FYI Miami: August 21, 2014
Written by Miami Today on August 20, 2014
NO MORE PLAYING AROUND: The Coconut Grove Village Council is hosting a public meeting to discuss an alternative plan for the Coconut Grove Playhouse on Friday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive. Miami-Dade County is working on renovating the once-robust theater that closed in 2006. The county is in the process of choosing an architect to design the project and recommend what should be built on the site with $20 million the county has slated for it. Recently, however, a new proposal for the historic playhouse emerged that calls for it being run by the Adrienne Arsht Center, which proposes spending $45 million to tear down the building and rebuild the façade, have two theaters one with 300 seats and the other seating up to 900 and a multi-story garage. (See “Script has yet to be written,” pg. 18)
ETHICS BACKS LOBBYING BAN: The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust has endorsed a proposed ordinance to extend a lobbying ban from two to four years. The ordinance says former county employees, elected officials and aides can’t lobby their former employer Miami-Dade County for four years after leaving. Currently, they must wait two years. Lobbyists push for county contracts on behalf of the private sector. Commissioner Lynda Bell sponsored the initiative. The county commission tentatively approved the ordinance and is to hold a hearing on the proposed change during a committee meeting Aug. 27.
DADELAND AREA SALE: The sale of 127,240-square-foot shopping center Downtown Dadeland to a joint venture from Boca Raton has closed for $38.9 million. The center is on 7.5 acres across from Dadeland Mall. Downtown Dadeland Retail LLC sold the property, completed in 2009, to Duncan Hillsley Capital LLC, a commercial real estate investment company, and Pebb Capital, a real estate private equity firm formed this year by Todd Rosenberg and Jeff Rosenberg. HFF marketed the property for the seller.
KEY CONTRACT: Miami commissioners on Sept. 11 are to consider a deal to let Nicholson Construction Co. use about 1.15 acres of city-owned property on Virginia Key at 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway. The firm would use the site for work associated with the Norris Cut Tunnel Project, including equipment transport, personnel access and egress, clean fill stockpiling, materials handling and barge loading and unloading. In return, the company is to renovate the area at a $277,000 estimated value. It’s to remove the dock, remove and replace the cap beam, improve landscaping, and furnish and haul clean fill to chosen sites within a 10-mile radius.