River Cities

Miami Springs leaders propose downtown face lift

Miami Springs City Hall on Westward Drive.
Miami Springs City Hall on Westward Drive. Miami Herald File

The Miami Springs City Council voted unanimously June 25 to give the city a face lift and enhance its downtown.

"For years, past council, residents and commercial property owners have expressed a need to enhance the beauty and look of the gateway," City Manager William Alonso said.

City leaders voted 5-0 to approve the second reading of a new ordinance to develop a gateway area within its commercial district that would spruce up the area near the city's two bridges that lead to and from Hialeah.

A map of downtown Miami Springs.

The gateway boundaries include several blocks that hug parts of Canal Street, Nakhoda Drive, Curtiss Parkway and Hook Square.

Some of the goals for the gateway area include improving the streetscape, adding apartments, condominiums and office space and adding a park along the canal bank.

"The project has no budget and no cost to the city and it only applies to any future developments in that area by any potential buyers," Alonso said.

The next step is for any potential buyers to present plans to the city for projects they would like to build within the gateway area. For information, call 305-805-5000.

A proposed before and after of Canal Street and North Curtiss Parkway in Miami Springs.