SkyRise developer Jeff Berkowitz signed a deal to connect utilities to the project last week, and a lawsuit challenging the project has been thrown out by an appeals court.
Berkowitz will pay a utility connection charge estimated to be about $360,000. In addition to being signed by Berkowitz, the paperwork was also signed by Miami’s city manager (the city owns the land), as well as leaseholder Bayside Marketplace and Deutsche Bank, Bayside’s mortgage holder.
In the rejected lawsuit, activist Grace Solares had challenged the validity of a referendum in which voters approved a deal with Bayside and Skyrise. The court ruled that Solares lacked standing to bring the suit, and a city attorney told the Herald that another lawsuit filed by Norman Braman and Raquel Regalado could be thrown out for the same reason.