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Big Riverwalk news

Could it be finally happening? Is One River Point about to finally restore the Miami Riverblock  er Riverwalk. I’m waiting excitedly for confirmation from the developer, but it looks like all the bushes have been removed and fence is posting going up. It looks a bit narrow but if the river access is opened up connecting the Riverwalk all the way through from downtown to the 95 bridge by the Miami City (Hall) Administration Building, yeah!!!

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Here’s hoping any fence will be temporary. I’m expecting to see a row of Royal Palms planted inside, with matching pavers leading to the bridge.

ed note/update-  If any brokers are going to any of the One River Points’ Sunday #roseontheriver events, please ask about their plans and timeline for the RiverWalk. ORP has so far ignored all my inquiries and requests for information.

The Edge is back

It’s baaack.  It’s rare these days to see a condo development be cancelled, so it was a bit of a surprise when The Edge on Brickell (55 S. Miami Ave Rd.) was axed last year. Those following local development may have just chalked it up to a fantasy project, 58 stories, 3 condo units per floor, robotic parking (due to) sitting on a sliver of land on the Miami River you could barely fit 2 cars on parked nose to nose. But the plans were scrapped and the property sold. Now a new developer wants to revive the project as a hotel, with about 70 residential units. A new architect has been employed and plans for an even taller tower, reducing the sidewalk in front and severely limiting the Riverwalk. It’s hard to imagine how a tower could be built on this site without eliminating public access to the riverfront altogether.

The Miami River Commission is holding a hearing on Monday, May 9 at 12 noon at  1407 NW 7th Street

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One last bench

A couple of weeks ago I brought up the sad condition of the benches along the Riverwalk and called for their removal, then issued a challenge to the city (Miami Riverwalk Commission) to install better seating.  Well the benches along the Miami Riverwalk have finally been removed. (All but one last one closest the Metromover, the corner with the wall and green fence still used as a urinal.) Much thanks to all involved who made this happen. Crews were out today clearing the brush and powering leafblowers. No word on if any new seating will be installed or what type would replace them if any. It won’t take much to improve this section of Riverwalk, at least a good powerwash for the underside of the bridges, maybe some white paint or murals, and bright lighting. Now to get the hotels to pitch in to clean up their part, and a path is still needed beside the Hyatt Regency to Brickell Ave .

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Remember this?

I found this old review of Bijan’s On The River on the forums at miamibeach411.com.

Miami River Restaurants – Bijan’s and More

Hey y'all, I wanted to add some photos and commentary here that didn't make it into my Miami River article. When I was researching the article, I went to Bijan's on the River, which is tucked away behind the Hyatt hotel and the James L. Knight Convention Center and just off the S Miami Avenue bridge (google map).

Bijan's is a casual place serving light fare ranging from caesar salads to sandwiches and fish. There's also a full bar. The restaurant is run by an Iranian family and their claim to fame is making the world's largest paella. If you ever plan on going there on the weekend, you should call ahead, since they may close the restaurant for private events.

The location is Fort Dallas Park, a historic site recalling the old military posts here during the Seminole War years in the 19th century. On site is a yellow house called the Palm Cottage, which was built by Henry Flagler around 1897. It's original location was actually SE 2nd street. The structure originally housed mechanics who were out of work after the Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel was completed. The actual restaurant is just as picturesque, housed inside what looks like a boat house, with maritime motifs. Needless to say, this all looks very quaint surrounded by those new, towering condos.

Parking around Bijan's is kind of tough. Paid lots can be super pricey but there are some meters around the corner by the Fedex building. The trouble is, you might run into a crack whore or a street bum.

I recommend that you park elsewhere downtown -- say by the Omni -- and then take the metromover all the way to the Riverwalk station, which drops you off right in front of Fort Dallas Park. Actually, it's a really nice way to see all of Downtown from the metromover. As well, you can see the "An M for Miami" sculpture by Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar at the Riverwalk station. Another option is to park on the other side of the river by Brickell and take the metromover from there. The view is really nice going over the river.

I really enjoyed hanging out sitting by the water's edge at Bijan's. The shaded area at the back near the dock is the best place to sit. I ate a mahi-mahi caesar salad that wasn't really out of this world, but it was totally worth it to sit by the river seeing the boats go by.

Bijan's on the River is located at 64 S.E. 4th Street. (305) 381-7778

Have you gone to Bijan's or experienced any other Miami river restaurants and fish markets? Please share.
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RiverWalk seating challenge

I’ve always wanted to see the Miami RiverWalk improved and see its full potential, I guess since the Miami River Day festival earlier this month I’ve been even more focused on the river.  And seeing two new big developments about to happen, now is the time to push for those improvements. I made an observation last week about the benches, so here are some ideas.

Seating should be single seat type with no back or armrest, allowing user to sit, lean or take a short rest, but not allow for lying down or provide long-term comfort. Top can be flat or curved, although if flat a slight slant is preferred. Placed only in open, well-lit areas, in groups of two or three and spaced far enough apart that one can’t stretch across to lay down or sleep.  Design and color should reflect a distinct Miami style attractive to residents and tourists.

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Free Space!

Great urban vibe, amazing views. Spacious covered open-air space available. Fairly new, just needs a quick power wash, some lighting, and life.  Will work well for a popup art gallery, urban hard-core workout space, starting point for a biking or jogging tour, dog grooming/training, or a classroom of any kind (history, photography, real estate development…). Bring portable outdoor lighting and a boom box and you’re set.  Easy access from either side of the S. Miami Ave Bridge.

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Riverwalk benches

Hey Miami River Commission, why does Miami have the ugliest benches ever along the Riverwalk? Are there any civic-minded designers out there with ideas for better, cleaner, brighter seating, to give the Riverwalk a much-needed lift a city like Miami deserves.

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How about at least replacing them with a few of single seat types, like these found around Brickell Village.  Spaced apart a bit -like every other one, to discourage them from being used for sleeping benches.

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The river should be a showcase that we can be proud of, that residents and tourists alike will use, not an abandoned dark alley avoided by most if possible.

Riverblock, part 2

imageLast week I (prematurely) stated that the old Epic sales office along the river was being torn down. I was wrong. Looks like it’s just being remodeled, probably for use as the new sales center for the Epic II or whatever the developer will call the 70+ story tower being planned for the site.  It seems the Miami River Commission has no pull whatsoever with the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission which has allowed “temporary” sales offices to encroach on river setbacks and block public access to the Riverwalk, (the “temporary” sales center for the now cancelled Edge tower on the south side of the river west of the S. Miami Ave bridge is still there). My guess is it’ll be years now before the Epic property is built and the sales office removed restoring the river walk.

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Coming down. -Not

The old Epic sales office that has long blocked the Miami River Walk from Bayfront Park at the mouth of the river is finally coming down. Word is the Epic has sold the property to a developer who plans to build another “epic 60-70 story condo tower, tentatively named Epic2. My question now is, can the city of Miami, in cooperation with Miami21, the Miami River Commission, or whatever, deny any further construction permits until the property reopens access to the RiverWalk?

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