FYI Miami: May 5, 2016
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CHECKING IN: Miami city commissioners granted final approval April 28 to rezone about a dozen connected lots along Northwest 36th Street that will advance a plan for a new hotel. Rebuild Miami Eden Park LLC plans to construct a La Quinta hotel on Northwest 36th Street and a companion parking lot on property abutting Northwest 35th Street. The property is about 250 feet from the intersection of Northwest Seventh Avenue and Northwest 36th Street (US 27). A developer’s covenant restricts the hotel to eight stories and ties the back lots to the hotel, restricting the use to accessory parking to support the hotel. Northwest 36th Street is a major thoroughfare connecting Biscayne Bay neighborhoods on the east to the Florida Turnpike on the west, and feeds Miami International Airport.
PROMOTING CHINATOWN IN CHINA: To promote the 15-block strip that the City of North Miami has designated as its Chinatown District, three city officials and city staff are to leave today (5/5) on a 12-day mission to three cities in China: Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. The city on Feb. 23 designated its Chinatown Cultural Arts and Innovation District, the first such designation in Florida, along Northwest Seventh Avenue between 119th and 135th streets. On the mission are Vice Mayor Alix Desulme, Councilwoman Carol Keys, City Clerk Michael Etienne as well as staff. The delegation also planned to attend Florida International University commencement ceremonies on the Tianjin University of Commerce campus.
COLOMBIANS LOOKING: Colombians registered more South Florida real estate searches on the Miami Association of Realtors’ search portal than persons from any other country in February, followed by Venezuelans and Brazilians, the association said. In 2015, Colombians were third among foreign nationals in buying South Florida real estate and paid an average $516,000 for a residence. Brazilians, the second most frequent buyers, averaged $766,000. In the domestic market, Texans led other states in searches for South Florida real estate in February, followed by Californians and New Yorkers.
HEADED TO QUEBEC: The Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce, which has brought eight trade missions here from Quebec in recent years, is going the other direction with a mission to Montreal and Quebec City from May 25-27, planning to accompany 10 Florida companies interested in investing or establishing business partnerships in the Quebec market. Details: www.ccquebecflorida.com