Brickell City Centre Saves The Trees
Of all the developers in the greater Downtown Miami area, we have to give kudos to Swire for their efforts in preserving the oak trees on their development sites. This weekend, they began the landscaping for Brickell City Centre using the existing oak trees from their site that will one day be One Brickell City Centre. As you can see, the project was quite the undertaking but was well worth it for everyone.
This isn’t the first time we have seen such community-friendly activity from Swire either. Some Brickellians may remember that before Brickell City Centre was Brickell City Centre, a big portion of the land was the lushly landscaped Brickell Tennis Club. Have a look at the promotional video from Social Buzz TV that was released in 2011.
Video courtesy: http://SebastianRusk.com
When the tennis club was demolished in 2012 to make way for Brickell City Centre, Swire again opted for relocating the greenery rather than cutting it down. See below for an updated photo of the trees from the Brickell Tennis Club. Does this look familiar?
The same trees are now thriving in Museum Park. Downtown’s Museum Park had previously been in desperate need of the face lift that Swire helped to achieve with their trees. Before the renovation, Museum Park had been a haven for transients despite its bayfront location and views. The grass was crispy and brown, not very welcoming to the neighbors of the nearby luxury high rises who may want to have a jog or an afternoon picnic.
Today, the park’s renovation is nearly complete. The trees helped to breathe new life into the abandoned space, as did the Perez Art Museum which opened in 2013. The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science should open within the year, completing the transformation into a fully usable space that is enjoyed now by thousands.
Here are some additional photos of the Brickell City Centre trees getting their new home in the shopping center that is scheduled to open very soon now: