Meet Allen Morris Park. It's a wee little pocket park on both sides of 10th Street right around the corner from the would-be Brickell Flatiron Park and all that drama. It won a Best of Miami award once. Now say goodbye. The City of Miami is orchestrating a land swap with Mallory Kauderer - the developer of architect Enrique Norten's Brickell Flatiron Building which is eventually being built on the Flatiron Park site - involving the south half of Allen Morris Park.
If approved by the Building & Zoning Board at their meeting this Wednesday, Kauderer will get this chunk of Allan Morris Park, which is next to his land, in exchange for the tippy tip of the triangular Flatiron site (it's called 'Flatiron' because it looks like this) that was too narrow for him to build much on anyways.
Overlaid on the original site plan for Brickell Flatiron, above, the red rectangle is Allen Morris Park and the red triangle is the area Kauderer will relinquish to the city. Notice the outline of the building.
Of course, after a point, Mallory's plans for Allen Morris Park are entirely speculative. In the original Brickell Flatiron plans Norten, having to work around the park, designed more landscaping around it, in effect making the park bigger. But Allan Morris Park, although small, is also in the ideal location to expand the tower, and it's supposed to be a spectacular tower. Norten doesn't design junk. Ergo, there goes the park in exchange for, well, as far as we can tell, a little bit more of a great building. Fair trade?
· Brickell Flatiron Park coverage [Curbed Miami]
· Best Downtown Oasis [New Times]