Written by Miami Today on June 23, 2011
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1700 BISCAYNE: James Goldstein’s 1700 Biscayne Boulevard two-tower residential, hotel and retail project will be one tower larger should Miami commissioners today (6/23) approve a series of requested changes to its major use special permit. The series of requested changes to the mixed-used development include adding a third, 431,014-square-foot tower with 153 residential units, 216 hotel rooms and 100,051 square feet of office space. In addition, the developer hopes to increase total parking space from 1,369 to 1,507, up retail space from 140,281 square feet to 181,183 and change lobby space from 3,734 square feet to 4,638.
CITY CENTER: A major use special permit for Carlisle Development’s $53.3 million City Center workforce-housing project is to be voted on at today’s (6/23) Miami City Commission meeting. Located at 100 NW 12th St., Overtown, the development is to include two 27-story residential towers, a nine-story garage and street-level retail.
KEEPING IT IN THE COUNTY: Make room, Miami-Dade residents — new county workers may soon be forced to relocate inside the county line. The county commission Tuesday preliminarily approved an amendment to the county code to require that newly employed Miami-Dade workers either live in or sign a covenant stating that they will move to the county within 15 months. Any county employee who didn’t would be fired.
COMMISSION CONTROL: The Miami-Dade County commission voted Tuesday to require the new Financial Recovery Board to bring all proposed labor agreements with Jackson Health System unions to the commission for approval. A two-thirds commission vote would be required to disapprove or amend proposed agreements. The measure requires a second commission vote to take effect.
TRANSIT TIE-UP: Miami-Dade may need a $100 million bridge loan from Citibank to complete a Metrorail spur linking Miami International Airport to a new rental car center, but county commissioners Tuesday tore up their ticket to help. While the county planned to market $350 million in municipal bonds this summer for transit, finance officials were shy to open their books to bond rating agencies amidst ongoing investigations by the US Department of Transportation and an audit by the Federal Transit Administration and opted for short-term financing. But a commission tie vote Tuesday sidetracked the bridge loan unless two-thirds of the commission agrees to bring it back for discussion.
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