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Two Overtown projects seek $13.5 million bond

A neuroscience research center and a mixed-use project in Miami’s Overtown are together seeking $13.5 million in bond funding through the Miami-Dade County Commission.

Funding for both projects was recommend by the Economic Development & Port Committee Thursday. The financing would come through the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program, which is repaid over time using property taxes, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

The Neuroscience Centers of Florida Foundation is seeking $7.5 million in bond funding for “Project Mercy,” an ambulatory care center. Overtown Gateway Partners, a Miami-based company, applied for $6 million in bonds to fund a mixed-use project of the same name. The project includes apartments, entertainment venues, retail, office space and a hotel.

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Overtown Gateway Gets Taxpayer Funding, Groundbreaking Set For March

County commissioners voted yesterday to approve a $6 million subsidy to Don Peebles and Barron Channer for the Overtown Gateway project.

The project is being built on land once owned by the county known as Block 45 and Block 55, which was later deeded over to the Overtown Park West CRA.

Funding will come from bonds that have already been approved by county voters but had not been allocated yet. Property owners in Dade County will pay back the bonds through an increase in property tax.

At the 2.1-acre Block 45 (152 NW 8th Street), the developers plan a 40-story project with 350 workforce apartments, 60 affordable apartments, a 150-room chain-operated budget hotel, 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 50,000 square feet of commercial space. The total investment at Block 45 is estimated to be $150 million.

At the 3.5-acre Block 55 (249 NW 6th Street), two towers are planned, each rising 22 stories. There will be 250-300 workforce rental apartments, with a total investment of approximately $150 million.

The workforce housing will be priced to be affordable to those earning close to average median income for the county.

About half of the $6 million in funding will go towards the creation of 150 public parking spaces, with the rest allocated to infrastructure such as street, sidewalk and utility improvements. The developers estimate that 423 permanent jobs will be created.

The developers are working on obtaining $80 million in financing, which hasn’t been finalized yet.

Construction on Block 45 is estimated to begin in March 2015, while work on Block 55 will begin in 2016. The first phase will begin operations in September 2017, with the second phase set to open in September 2018.

Commissioners also voted yesterday to provide $9 million in infrastructure funding for SkyRise.

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Walked by this yesterday since it was a block away from the transit center project. Seems that 1/2 of this large project is well underway. The half near 8th st is still an active parking lot though.




Atlantic Pacific Communities, LLC has submitted plans to build a 36-story tower on Miami-Dade county-owned land.

Brightline’s 3 MiamiCentral is across the street, including the headquarters office of Virgin Trains.

Earlier this year, the developer beat out a competing bid for the property and won the rights to a 90-year ground lease from the county.

The original proposal had called for twin 29-story towers. A single, taller 36-story tower is now proposed, but the amount of apartments, parking spaces, and retail remains roughly the same.[/COLOR][/B]

Plans for Block 45 now call for 616 apartments, 24,981 square feet of retail, and 637 parking spaces.

There will be 98 micro-units, and some of the units will be set aside for affordable and workforce housing. A waiver to build 30% less parking than required by city zoning code is also being requested.

The project is set for review by Miami’s Urban Development Review Board on September 18.

Bermello Ajamil is the architect.



Planning Department has given this one an okay as of this month. Construction permit is pending.

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