Miami Today http://www.miamitodaynews.com The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:29:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Upgrade of 12-bridge Venetian Causeway? http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/upgrade-12-bridge-venetian-causeway/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/upgrade-12-bridge-venetian-causeway/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:07:58 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24674 Even before the summer accident in which a bus fell partially through and made a hole on a Venetian Causeway bridge deck, the Florida Department of Transportation had been looking into how to upgrade the causeway, a chain of 12 bridges that connect Miami with Miami Beach. The causeway has structural deficiencies such as cracks […]

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Even before the summer accident in which a bus fell partially through and made a hole on a Venetian Causeway bridge deck, the Florida Department of Transportation had been looking into how to upgrade the causeway, a chain of 12 bridges that connect Miami with Miami Beach.

The causeway has structural deficiencies such as cracks and corrosion. Indeed, six of the causeway’s westernmost bridges have a 2014 sufficiency rating of less than 50, a state threshold for repairs.

The state department of transportation is studying to what extent the causeway might be upgraded. Officials might recommend an entire replacement of at least some of the bridges or, as a milder alternative, reconstruction of the causeway to bring it up to modern standards.

The latter alternative would basically “make sure the bridges stand up to how we would design the bridges today,” said Dat Huynh, project manager at the state transportation department.

For example, the sidewalks now are four feet wide. Rehabilitation would bring them up to five feet by reducing the vehicles lane by a foot.

Any recommendation to do upgrades on the causeway would come after public input from nearby residents and stakeholders.

Before work begins, the community would probably heavily scrutinize a construction alternative. That’s because the causeway has historic designation and too much reconstruction might remove the elements that qualified the causeway as historic.

“From my understanding, everyone likes to see the bridges look the same,” Mr. Huynh said. “But the look and the historic designation are two different things. Just because the bridge looks the same, it may not still meet the eligibility for its historic designation, because other characteristics may have changed or a majority of the bridge may have changed.”

In 1989, the Venetian Causeway was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1926, the Venetian is Florida’s oldest causeway.

Some of its historic characteristics include the arched form of the superstructure, the railings and the light poles.

According to the National Register of Historic Places, an owner of a historically designated structure may do as he wishes with the structure as long as no federal money is used.

Mr. Huynh said that if future work is done on the causeway, federal money might be requested. In that case, the federal government says that an Advisory Council on Historic Preservation would have to comment on the work planned for the Venetian Causeway.

Records indicate that any construction alternatives explored for the causeway’s rehabilitation – the milder alternative as opposed to complete reconstruction – are to be done so as to maintain the causeway’s spot in the National Register.

However, if officials decide to entirely replace bridges on the causeway, then the structure probably will lose its historic designation.

Mr. Huynh pointed out that bridges in Miami have in the past been repaired to an extent where they’ve lost a historic designation.

“The Southwest First Street bridge, that was historic but after it was replaced, it’s no longer on the national register,” he said.

In evaluating alternatives for the Venetian Causeway, the state department of transportation is trying to pinpoint those that would have minimal impact on marine life.

The department might also recommend a ‘no-build’ alternative, which means no repairs will be done on the causeway except for annual maintenance that’s already being done, Mr. Huynh said. That includes maintenance of the machinery that opens and shuts the bascules, a paint job and patching up the concrete.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Project Development and Environment study costs $2.8 million, half of which is funded by Miami-Dade County and the other half by a grant to the county.

Miami-Dade has jurisdiction over the causeway but the state is doing the study because the state would have the potential to facilitate federal funding for causeway construction in the future.

As for the summer accident where the bus made a hole on the westernmost bridge deck of the causeway, the damage has been patched – at least for now.

“The county put metal plates on top of the deck because of the bus that fell through. They just put a temporary fix right now,” Mr. Huynh said. “They are planning to look at a design-build contract to look for replacement of that westernmost section.”

Details: http://www.fdotmiamidade.com/venetianbridgestudy

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Expo center success rides on transit use http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/expo-center-success-rides-transit-use/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/expo-center-success-rides-transit-use/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:43 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24679 The mass transit system in Miami might not be at the level of other growing cities but one new major project downtown will be relying heavily on that system, say the developers. Miami World Expo Center, a planned $600 million hotel and convention center, gained city commission approval Oct. 9 as a Regional Activity Complex. […]

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The mass transit system in Miami might not be at the level of other growing cities but one new major project downtown will be relying heavily on that system, say the developers.

Miami World Expo Center, a planned $600 million hotel and convention center, gained city commission approval Oct. 9 as a Regional Activity Complex.

The zoning code was recently amended to add design standards for these large developments, and their impact on traffic and transportation is addressed in the language of the resolution.

The city’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan allows for Regional Activity Complexes to “facilitate mixed-use development, encourage mass transit, reduce the need for automobile travel, provide incentives for quality development and give definition to the urban form,” reads the resolution.

The Expo Center, with its 1,800-room Marriott Hotel and more than 350,000 square feet of exhibition space, is to rise on the 4.7-acre site of the former Miami Arena at 700 N Miami Ave. and 700 NW First Ave.

It is sandwiched between two proposed mega projects: Miami Worldcenter, a plan to redevelop nearly 10 blocks of Park West into a residential and retail neighborhood, and All Aboard Florida with its plans for rapid passenger rail service.

The western boundary of the site abuts the existing Metrorail, and the northern end of All Aboard Florida’s proposed central rail station on Northwest First Avenue between Northwest Sixth and Eighth streets. The expo site is about two blocks from a Metromover station.

Because it’s so near mass transit, the developers are able to request a reduction in the number of parking spaces required for the expo center.

A letter to the city detailing requested waivers says a waiver to reduce required parking by 30% “is justified as a result of the limited space available on the site, the nature of [the] Expo Center’s occupancy, and by the property’s proximity to public transportation. The applicant anticipates that a sizable portion of the [center’s] visitors will be out-of-town guests. Given that many will be visiting for the purpose of attending an onsite convention, only a fraction of those guests will arrive by rental car.

“Given the property’s proximity to the existing Overtown/Area Metrorail Station and the future Miami Station for All Aboard Florida, a sizable number of local and regional visitors to the Expo Center are also likely to forego parking in the building’s garage in favor of public transit,” the letter says.

At recent meetings, representatives of Expo Center developers have noted how perfect the large vacant lot is.

The location next to rail service, and a proposed retail and entertainment venue, is synergy at work, said representative Tony Recio.

Architect Bruce Brosch, of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates Inc., said the convention center will have easy access from I-95 and I-395 nearby, and “serendipitously for us” the parcel’s next door neighbor is All Aboard Florida.

“We see a seamless connection,” Mr. Brosch told city commissioners last week. The connection made to public transit is a significant component to the project, he said.

“Guests arriving by mass transit will be integral to our success,” he said.

Mr. Recio then spoke of a scenario in which a convention-goer flies into Miami International Airport and instead of renting a car hops on Metrorail and “is in our door within 30 minutes.”

A staff analysis of Miami World Expo Center reads: “The subject property, former site of the Miami Arena, is one of the largest properties in the downtown area that is already configured for major civic use and easily accessible by pedestrian, mass transit, and vehicles due to its wide sidewalks, proximity to a major rail transportation corridor, and proximity to major highways.”

In addition, the analysis notes: “The site is ideal for this type of large scale use because it does not require altering the city grid or network of roads.”

Javier Betancourt, deputy director of the Downtown Development Authority, told commissioners the development authority strongly supports the Expo Center, saying a convention center of this nature has been a top priority of the authority for years.

The Expo Center is expected to support business for all downtown hotels, and create thousands of new jobs, said Mr. Betancourt.

Miami World Expo Center will create more than 5,500 construction jobs over 36 months, said Mr. Recio, and when opened will create 5,400 permanent jobs.

P&G Investors LLC and its related MDM Development Group plan to begin the project this year, with an eye toward a December 2017 opening.

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On runway: $3.1 billion air terminal remake http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/runway-3-1-billion-air-terminal-remake/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/runway-3-1-billion-air-terminal-remake/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:02:22 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24677 There’s strong consensus in the Miami-Dade Aviation Department that the airport’s Central Terminal needs re-development to bring it into parity with the new North and South terminals, given that parts have remained unchanged since its construction 50 years ago. The Central Terminal has been the most neglected section of Miami International Airport, said Aviation Planning […]

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There’s strong consensus in the Miami-Dade Aviation Department that the airport’s Central Terminal needs re-development to bring it into parity with the new North and South terminals, given that parts have remained unchanged since its construction 50 years ago.

The Central Terminal has been the most neglected section of Miami International Airport, said Aviation Planning Division Director José A. Ramos. “It’s old and tired with maintenance costs compounding,” he said.

Mr. Ramos said multiple studies over the years stress the terminal – which encompasses concourses E, E-Satellite, F and G – must be brought in line with the modern and efficient facilities the North and South terminals now provide to accommodate the airport’s ever-growing use.

Based on discussions with the airlines about their needs, he said his department plans to begin construction in 2020 with an expected completion in 2032, providing it is financially viable and does not interrupt the smooth operation of the airport.

In fact, Mr. Ramos said, one of the biggest challenges of the project is precise phasing of the work so that there is no interruption in operational flow. “The Central Terminal is the heart of the airport with a lot of infrastructure and many things going through it,” he said.

“We will apply lessons learned from work done on the North and South terminals,” he said. “We are looking to shut down sections at a time and build from scratch.”

The plan now is sequencing with 13 phases, with the entire project expected to last about 12 years, if undertaken sequentially and without interruption, Mr. Ramos said.

“The airlines and our department recommend a ‘south to north’ implementation and phasing plan due to the greater aircraft gate capacity and least impacts to operations that it offers during the overall sequencing,” Mr. Ramos said. “This implementation phasing also helps in replacing the oldest Central Terminal facilities, such as Concourse G, early in the redevelopment program.”

The overall estimated construction cost of the future Central Terminal (excluding other terminal improvements such as concessions and replacing the hotel in Concourse E) is $3.1 billion. That’s the estimate based on 2012 dollars, Mr. Ramos said, and it’s highly likely to change five years from now.

“Right now we intend to fund the Central Terminal project with a mix of federal and state grants, passenger facilities charges and bond funds,” he said. “A phased approach allows us to assess affordability and need before beginning each phase. If there are impediments to continuing (such as economic changes and unforeseen occurrences uncovered during construction) the project will be paused until conditions change.”

He said the redevelopment objectives of the Central Terminal Program are to improve airside aircraft circulation conditions, including dual taxilane systems and new large aircraft taxiing capability (coming and going of aircraft); increase aircraft gate capabilities for accommodating a growing modern jumbo fleet such as the newer Boeing B787 or Airbus A350; offer terminal-wide (domestic/international) swing gate capability (a circulation core that works for both domestic and international passengers); provide unsecure, secure (post-security checkpoints) and sterile (international arrivals) connectivity between the North, Central and South terminals for a unified terminal; improve taxiway compatibility of Taxiway P for new large aircraft such as the A380-800; and create a multi-phase terminal concept that includes possible stopping points during its construction (so that work done to date is usable, even if work has to halt due to an unforeseen impediment).

It’s five years before construction is expected to start so, moving forward, the aviation department will be doing further studies and gathering more details, Mr. Ramos said.

“Right now, we have a basic programming document that lays out the concept,” he said. “As the project is further refined during subsequent design phases, additional phasing milestones will be identified. It is always our intent to reduce impacts to operations as much as possible.”

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County may create film incentives http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/county-may-create-film-incentives/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/county-may-create-film-incentives/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24671 Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Port Committee is to consider today (10/16) whether the county should fund its own film incentive program, in light of the State of Florida’s failure to add to its incentive program for the past two years. A supporting memo notes that “in recent years, numerous film, television, commercial music video […]

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Miami-Dade County’s Economic Development and Port Committee is to consider today (10/16) whether the county should fund its own film incentive program, in light of the State of Florida’s failure to add to its incentive program for the past two years.

A supporting memo notes that “in recent years, numerous film, television, commercial music video and still shoot productions have showcased Miami-Dade County to the world,” and that 1,000 television commercials have been issued permits to film in Miami-Dade County since Oct. 1, 2012, including commercials for Nike, Fiat, Porsche and Lamborghini.

It further notes that the industry supports 2,400 motion picture, video and support businesses, 214 production companies, 18 sound stages, 126 post-production companies, more than 30 cable networks, in excess of 200 advertising agencies, 20 recording studios, and a telenovella production and distribution center.

Since the legislature’s inaction on the incentive program, direct spending by the entertainment industry has decreased more than 50%, and document says.

In 2010, a Jobs for Florida bill designated $242 million over five years for tax credits for film studios and other production companies. By March 2011, $227 million of the credits had been committed, with the majority going to so-called high impact television shows like “Magic City,” “The Glades” and “Burn Notice.”

The state’s film incentives come in the form of tax credits based on the scope of the production, number of local people hired, the season in which filming occurs and several other variables. The credits can be sold at the end of the term if the production doesn’t need the equivalent tax relief.

Forty states offer incentives, and some of their programs – particularly those in Louisiana, North Carolina and Georgia – are well-funded and aggressive. Other countries throughout the Americas also offer film incentives.

If the Economic Development and Port Committee approves, the measure will go to the county commission next month. It directs the mayor or his designee to prepare a report on the feasibility of a home-grown incentive program, to identify what other counties are doing, and to set forth a plan for devising such a program, if it is warranted.

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I-395 bridge funded for 2018 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/395-bridge-funded-2018/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/395-bridge-funded-2018/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24682 Major improvements to I-395, including a new signature bridge, are funded for 2018 and preliminary design work continues with an eye toward a January 2015 design completion date, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. In addition, designers and engineers with the state transportation department have narrowed design options for the bridge from four to […]

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Major improvements to I-395, including a new signature bridge, are funded for 2018 and preliminary design work continues with an eye toward a January 2015 design completion date, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

In addition, designers and engineers with the state transportation department have narrowed design options for the bridge from four to two alternatives: Lotus and Wishbone.

“The design has not yet been chosen,” said Tasha Cunningham, spokesperson for the transportation department. “The department is working with the Aesthetic Steering Committee. At this time, both the Wishbone and Lotus designs are being considered.”

Twenty years in the making, Miami city leaders had to fight to get the I-395 project back on track. City commissioners in July announced an agreement with the state for reconstruction of Interstate 395 that calls for a new “signature” bridge near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The project has an estimated construction cost of $500 million to $600 million, in present day dollars, depending on selected structural design.

The reconstruction involves some 1.4 miles of roadway.

The project goes far beyond construction of a new bridge, with a goal of opening up the vistas near the arts center and Museum Park. Maps show the roadway improvements occurring in three zones or segments, from where it joins I-95 on the west and the start of the MacArthur Causeway over Biscayne Bay on the east.

“Preliminary design will be complete by January 2015,” said Ms. Cunningham. “Construction is currently funded beginning in 2018 as a Design/Build/Finance project.”

A fact sheet on the project shows proposed improvements include:

  • Building new elevated ramps (one eastbound, one westbound) that will directly link I-95 and I-395.
  • Improving roadway design, including updating the alignment and upgrading the roadway surface.
  • Creating a visually appealing bridge.
  • Building taller structures that will improve the visual quality of the bridge.

Safety and increased capacity are part of the need for the project, state and local officials agree.

The transportation department said project objectives include increased capacity to prevent existing and future traffic congestion and to improve safety by alleviating existing deficiencies.

Design goals include opening and brightening the environments along city streets that run under the expressway like Biscayne Boulevard, Northwest 13th Street, 14th Street, Northeast First Avenue, North Miami Avenue and others.

Critics of the current low and dense overpass connecting the I-395 lanes to the MacArthur Causeway are plentiful. They argue that the freeway splits the city and that patrons of the arts center at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. are often afraid or intimidated by the low overpass and discouraged to venture southward to the developing area that contains the new waterfront art museum and the city’s new Museum Park.

Earlier this year the transportation department’s Aesthetic Steering Committee reviewed preliminary plans and renderings showing lighted and landscaped areas beneath an improved I-395, with new wide walkways and bike paths.

It is hoped the new bridge won’t shadow the arts center and divide the downtown from Omni, Edgewater and beyond.

The freeway to be rebuilt is part of State Road 836 (SR 836), locally known as the Dolphin Expressway. The portion between I-95 and the causeway is designated as I-395 and takes traffic to and from Watson Island and Miami Beach.

The redesign of I-395 and the bridge have been planned since 1992, but the project was halted in 1994 by the Clinton Administration. Ten years later it seemed back on track, only to fade away again.

In April 2013, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff filed a lawsuit against the transportation department accusing the state of not following through on a promise to build “a transformative signature bridge” as part of I-395 improvements.

In September 2013 the mayor and Mr. Sarnoff reported that they’d agreed to set aside the suit and negotiate a settlement, and in November Gov. Rick Scott announced an agreement with the city in which the state will put up $600 million to rebuild I-395, including a “signature bridge.”

In July, Miami commissioners approved a roadway transfer agreement and easements with the state to accommodate the rebuilding of I-395, including “a new, visually appealing signature bridge with higher structures.”

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Dramatic summer tourism rise http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/dramatic-summer-tourism-rise/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/dramatic-summer-tourism-rise/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24667 Summer is often called the “slow season” for Miami tourism, but double-digit gains in tourist-related tax collections paint a different picture: a dramatic turnaround to summer growth in tourists and hotels hiring instead of laying off. In August, nearly $4.9 million in convention development taxes countywide reflected a 13.2% gain over August 2013. Hotel food […]

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Summer is often called the “slow season” for Miami tourism, but double-digit gains in tourist-related tax collections paint a different picture: a dramatic turnaround to summer growth in tourists and hotels hiring instead of laying off.

In August, nearly $4.9 million in convention development taxes countywide reflected a 13.2% gain over August 2013. Hotel food and beverage tax and tourist development tax collections also soared, by 21.9% and 10.9% respectively.

While the countywide convention tax funds large area construction projects, food and beverage and tourist development tax collections exclude Miami Beach, Bal Harbour and Surfside.

For an area that has historically struggled with seasonality, double-digit increases in collections mark a strong and growing industry.

The increases can be attributed to local marketing like Miami Spice restaurant discounts, international visitors who stay during the summer, increases in total visitors, and a healthy economy. When tourists spend, tax collections rise.

“It’s important to take us back in time to many, many years ago when Miami was relatively sleepy during the summer,” said Rolando Aedo, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. At that time, hotels laid off staff during the summer as tourism slowed.

But a cumulative effort by the bureau, local governments and others in the industry have made an impact in flattening tourism’s seasonality, and these tax-collection increases in August reflect those efforts.

Each summer keeps getting better, Mr. Aedo said. Every year the buzz line is the top performing summer in history, but what that reflects is continued performance year to year.

“Some would think that August is the slower time, but the numbers show otherwise when you take them into consideration,” he said.

With a 21.9% increase, food and beverage taxes had the biggest rise, perhaps partly due to programs like Miami Spice, the bureau’s August and September dining promotion.

“Miami Spice restaurant month was specially designed to drive incremental traffic to restaurants. We can’t take full credit, though,” Mr. Aedo said.

Of the three tourist-related taxes, the convention development taxes reflect not just the overall health of the county’s economy but can scale up to mirror the national economy as well.

Head back to August 2008 – $3.2 million in convention development taxes were collected, Mr. Aedo said. Following the market crash later in 2008, August 2009 reflected a less-than-healthy economy with only $2.7 million collected. Recovery began by August 2010 with $2.9 million, followed by a significant jump in August 2011 with $3.7 million, a number that stayed consistent in August 2012.

Another significant jump in August 2013 to $4.3 million was followed by this August’s $4.9 million.

“The turnaround is dramatic,” Mr. Aedo said. The increases in collected taxes tell a story of a strong tourism industry, but there are other markers of health. While hotel employees used to be laid off, Mr Aedo said, this August some hotel brands continued to hire.

 

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Filming in Miami: October 16, 2014 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/filming-miami-october-16-2014/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/filming-miami-october-16-2014/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24663 These film permits were issued last week by the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, (305) 375-3288; the Miami Mayor’s Office of Film, Arts & Entertainment, (305) 860-3823; and the Miami Beach Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment-Film and Print Division, (305) 673-7070.  SOUTH BEACH TOW PRODUCTIONS INC. LA. South Beach Tow. Miami […]

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These film permits were issued last week by the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, (305) 375-3288; the Miami Mayor’s Office of Film, Arts & Entertainment, (305) 860-3823; and the Miami Beach Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment-Film and Print Division, (305) 673-7070. 

SOUTH BEACH TOW PRODUCTIONS INC. LA. South Beach Tow. Miami Beach citywide.

VENEVISION PRODUCTIONS LLC. Miami. Ruta 35. South Florida Evaluation Center.

PINATUBO INC. NY. Marianela’s Best Florida Beaches. Miami Beach citywide.

OPTOMEN PRODUCTIONS. NY. Mysteries at the Museum. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

TELEMUNDO OF FLORIDA. Miramar. The Morgue. Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.

FLAMA MEDIA NETWORK LLC. NY. Left Unattended. Miami Beach citywide.

INLINE PHOTOGRAPHY. Miami Gardens. Stills for Inline Photography. Crandon Park Beach, Crandon Park Gardens, Miami Beach citywide, Unincorporated Miami-Dade County.

N HOUSE PRODUCTIONS. Miami. Stills for Next. Countywide.

FIRST SHOT PRODUCTIONS. California. Stills for Athleta. Crandon Park Beach.

PRO ONE PRODUCTIONS INC. Miami Beach. Stills for Fashion 2. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

DAVID SEGUI PRODUCTION SERVICES. Miami Beach. Stills for Next Directory. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

MARKUS MUELLER PRODUCTIONS. Miami Beach. Stills for Bn Prix. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

THE PRODUCTION FACTORY LLC. Miami Beach. Stills for House of Fraser. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

MARKUS MUELLER PRODUCTIONS. Miami Beach. Stills for Bon Prix. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

SELECT SERVICES INC. Miami. Stills for Bon Prix. Countywide, Miami Beach citywide.

GO SCOUT INC. Miami Beach. Stills for Roamans catalog. Haulover Beach Park, Miami Beach citywide, Miami Beach residential.

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Plated to ship ready-to-cook meals from Miami Lakes http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/plated-ship-ready-cook-meals-miami-lakes/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/plated-ship-ready-cook-meals-miami-lakes/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24686 Plated, a company selling ready-to-cook gourmet meals, says it will open a fulfillment center in Miami Lakes early next year. DineInFresh, doing business as Plated, recently signed a five-year, 19,796-square-foot industrial lease at 13964 NW 60th Ave. Plated retails chef-designed recipes and ingredients by subscription in about 90% of the continental US, said spokesperson Sonya […]

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Plated, a company selling ready-to-cook gourmet meals, says it will open a fulfillment center in Miami Lakes early next year.

DineInFresh, doing business as Plated, recently signed a five-year, 19,796-square-foot industrial lease at 13964 NW 60th Ave.

Plated retails chef-designed recipes and ingredients by subscription in about 90% of the continental US, said spokesperson Sonya Safro, though users have the option to pause the subscription at any time.

After customers choose from an online menu offering meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, Plated delivers all the ingredients for the meal in the proportions the recipe requires, plus illustrated directions, in biodegradable, insulated packaging.

There’s a minimum order requirement of four plates per month; each menu item serves a minimum of two plates.

“Our mission,” Ms. Safro said, “is to get people eating better, cooking better and living better. Without the hassle of meal-planning and shopping, they can prepare healthy, delicious dinners much more quickly.”

Plated, she said, is also interested in sustainability; providing consumers with the exact proportions of ingredients needed reduces waste to under 1%.

“Waste in traditional grocery stores is usually quoted at 30%-50%,” Ms. Safro said.

Launched in New York in 2012 by Nick Taranto and Josh Hix, Harvard Business School grads tired of subsisting on take-out after working long hours on Wall Street, Plated now ships hundreds of thousands of meals each month, Ms. Safro said.

The Miami Lakes facility will be the company’s fourth, after South Bronx, Oakland and Chicago.

Rob Code, Plated’s vice president of operations, said the new fulfillment center will serve Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina.

“We built a fairly substantial base in the area out of our South Bronx facility,” he said. “It proved to be a good market for us. Obviously, since we deliver food, it’s important to be as close to the customer as possible.”

Plated was represented in the lease transaction by the team of Lucia Custer and Gabriel Garcia-Menocal, executive directors of the Industrial Brokerage Services at NAI Miami, which specializes in tenant representation.

“They needed a lot of parking, easy access to main thoroughfares and the ability to put in cooling systems,” Ms. Custer said. “As tenant reps, we also stressed the importance of having a landlord with a lot of product in the area to give them more flexibility. They are in a growing mode.”

Originally, she said, Plated was looking for 5,000-7,000 square feet; that requirement grew to more than 19,000 by the time the deal was inked.

The Miami Lakes facility is owned by The Graham Cos., Miami Lakes’ largest landlord.

Mr. Code said he hopes the new fulfillment center will add some 50 local jobs by the end of next year.

“It will depend upon demand,” he said. “All of our labor is local. One of our core values is to invest in the communities we are in. We look for good team players who can follow direction and have good attention to detail.”

The Miami Lakes center, he said, could eventually mean more menu options for the service area.

“We use local fish, meat and produce where possible,” Mr. Code said. “As part of our expansion strategy, we hope to have the capability of customizing our menus to local areas.”

Details: www.plated.com

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Profile: Brian Alonso http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/profile-brian-alonso/ http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2014/10/15/profile-brian-alonso/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=24658 In a city often characterized as very young, certain anchors act as reminders of Miami’s durability, resilience and adaptability. Flagler Street is one of those iconic areas that call back to the beginning of modern Miami, and it’s local family businesses like La Epoca Department Store that help tie the city to its history. La […]

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In a city often characterized as very young, certain anchors act as reminders of Miami’s durability, resilience and adaptability. Flagler Street is one of those iconic areas that call back to the beginning of modern Miami, and it’s local family businesses like La Epoca Department Store that help tie the city to its history.

La Epoca was first purchased by the Alonso family in Havana in 1927, and 38 years later the department store made its Miami debut in the DuPont building a block off Flagler Street. 

Today, the store resides at 200 E Flagler St. in the historic Walgreens building and the company is helmed by two brothers, Brian and Randy Alonso, and their uncle Pepe. They are working to bring not just the store but Flagler Street itself up to date while still maintaining a strong relationship with the area’s history. 

In August, the brothers opened Lost Boy Dry Goods, a premium denim store down the street from the family’s flagship space with the hope of attracting a mix of hip locals and tourists to the Americana-themed space.

Brian Alonso is also chair of the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s Flagler Street Taskforce and has been integral to the Flagler Streetscape project, a plan to revitalize the street and transform it into a pedestrian-friendly promenade. The project secured funding in the summer and is expected to break ground early next year.

Miami Today Reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Alonso at Lost Boy Dry Goods.

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