I spent last week working with a buyer who is looking for a vacation property either downtown or in Coconut Grove, so I have found myself in my car a lot! While I prefer to use surface streets to move around Miami, sometimes US1 and I-95 are simply unavoidable, and my recent commutes have found me on those arteries quite a bit. One thing that has struck me on my drives is Gables Station – the new development that is going up right on US1, between Ponce de Leon Boulevard to the north and the intersection of Grand Avenue and LeJeune Road to the south. What a development it is!
Designed by Gensler and Jorge Hernandez, Gables Station is a mixed-use commercial, residential, and hotel development that positions itself as “Transit-Oriented, Wellness Driven, Urban Living,” according to its website. As its building site spans the distance between US1 and the Metrorail, “Transit-Oriented” is spot on! At a distance of just 30 feet from the elevated Metrorail, one of the intentions of the building is to get its residents to ride our city’s public transportation – and surely to get other Metrorail riders to Gables Station to enjoy the shopping and restaurants that it will eventually include. However, the train is noisy – won’t that bother residents or hotel guests? Per the website, “residential units are strategically located above and away from the train’s rails,” and the hotel’s rooms are buffered from the sound by behind-the-scenes areas for storage, cleaning, etc.
With its close proximity to the Metrorail, Gables Station will also be adjacent to the Underline, the 10-mile linear park that will run beneath those tracks. In order to ensure that the portion of the Underline that runs along the development is pristine, its developer is funding that ½ mile of the urban park. Gables Station will also create its own Gables Station Park, and that, combined with the Underline will produce a park that is just shy of 3 acres, making it the largest park in Coral Gables.
The three large buildings that make up Gables Station will house 450 residential units, a 66 room hotel, approximately 100,000 square feet of commercial space, and 1,000 parking spaces. They will be surrounded by park space, landscaped medians, and a “town square” with exterior dining areas. Situated close to downtown Coral Gables, downtown Miamii, and Coconut Grove, it is a central location that should offer its residents an easy commute and a great quality of life.