Proponents of the Underline bicycle route and linear park that would replace the threadbare M-Path under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to the Miami River have picked the co-designer of the wildly popular elevated High Line in Manhattan to draw up a master plan for their idea.
James Corner Field Operations was selected by a local jury from among 19 architectural teams that submitted entries in a competition. The New York firm also designed the new plaza in Museum Park between the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Museum of Science, which is under construction.
Field Operations will design an overall plan for the Underline proposal, which was developed by a nonprofit group and has backing from Miami-Dade County’s transit and parks departments, as well as fleshed-out demonstration projects at the Brickell Metrorail station and a second station to be picked later.
The $500,000 design contract will be funded by the cities of Miami, South Miami and the Gables, along with the Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation of South Florida and the Mitchell Wolfson Foundation. The plans are due in September, but no construction money has yet been identified.