Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Charrette

The Charrette will focus on improving the existing character of the island by analyzing the existing conditions and proposing creative design solutions to help improve the beauty, safety, and overall experience of the residents on the island. The plan should be comprehensive, incorporating improvements to the pedestrian experience, parking, landscaping, and infrastructure, as well as offering new development possibilities to be considered.

About Park View Island

Park View Island is a small community located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Miami Beach. It is situated on Biscayne Bay and is surrounded by water on all sides. The island has one vehicular access point at 73rd St. and one additional pedestrian bridge, located to the north of the island. The land use is predominantly Multi-Family. Two-story townhouses line the western bay-front, two to five-story apartment buildings occupy an internal central block, and a residential tower, and its significant surface parking area, dominates the eastern third of the island. A well-sized neighborhood park, bounded by streets on all sides, is an identifiable center to Park View Island.

Despite its favorable location on the water, relatively high density, central park, and mix of housing types, all key components in the making of a great urban place, Park View Island currently does not evoke the charm and character associated with great residential neighborhoods. Its streets are spatially undefined. Deep front setbacks, used for head-in parking, create an asphalt, auto-dominated feeling. Sidewalks are generally narrow, if present at all. There are no street trees and parking occupies almost the entirety of the eastern waterfront.