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Ludlam Trail Could Expand Miami Green Space, Lift Property Values

by | Apr 07, 2016
Miami-Dade County planners recently proposed a reconfigured plan to turn an old rail line into a six-mile long bikeway path, a project that not only would bring another signature green space to the area but potentially lift nearby propertyvalues and encourage commercial development.

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John Dohm, SIOR, CCIM, CFP
2015 Chairman of the Boarbr /> MIAMI Association of Realtors®

Miami-Dade County planners recently proposed a reconfigured plan to turn an old rail line into a six-mile long bikeway path, a project that not only would bring another signature green space to the area but potentially lift nearby propertyvalues and encourage commercial development.

The new Ludlam Trail plan, drafted by county planners, would limit residential and commercial development near the trail to four nodes at major road intersections. The trail, which runs from Dadeland to Miami International Airport, would be mostly open recreational space. It would be a plan for residents to bike, run, exercise, commute, or enjoy nature.

In addition to recreational uses, county planners see the new proposed Ludlam Trail as being a place where residents can bike for short errands as the bikeway path runs through residential areas, retail centers, offices, schools and parks.

County planners area also pushing for the Ludlam Trail be connected to The Underline, a proposed 10-mile long bikeway and linear park that will run underneath the elevated Metrorail tracks along U.S. 1 from Dadeland South to Brickell.

The combination of these two proposed recreational trails would only add to Miami's significant green space. Miami-Dade County Parks is the third-largest county park system in the U.S., consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.

The Ludlam Trail and The Underline could provide an assortment of benefits to the region. They could improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide easily accessible places to exercise, and more. The proposed plans will also increase property values as more users and more commercial investment flows to the area.

The Underline is often compared to New York City's High Line, a 1.45-mile long elevated linear park. The High Line had a significant impact on property values. The High Line, which had its first section open to the public in 2009, generated $3 billion in real estate development and an additional $1 billion in tax revenue after its creation. High Line Designer James Corner Field Operations has been hired by Miami-Dade County to design Miami's Underline.

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