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In December 2014, Florida made headlines across the United States after becoming the third largest state in the country in terms of population. With 19.9 million residents registered during the last census, Florida had just passed New York State and its 19.7 million inhabitants. Florida’s sharp increase in population has translated into an unprecedented building boom in Miami, where 7,600 new units have broken ground in the downtown area since 2011. The surge of Floridians living in the State’s biggest cities has created a need for more public transit. To meet this demand, the largest privately owned, operated and financed infrastructure project ever built in the United States was put in motion in 2014. Known as All Aboard Florida, it is a 380-kilometre rail network that will soon connect Miami to Orlando, with stops planned in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Scheduled to open in early 2017, it is a symbol of Florida’s urban awakening.
…To provide All Board Florida with a grand terminus, the city of Miami has approved the construction of a 280,000-square-metre mixed-use complex spanning nine acres across several blocks of NW First Avenue, between NW First and Eighth Streets.
…The two NBWW-designed residential towers will rise 152 metres above ground and add a total of 800 rental units to the growing downtown area. 450 of these apartments will be located in a 39-storey tower, while the remaining 350 will be housed in a 33-storey building.
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