Beach seeking state funds to plan for low-income area
Economic Development Department of the City of Miami Beach is seeking
a state grant to improve the quality of life for the city's poorest
Crowder, economic development division director, said the city is
preparing an application to the Florida Department of Community Affairs'
Urban Infill & Redevelopment Grant Program for $40,000 to plan improvements
to the area between Fourth and Seventh streets and Alton Road and
for the application is Sept. 12.
neighborhood includes the Fifth and Sixth street corridors north of
Washington Avenue, the area with the lowest median income and highest
unemployment in the city, he said.
grant would fund a community participation planning process,"
Mr. Crowder says, "to develop an infill and revitalization strategy
using a holistic and collaborative community participation planning
targeted area has residential and commercial properties, Mr. Crowder
said, but he hopes the planning process will go beyond the designated
borders of the plan to bring in stakeholders in nearby areas.
initiative spearheaded by the offices of commissioners Luis Garcia
and Jose Smith has put the project "a couple of steps ahead of
where we would normally be in this grant application," Mr. Crowder
commissioners surveyed 57 of 115 businesses in the area to identify
areas of concern in advance of the application, said Noah Franklin,
an aide to Mr. Garcia.
were asked about community issues, their short-term goals, Mr. Franklin
said, and whether they would be able to host meeting in their businesses.
of the things we noticed in putting together the results," he
said, "was a concern with homelessness.
are also concerned that there is not enough police presence."
Franklin said the median household income for the roughly 13,000 people
living between 10th and Third streets is $10,000.
commissioners feel that corridor is a stepsister that has been ignored,"
survey," Mr. Crowder said, "gives us an additional piece
we can take to community meetings if we get the funding." He
said meetings would get under way four to six weeks after funding
was in hand.
Crowder said state guidelines require that the planning process encompass
transportation, housing, health care, social services, crime, economic
development, education and infrastructure.
of the things this grant will do," he said, "is help us
coordinate all the efforts already going on in the area and bring
them all into the same picture."