Wynwood Board Will Hold Emergency Meeting Tomorrow To Discuss Changes To Mana Plan

A special meeting of the Wynwood BID is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31st at 2:00 PM.

At a meeting last week, the board failed to come to an agreement with Moishe Mana, who has revised his project plan and reduced the amount that will be contributed to the Wynwood Public Benefits Fund.

According to The Real Deal, changes that have angered board members include:

  • Phase skipping – Wynwood leaders had agreed to allowing Mana a waiver to build a 24-story tower on the western half of his property (double the 12 stories permitted by zoning,) on condition that he first builds out at least 35 percent of the shorter projects on the eastern half. He now wants to skip directly to the 24-story tower. (Mana representatives deny this, and say they had just asked for a discussion of this.)
  • Wynwood Benefit Reduction – Mana had agreed to pay $10 million to the Wynwood Public Benefits Fund in exchange for a height and development rights increase (already considered a reduced amount by the board). Now, he wants to pay just $2.5 million, with the remaining $7.5 million going to the Overtown CRA

The Crespogram reports that the transfer of funds from Wynwood to Overtown came after Mana representatives met with commissioner Keon Hardemon. Miami commissioners, including Hardemon, are scheduled to vote on a second reading of the plan in early September.

 

 

(video of meeting via crespogram)

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Overtown is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in Miami. It was devasted by the construction of I395 and I95. Overtown will be revitalized and will once again be the “Harlem of the South” filled with restaurants, nightclubs and small business owned retail.

The Wynwood BID cut a deal for $10M to get Mana’s endorsement. Why is Overtown not allowedto cut a deal. The “bad guy” in all of this is the Mana Group. They agreed to $10M with the BID, $7.5M for SEOPW CRA, they should pay the $17.5M they agreed to if they want this massive up zoning.

The reneging on the phase jumping provision total BS too.

global reach
4 years ago

Plenty of areas survived an highway being built you victimhood folks come up with the worse excuses and it was never an eye pleasing area.

suomynona
4 years ago

Please tell name me which communities survived such massive intrusion, fragmentation and demolition of their neighborhood by highways.

Mana is a fraud
4 years ago

Brickell and the Roads

marc
4 years ago

I believe those two you mention are on either side of the highway, while Overtown was dissected in to pieces

Anonymous
4 years ago

“Now, he wants to pay just $2.5 million, with the remainder going to the Overtown CRA
The Crespogram reports that the transfer of funds from Wynwood to Overtown came after Mana representatives met with commissioner Keon Hardemon………”

Why is it that Overtown leaders are always trying to go against what is best for the city just so that the hundreds of crackheads from overtown can continue to be crackheads and living in tents in that rundown part of town, they should be advocating programs to bulldoze that area of miami to restore it to its past, not continually trying to save the garbage that exist in that slum.

marc
4 years ago

It’ll never be restored to its past. Overtown was never a luxury neighborhood.

Azarius
4 years ago

Maybe because “whats best for the city” would have to include EVERYONE in the city not just one community . Through all the growth in the downtown area of Miami, OT (Overtown) is the only community not benefiting from any of that growth. Yes it would be so easy to just burn OT down (The only significant BLACK part of the downtown area), and let all the Millionaire/Billionaires come in and build homes that 70% of the population in the greater Miami-Dade area can’t afford.To create a larger gap between the richer and poor. Which would make society so much greater! Yea RIGHT!!

Mana is trying to give back to the same community that Wynwood BID is trying to forget that even exist. ALL because their business have been hit with a situation that has decreased their amount of revenue. Now they want the money to replace what they have had to put out. don’t forget they are trying to make Mana pay for all these benefits that will make their business revenue increase before he is able to build the only part of the project that will raise capital in the Wynwood area. Mana is trying to help, not only Wynwood but, all surrounding areas that will be impacted by his SAP.

invasive species
4 years ago

I don’t understand why Overtown was not part of the conversation to begin with. Past articles show that he has been meeting with Overtown leaders. For him to change his deal with his neighbors and then pin it on money for Overtown is just trashy.

Beyond $ he is also trying to change it so he can build a 24 story tower first instead of creating infrastructure for a mixed-use project then building the tower, as he originally agreed. Not only is this another lie but it guarantees a haphazard project.

None of it matters anyway because this talentless hack won’t build anything anyway.

Someone
4 years ago

I don’t know who you are, but I like your style. You seem both knowledgable and upset about something. Hmmm.

Mana is a fraud
4 years ago

While everyone jumped on the issue with Overtown, the bigger eye opener was downgrading the whole plaza from a large continuous plaza with retail to just one 24 story building. All of a sudden this transformation is now just one building on 95.

Mana did all this because he’s not building anything. He’s nothing more than a glorified slum lord. His properties are the most blighted down town. The faster he’s gone from the scene, the faster downtown and this property will improve.

Anonymous
4 years ago

What would Wynwood do with $10 mil anyway? Spend it on graffiti or paint cross walks? Mana is no angle, but perhaps the money would be better spent in Overtown. Improving Overtown would only help Wynwood and the rest of downtown development area. Ideally. all the neighborhoods of Downtown, from Brickell to Design District, would be safe and run together, similar to the the neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Good point, and in time I expect it will merge together with different neighborhoods having unique identities.. that would be nice to see.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s interesting that Mana wants to build the apartments before committing to public spaces and retail… I wonder what that means?

Azarius
4 years ago

Maybe because “whats best for the city” would have to include EVERYONE in the city not just one community . Through all the growth in the downtown area of Miami, OT (Overtown) is the only community not benefiting from any of that growth. Yes it would be so easy to just burn OT down (The only significant BLACK part of the downtown area), and let all the Millionaire/Billionaires come in and build homes that 70% of the population in the greater Miami-Dade area can’t afford.To create a larger gap between the richer and poor. Which would make society so much greater! Yea RIGHT!!

Mana is trying to give back to the same community that Wynwood BID is trying to forget that even exist. ALL because their business have been hit with a situation that has decreased their amount of revenue. Now they want the money to replace what they have had to put out. don’t forget they are trying to make Mana pay for all these benefits that will make their business revenue increase before he is able to build the only part of the project that will raise capital in the Wynwood area. Mana is trying to help, not only Wynwood but, all surrounding areas that will be impacted by his SAP.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Yes, I’m sure Mana’s only intention is to help Overtown.. Gimme a break
Eventually all those old rusty apartments will make way for nicer newer buildings.. and no doubt some people will be priced out and have to move.. that’s life.
The only way not to be forced to move, is to buy a house.. and don’t sell it to developers when they offer you more than it’s worth.

Azarius
4 years ago

I’m not opposed to redevelopment, actually i encourage it. However make it accessible to everyone, not just to 25% that can afford it. Don’t come in and displace people who have lived and contributed to a community to only price them out. I’m from Lil Haiti and have walked and lived in those communities for years before it became the world renowned art district that its is now. And now they are out pricing the same people that made the community what it is, only for money!

What a lot of people fail to realize is that by building up OT, the right way, is only going to benefit everyone. Even the overly priced Wynwood. Who will see a increase in exposure and revenue.

Anonymous
4 years ago

How do you do that.. If you owned a old rental building, would you create a law that says, they have to keep the tenants and not raise the rent?

If you inherit an old building or an empty lot, you can’t sell it to a developer, who will tear it down and build a new building?

Do you prefer seeing homeless people sleeping on sidewalks, prostitutes and drug dealers on the corner? Kids afraid to ride their bikes at night? and no property taxes to improve schools and infrastructure?

Azarius
4 years ago

It’s a concept of portions. If you are in a low income community you can redevelop a property without totally pricing out the people that was there. I’m not saying rents shouldn’t increase but don’t go from 1000 for a 1bed to 1600. You should have to create low income housing for a portion of that project. Create jobs that provides opportunities for the lower income communities. It can done. Mana SAP has some of these provisions already in his plan. Like the lower income artist housing.

What a lot of people fell to realize is the $10,000,000 was on top of all the other public benefits that he did not have to include in his plan to receive the extra height on his western tower. So giving 2/3 of that money to Overtown/Park West, who will also be impacted by his development is only right. His development is in Wynwood and they will benefit first hand jus from the development itself.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I see your point.. good explanation.

suomynona
4 years ago

You’re a damned fool if you think he cares about you, black people or Overtown.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Both these groups have to come together.. it has to be a viable for Mana and it has to be viable to Wynwood.. Make it happen.