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Public-private partnership including Miami-Dade County wins OK

Written by on June 6, 2017
Public-private partnership including Miami-Dade County wins OK

A large mixed-use public-private partnership that includes Miami-Dade County as a player has won preliminary Miami city commission approval.
Platform 3750 LLC proposes to build on 2.1-acres at 3750 S Dixie Highway (US 1).
The county is a co-applicant for land use and zoning changes, which city commissioners approved on first reading May 25. A final vote has yet to be scheduled.
The project includes new office, retail and residential uses on one site and intends to take advantage of its location at the foot of a pedestrian overpass that connects to Metrorail’s Douglas Road Station.
Besides being a transit-oriented development, Platform 3750 plans a mix of workforce and market rate apartments.
Melissa Tapanes Llahues, an attorney for the developer, said the project will truly transform an outdated county facility. The site, owned by Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department, includes the Frankie Rolle Center.
Platform 3750 was the subject of a Miami-Dade County request for proposals.
The plan calls for a building from 5 to 8 stories and about 396,751 square feet. Platform 3750 would be home to 192 residences, 30,070 square feet of offices, 20,200 square feet of commercial and retail, a garage for 403 vehicles and 10,863 square feet of open space.
A gas station at the very corner isn’t part of the project and is expected to keep operating. A large elevated billboard adjacent to the gas station may also remain.
A structure built in 1967 will be razed to make way for the new building, and the county will use some of the new office space.
The proposed retail will focus on opportunities for businesses that provide services and jobs to neighborhood residents. The proposal includes a Starbucks and a grocer.
Amenities will probably include a spa, rooftop pool, common gourmet kitchen, in-house movie theater, coffee bistro and more.
Initially, the developer and the county planned to dedicate 20% of the apartments to workforce housing, but after some community outreach the plan changed.
Ms. Llahues told commissioners of a January community meeting at which West Grove neighbors adamantly called for more affordable housing. She said developers have applied for state tax credits to help include more affordable units.
In addition, she said, the county agreed to a mix of up to 40% of the units dedicated as affordable and workforce housing.
The promise of workforce housing and other items will be included in a covenant that will run with the land, said officials. A draft says: “The workforce housing units provided on the property shall be interspersed throughout the building and generally consist of the same features and amenities as the market-rate units on the property.”
The proposed covenant also calls for the county and the developer, during construction, to “use best efforts” to relocate the Frankie Rolle Center to be accessible to the community it serves. Ms. Llahues said West Grove residents have cited the importance of the community center to the neighborhood.
She added that negotiations with the county for the overall lease of the property are ongoing and subject to a cone of silence rule.

6 Responses to Public-private partnership including Miami-Dade County wins OK

  1. DC Copeland

    June 7, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Really, a 400-space garage attached to housing near a MetroRail station? Why not ditch the garage and build a lot more affordable housing? Isn’t the idea to encourage people to ditch their cars when building near MetroRail?

    • omar

      June 13, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      That is so true. Less parking and more WFH after all it’s a county development. Set the example to which to follow

  2. Ron Sadaka

    June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    DC- We’re always going to have the problem of the “last mile.” Often, people must drive from home to transit, or from work to transit. When you have offices and / or retail, visitors and guests most often drive, especially when they’re shopping. Where you have Mixed-use development that encourages transit is a good thing. Discounting the inherent need for parking is not a good thing.

  3. Really???

    June 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    A project this size would require 457 parking spaces so they’ve already reduced the parking by over 11%. It’s a move in the right direction and yet even when that happens people still complain.

    Moving away from being so car dependent will only happen over time. If you took away all the parking then this project would fail. There just isn’t enough public transportation and services within walking distance.

    • DC Copeland

      June 14, 2017 at 11:57 am

      “If you took away all the parking then this project would fail. There just isn’t enough public transportation and services within walking distance.” Are you kidding? The project sits “at the foot of a pedestrian overpass that connects to Metrorail’s Douglas Road Station.”

      • Carmen

        July 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm

        That’s awesome if you’re going downtown or the airport or to Dadeland Mall. You still need a car to go everywhere else.