August 9, 2023
by Meg Daly
Developers of Miami’s LINK at Douglas Phase I make a multi-year $125,000 Gift to The Underline
Miami, Florida – August 9, 2023 – Friends of The Underline announces a $125,000 multi-year, Corporate Partner gift from the owners of Miami’s LINK at Douglas Phase I transit-oriented development, a joint venture between 13th Floor Investments, Adler Group and Lefrak. This Corporate Partner Program contribution will support ongoing operations, maintenance and programming for The Underline, Miami’s 10-mile urban trail, linear park and public art destination.
The Underline is the spine of Miami-Dade County’s future multimodal transit network, transforming the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a first-class public space offering opportunities for fitness, recreation, and cultural engagement. With 14,000 businesses, 250,000 residents, and numerous diverse communities along the 10-mile corridor, The Corporate Partner Program is one way for businesses that benefit from their proximity to The Underline to give back.
The Underline Corporate Partner Program provides vital funding to support the Underline’s first-class 24-hour management and maintenance services. Environmental sustainability and resiliency are core values of the project, with green infrastructure and native plantings as foundational components. Corporate Partner Program funding supports the ongoing maintenance and management of The Underline’s 120 acres of green space including 500,000 native plants and trees and green infrastructure supporting the environment, pollinators and stormwater mitigation.
13th Floor Investments, along with the Adler Group, is developing the LINK at Douglas, a 7-acre transit oriented, mixed-use community situated along The Underline at the Douglas Metrorail Station. The project’s first phase, which is now complete and open to the public, encompasses two residential towers with approximately 730 market-rate rental apartments, a brand-new Milam’s market, restaurants, retail, and more than $17 million in public infrastructure improvements, including a fully renovated Metrorail station and a public plaza that connects with a section of The Underline. 13th Floor Investments is now moving forward with plans for Link at Douglas’ second and final phase, an additional two residential towers with approximately 800 units, which is estimated to get underway in 2024.
The joint venture’s donation and continued involvement as a Corporate Partner demonstrates the business community’s active investment in the future success of The Underline.
Arnaud Karsenti, Managing Principal of 13th Floor Investments said, “The Underline linear park is one of the most exciting and transformative initiatives within Miami-Dade County. Taking truly underutilized land under the Metrorail guideway and creating high quality public open spaces for the community to exercise, connect and enjoy. The Underline serves as a shining example of the tremendous impact that public-private partnerships can have, showcasing how collaboration can enhance our cities and uplift the lives of our residents. We take immense pride in being part of this movement, as we build our section along our LINK at Douglas project and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the program.”
“We are so thankful to the consortium of developers at the LINK at Douglas for their 5 year philanthropic gift to The Underline’s Corporate Partner program. The Corporate Partner Program’s goal is to activate 10 miles of philanthropic support from the 14,000 businesses that benefit from being near The Underline.” Said Meg Daly, CEO and founder of Friends of The Underline. “The LINK at Douglas is the perfect partner! As a transit oriented development, they embrace the live, work, play model of sustainable development connected to mass transit, balanced with adjacency to public green space like The Underline. Thanks to 13th Floor Investment, Adler Group, LeFrak and the LINK at Douglas for this catalytic gift that will inspire additional investment along our 10 mile multimodal corridor and urban trail.”
About The Underline
The Underline is a 10-mile linear park and urban trail that runs beneath the Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South. The park is designed to create a vibrant public space that connects communities, promotes health and wellness, and encourages sustainable transportation. The Underline features a variety of amenities, including bike and pedestrian paths, exercise equipment, and public art. For more information about The Underline, please visit www.theunderline.org and @theunderlinemia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.