All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service said Thursday it has received the first delivery of steel beams that will be used to build the company’s massive transportation hub and train station in downtown Miami.
Brightline said seven trucks delivered a total of 150 tons of structural steel beams over a two-day period. The beams will serve as the main structural element at the MiamiCentral station.
The structural steel was trucked to the site from Montana, Brightline said.
The 11-acre development in the heart of downtown Miami will include two sites: a nine-acre transportation hub in downtown Miami just east of the Miami-Dade County Hall, and a two-acre site in Historic Overtown, which will include retail, commercial and parking spaces. The station is set to open in mid-2017.
Last month, All Aboard released the first details about the planned “urban marketplace” set to open at the station.
The 50,000-square-foot marketplace, dubbed Central Fare, will feature a group of celebrity chefs including Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Richard Hales of Blackbrick Chinese, and Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers. Central Fare will feature six restaurants and more than 20 food and retail businesses.
In May, officials with MiamiCentral released the names of the two tenants set to anchor the development’s flagship office building. Ernst & Young LLP, which specializes in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, are set to move into the station’s office tower, officials said.
Meanwhile, work on the company’s trains continues. Siemens is building the locomotives and train cars at a facility in Sacramento, Calif.
Brightline plans to begin service between downtown Miami and downtown West Palm Beach in mid-2017. The rail line plans to extend service to Orlando International Airport.