FYI Miami: April 16, 2015
COUNTY-CITY DEVELOPMENT: Miami-Dade County is looking to partner with the Miami Parking Authority to develop a multi-story parking lot with other unspecified uses in the Civic Center, where the county has contemplated adding court space. The county owns the 400-space lot at 1320 NW 12th St. but the city’s parking authority now operates it, charging $4 per hour to park with a maximum of $16 per day on weekdays. A county committee this week was to vote to ask Mayor Carlos Gimenez to identify development opportunities related to the site and negotiate a lease agreement with the city parking authority for joint development. The agreement would spell out whether there would be any development cost to the county and identify a revenue-sharing formula.
NO GOLDMAN DEAL: Optimism toward a public-private deal for a parking garage in the Wynwood Arts District has evaporated. After several months of talk about a deal being close between the Miami Parking Authority and Goldman Properties, the proposed partnership is “on hold,” according to Authority CEO Art Noriega. He told the Off-Street Parking Board it wouldn’t be seeing a proposed contract with Goldman after all. Mr. Noriega said the fact that the authority is a public agency limits its role in any potential public-private partnership. It is better to be conservative when it comes to finances, he noted, and the limitations on the authority “limited them [Goldman] in some ways, too” and the company decided to “rethink” a partnership on a parking facility, said Mr. Noriega.
TRI-RAIL EXPANSION: In the latest development with the push to expand Tri-Rail to downtown Miami, Tri-Rail’s operating agency plans to ask the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to contribute funds for the expansion. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority said it plans to ask the DDA to fund $1.1 million of the overall $69 million needed to build the infrastructure for Tri-Rail trains to stop in downtown Miami.
CONTINUED SERVICE: A few familiar faces were reappointed to City of Miami boards by city commissioners. The city commission reappointed Dr. Ernie Martin to the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board. Neil Hall was reappointed to the Urban Development Review Board. Timothy A. Barber was reappointed to the Historical and Environmental Preservation Board.