FYI Miami: September 26, 2013
TAKING ZONING IN HAND: Targeting big project plans, Miami-Dade commissioners last week moved to take direct zoning control over the former Homestead Air Force Base, land surrounding ZooMiami, sites that could become film studios, and midsize and large office buildings and complexes. Legislation proposed by Dennis Moss that passed 8-0 on first reading says the commission is “uniquely qualified to determine whether a development project expands or enhances economic activity in the county.” The measure goes to a Land Use & Development Committee hearing Oct. 10. Two developers are seeking land at both ZooMiami and the former air base for large entertainment complexes, and others talk of using the former air base for film studies. Those sites are in Mr. Moss’s district. Office buildings in the measure would start at 125,000 square feet, smaller than many towers in office areas.
SHUTTLE JOB OK: Work can begin in January or February to replace the two-lane people mover that shuttles Miami International Airport passengers to eight gates in Terminal E’s satellite building that handle flights for Sky King and World Atlantic after the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 10-0 last week to approve the $87 million job. Part will be funded by a $12 million legal settlement in 2011 with former airport contractor Johnson Controls following a 2008 malfunction that injured seven people mover passengers. Beauchamp Construction Co. Inc. outbid two other firms for the job.
PAVING A RUNWAY: Miami International Airport’s diagonal runway, one of four at the airport, will be repaved after the first of the year for the first time in 20 years after county commissioners voted 7-0 last week to give a $46.4 million contract to Hialeah’s Community Asphalt Corp. for the job, which is to take about a year and a half. Work includes constructing both a cargo aircraft parking apron on eight acres where a post office building once stood and a taxi lane. The bulk of the costs – more than $29 million – come from the Federal Aviation Administration, with nearly $7 million also coming from the Florida Department of Transportation. The airport will pay more than $10 million.
HOME PRICES UP 13.7%: Annual gains in Miami single-family home prices of an average 13.7% outpaced the national gain of 12.4% for the 20 largest cities, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices through July released on Tuesday. The smallest gain was 3.5% in New York, the largest 27.5% in Las Vegas. The figures do not include condominium sale prices.