The station architecture, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, designers of the new One World Trade Center tower and the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, is still being refined. But the architects want to suspend the three towers on columns over the train platform.
The two retail floors at the base of the complex would be enclosed in glass, brightly transparent and fully accessible from the street, a design that county reviewers praised in their analysis.
“It’s what you’d expect to see in a vibrant downtown,” Reininger said. “Because of where it is, it needs to be a beautiful work of civic infrastructure. It’s going to be an iconic, photogenic place.”
County reviewers have some issues, documents show. Transit officials want a definitive commitment and clear designs from All Aboard for the Metrorail and Metromover connections, both elevated and at ground level, in particular along Sixth Street, which will be the link between the main station complext and the Overtown project.
Planners say the site plans also don’t do enough to make sidewalks around the station welcoming to pedestrians, and they’re requiring a greater amount and variety of greenery, including shade trees, on its perimeter.
Reininger said those questions are normal in a complex review process and are being worked through.
All Aboard will also build new stations in downtown Fort Lauderdale and West Palm, the first phase of its planned Orlando service, which will use existing FEC tracks. All Aboard must build tracks for the second phase, connecting West Palm to a new intermodal station at the Orlando airport.
by Andres Viglucci