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.

 

 

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Anonymous

This would complement Melo’s project’s near school board metro mover beautifully, very up and coming neighborhood that was nothing but blight not even 5 years ago.

Anonymous

Not it’s full of cars and not built for people.

Anonymous

shutup!!!

Anonymous

That’s why Melo is good for Miami, they revitalized this area and now bigger and better projects are coming to this area

Anonymous

Excellent… hope it happens.. Win-Win for Redeveloping Omni area and new school buildings.

Anonymous

1,600 parking spaces.

Anonymous

and, does that upset you?

Anonymous

greatly so

Anonymous

so sorry that this means you have to move now

Anonymous

Will it include better architecture rather than two cereal boxes with windows arrangements that looks like a prison?

Anonymous

Fat chance all the money the School Board will make will go to teachers and students, instead corrupt officials in cozy positions and the teacher’s union controlled by the mafia.

Anonymous

Would love to see more big retailers that aren’t already in the area like a Trader Joes.

Anonymous

News of the day

Anonymous

Yes please?????

Anonymous

I do not care if officials get money in their pockets, as long as they negotiate with the community they represent in mind, they get money we get schools, housing, public spaces, and please make sure the designs are worth looking at!!! and make all the money you can!!!

Anonymous

Typical corrupt republican/democrat

Anonymous

TNM has a bad habit of not showing the boundary of the land in question. They just drop a random pin. You guys are the reporters. Do the research and show us the boundaries in red perimeter. Dropping a pin on an address in a map means nothing.

Anonymous

I wonder how many officials will be getting their pockets lined with this money

Anonymous

If you don’t think that in every transaction somebody is getting paid in some manner that’s not apropo, then you’ll always remain clueless.

Anonymous

The school board is sitting on some very valuable under-utilized land. The public stands to benefit greatly with new schools and new affordable housing units.
The neighborhood benefits with more in-fill market rate housing. This will result in more street level retail, restaurants and services locating into this former mostly desolate and unsafe area.

Anonymous

If you have any evidence please offer it otherwise shut up

Shawn Kouri

Hasn’t Phyllis Wheatley elementary school been renovated already?

Shawn Kouri

Also, where is the district headquarters going to go?

Anonymous

Who cares.. call the school district and ask them.

Anonymous

Read the article FGS!!!