convention center construction enters "intense" period

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Susan Askew
Susan Askew

convention center construction enters "intense" period:

lost days from irma, art basel compress schedule

Residents who live near the Convention Center will experience some heavy construction work over the next month. That’s one more thing you can blame on Irma. Due to almost two weeks of lost construction days, it’s crunch time to get things ready to host Art Basel. Project Director, Maria Hernandez tells us, “The date of turnover to Art Basel is November 21 for them to begin to load-in on November 22. There will be a lot of construction activity until then.”
 
We were prompted to ask about the construction schedule after a neighbor complained of noise in the middle of the night. Hernandez said, “The noise from the last couple of days on 19th Street was from FPL’s contractor. We have notified them that the level of work they were doing [Monday] night could not take place in the middle of the night. They should have known better. If it happens again Code Enforcement will shut them down.”
 
“That being said, we just turned over the parking lot to Design Miami for their tent construction, so we have the tent, the 19th Street utility work, Convention Center drive construction, the Art Basel UBS lounge construction – all of this over the next 29 days,” Hernandez advised. “It’s a lot, and we’re trying to catch up from lost days due to Irma so it will be intense.”
 
There are limits – and a temporary reprieve in sight.  “We’re trying to keep the construction noise to 11:00 pm at the very latest, and only as necessary,” she said. “After November 20th the residents should get a pretty good break from construction until December 16th. That’s when we continue after [Art Basel Miami Beach] load out, but not with the same level of intensity and night work.”
 
She also noted, “I would like to add how grateful the City is to our residents (both on the Washington Avenue side and now the Meridian side) for their patience during the construction. We are committed to giving them a beautiful project they can be proud off with two public parks they can enjoy.  We just have to get there.”
 
 

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Susan Askew
Susan Askew
design miami considering long-term commitment, similar to art basel