Downtown Miami School Board Project May Soon Become Much Bigger, ‘Could Be A New Brickell City Center’

A large chunk of prime development land in downtown Miami could soon be put up for bid by the Miami-Dade School Board – and developers could build a mega-project there, according to the Herald.

The property has the potential to become “a new Brickell City Centre,” according to an official with the Omni CRA, an agency that is working with the School Board.

The School Board could eventually offer up to 10 acres to developers in a ground lease with the proceeds to fund education, as part of a “21-acre vision.”

Already, a deal is in place with Crescent Heights for an acre of land which the developer will combine with adjacent property to build twin 60-story towers with parking, residential, and offices for the School Board.

If the School Board does put its property out to bid, it could generate taxes for the CRA that would fund several now projects each with hundreds of affordable housing units.

A new building would be constructed for iPrep Academy at Northeast 19th Street, on city property next to the City Cemetery. School Board funding would pay for the school, with CRA funding for hundreds of elderly affordable housing on top.

Another project would be the rebuild of Phillis Wheatley Elementary near Overtown and Wynwood. Hundreds of affordbale housing units would also be built on top.

A School Board meeting is scheduled for today on whether to move forward with a possible deal.

An Omni CRA presentation is also scheduled for today and open to the public.