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Mana Wynwood Special Area Plan

Wynwood, FL

The development of Midtown Miami and the annual international Art Basel Week have served as catalysts for growth in and around Wynwood. The Mana Wynwood Special Area Plan (SAP) is a development proposal that serves as a cultural infrastructure framework for job creation and incremental growth. The proposal outlines a set of development standards for the southern end of the warehouse district in Wynwood, designed to cultivate and expand upon the character and culture of the existing Wynwood Arts District and contribute to the Overtown Community to the south. The SAP is a uniting force in which the multiple cultural identities of the former international free-trade zone can be expressed, resulting in an engaging aggregate of forms and textures.

A set of flexible uses will be the basis for building typologies designed to accommodate commercial, hotel, retail, industrial and manufacturing uses with live-work options. It will foster a naturally evolving urban composition in which artistic and creative innovation along with international trade can thrive. The concept is to invigorate the interests of South American and Asian business and trade within a neighborhood of arts and culture at the western end of the development. Mana Wynwood will serve as a nexus for traditional mom-and-pop shops, technical start-ups, creative class professionals, as well as media and technology hubs, and large retail establishments. Indoor and outdoor flex-space for exhibitions, civic engagement and entertainment will be integrated throughout the project.

Central to the plan is “Mana Commons,” a public square that will be activated by a diverse, finely-tuned mixture of buildings that will define its edges. This open space will contain both landscaped and hardscaped areas designed to support special events like Art Basel and the popular Wynwood Art Walk. Expansive underground parking and dispersed surface lots will create a more walkable, bicycle-friendly and lively district. The area will also include plazas for open-air retail, courtyards and pocket parks. Streets that were disconnected from the street grid when the warehouses were originally built will be woven back into the city fabric. Mana Wynwood’s new area plan also calls for the development of taller buildings near the edge of the I-95 Expressway to create a buffer zone between the elevated highway and the adjacent neighborhood.

Services: Master Planning, Visioning, Programming, Land Use Planning, F.A.R. Analysis and Modification, Existing Condition Assessments, Highest and Best Use/ Land Value Optimization Analysis, Growth Management and Smart Growth Initiatives, Land Development Regulations, Sustainable Design Guidelines, Market Based Solutions, Zoning Recommendations, Community Outreach, Streetscape Improvements, Architectural Concept Design

The development of Midtown Miami and the annual international Art Basel Week have served as catalysts for growth in and around Wynwood. The Mana Wynwood Special Area Plan (SAP) is a development proposal that serves as a cultural infrastructure framework for job creation and incremental growth. The proposal outlines a set of development standards for the southern end of the warehouse district in Wynwood, designed to cultivate and expand upon the character and culture of the existing Wynwood Arts District and contribute to the Overtown Community to the south. The SAP is a uniting force in which the multiple cultural identities of the former international free-trade zone can be expressed, resulting in an engaging aggregate of forms and textures.

A set of flexible uses will be the basis for building typologies designed to accommodate commercial, hotel, retail, industrial and manufacturing uses with live-work options. It will foster a naturally evolving urban composition in which artistic and creative innovation along with international trade can thrive. The concept is to invigorate the interests of South American and Asian business and trade within a neighborhood of arts and culture at the western end of the development. Mana Wynwood will serve as a nexus for traditional mom-and-pop shops, technical start-ups, creative class professionals, as well as media and technology hubs, and large retail establishments. Indoor and outdoor flex-space for exhibitions, civic engagement and entertainment will be integrated throughout the project.

Central to the plan is “Mana Commons,” a public square that will be activated by a diverse, finely-tuned mixture of buildings that will define its edges. This open space will contain both landscaped and hardscaped areas designed to support special events like Art Basel and the popular Wynwood Art Walk. Expansive underground parking and dispersed surface lots will create a more walkable, bicycle-friendly and lively district. The area will also include plazas for open-air retail, courtyards and pocket parks. Streets that were disconnected from the street grid when the warehouses were originally built will be woven back into the city fabric. Mana Wynwood’s new area plan also calls for the development of taller buildings near the edge of the I-95 Expressway to create a buffer zone between the elevated highway and the adjacent neighborhood.

Services: Master Planning, Visioning, Programming, Land Use Planning, F.A.R. Analysis and Modification, Existing Condition Assessments, Highest and Best Use/ Land Value Optimization Analysis, Growth Management and Smart Growth Initiatives, Land Development Regulations, Sustainable Design Guidelines, Market Based Solutions, Zoning Recommendations, Community Outreach, Streetscape Improvements, Architectural Concept Design