Written by Miami Today on April 11, 2013
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TRANSIT’S CLIMB: Driven by a soaring use in Metrorail, Miami-Dade’s transit use rose 4.5% in February, a county committee was to be told this week. Metrorail riders rose 11.2% from February 2012, the report from Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak said. Metromover use was also much higher, a 5.6% increase. But the biggest element of the transit system is buses, where use rose just 2.7% to more than 260,000 average weekday boardings. Metrorail averaged just under 75,000 a day for the month Ð by far the highest monthly usage since at least 2010. Metrmover boardings were just over 30,000 on the average February weekday.
ITALIAN RELATIONS: Miami is looking to host the ambassador of Italy here soon as a guest of the Mayor’s International Council, according to Mayor Tom‡s Regalado Ð and one of the things the mayor said he plans to discuss is the Miami-Milan fair. Milan, according to Mr. Regalado, wants to do a festival exchange to showcase its resources and products in Miami. The Italian city does its annual comprehensive fair in June and is hoping to bring the fair to Bayfront Park.
LIST IT, USE IT: The county plans to create a database of vacant industrial and commercial space in Miami-Dade to assist economic development groups in luring business to those sites. Commissioners voted 12-0 last week to ask the mayor’s office to inventory and analyze the vacant sites in Targeted Urban Areas, Enterprise Zones, Empowerment Zones and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas.
RETAIL CENTER SOLD: Dolphin Plaza, a 93,991-square-foot shopping community in Miami Gardens, has sold for $8.2 million. Jason N. Yukins, a senior associate in Marcus & Millichap’s Fort Lauderdale office, represented the buyer Ð business partners from Canada. The property at 17201-17237 NW 27th Ave. was 90% occupied at closing.
CAUSEWAY PARKING: A four-story, 400-space parking garage is cleared to rise on the Rickenbacker Causeway on Virginia Key. Miami-Dade commissioners last week gave the City of Miami the part of the land under county control. The city already controls the other piece of the site. The $8 million garage must be built within five years or the county has the right to take the land back. The land the county gave the city is now used for drainage and beautification landscaping. The garage would rise adjacent to the entrance to the Rusty Pelican restaurant, Rickenbacker Marina and Miami Marine Stadium.