A great deal of effort has been made to push the Neighborhood Streetscape Improvements Project forward since receiving a preliminary “green light” from the City in May of 2018. A detailed survey of the right of way was conducted. Civil, landscape, electrical, and structural drawings have been prepared by our design-build partners and have been presented to the City and County agencies.
WEST AREA IMPROVEMENTS (Catalonia Av, Malaga Av., and Santander Av.) by LeJeune:
Momentum was lost at the beginning of this year when it was brought to the City and our attention that some of the residents of the West area Improvements were not pleased with the proposed improvements. Subsequent meetings were held with the City and a few of the concerned residents to discuss the issues and consider the options. A viable solution to make everyone happy was not found. In order to keep the process moving forward, a decision was made by the City to put the West section of the project on hold indefinitely.
EAST AREA IMPROVEMENTS (East Neighborhood between Ponce de Leon and Douglas):
The design and permitting process for all elements east of Ponce has continued. The Civil drawings were submitted to the Miami Dade county traffic engineering department for a “dry run review” in February of this year. The comments that were made by the County have since been addressed and a revised set of documents will be submitted to the County the week of 10/21/19. Approval by the County is required in order to proceed with the permitting process. The County approval is expected by the end of November. Once the permit is approved by the County, and the City of Coral Gables approves the scope and City permit construction can finally start. If the City approves this by the end of this year, a realistic start date for the construction of the improvements is January/February of 2020 with an estimated duration of 37 weeks.
We are committed to getting this project started and will do everything within our power to implement the vision that the City has for this area of “The City Beautiful”.
Note: All questions pertaining to the scope of this project should be directed to the City of Coral Gables, Public Works Department.