              Chamber staff accomplished the organization
                                                     SW 72 Ave

                                                                                                              and fund-raising for an extensive week-long
                                                                                                              design “charrette”.
                                                                                 ghw                          Held in the first week of June 1998, the Downtown
                                                                        xie                                   Kendall Charrette was the combination of a
                         SW 88 St                                    Di
                                                          ut                                                  town meeting with an energetic design studio.
                                                                                                              Two local town planning firms, Dover, Kohl &
                                              il                                                              Partners, and Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co.,
                                          ro                                                                  were jointly commissioned with facilitating and
                                                                                                              drawing the community’s ideas from the public
                                                                                                              design sessions. Participants from the community
                                                                                                              included property owners, neighbors, business
                                                                                                              people, developers, elected officials, county
                                                                                                              planning staff and others. Over one hundred
Above: The Downtown Kendall Charrette Master Plan
                                                                                                              and fifty individuals participated.

                                                                                                              The charrette began on a Friday evening with
                                                                                                              presentations by ChamberSOUTH and the
                                                                                                              design team. The following morning, design
                                                                                                              began as 100 people from the community,
                                                                                                              armed with markers and pencils, gathered
                                                                                                              around eight tables, rolled up their sleeves, and
                                                                                                              drew their ideas on big maps of the Dadeland-
                                                                                                              Datran area. Later, a spokesperson from each
                                                                                                              table presented the main ideas from their table
Above: Residential neighborhood on the north       Above: Kendall Town Square at the intersection
side of the canal                                  of Kendall Boulevard and Dadeland Boulevard                to the larger group.

                                                                                                              Throughout the remainder of the week, meetings
                                                                                                              and interviews were held to gather more input.
                                                                                                              “Pin-up” reviews were held to discuss the evolving
                                                                                                              plan. The design team combined the input into a
                                                                                                              single plan. That plan was presented as a work-
                                                                                                              in-progress at the close of the charrette.

                                                                                                              Since then, the Board of County Commissioners
                                                                                                              has approved the Downtown Kendall Charrette
Above: The canal is transformed to be a grand, Above: Intersection of US1 and Kendall Drive                   Master Plan, report and recommendations and
premium waterfront environment
                                                                                                              also the Downtown Kendall Urban Center District
           JUNE 1998                                                                                                                                          1
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                                                                      Downtown Kendall Charrette
                                                              CHARRETTE AREA PLAN REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Above: Before and After of Kendall Drive

Above: Before and After of Dadeland Boulevard

Kendall Drive                                     Dadeland Boulevard
During the public design session, every work      Like Kendall Drive, Dadeland Boulevard is to
group reinforced the concept that Kendall         be lined with buildings that have storefronts
Drive should become the community’s Main          on the ground floor. The upper floors can                            Carlos Alvarez, Mayor
Street. To accomplish this, several changes       have more retail, offices and/or apartments.              BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
need to occur:                                    Details such as colonnades, wide sidewalks,                    Joe A. Martinez, Chairman
• Buildings should be built along the street      and shade trees are necessary to support                     Dennis C. Moss, Vice-Chairman
edge in the normal manner. “Teaser”               pedestrian activity.                               Barbara J. Jordan                    Carlos A. Gimenez
parking spaces should be on the street, with                                                         District 1                                     District 7
the balance of parking located behind the                                                            Dorrin D. Rolle                          Katy Sorenson
                                                  Dadeland Boulevard is the vital connection
                                                                                                     District 2                                     District 8
buildings.                                        between the South Dade Busway and
                                                                                                     Audrey M. Edmonson                  Dennis C. Moss
• Buildings should be tall enough to create a     Dadeland Mall. Hundreds of busway riders           District 3                                  District 9
sense of enclosure and urban character.           transfer between Metrorail and the busway          Sally A. Heyman                 Sen. Javier D. Souto
• Sidewalks need to be wider, and should          at the Dadeland South Station. Each of these       District 4                                District 10
be shaded with colonnades or arcades              riders are potential customers for businesses      Bruno A. Barreiro                    Joe A. Martinez
incorporated into the building designs. For                                                          District 5                                District 11
                                                  along Dadeland Boulevard and Kendall
the near term, a free-standing colonnade will                                                        Rebeca Sosa                        José "Pepe" Diaz
                                                  Drive.                                             District 6                                District 12
                                                                                                                       Natacha Seijas
• Buildings should have a rich variety            During the public design session, most of                              District 13
of architectural style and detailing, and         the participants identified the intersection of                Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of Courts
the sidewalks should be faced by active           Kendall Drive and Dadeland Boulevard as                     George M. Burgess, County Manager
storefronts, doors and windows.                   the center of Downtown Kendall. The “main                    Murray Greenberg, County Attorney
• Buildings along the street should have a        & main” location is the best place for a town                 Diane O'Quinn Williams, Director
vertical mix of uses. Shops at the ground floor   square. Ideally one corner should have a civic
                                                                                                               Department of Planning and Zoning
with offices and/or apartments above will         building.
increase the vitality of the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                            For more information
                                                                                                                         contact Miami-Dade County
                                                                                                                         Department of Planning and
                                                                                                                          Zoning at 305-375-2842

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