The intersection of Fifth Street and Alton Road on Miami Beach has been plagued with problems for some time now, traffic just being one of them. With the King Tides arriving again this weekend, we are reminded that flood management is another. If you drive through the intersection (or sit there for a while, as the case may be), you will notice an enormous vacant lot with a blighted shell of a building. Well, we have great news! Crescent Heights and Arquitectonica have unveiled a plan for this lot that solves a host of problems while making this intersection beautiful again!
The actual neighborhood that the park is located in is West Avenue. It is home to buildings such as Bentley Bay, The Mirador, Mondrian as well as the local Whole Foods and a host of restaurants and coffee shops. It is just across the street from Icon South Beach, the entrance to South of Fifth. In recent years, the area has become impossible to navigate and an eyesore. This causes potential new neighbors to shy away from the area. Crescent Heights plans to activate the area with an intelligently designed 3-acre park, a single 44-story tower designed by Arquitectonica, and street-level retail.
Eager to earn LEED certification from the US Green Building Council, Crescent Heights has designed the park to offer sustainable landscaping and public art. These will be elevated in order to maximize the park area while alleviating traffic by allowing for an additional lane of traffic that feeds from Alton Road to the MacArthur Causeway. There will be an onsite parking structure that is accessible from each side of the development, electric car charging stations, bike storage, and car and bike-sharing options that have recently become popular. To top it off, they are also building a pedestrian bridge to connect the development to South of Fifth.
Crescent Heights partnered with Arquitectonica to design a tower that would also highlight the Miami Beach skyline as you enter via the MacArthur Causeway. Prices and details of the residential units have not yet been released, but we will be sure to fill you in as soon as they are. In the meantime, what do you think of the design?