FYI Miami: October 8, 2015
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EDGEWATER DIGS: A new residential tower planned for Edgewater called The Vine won an affirmative vote from the city’s Urban Development Review Board. The site is at 420 NE 35th St. The planned 32-story tower is to have about 124 units, with a typical floor housing five units, and penthouses on the top two floors. The project includes a five-story garage. The amenity floor is to include a large swimming pool and extensive garden area, gym, day care center and clubhouse. The design board recommended approval while suggesting designers work with city staff to reconsider the north façade and the size of the balconies.
ONE DOWN, 52 TO GO: Only one of the 53 parcels that were declared surplus by the Miami-Dade County Commission in May has been put up for auction. The minimum bid amount for the property, a 3,500-square-foot lot west of 3763 Thomas Ave., was $32,813 and it sold for $62,300 to CharityHousing. There were 110 bidders. The county is in the process of closing on the sale of this property. According to Internal Services Department spokesperson Salomee Peters, the county will be auctioning off the rest of the properties in coming months.
CHAMBER WELCOMES CHINA CONSUL: Consul General of China Li Qiangmin, who is based in Houston, traveled to Miami to meet with county officials at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. “Starting the morning with a discussion on strengthening #Miami #China business relations with Honorable Li Qiangmin,” the chamber tweeted Monday. In attendance were Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez; director and CEO of the county’s aviation department Emilio González; and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla; said Hernando Gomez, head of the chamber’s Americas Linkage committee, who was also there. “He was trying to get more involved with what’s happening here in Miami,” Mr. Gomez said. “It’s a good start.”
LIVING WAGE OK’D: Miami-Dade’s living wage ordinance is legal and final. At the county commission meeting Tuesday, Barbara Jordan called for a shout-out to assistant county attorneys David Murray and Eric Rodriguez for their work defending the county in the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The court sided with Miami-Dade in a lawsuit filed by Amerijet International. The cargo airline company challenged the living wage ordinance, approved in 1999, which requires government contractors and some businesses that use Miami International Airport to pay workers more than minimum wage, claiming the requirements should not apply to them. A three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld a district judge’s ruling in favor of the county.