AQUATIC ARENA: Jim Jenkins, executive director of the Miami Exhibition & Sports Authority, landlord of the Miami Arena, says he reviewed a proposal to convert the arena into an aquatic center. He said he asked Zev Buffman, the developer proposing the $35 million transformation, to come back with a business plan. "As soon as he gives us all the financial details," Mr. Jenkins said, "I will put this item in the agenda to have a board presentation."
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BRICKELL DEFERRAL: Miami commissioners last week deferred a discussion on whether to approve a mixed-use project at Coral Way and Southwest First Avenue. The item is planned to come up next month at a commission meeting. Harvey Taylor is proposing Coral Station at Brickell Way. It includes a 32-story residential tower with 204 condo units and 186 hotel rooms. The $122 million project would also have an 18-story building with 201,400 square feet of office space and almost 55,000 of retail. The Miami Zoning Board and the Urban Development Review Board have recommended approval, but the city's planning advisory committee recommended denial.
TRADE TRIP: A four-day trade mission for representatives of 25 companies from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, organized by the Florida Foreign Trade Association, ends today (4/18). Participants met with about 250 company representatives from South Florida, said Ralph Puga, association president. "These companies come to Miami to buy diversified products, from computers and auto parts to real estate." Enterprise Florida and the Miami International Trade Board were sponsors for the mission, Mr. Puga said. Details: (305) 471-0737.
DOWNTOWN WELCOME: The Downtown Miami Partnership announced it's ready to move on plans for a Downtown Welcome Center in the lobby of the Olympia Theatre at the Gusman Center, 174 E Flagler St. With funding in place, the nonprofit expects to run the center from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center would have information about stores, cultural events, development opportunities, residential projects, bus routes and other downtown programs. Details: (305) 379-7070.
LAWYERS' EXPANSION: Ferrell Schultz Carter Zumpano & Fartel expanded its offices at the Miami Center, 201 S Biscayne Blvd. The group leased 23,537 square feet for 10 years. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc. represented the tenant and the landlord, Crescent Miami Center, in the transaction. The lease will start in November.
COCOWALK PLUS: The retail management firm Steiner & Associates named Gerald Paul Radtke general manager of day-to-day business operations for both the 164,491-square-foot CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, and Fort Lauderdale's BeachPlace. The 101,000-square-foot BeachPlace, which is attached to a 19-story time-share and hotel complex, has more than 30 specialty stores. It opened in January 1997 as the first commercial development of its size on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Mr. Radtke in the past has been vice president of operations & property management for The Lefmark Group and general manager for Heritage's Pompano Square Mall. He is active with the International Council of Shopping Centers.
RADISSON MANAGEMENT: Tishman Hotel Corp. has been retained to manage the Radisson Deauville Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The appointment comes following a restoration to the property's 484 guest rooms, 14 suites and 75,000 square feet of meeting space, publicist Kristen Alwin said.
NOMINATIONS FOR JUSTICE: The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Major B. Harding, effective Aug. 31. Florida law requires that each of the state's five appellate districts must have at least one Supreme Court Justice who resides in the district when appointed. Based on the court's present composition, the seat will be an at-large vacancy. Applicants must have been member of the Florida Bar for 10 years and registered voters. Details: Andrew Grigsby, (305) 358-7747 or flabar.org.
PARK SITE: The Bayfront Management Trust announced a 1000% increase in use since it launched a website earlier this year. "The site," said Carol Cutt, marketing director for Bayfront, "is ever changing. New events are added constantly." Details: bayfrontparkmiami.com.
NORTH WALK: The Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, is holding a gallery walk at 6:30 p.m. April 26 to showcase the North Miami arts district. Information and coupons are being distributed at the museum. After the walk, the Jazz at MOCA Series will offer an outdoor concert in the museum's courtyard at 8 p.m. Details: (305) 893-6211.
104TH FARM: Farm Stores Grocery Inc. held a weekend ceremony for the opening of its newest outlet, Farm Stores Drive-Thru Express Market, 8753 SW 157th Ave., Kendall. The store, the chain's 104th Florida outlet, is part of a plan to add 100 locations in South Florida over the next five years, publicists said.
UNITED GALA: With the store opening in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables at 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Nordstrom retail chain plans a benefit for United Way of Miami-Dade County on Sept. 24, said Amy Jones, Nordstrom publicist. Ms. Jones said it would feature "sneak preview" shopping in the 200,000-square-foot store, which is under construction, with an eye on raising $250,000 for local nonprofits supported by United Way. Cost is $125. Ms. Jones said Nordstrom also named a manager for the outlet, Vicki Lopez, who in the past has managed stores for the chain in California and Texas. Details: (305) 646-7037.
CLINTON REHAB: Owners of the Clinton Hotel, 825 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, announced a July 2002 opening following a $12 million renovation now under way. The refurbishing is in the hands of Eric Raffy as architect and designer and Oppenheim Architecture & Design, 245 NE 37th St. When the South Beach Art Deco hotel reopens, rates will range from $150 to $1,5000, according to Rafael Barrera, general manager. Details: (305) 538-1471.
BRAZILIAN EXCELLENCE: The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce is giving Henrique Meirelles its "Personality of the Year Excellence" award at an 8 p.m. dinner today (4/18) in the Mandarin Oriental Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. Details: (305) 579-9030.
AMERICORPS VISIT: Representatives for AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps service, are holding information sessions at 5 p.m. April 24 in Room 1109, M-DCC Interamerican Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave., and 6 p.m. Room 245, UM University Center, 1306 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. They visit United Way of Miami-Dade, 3250 SW Third Ave., from 6-8 p.m. on April 25. Sessions cover Americorps opportunities in Miami or elsewhere in the US. Local organizations using Americorps members include Hands On Miami, the American Red Cross and the Little Haiti Housing Association. Details: (404) 562-4053.
COSMETIC SALE: Salerm Professional Cosmetics bought a 16,000-square-foot warehouse building at 2450 W 78th St., Hialeah, from Dabeco Corp. for $985,000. Rene Vivo of Codina Realty Services represented the seller in the transaction.
MAIL ROOM: The US Postal Service leased 97,111 square feet at Beacon CyberPort, 2305 NW 107th Ave., from AMB Property. Codina Realty Services represented the landlord.
SETAI UPDATE: The Setai Group this week announced it retained Orlando's Beers Skanska to do the $90 million Setai Hotel & Residences project at the corner of Collins Avenue and 20th Street in Miami Beach. Plans call for a 40-story property with 180 condo units adjacent to the renovated 90-room hotel. Setai Group expects the hotel to open in fall 2003.