FYI Miami: October 1, 2015
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MUM’S THE WORD AT PUBLIX: Coral Gables officials haven’t heard from Publix where its plan stands for replacing its 43,000-square foot store on LeJeune Road with a modern 57,000-square-foot grocery along with an 18-story multi-family residential building fronting Salzedo Street. Project architect Aris Garcia came before the city Design Review Committee in June 2014 to describe the 452,038-square-foot complex, which would include 282 residences and a garage with 793 spaces. The committee recommended added traffic studies and revisions to architectural plans to accommodate pedestrian patterns. Since then, however, the applicant has submitted nothing more to the city, said Maria Higgins Fallon, city public affairs manager. Publix has no update on its plans as of now, according to Nicole Maristany Krauss, media and community relations manager for the company’s Miami division.
CONDO TOWER DEFERRED: Plans for Edgewater 26, a proposed 10-story condominium offering 86 units at 321-401 NE 26th St., are stalled after Miami’s Urban Development Review Board deferred the matter. The plan includes three levels of parking screened with an art treatment, a rooftop amenity deck with a swimming pool and ground floor retail. Board members in September were critical of the massing of the building, the use of long straight corridors, small balconies and other items. Rather than recommend denial, a representative of the developer asked the board to defer the project. The matter could be back for the board’s October meeting.
A BUMP IN PAY: Miami city commissioners Sept. 24 agreed to provide all permanent full-time non-bargaining City of Miami employees a one-time 2.5% pay supplement based on the employee’s base salary. The supplement will consist of a one-time payment based on base salary, and won’t count for pension calculations. The estimated impact is $927,000. City Manager Daniel Alfonso told commissioners the measure affects more than 200 employees.
RESCUE DOLLARS: The City of Miami has received a $100,000 grant from the State of Florida Department of Financial Services for continued operation of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 2, a search and rescue program run by the city. Commissioners accepted the grant Sept. 10.