FYI Miami: August 27, 2015
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METROMOVER MOVING: The Eighth Street Metromover station, which shut down a year ago to be integrated into Swire Properties Inc.’s Brickell City Centre, is in final stages of construction, said Karla Damien, public information officer for Miami-Dade County Transit. She said the station is scheduled to reopen in late September or early October. Enhancements include new escalators, a new elevator, a third-level open-space connecting walkway to Brickell City Centre, new stairs, improved landscaping and platform amenities, such as new signage, a new public-announcement system and new surveillance cameras, she wrote in an email. Although the county transit department operates Metromover, the project is primarily Swire’s. The company said it did not have an update available.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: A sign maker is setting up shop in a public garage downtown. The city’s Off-Street Parking Board has approved a lease with DR Signs Express LLC (d/b/a FASTSIGNS of Miami). The company is leasing 1,547 square feet on the ground floor in the Miami Parking Authority’s Courthouse Center Garage at 40 NW Third St. The five-year lease will have one five-year renewal, starting with a base annual rate of $38,675 or $25 per square foot with a 3% annual increase. The authority will reimburse the tenant $32.50 per square foot ($50,277.50) in exchange for the tenant making required improvements to the space. Opened in 2010, the multi-level garage has upper and lower office space and some ground floor retail. The largest office user is the parking agency, with about 10,000 square feet on the top floor. A law firm has part of the 11th floor, adjacent to authority offices. The garage is also the new home of The Miami Foundation, which is leasing all the available third floor office space.
ENERGY PRICES DOWN, BUT UP: Miami area households paid less, on average, for electricity in July than they did the year before. Electricity cost an average of 11.6 cents per kilowatt hour this July, less than the 12.1 cents per kWh last year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price of utility gas also went down, from $1.634 per therm last July to $1.518 per therm July 2015, but was still 62.7% higher than the national average.
NEW LOCALES: The City of Miami Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) Administration Office and the Little Havana NET Office have relocated to provide better customer service and access. The NET Administration Office is now at 151 NW 27th Ave., phone (305) 960-5110. The Little Havana NET is at 1300 SW 12th Ave., phone (305) 960-4650.