FYI Miami: April 9, 2015
DEADLINE EXTENSION: Ordinances up for votes Tuesday would extend the time two municipal advisory committees (MACs) get to study whether to incorporate targeted areas. The county’s Unincorporated Municipal Service Area Committee is to vote to extend time allotted to the Biscayne Gardens Area and to the North Central Dade MACs to finish work. The two MACs are nearing the end of their allotted 24 months. The Biscayne Gardens Area MAC is studying whether to incorporate the area south of the City of North Miami Beach and north of the City of North Miami, and the North Central Dade MAC is studying whether to incorporate the area east of the City of Hialeah, southwest of North Miami and west of Miami Shores. If the ordinances pass, the two MACs would stay in existence until the latter of two events: the county commission votes or defers a resolution calling for a referendum seeking incorporation; or a year after approval of the ordinances. The full commission has final say on the time extensions.
ALL ABOARD FLORIDA: All Aboard Florida representatives say the company is “actively marketing” the real estate space to rise as part of its downtown Miami station but the company hasn’t announced any prospective tenants yet. The downtown Miami station, known as MiamiCentral, is to include retail, office and residential space. Retailers have been interested in the station, according to a statement provided by CBRE, an international commercial real estate company that was selected to be the retail leasing agent for MiamiCentral. Blanca Commercial Real Estate, the office leasing agent for MiamiCentral, also didn’t release details about prospective tenants. All Aboard Florida hasn’t yet released information about its residential agent for MiamiCentral.
PUT YOUR CAR TO WORK: CarHopper is offering car owners a chance to make money from their underused vehicles by renting them to screened users. Interested parties in South Florida who own (or lease) a car can now pre-register their vehicles through a two-minute process on CarHopper’s website at www.carhopper.co. According to founder Bora Hamamcioglu, listing a vehicle with CarHopper is free and commercial insurance costs are covered. CarHopper will match drivers with listed cars through the CarHopper app, which is to launch in April. The app will also have a patent-pending feature to allow for walk-around inspections of the cars before and after they are rented.