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Written by on July 4, 2002

TAYLOR-MADE MODIFICATIONS: Developer Harvey Taylor got a long-awaited victory last week when Miami commissioners approved plans for Coral Station at Brickell in West Brickell Village. In response to neighbors’ complaints, the developer reduced the residential tower by 10 floors to 28 stories. He also eliminates a hotel component and now has 365 residential units. New plans also eliminate 185 parking spaces and one story from the garage, making it less massive. Neighbors said they welcomed the changes. The project also includes an offices and retail space on the ground floor.

RESIDENTS BY THE RIVER: City of Miami commissioners last week gave preliminary approval to rezoning a parcel on the Miami River at 2415 NW 16th Street Road despite protests from marine-related business owners. Developer Jorge Muniz applied to change the land from marine industrial to residential use. Commissioners said they might change the ruling when they do a final vote. Mr. Muniz said he wants to build a $10 million condominium project with unit prices ranging from $74,000-$125,000. The 174-unit complex would sit on 2.5 acres.

BISCAYNE TOWER PUSH: L&B Realty Advisors, owners of the 38-story One Biscayne Tower, will reintroduce the site’s more than 619,000 square feet of downtown Miami office space through new agent Trammell Crow. Walter K. Robinson, Trammell Crow vice president, said he plans to re-educate the market about the building. Specifically, the firm wants to lease more than 98% of the building at 2 Biscayne Blvd. prior to the opening of new Brickell offices, including the 37-story Espirito Santo Plaza. One Biscayne Tower, home of the Bankers Club, is now 81% leased, according to Trammell Crow, which will be looking to attract accounting, law and brokerage firms and domestic and international banks. The first floor will remain retail.

MUSEUM FUNDS: The Miami Children’s Museum announced this week it reached 80% of a $22.45 million fundraising goal. The museum benefited from contributions from the Paresky family, $250,000; the Biscayne Bay Pilots, $150,000; the State of Florida $500,000; Miami Dade County Capital Developments Panel, $34,500, and individual and family donations from $18 to $50,000. The campaign is to help pay for a new $22.5 million building under construction on Watson Island. Details: (305) 305-442-4788

ETHICS LINE: The Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics has set up a hot line, (305) 579-9093, to accept reports of ethical misconduct involving county employees. Witness and whistle blowers can file complaints or leave anonymous tips regarding possible violations of the county’s conflict of interest and code of ethics ordinance. Typical ethics abuses could involve accepting and not reporting lavish gifts, awarding contracts to family or friends and hiring cronies over competent applicants. Robert Meyers, executive director of the commission, said of the 30,000 county employees, only seven reported receiving gifts valued over $25 in 2000.

AIR FREIGHT UP: Freight operations at Miami International Airport increased 4% in April over April 2001, with domestic tonnage jumping 73.5%, while international – the bulk of the airport’s freight business – tumbled 10%, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department reported this week. Nationally, the Air Transport Association released figures for May, a month ahead of the local numbers. They show scheduled airfreight traffic rose 0.8% compared to a year ago, with international volumes falling 1.8%.

PASSENGER NUMBERS: Meanwhile more than 2.48 million passengers used Miami International Airport in the month, down 15.6% from a year ago, while the number of flight operations – takeoffs and landings – slipped 8.5% to 37,758 or about 1,258 a day. International traffic was off 7.2% in the month compared to April 2001 and domestic traffic was down 14.2% in the month.

ACQUISITION: Morristown, NJ-based Edwards & Kelcey, announced acquisition of the engineering firm Kunde Sprecher & Associates, 10701 SW 88th St. Financial details were not released. Edwards & Kelcey CEO and Chair Kevin J. McMahon cited a strengthened presence in Florida and the Caribbean as the motivating factor.

ARGENTINE OFFICE: The law firm Steel Hector & Davis announced it has opened an office in Buenos Aires, adding six partners from the 45 year-old-firm Estudio Bunge. Buenos Aires represents the Steel Hector’s fifth office in Latin America, said Joseph P. Klock Jr., chairman and managing partner. "The political and financial situation in Argentina," he said, "is on the radar scope of every client who does business in Latin America. Our clients needed us on the scene."

PARKING BOARD: The International Parking Institute elected Art Noriega to its board of directors. Mr. Noriega is executive director of the Miami Parking Authority and a board member for Switchboard of Miami and the Volvo Ocean Race. The institute, founded in 1962, claims 1,500 members involved in the parking profession from 31 nations.

MEDICAL TIES ABROAD: Miami’s international health and medical links abroad will be the topic of Miami Today’s International Roundtable at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast July 11 in the 6th floor conference center at sponsoring Mercy Hospital, 3663 S Miami Ave. Panelists include Michael Carricarte, president & CEO of Amedex Insurance Co., and Nancy Valenzuela, director for international services with Mercy Hospital. The session is free but reservations are required. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.

OVERTOWN FUNDRAISER: Miami-Dade Community College and the St. John Community Development Corp. are holding a fundraising banquet, "Things are Cooking in Overtown", at 7:30 p.m. July 13 in Riverfront Hall, Hyatt Hotel, 400 SE Second Ave. The evening will start with a 6:30 p.m. silent auction of paintings by local artists, dinner for two at area restaurants and sports memorabilia. Cost is $40. Funds are to spur the revitalization of Overtown. Details: Cynthia Perry, (305) 372-0682.

UNITED INITIATIVE: United Way of Miami-Dade announced it is getting $213,750 of $1 million The Bank of America Foundation gave to support United Way Success By 6 initiatives in Florida. The grant is part of $10 million being contributed to 112 United Way outlets nationwide. Here, funds over two years will support "Quality Enhancement Initiatives" in 30 programs serving 2,400 children "to raise the quality of early care and education by assisting early childhood programs." The gift, said Harve A. Mogul, president & CEO of United Way Miami-Dade, "is unprecedented. As a result, children in every corner of our country will have a chance at a better and brighter tomorrow."

CYPRESS STATION: Cypress Creek Park & Ride Ltd. Partnerships won approval from Broward County to build a 12-acre, $150 million office-hotel complex and transit hub off Interstate 95 in northern Fort Lauderdale. Headed by Swerdlow Real Estate Group and the Florida Department of Transportation, the partnership expects final approval July 17 from the state as a development of regional impact. The project includes nearly 1 million square feet of office space, 300 hotel rooms, parking garage and an elevated pedestrian bridge to connect a Tri-Rail station with a Broward County bus terminal. A Swerdlow spokesman said the company is wooing major commercial tenants. The Florida Department of Transportation estimates income from the project to exceed $16.5 million in the first 25 years of the lease.

TOTALLY BRICKELL: Total Bank leased 4,830 square feet of office space at 1110 Brickell Ave. from 1110 Brickell Investors for 84 months. Codina broker Tere Blanca de Ulloa represented the tenant in the transaction. Americas Capital Partners, building owner and manager, represented itself.

INDUSTRIAL BEACON: DLM Ventures Inc. leased 6,180 square feet of industrial space at Beacon Centre, 8323 NW 12th St.

MEDICAL TIES ABROAD: Miami’s international health and medical links abroad will be the topic of Miami Today’s International Roundtable at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast July 11 in the 6th floor conference center at sponsoring Mercy Hospital, 3663 S Miami Ave. Panelists include Michael Carricarte, president & CEO of Amedex Insurance Co., and Nancy Valenzuela, director for international services with Mercy Hospital. The session is free but reservations are required. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.

AIRPORT SECURITY: Miami-Dade Aviation Director Angela Gittens appointed Miami-Dade Police Department Lt. Mark Forare assistant aviation director for security. Lt. Forare, who starts the job July 15, is to manage overall airport security operations and serve as liaison with the county’s police and Transportation Security Administration. County Manager Steve Shiver said Lt. Forare was chosen from a pool of local and national candidates. Ms Gittens said he is coming aboard at a time when airports are adapting to the federalization of passenger screening and preparing for the introduction of explosive device detection of checked bags.

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