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For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2015
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Johanna Cervone

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava's resolution to allocate funds for Downtown Palmetto Bay Project passes Board of County Commissioners

Miami, FL—After significant public input, a Resolution to have the County continue its investment in the development of “downtown Palmetto Bay” as envisioned by the Village and its residents has passed the Board of County Commissioners. The resolution, sponsored by County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, will provide up to $7.5 million to revitalize the area along the US1 corridor known locally as the “Franjo Triangle” into a thriving mixed-use development of homes and businesses designed to engage the Miami-Dade busway and be a pedestrian friendly and green.

“Palmetto Bay has presented plans for a project that prioritizes sustainable and transit oriented development. By connecting to the South Dade Busway, Downtown Palmetto Bay will create employment opportunities for many South Dade residents and provide a number of transit options in the village,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.

Commissioner Levine Cava also noted that the Downtown Palmetto Bay Project will be an investment in an area that is resilient to concerns over sea level rise and is focused on improving opportunities to advance mass transit along the busway, and hopefully with the continued investment in mixed us along the corridor – toward a more robust mass transit system like light rail or full bus rapid transit.

Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn spoke in support of the project at the County Commission meeting, explaining that “public investment will spur private investment. We are working on private investment in Downtown Palmetto Bay and the village is excited to receive funding after putting forth much time and effort into this project”.

The Village of Palmetto Bay has conducted a series of community charrettes over a number of years and has worked closely with Miami-Dade County to develop the revitalization plans. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava heralds this project as “a great example of tax dollars going towards sustainable development, good paying jobs, and towards the goals directly offered through its residents.”

Councilwoman Larissa Siegel Lara also expressed her support for a project that “represents the economic revitalization that is fundamental to continue delivering excellent services. Our partnership with Miami-Dade County is essential and we thank them for passing this resolution”.

Under a resolution presented by Commissioner Levine Cava and passed in February, Economic Development Funds will be recaptured from projects currently in line to receive EDF money if they do not successfully negotiate a Grant or Interlocal Agreement. Under today’s resolution, the Village of Palmetto Bay will receive a portion of these funds if they are reallocated from other projects.