UM, county clash with mall owner over pedestrian bridge above U.S. 1
After several University of Miami students have been killed or seriously injured trying to cross busy U.S. 1 to get to popular retail spots on the other side, Miami-Dade County has finally approved building a Mediterranean-styled pedestrian bridge across the highway.
But the project has come to a standstill after the owner of the mall, University Centre, has refused to cooperate.
The county has offered the owner $1.85 million to compensate for the loss of five parking spaces needed to anchor the bridge across the street from the Metrorail station and the nearby UM. In addition, the county has offered the strip center owner 10 parking spaces at the Metrorail station across South Dixie Highway.
The mall owner has not budged.
Toby Brigham, an attorney representing the owner, said the placement of the overpass at that corner would block the mall’s visibility and its signage, hurting business.