West Avenue Phase II
Summary of West Avenue Streetscape Design at Design Review Board, 1.4.2022
WAvNA initiated an ordinance to require all street renovation design to be critiqued by the Design Review Board (DRB). Commissioner Mark Samuelian sponsored the ordinance and it passed. January 4th, 2022 was the first time the new process took place. Several licensed architects sit on the DRB so we were excited that the project would be carefully analyzed.
The Applicant is the City of Miami Beach
- The presentation was entirely handled by the contractor, Ric-man. Though city project manager, Sabrina Baglieri, interjected.
- Residents and DRB board members expressed some “frustration” that not enough detailed information was made available.
Presentation lacked the following:
- Renderings of the final street design
- Parking spaces/ADA spaces including analysis comparing to current situation
- Bike lanes and protection type if any
- Lighting information and if light fixture are cohesive with adjacent area like Alton Rd and Sunset Harbour
- Outside furniture or amenities (bike rack. Citi Bike Station, railing etc)
- Screening material for pump station
- Landscape materials
- The existence of and location of loading zones/drop off zones
- Material samples or specs (metal screen, etc)
- Rendering of harmonization of 189 private properties.
The Stakeholders are the public:
- Typically, applicants are expected to make a presentation with resident stakeholders and get feedback before they go to the DRB, and this was not done.
- The presentation made in front of the DRB had never been shared before with residents.
- As a result of lack of information, both presentations (the West Avenue Phase II and the Pump Station Design) was deferred until March 1 by a unanimous vote of 6-0
- A video recording of the DRB session can be viewed here.