Construction advances on Brightline’s Miami station

The first Brightline train has arrived, housed in the company's rail repair facility off of Division Avenue in West Palm Beach on December 14, 2016.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The first Brightline train has arrived, housed in the company’s rail repair facility off of Division Avenue in West Palm Beach on December 14, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Construction crews building All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown Miami have installed the first of 29 V-shaped columns that will be dominant structural pieces at all of the company’s South Florida stations. 

Brightline officials said last week that five of the 29 V-shaped columns planned at the MiamiCentral station have been installed. Each column is 70-feet tall.

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The columns are first being constructed of steel and then will be encased by precast concrete, the company said.

A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida's Brightline station under-construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service station will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
A freight train passes the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline station under-construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The passenger rail service station will connect West Palm Beach with Miami and Orlando. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

MiamiCentral is one of three South Florida stops Brightline’s express passenger line.

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Brightline is set to unveil its first passenger train on Wednesday in West Palm Beach. The trains are expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami in mid-2017.

 

“Urban marketplace” planned at All Aboard’s Miami station

All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral station on Monday released the first details about the planned “urban marketplace” set to open at the 11-acre development in the heart of downtown Miami.

Work continues on existing tracks just north of the All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral station construction site in downtown Miami on July 1, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Work continues on existing tracks just north of the All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral station construction site in downtown Miami on July 1, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The 50,000-square-foot marketplace, dubbed Central Fare, will feature a group of celebrity chefs including brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Richard Hales of Blackbrick Chinese, and Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers.

The marketplace is set to open next summer and will feature six restaurants and more than 20 food and retail purveyors.

“Mirroring the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Miami, Central Fare will reflect the eclectic energy of its residents and travelers, providing authentic, well-crafted experiences bringing together food, beverage, ideas and community,” said David McIntyre, senior vice president of operations for MiamiCentral and Brightline. “This will be the new gathering place, a unique culinary destination, showcasing the talents of both local and national artisans, tastemakers and chefs.”

Last week, officials with MiamiCentral released the names of the two tenants set to anchor the development’s flagship office building in downtown Miami.

Ernst & Young LLP, which specializes in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, are set to move into the office tower, officials said.

All Aboard’s Brightline passenger train service will carry passengers between the MiamiCentral station and Orlando, with stops in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Tenants announced for All Aboard Florida’s Miami office building

All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral station on Wednesday released the names of the two tenants set to anchor its flagship office building in downtown Miami.

Work continues on existing tracks just north of the All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral station construction site in downtown Miami on July 1, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Work continues on existing tracks just north of the All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral station construction site in downtown Miami on July 1, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Ernst & Young LLP, which specializes in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, are set to move into the office tower, officials said.

In addition, Florida East Coast Industries will relocate its headquarters from Coral Gables to the MiamiCentral office tower, which includes 190,000-square-feet of Class A office space. Florida East Coast Industries is All Aboard Florida’s parent company.

All Aboard’s Brightline passenger train service will carry passengers between the MiamiCentral station and Orlando, with stops in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

“We consulted with world-class architects to design and create an office environment that is highly integrated with in-building connectivity to a range of transportation options, including access to our Brightline inter-city, express train service,” said John Guitar, senior vice president of business development, for MiamiCentral and Brightline. “As our anchor tenants, EY and Regus recognize the benefits of being part of the unique environment that MiamiCentral will offer, blending the worlds of business, transportation, dining and entertainment.”

Ernst & Young LLP has leased approximately 23,000 square feet of space spanning two floors. Regus has leased an entire floor.