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OF THE PEOPLE: Peoples Bank of Commerce
merged with Boston Bank of Commerce and Founders National Bank of
Los Angeles to create what principals say will become one of the
largest Black-owned banks in the country, with assets of more than
Peoples, with branches in Miami and Lauderdale
Lakes, is the only South Florida bank owned by African-Americans.
The merger is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. It
is structured as a stock-for-stock swap with the Boston bank being
the surviving entity, say spokesmen.
FILL 'ER UP: B.P. Amoco Oil Co. bought
a 60,000-square-foot parcel at Flagler Street and West 24th Avenue
for $1.204 million from Mainstream Partners to build a retail gas
facility. Larkin Schmidt Commercial was sole broker in the transaction.
CONTAINED SPACE: Codina Construction
broke ground on a new headquarters for All American Containers.
The 140,000-square-foot office and industrial building is in Beacon
Station at Gran Park in Medley. The company, distributors of glass,
plastic and metal containers, plans to move from its present quarters
at 11825 NW 100th Road late next year.
The Miami area continues to have the slowest employment growth rate
among the 20 largest cities in the state, according to September
2000 statistics just released from the Florida Agency for Workforce
Innovation. Miami's growth rate from September '99 to September
this year was 2.6%. In that time, 25,700 jobs were added. At 5.1%,
the Orlando area exhibited the highest growth among the areas included
in the report.
BAL HARBOUR BOOST: Bal Harbour Village
plans to market itself as a cultural tourism destination, says Councilman
Jim Boggess, with the aid of consultant Patricia Peretz, who brought
ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov to Hollywood Beach for a program
calledù"Ocean Dance 2000." Mr. Boggess said the program
will focus initially on Brazil.
Miami-Dade County will not have another scheduled commission meeting
until Nov. 14. The last meeting was held in the first week of October.
This latest hiatus comes after a summer-long break of vacationing
and campaigning for some. Last week newly elected and re-elected
commissioners gathered at Miami-Dade County Auditorium to be sworn
in for another term.
ARCHITECTURE WEEK: The Miami chapter
of the American Institute of Architects will host Architecture Week
2000 Nov. 1-12 in various locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
Highlights include a program about the construction of the soon-to-be-built
Dolphin Mall, historic tours of local sites and an architectural
photography competition. The event will feature lectures by architects,
including Kenneth Treister, Charles Correa and Emilio Ambasz, promoters
said. Details: (305) 448-7488.