Lincoln Road facelift plans may face downscaling

Lincoln Road facelift plans may face downscalingWritten by Kylea Henseler on December 8, 2020AdvertisementLincoln Road is up for a facelift, but Miami Beach city staff and stakeholders are looking to reduce the scope of the original Lincoln Road Master Plan to minimize impact on local businesses and meet a narrower budget necessitated by the pandemic’s financial impacts on the city. A breakdown includes “$40 million for Lincoln Road from Lenox Avenue to Washington Avenue, $10 million for Meridian Avenue from Lincoln Road to 17th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue from Lincoln Road to Lincoln Lane North, Drexel Avenue from 16th Street to Lincoln Lane North, and related underground infrastructure, and $2.4 million for security bollards.”Tim Schmand, executive director of the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District, told Miami Today in September that one of the most costly and intrusive elements, a mass removal and renovation of the street’s sidewalks, is the first item on the chopping block. As of now, the memo said, the project’s scope will include Lincoln Road from Lenox Avenue to Washington Avenue, Meridian Avenue from Lincoln Road to 17th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue from Lincoln Road to Lincoln Lane North, and Drexel Avenue from 16th Street to Lincoln Lane North. Infrastructure improvements on Meridian and Drexel avenues, it said, include water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage upgrades as well as pedestrianization of Drexel Avenue. Construction costs for the modified plan, to be built by Burkhardt Construction, will be $34 million to $36 million, according to the memo.

miamitodaynews.com