The revived interest in residential buildings sans garages coincides with rising criticism of the citys parking requirements, particularly downtown, which some planners say are excessive and a leading contributor toward growing traffic congestion, because they encourage people to drive everywhere.
The local chapter of the Urban Land Institute is sponsoring a July 23 panel at Florida International University to explore whether new development can be built with reduced parking. Newgard Chairman Harvey Hernandez is among the panelists.
Planners are also hoping more developers will embrace another rule that allows them to reduce the amount of parking in buildings that mix residential and commercial uses. Under the new Miami 21 zoning code, some parking spaces in those buildings can be shared by residential and commercial users, reducing the overall number of spots.
In downtown Miami, where MetroMover and a new city trolley service make getting around with a car relatively easy, providing a lot more parking makes little sense, some planners and developers say.
Contrary to popular belief, Newgards Rodriguez said, downtown has a surfeit of parking in garages and office towers, much of which goes unused, especially after office hours.
And for many of Centros buyers who hail from Argentina and Venezuela, the lack of parking is actually a selling point, said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, who is handling the projects sales.
Many people from outside Miami pointed out to me that its insane what you all are doing with all those cars, she said. They dont want to pay for something they dont want or dont need. Garages are not free.