Been a neighborhood that anyone living in the greater Miami area has been trying to avoid for probably the past two years or so. Brickell City Center has been on the drawing board since before 2008, when exactly Swire started snooping around for their super ultra mini mega city within a city, is anyone’s guess, but a number of the smaller parcels were on the market in 2003 and 2004, so this whole project has been well in almost 12 years in the making. The project seemed to be perpetually stalled post 2008, but then roared back to life around 2012 when the first shovel hit the ground. Ever since the whole neighborhood has been a disaster to try and drive around. Although to be fair, Swire has done a reasonably good job of keeping the streets at least somewhat clear.
After having left for a few months on for family matters I found myself back in the general Brickell area for dinner at Mary Brickell Village. Taking the train over and walking through the neighborhood, of course curiosity got the better of me. While the cranes are still there and construction rolls on, the final scale and shape has mostly been finished. In awe of the sheer magnitude. At some point we’ll go through with cameras to snap photos.
We grabbed the current photo above from Curbed, they are better than us at this sort of stuff.