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City of Miami and Port of Miami officials are close to a lease deal
to put cruise ship terminals on Watson Island, said Erdal Donmez,
city director of real estate and economic development. Officials
Monday discussed parking issues and scheduling for the port's two-phase
project, including construction of the first terminal by 2004 and
the second by 2007. The next step will be presenting the project
to city and county commissions. Port officials had no comment.
PHONES: Ray Flores, area director for BellSouth, says his
company is concerned about city enforcement of a new ordinance that
requires companies to maintain one low-revenue pay phone for every
10 that generate revenue on city property. He said BellSouth has
a disproportionate number of unprofitable phones, including 25 at
the Orange Bowl. He said vandalism is also a problem. City officials
have said they will work with pay-phone firms to develop criteria.
"We're here to help the city," he said. "We just
want the same standards for all."
EMERGENCY FUNDS: Miami commissioners
Tuesday agreed to set up four special funds for federal money expected
in fiscal year 2000-01, including $13.4 million in Community Development
Block Grant funds, $4.8 million from Home Investment Partnership,
an emergency shelter grant of $451,000 and $10.1 million from Housing
Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.
In second quarter 1999, the City of Miami's Office of Internal Revenues
uncovered $1.7 million in uncollected potential revenues, including
$1.6 million the city contends is owed by Miami-Dade County Housing
Agency. A city audit found the county was not paying the city 10%
of rents collected at public housing projects. City auditors also
uncovered a computer error by the county that had cost the city
Coral Gables Commissioner Dorothy Thomson Tuesday asked fellow city
commissioners to look at improving parking at the city-owned Biltmore
Hotel. She said the hotel's west lot can't meet demand. "I
think," she said, "it would behoove the city and the Biltmore
to explore the possibility of erecting a parking garage at the west
end parking lot."
Coral Gables commissioners Tuesday put off action on a parking variance
for Douglas Entrance, 800 Douglas Road. Owners wanted to create
19 parking spaces in case they put a restaurant there, although
they deny having plans to do so. William Kerdyk Jr. moved to deny
the request. "I can't see how we can give a variance to a fictitious
restaurant," he said. Commissioners deferred action.
KING'S PALACE: Burger King Tuesday announced
it will use a new building in the Waterford at Blue Lagoon office
complex at the intersection of Red Road for its global HQ. Burger
King CEO Dennis Malamatinas said the building will offer "updated
and modern infrastructure with more functionality and lower total
occupancy costs than our existing building." He said the site
came to the attention of company officials "rather recently."
The 210,000- to 230,000-square-foot building which is in
both enterprise and empowerment zones will carry the signature
of Burger King World Headquarters and should be ready for occupancy
in July 2002. The company's lease at 17777 Old Cutler Road expires
in September that year.
BOOKLESS: Owners of the John M. Stabile
Building, 296 Aragon Ave., are looking for a new tenant when the
current lease held by Books & Books bookstore expires Nov. 30. The
5,000-square-foot building, built in 1924, was declared a historic
property in 1984. Details: Debrah Bennett, Kerdyk Real Estate, (305)
AT THE SHOPS:
An 8,600-square-foot Tropico restaurant will open this fall at Shops
at Sunset Place in space vacated by Sweet Donna's Country Store
Restaurant & Bakery.
ROYAL ADDITION: A 10,500-square-foot
addition to Pointe Royal Shopping Center on US 1 at 191st Street
in Cutler Ridge is complete, says Doron Valero, senior vice president
and COO of Equity One. The annex, which replaces a two-story office
building destroyed by Hurricane Andrew, is 100% pre-leased. Tenants
are Car Toys Auto Sound & Security, Drip Off Cleaners, Kenneth David
Apparel, Homestead Wireless and an armed forces recruiting center.
Details: (305) 947-1664.
Benra Corp. bought a 2,145-square-foot commercial building on 2,500
square feet at 1923 Ponce de Leon Blvd. for $400,000, or $186.50
a square foot. Ileana Cabrera-Rodriguez Insurance Agency paid $440,000,
or $230 a square foot, for a 1,915-square-foot building on a 2,500-square-foot
lot next door at 1925 Ponce. Barbara Tria of Kerdyk Real Estate
negotiated both deals.
BAY HARBOR CONDO:
The sales center has opened at Bay Harbor 101, a 15-story, 52-unit
condominium planned for 1101 101st St. by developer Ricardo Cruz,
says Edgardo Defortuna, president of Fortune International Realty,
which is handling sales.