Dacra is requesting assistance from Dade taxpayers for improvements related to the luxury retail, hotel and residential project currently under construction in the Design District.
If the request is approved by Dade commissioners, $1 million in financial support would be allocated to improve public infrastructure consisting of roadway construction, drainage, underground utilities, traffic signals, signage, street lighting, and landscaping and irrigation.
Funding would come from a voter-approved 2004 General Obligation Bond Program. According to a memo sent by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the project lies within the Little Haiti Targeted Urban Area, thus qualifying it for funding. Unemployment in Little Haiti was estimated to exceed 20%, according to data cited in the memo.