Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102290
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File Number: 102290 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1065-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: BBC GOB 293 - HAMPTON HOUSE REHABILITATION AND RESTORATION Introduced: 9/22/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/4/2010
Agenda Date: 11/4/2010 Agenda Item Number: 5A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION APPROVING SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATION TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 293 - “HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND”, AS IDENTIFIED IN APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-919-04, TO ALLOCATE $1.8 MILLION TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY-OWNED PROPERTY KNOWN AS HISTORIC HAMPTON HOUSE AFTER PUBLIC HEARING; WAIVING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES CONTEMPLATING COMPETITIVE PROCESS; DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO LIST SUCH PROJECT IN SERIES RESOLUTION AS ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING IN NEXT SERIES OF BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND TO FUND FROM SUCH BOND PROCEEDS FULL AMOUNT NECESSARY TO TIMELY COMPLETE HAMPTON HOUSE REHABILITATION AND RESTORATION; AND REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL FOR ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO SUCH FUNDING, INCLUDING CASH FLOW REVISIONS [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 101719]
Indexes: BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES
  BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND
  GOB
  HISTORIC PRESERVATION
  RESTORATION
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
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Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/4/2010 5A Adopted P
REPORT: County Attorney Robert Cuevas read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Moss opened the public hearing and called for persons wishing to appear before the Commission in connection with this proposed resolution. Ms. Gwendolyn Johnson, Secretary, Brownsville Neighborhood Civic Association, commended Commissioner Edmonson for her support of community projects. She asked the BCC to approve funding for the renovation of the Hampton House. Ms. Enid Curtis Pinkney, 4990 NW 31 Avenue, Miami, thanked the entire BCC for support of the Hampton House. She acknowledged Commissioner Edmonson and County Manager George Burgess for their efforts. After hearing no one further come forward, Chairman Moss closed the public hearing. There being no further questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote.

Transit, Infrastructure & Roads Committee 10/13/2010 2A SUBSTITUTE Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Bruce Libhaber read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Jordan noted that the following three individuals had requested to speak on this proposed resolution although it was not a public hearing. Ms. Penny Lambeth, Hampton House Advisory Committee Member, 15575 Miami Lakeway, North Miami, spoke in support of the proposed resolution. She noted the Hampton House had a rich and vibrant history and that people who had stayed at the House were not only a part of Miami’s history but the nation’s history. Among its visitors were Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington who performed on Miami Beach and who could not stay on Miami Beach overnight due to segregation, Ms. Lambeth noted. She also noted speculation was mounting that Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I had a dream” speech may have originated at the Hampton House. Ms. Lambeth said the Hampton House would be an ideal location for a Museum of African American History. Ms. Isabella Rosetti, 2935 NW 50 Street, Miami, spoke in support of the proposed resolution. She noted she was a resident of Brownsville and the Hampton House would revitalize a neighborhood in need. Ms. Enid Curtis Pinkney, 4990 NW 31 Avenue, Miami, spoke in support of the proposed resolution. She expressed appreciation to commissioners for purchasing the Hampton House and for including the House in the General Obligation Bond program. She acknowledged Commissioner Edmonson for her ongoing support of the African-American community. Ms. Pinkney said the Hampton House would bring jobs to the community and it would serve as an example of how County government and the residents of this community could work together. She noted that Florida Memorial University had committed to bringing classes to the House and conversations were underway with Barry University and the University of Miami as well. Ms Pinkney said the Hampton House would serve as a social hall, a museum, a gift shop, and a restaurant. Commissioner Edmonson noted her desire that the Hampton House would promote economic development in the community and said it was the County’s responsibility to provide financial support. Commissioner Gimenez noted he would support the proposed resolution and that he was impressed by the history of the Hampton House and the great African-American leaders who visited the House. Commissioner Sorenson noted that although she supported the Hampton House project, she did not support the process. She said that projects should be evaluated before awarding funding. Commissioner Sorenson noted that Ms. Pinkney contributed so much to the community; that she was the champion of the Miami Circle; and that she worked closely with Ms. Pinkney during her tenure as President of the Dade Heritage Trust. Commissioner(s) Gimenez, Jordan, Rolle and Seijas asked to be added as co-sponsor(s) to this proposed resolution. Commissioner Jordan noted she held fond memories of the Hampton House since she and her husband stayed at the House after they were married. Commissioner Edmonson noted, for the record, that the funding level reflected in this proposed resolution should be corrected to read $1.8 million, rather than $1.2 million. There being no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 9/22/2010 Referred Transit, Infrastructure & Roads Committee 10/13/2010

County Attorney 9/22/2010 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION APPROVING SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATION TO BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 293 - “HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND”, AS IDENTIFIED IN APPENDIX A TO RESOLUTION NO. R-919-04, TO ALLOCATE $1.8 MILLION TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY-OWNED PROPERTY KNOWN AS HISTORIC HAMPTON HOUSE AFTER PUBLIC HEARING; WAIVING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES CONTEMPLATING COMPETITIVE PROCESS; DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO LIST SUCH PROJECT IN SERIES RESOLUTION AS ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING IN NEXT SERIES OF BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND TO FUND FROM SUCH BOND PROCEEDS FULL AMOUNT NECESSARY TO TIMELY COMPLETE HAMPTON HOUSE REHABILITATION AND RESTORATION; AND REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL FOR ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO SUCH FUNDING, INCLUDING CASH FLOW REVISIONS

BODY
WHEREAS, the Historic Hampton House Motel (the “Hampton House”), a facility owned by Miami-Dade County and designated as a historic property by the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board on April 17, 2002, opened its doors in 1954 as one of a handful of segregation-era motels and entertainment centers in Miami that catered to Black celebrities, local musicians and Black families vacationing or visiting South Florida and is located at 4200 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida; and
WHEREAS, prominent Black individuals, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammed Ali, Jackie Robinson and Malcolm X all visited and spent time at the Hampton House; and
WHEREAS, the Hampton House also hosted such talented Black musicians as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Wilson and Ray Charles; and
WHEREAS, throughout the years, the Hampton House has suffered from neglect and inclement weather causing the Hampton House to be dilapidated and in need of serious repair; and
WHEREAS, in 2002, this Board directed the County Manager to work with the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. to investigate the renovation, adaptive reuse and public acquisition of the Hampton House; and
WHEREAS, in 2004, the Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Economic Development purchased the Hampton House using Community Block Grant funds; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County voters approved an allocation of $4.7 million to BBC GOB Project No. 255 - “Historic Hampton House” to “[r]ehabilitate the building as a multi-use center of social and cultural life for the local community, through the Office of Historic Preservation. The most significant representative building of the civil rights movement in Miami-Dade County, this former hotel and entertainment center served as a major social and political gather place during the 1950s and 1960s. Closed and abandoned for years, County CDBG funds have recently been secured for its public acquisition” and $1.3 million of BCC GOB Project No. 255 funds have already been utilized for architectural plans and for the stabilization of the walls of the facility; and
WHEREAS, it is anticipated that an additional $1.8 million is needed to complete the construction and restoration of this historic site; and
WHEREAS, Appendix A to Resolution No. 919-04 (the “Cultural Facility Resolution”), lists projects eligible for funding from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program (the “BBC Program”) by project number, municipal project location, BCC district, project name, project description, street address, and project funding allocation; and
WHEREAS, one of the projects listed in Appendix A to the Cultural Facility Resolution and approved by the voters for funding is Project No. 293 – “Historic Preservation Fund” (“Project No. 293”), a Countywide fund with an allocation equal to $10,000,000 and a project description that states: “[e]stablish a facilities preservation fund to provide emergency funding to property owners for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial historic sites. The program is geared to make an impact in the revitalization of historic buildings at the neighborhood level, particularly designated historic districts and other areas having a high concentration of older buildings. The Preservation Fund intends to make available up to $1 million annually in grants and loans between $25,000 and $250,000, $3 million to fund the Miami Marine Stadium and $1 million to fund the restoration of Curtiss Mansion”; and
WHEREAS, all additions, deletions and significant modifications to individual projects or to Appendix A to the Cultural Facility Resolution require a majority vote of the Board after a public hearing; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to approve a significant modification to Project No. 293 to change the Project Description to add a $1.8 million allocation to the rehabilitation and restoration of the Hampton House such that the new Project Description would read as follows: “[e]stablish a facilities preservation fund to provide emergency funding to property owners for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial historic sites. The program is geared to make an impact in the revitalization of historic buildings at the neighborhood level, particularly designated historic districts and other areas having a high concentration of older buildings. The Preservation Fund intends to make available up to $1 million annually in grants and loans between $25,000 and $250,000, $3 million to fund the Miami Marine Stadium, $1 million to fund the restoration of Curtiss Mansion, and $1.8 million to fund the rehabilitation and restoration of the Historic Hampton House”; and
WHEREAS, this significant modification to Project No. 293 would add the Hampton House as an eligible historical site and would allocate $1.8 million of Project No. 293 BBC Program funds to its historical preservation; and
WHEREAS, these funds would compliment additional funding for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Hampton House provided by BBC GOB Project No. 255- “Historic Hampton House”; and
WHEREAS, the Administrative Rules governing the BBC GOB Program contemplate that the award of Project No. 293 funds to an eligible project be made pursuant to a competitive process even though such a process is not legally required; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to award $1.8 million from Project No. 293 BBC GOB Program funds to the Hampton House without a competitive process; and
WHEREAS, the Board wishes to direct the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee to list Project No. 293 funding for Hampton House in the next series resolution as eligible for funding, to fund the rehabilitation and restoration of the Hampton House from bond proceeds generated from the next BBC GOB Program bonds (scheduled to be issued in the Fall of 2010) and not to make any adjustments to said funding for any reason, including cash flow revisions by the County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee authorized by Implementing Order No. 3-47, without this Board’s prior approval,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated in this resolution and are approved.
Section 2. This Board hereby approves the significant modification to Project No. 293, identified in Appendix A to Resolution No. R-919-04, after a public hearing to change the Project Description to read as follows: “Establish a facilities preservation fund to provide emergency funding to property owners for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial historic sites. The program is geared to make an impact in the revitalization of historic buildings at the neighborhood level, particularly designated historic districts and other areas having a high concentration of older buildings. The Preservation Fund intends to make available up to $1 million annually in grants and loans between $25,000 and $250,000, $3 million to fund the Miami Marine Stadium, $1 million to fund the restoration of Curtiss Mansion, and $1.8 million to fund the rehabilitation and restoration of the Historic Hampton House.”
Section 3. This Board waives the Administrative Rules governing the BBC GOB Program that contemplate the award of Project No. 293 funds to an eligible project pursuant to a competitive process and awards $1.8 million from Project No. 293 BBC GOB Program funds to the restoration of the Hampton House without a competitive process.
Section 4. The County Mayor or the County Mayor’s designee is hereby directed to list the Project No. 293 funding for the Hampton House in the next series resolution as a project eligible for funding and to fund the timely completion of the rehabilitation and restoration of the Hampton House from bond proceeds generated from the next BBC GOB Program bonds (scheduled to be issued in the Fall of 2010). The County Mayor and the County Mayor’s designee is directed to not make any adjustments to said funding for any reason, including cash flow revisions authorized by Implementing Order No. 3-47, without this Board’s prior approval.



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