The Mission of the 79th Street Corridor Initiative is to use a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) approach, along with existing community assets, to transform 79th street corridor neighborhoods into a community of choice for people to live, work and visit.
The 79th Street corridor in unincorporated Miami Dade County has countless unrealized opportunities and underutilized resources. In recognizing this, the 79th Street Corridor Initiative was created to utilize community assets to revitalize the area. The Initiative’s goals are to:
- Provide access to good jobs for area residents
- Strengthen the area’s access to public transportation
- Implement green initiatives that beautify the area and make businesses in the area more energy efficient and Spur comprehensive redevelopment of the area.
Who We Are
The 79th Street Corridor Initiative is an effort to transform Miami Dade County’s 79th Street from a fragmented set of residential, commercial, and industrial sites with a reputation as dangerous and undesirable into a cohesive neighborhood conscious of its tangible and intangible assets and directing its future.
Vision for the Corridor
The Initiative, initially, will focus on the western end of the Corridor. A special development district is envisioned which will be a model sustainable development project based on an integrated approach to neighborhood development. It is intended to expand the economic options for residents, improve the quality of life and demonstrate that environmental improvement and economic development can work together to benefit a typical urban community. At a later date, an a second special development district will be created in the eastern end of the Corridor (“Little Haiti”).
The goal of the project is to transform the 79th Street Corridor. The western special development district will lie between NW 27th Avenue and NW 36th Avenue. The Initiative will transform the district from a fragmented set of residential, commercial, and industrial sites with a reputation as dangerous and undesirable into a cohesive neighborhood conscious of its tangible and intangible assets and directing its future.
The Initiative will serve as a catalyst for a new style of neighborhood development in South Florida that reverses disinvestment and isolation and builds an environment which addresses the needs of current residents – and their grandchildren.
The Initiative will utilize innovative financing mechanisms which capture and integrate resources from many different sources.
It will seek to receive “credit” for implementing state-of-the-art techniques which manage stormwater runoff through redesigned streets and open spaces and through engineered wetlands, reduce energy consumption and improved air quality, and reduced the need for automobiles.
Transform 79th St. Corridor Change it from a fragmented set of residential, commercial, and industrial sites with a reputation as dangerous and undesirable into a cohesive neighborhood conscious of its tangible and intangible assets and directing its future.
The 79th Street Corridor Sustainable Development Initiative is led by four non-profit organization with substantial expertise in community economic development: The Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. Neighborhood Housing Services of South Floria, Inc., Dade Employment and Economic Development Corporation (DEEDCO), and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. It draws on the expertise of a Steering Committee which includes individuals representing state and local government, business and community so as to mobilize the expertise necessary for such a challenging project. It is rooted in the local neighborhoods through a broad-based Community Advisory Committee.
The 79th Street Corridor in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, despite being the site of major civil disturbances in the 1980′s, and despite a history of declining social and economic conditions, has an unprecedented opportunity for sustainable development. It has greater access to jobs, services and amenities by public transportation than any other site in South Florida. Three rail lines intersect at 79th Street: Tri-Rail, which links Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, MetroRail which provides access within the county, and Amtrak which is a linkage to the rest of the United States.
The Initiative will be a model of sustainability, with an integrated approach to neighborhood development that is equally responsive to jobs and to the environment. The project will expand the options for individual residents, improve the community’s quality of life, and demonstrate that environmental improvements and economic development can work together to benefit low- and moderate-income people.
The Initiative will build on the considerable assets of the community, including tangible assets such as the skills of residents, public transportation, land available for assembly, undervalued market potential, home ownership, job access, rail freight, and rights-of-way, and intangible assets such as the sense of place, knowledge of the community, and location efficiency.
Goals of the Initiative
- Provide ready job access for residents, including access to existing jobs in other parts of the South Florida Region,
- Expand opportunities to safe, decent, and affordable housing (including homeownership)
- Facilitate the expansion of commercial activity in the Corridor to provide access to needed goods and services, create new jobs, and expand entrepreneurial opportunities,
Strengthen the neighborhood’s accessibility to and focus around public transportation,
- Ensure the ability to live well without a car,
- implement “green infrastructure” — low cost, appropriate-scaled and environmentally friendly solutions to basic infrastructure needs, and Respect the environment.