Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss recently sponsored legislation that was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners acting in the capacity of the West Perrine Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), approving a commercial rehabilitation grant program and a residential rehabilitation grant program to be implemented within the boundaries of the West Perrine Community Redevelopment Area.
The adopted West Perrine CRA Redevelopment Plan encourages the creation of grant and loan programs to assist commercial and industrial property owners within the CRA area to enhance their properties. It also encourages the creation of grant and loan programs to assist with major upgrades to residential property in the CRA Area with a preference to owner occupied property.
The West Perrine CRA approved the implementation of two grant programs, the Residential Rehabilitation Program ($100,000) and the Commercial Rehabilitation Program ($50,000) to be financed through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). All grants are subject to the approval of the CRA and require a 50% match of the total costs for improvements to be provided by the applicant. In the event of extreme hardships the CRA can consider exceptions to the match requirement.
Residential Rehabilitation Program - Provides up to $15,000 per applicant for repairs to existing detached single family or duplex homes. To be eligible the home must be the primary residence of the applicant, all property taxes must be current, and standard property insurance must be maintained.
Eligible work includes (but not limited):
Commercial Rehabilitation Program - Provides up to $25,000 per applicant for upgrades to existing structures or property in the area. To be eligible a building needs to have a commercial space on the ground floor with street frontage and direct pedestrian access form the street. Buildings with code violations are only eligible if the scope of work addresses the violation.
Eligible work includes (but not limited to):
This item authorizes a memorandum of understanding with the West Perrine CRA for improvement to Ben Shavis Park, a county owned park. (10395 SW 179th Street). The CRA will provide the Parks and Recreation Department a total of $250,000 over the next two fiscal years to be matched by $50,000 of District 9 QNIP funding.
The improvements will include:
Walkways ,Landscaping , and Security Lighting to be completed within 12 months
Playground installation to be completed within five months
Commissioner Moss stated, "The West Perrine CRA provides nightly security guard services, maintenance of the area street's through a CRA NEAT-Team in addition to the other programs described earlier."