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When it comes to out of the box thinking the award goes to a Miami Design Firm known as Plusurbia. I am not referring to just any awards either. Plusurbia was honored at the Florida APA Conference for its work on the projects Little Havana Revitalization Master Plan and Coconut Grove Master Implementation Plan. Juan Mullerat owner of Plusurbia is responsible for many changes to come to the Little Havana area. Plusurbia is an exclusive local planning studio for partnership that will preserve the authenticity of Little Havana while creating design guidelines for proper growth and development as well as setting the stage for zoning recommendations.

The unprecedented project is in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which named Little Havana a “National Treasure.” The effort will also focus on healthy urban living, a goal of project partner Live Healthy Little Havana. Dade Heritage Trust also is a partner in this initiative to retain character, density, scale and affordability in Little Havana.

This is an outgrowth of Plusurbia’s advocacy for a complete streets approach to the pending FDOT redesign of the Calle Ocho corridor (SW 7 and SW 8 streets between SW 27 and Brickell avenue). Images were created of a 21st century Calle Ocho with multimodal transportation alternatives such as dedicated bike and transit lanes, comfortable wide sidewalks and additional safe crosswalks in a vibrant urban setting.

They share this honor with everyone involved without whom this would not have been possible.

 National Trust for Historic Preservation

 Perkins and Will

Cesar Garcia-Pons

W Thomas

Tom Lavash

Health Foundation of South Florida

Dade Heritage Trust 

Urban Health Partnerships 

Live Healthy Little Havana

Coconut Grove Business Improvement District 

Francis X. Suarez 

Eileen Higgins 

Ken Russell 

Urban Impact Lab 

City of Miami

Congratulations to you and your team Juan. We greatly appreciate all you and your team have done and continue to do on behalf of the Calle Ocho News team.

Rosi Rosell

Editor in Chief