City of Miami may buy, renovate former theater
Written by John Charles Robbins on May 8, 2018
In an effort to spruce up another corner of the Liberty City neighborhood, the City of Miami is considering a project to purchase and renovate a vacant former theater.
Known as The Carver Theater, the building at 6016 NW Seventh Ave. has been vacant and for sale for years. The structure had been divided into smaller shops years ago, before being boarded up.
The city’s Department of Community and Economic Development has put together a plan to resuscitate the building.
The matter is up for review by city commissioners today (5/10).
Under consideration is a resolution authorizing the allocation of $1.53 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to buy The Carver Theater for community activities.
The money is a collection of funds including unallocated 2017-2018 CDBG funds, de-obligated funds from prior year activities, and unallocated program income to the Department of Real Estate and Asset Management.
In the $1.53 million is $858,204 of economic development funds earmarked for Districts 3 and 5 that are required to be allocated and spent so the City of Miami can meet its CDBG timeliness test on Aug. 1, according to the proposed resolution.
If approved, the city manager would be directed to execute a purchase and sale agreement between the city and seller Gator Carver Theater LLC to acquire the theater, allocating the funds to cover the cost of acquisition, the cost of a survey, environmental report, title insurance, securing the property and related buyer closing costs.
In a background memo, city officials said Liberty City needs added space for community events and would benefit from the restoration of the marquee historic theater.
The city administration recommends allocation of $1.53 million CDBG funds to the Department of Real Estate and Asset Management to buy The Carver Theater for community activities, the resolution says.
The building is on the southwest corner of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 61st Street, next door to the Martin Luther King Business Center and across the street from the Audrey M. Edmonson Transit Village.