Gables Station is located on a narrow lot between US1 and Miami’s Metrorail at the northernmost entrance to Coral Gables.
The property’s principle intersections are Ponce de Leon Boulevard on the north end and the intersection where Grand Avenue and Le Jeune Road come together on the south end.
Gables Station runs along the US1 corridor of Coral Gables, the transit spine of the region. Now, with the new Underline and the additional amenities provided by Gables Station’s public space, US1 will be the recreational spine connecting Miami, Coral Gables, and further communities to the South.
The Underline is a project that will transform the 10-miles underneath the Miami Metrorail into a linear park and urban trail and is fully integrated into the design and vision of Gables Station.
Gables Station’s developer, NP International, will fund 1/2 a mile of the Underline to ensure that the section of the Underline that is integrated into the Gables Station’s design is executed to its full potential. NP International is doing their part to ensure the overall vision for the Underline is realized.
The additional green space that is created on the Gables Station lot, including the Gables Station Park, blends with the Underline to create the largest park in Coral Gables at 2.895 acres. This significant park improvement to the city will add 200 feet of green space to bookend the neighboring building and Gables Station. The design is a seamless and safe flow between the Underline and the many amenities of Gables Station; together it creates a new, walkable community surrounding the Underline.
At the Douglas Metrorail Station, just a few blocks down the street, a bike repair kiosk is available for the cycling community. A bit further down the path, close to the University of Miami is the Underline's UM Colonnade, which will be home to retail shops and restaurants for walkers, bikers, and Metrorail riders to enjoy. All that, and more, including public exercise facilities, lush tropical landscaping, and picnic spaces are just a short walk or a quick Metrorail ride away for residents and guests at Gables Station.
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Gables Station was built with accessibility to public transit in mind. The project is also connected to Coral Gables' downtown by the city’s free trolley system.
While there is ample parking provided between the combined on-site parking garage and the additional street parking, public transportation and transit alternatives make life without a car easy.
Gables Station was designed by Gensler and local architect Jorge Hernandez, the architect and professor behind the renovation of the Coral Gables Museum and Gables Station’s sister project, Paseo de la Riviera. The design team at Gensler helped bring Hernandez’s vision to life.
The building design is reminiscent of both classic Caribbean and Mediterranean design.
Divided into three buildings, Gables Station’s design is carefully composed to balance quality of life with the challenges of the property’s close proximity to the Metrorail. The result is a series of buildings that address the integration of the Metrorail and the Underline without sacrificing a peaceful residential and hotel space for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
Buildings 1 & 2:
Buildings 1 & 2 are residential buildings of the same design with a combined 450 units. On the ground floor, facing the Underline, is retail space of 19,000 square feet under Building 1 and 18,000 square feet of retail space under Building 2. Above the ground floor are five floors of parking in each building. U-shaped pool decks above the rail level overlook US1 and Coconut Grove's green canopy of trees.
Building 3 is a limited service, executive extended-stay hotel/residential product with 66 hotel rooms. A retail space of 68,000 square feet on the arcaded ground level will include a variety of lifestyle and wellness tenants. The hotel's back-of-house (including storage, cleaning facilities and kitchen) is adjacent to the Metrorail, minimizing noise for guests whose rooms live in the middle body of the building facing east towards US1 and Coconut Grove. Above the hotel rooms, there are three additional floors of residences.
Gables Station will have a total of 105,000 square feet of commercial space. This includes 10,000 square feet of restaurant space for walkers, bikers, joggers, residents, and visitors to enjoy lining the street plaza area (5,000 square feet in Building 2 and 5,000 square feet in Building 3).
There are approximately 1,000 garage parking spaces which live on five floors in Building 1 and five floors in Building 2. The abundance of parking is designed to be aesthetically pleasing from the outside view of the building through a clever and unique design featuring large screen-covered arches shielding a view of a large parking garage. The screened arches reference the architecture of great train stations like Penn Station, Union Station, and Grand Central Station while still staying consistent with the classic Coral Gables’ Mediterranean aesthetic.
Gables Station’s master design blends many historic elements of great international cities with the urbanism of a new modern city. The design looks to establish a blueprint for the future while incorporating the historic architectural elements of the past. The square and palm-lined median are traditional of European cities, but the overall design couldn’t be more modern. The traditional elements are integrated into the design and serve to further emphasize principles like public transit accessibility, walkability, sustainability, and mixed-use.
A large green median will be added to the west side of the Metrorail. This palm-lined median will complement the Underline and add a significant amount of green space that opens up the Underline. A fountain is strategically positioned just off the street and the Metrorail which will provide a pleasant, natural ambient sound to play over the trains and vehicles passing by.
The cafe-lined square is located between Buildings 2 and 3. The square is reminiscent of public spaces in Rome, Barcelona and Paris; it’s a place to eat, walk, gather with friends and enjoy the amenities of an urban neighborhood. It will serve as the focal point of the project and the Urban Living Room in Gables Station. The square is filled with signature palm trees, large shaded trees, and umbrella-covered seating for the cafes and eateries located along the perimeter. On the far side, a bridge and arcade, evocative of a train station and a Mediterranean aqueduct will connect Buildings 2 & 3 across the second floor.
The palm-lined median serves as the northern entrance to Coral Gables, following the established tradition of grand public entrances in other parts of the City Beautiful. Coral Gables has a 90-year tradition of city-making and Gables Station is a grand new entrance to the City Beautiful.