FYI Miami: August 15, 2019
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NEW HOME FOR SCHOOL: The Brito Miami Private School can move into its new home at 3030 SW 22nd St. after gaining the approval of Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeal Board. The July 31 meeting drew an outpouring of students, parents and sympathizers, including Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, who wanted to ensure that the school would have a new location secured for the following school year. But several nearby residents also showed up to express unease with the project, many arguing that having the school in the area would lead to further traffic congestion.
BANK BUILDING SOLD: New York Community Bank Corp. has sold a Coral Gables bank building and three developable lots for $11.6 million to Ponce 2019 LLC. The buyer immediately leased back the 28,000-square-foot building to its occupant, Amtrust Bank, on a long-term lease. New York Community Bank Corp. acquired Amtrust in 2009. The building at 2701 Ponce de Leon Blvd. was built in 1985 on the site of a similarly designed office building completed in 1924 that was condemned and razed in 1983. The location is on Ponce Circle at the gateway to seven-acre Plaza Gables, a 1 million square foot mixed use development now rising, said ComReal Miami-Coral Gables, which brokered the sale.
BRANCHING OUT: Miami Beach will plant 101 trees in the Normandy Isles neighborhoods and Brittanty Park with the goal of increasing the tree canopy coverage to 20%, the average coverage of trees per neighborhood in Miami-Dade County. The new trees will include Simpson Stoppers, Wild Tamarinds, Gumbo Limbos, Green Buttonwoods and several other Florida-friendly species to provide shade and beautify the communities. Aiding the planting will be a $40,000 grant from Neat Streets Miami, a Miami-Dade County initiative. “We’re excited to be working with Neat Streets Miami for a fourth consecutive year, said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “With their help, we’ll be able to plant native trees that will be key in attaining our goal of building a more walkable and sustainable city.”
LIBERTY CITY TROLLEY LIVE: After much anticipation, the City of Miami Trolley’s Liberty City route is up and running. At 11 a.m. Monday, there’s to be a ribbon-cutting at Charles Hadley Park, to feature Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Keon Hardemon.
AIR CARGO GATHERING: The Air Cargo Americas annual international congress and exhibit, spearheaded by the World Trade Center Miami, has been scheduled here Oct. 29-31. The event brings together executives from air cargo, transportation, logistics and supply chain industries. More than 5,000 persons are expected to attend. Details: Ivan Barrios, (305) 871-7910.