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File Number: 110007
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File Number: 110007 File Type: Resolution Status: Withdrawn
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Infrastructure and Land Use Committee
File Name: GOB ALLOCATION OF $1,500,000 NEW VILLAGE PROJECT Introduced: 1/3/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: NOTE TO CAO: ITEM FILED IN COMMISSIONER'S FOLDER Title: RESOLUTION RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. R-1121-10 THEREBY CANCELLING ALLOCATION OF $1,500,000 FROM BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NUMBER 249 – “PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AND EXPANSION OF HOME OWNERSHIP” TO FUND DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPONENT OF NEW BEGINNING VILLAGE PROJECT IN DISTRICT 2
Indexes: GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

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

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 4/13/2011 2C Withdrawn

County Manager 4/12/2011 Withdrawals 4/13/2011

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 3/9/2011 6C No action taken due to cancellation of meeting

County Manager 3/8/2011 Withdrawals 3/9/2011

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 2/9/2011 6A No action taken due to cancellation of meeting

County Attorney 1/14/2011 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 3/9/2011

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 1/12/2011 6C Deferred 2/9/2011 P
REPORT: Lady Myra L. Taylor, City of Opa-locka Mayor, appeared before the Committee and spoke against the foregoing proposed resolution to rescind a $1.5 million allocation for the New Beginning Village Project, approved by the County Commission on November 10, 2010. She urged Committee members to reconsider rescinding the $1.5 million for this project as proposed in the foregoing resolution. Mayor Taylor noted this project involved the development of a 7 acre multi-use residential housing and health complex and a worship center, which she and other officials worked diligently for three years to bring to the full County Commission for approval on November 4, 2010 and at that meeting, the Board approved an award of $1.5 million. Subsequently, the City officials learned that this funding was in jeopardy of being rescinded. Mayor Taylor noted the total cost of the project was $19 million; however, if the $1.5 was rescinded, it would jeopardize the financing for the entire project and all the projects connected to it including the worship center. She urged commissioners to reconsider this proposal and explained that the water had been connected to the pump station; the clean-up had been approved by the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM); and the engineering and survey contracts were in place. Chairwoman Seijas noted her support of this project; however, she asked Commissioner Monestime to give some additional thought to the proposal. Commissioner Monestime noted he had spoken with Mayor Taylor and Bishop John H. Taylor regarding this project on several occasions. He said he was in the process of developing a comprehensive housing and economic development plan for District 2; that as part of this process, he would not only review all allocations of County dollars, but how and where this funding could be more strategically applied to provide greater benefit to the District. Commissioner Monestime noted several housing projects were already underway in District 2, and he had been informed by staff that neither of these projects was included on the list for the next funding cycle, which meant that they would be sitting there waiting for availability of other funding. Commissioner Monestime clarified that the proposal to rescind the $1.5 million would by no means close the door on the New Beginning Village Project, which he believed was an excellent, well-packaged project. However, he wanted to have the latitude of completing the comprehensive development plan and maximizie opportunities for economic development in District 2. In addition, Commissioner Monestime noted commissioners were responsible for maximizing the investment of taxpayer dollars. Chairwoman Seijas noted she fully supported this project because she was aware of the needs of the Opa-locka community. However, she also understood that Commissioner Monestime was trying to address the needs of his district, but she would ask that he consider deferring this proposal to the next Committee meeting, pending additional information regarding the impact on this project. Commissioner Jordan asked Mayor Taylor to clarify what was included in the New Beginning Village Project. Mayor Taylor noted the project included housing for the elderly and handicapped, a dialysis center, a comprehensive health clinic, and youth programs for the poor and working-class. Bishop Taylor responded to Commissioner Jordan’s question regarding the status of this project in terms of securing the funding. He noted they had secured commitments from banks that had agreed to fund the project. In addition, they had two other partners that would help fund this project. Commissioner Jordan noted that in order for organizations to secure financing from other entities, they generally came to the County to get a commitment which they used to secure financing for project development. She noted she had some concern regarding a similar item she presented at the last Committee meeting to transfer $5 million from the Ives Estate to fund a gymnasium at Florida Memorial University (FMU). Commissioner Jordan noted she did not secure the bond funding for this project; that her predecessor, former Commissioner Betty Ferguson secured that funding. More importantly, Commissioner Jordan noted members of the County Commission had historically respected one another’s designations, and although the project site was located within her district, she believed that she had a responsibility to contact former Commissioner Ferguson, who headed the community advisory group(s) that worked to bring this project forward, and to inquire whether or not she supported the transfer of the $5 million to FMU. Commissioner Jordan explained that she had a vested interest in this project because Mayor Taylor represented one of the municipalities under her jurisdiction and her concern that the Village had already secured other commitments based on the $1.5 million. She asked that rather than rescinding the $1.5 million now, that Commissioner Monestime give the organization a timeline (one or two years) and come back with a proposal to rescind the funds if they were unable to move the project within that time. Commissioner Monestime noted he would continue meeting with Mayor Taylor, Bishop Taylor, and others involved in this project. He reiterated that the Committee’s action today (1/12) would not close the door on this project or prevent it from moving forward in the future. Chairwoman Seijas reiterated that the $1.5 was needed to secure bank financing and other funding. Commissioner Monestime asked that a representative from the Office of Capital Improvements, clarify the impact of this resolution on the New Beginning Project. Mr. George Navarrete, Director, Office of Capital Improvements (OCI), noted this allocation was made by resolution which was adopted pursuant to the same practices used by other commissioners. Mr. Navarrete noted the OCI was unaware of any additional commitments; that the prior resolution clearly states that this allocation was subject to further agreements that must be approved by the Board; and staff was not aware of any other contracts awarded by the Board. He said staff did not have a lot of information about this development.. Commissioner Monestime asked that this proposal be voted up or down. Chairwoman Seijas suggested that this proposal be set aside until the next Committee meeting, pending additional information from the City of Opa-locka. She noted apparently there was a disconnect in communication, but Committee members did not want to vote against this proposal because they understood what Commissioner Monestime was trying to accomplish. Commissioner Sosa noted Mayor Taylor had worked diligently for this community for many years. She also noted Commissioner Monestime was a newly elected commissioner who was trying to address the needs of his district. She suggested Committee members forward this proposal to the County Commission and that in the interim, Commissioner Monestime could work with Mayor Taylor and all parties to resolve their concerns before it was considered by the Commission. Following further comments by Chairwoman Seijas, Commissioner Monestime requested clarification regarding the timeline previously proposed by Commissioner Jordan. Commissioner Jordan noted she suggested that rather than rescinding the $1.5 million now, Commissioner Monestime give the organization a timeline (one or two years) and come back with a proposal to rescind the funds if they were unable to move the project within that time. She noted this was the only hope they had to save this project. Chairwoman Seijas asked that Commissioner Monestime consider defering this proposed resolution to the next Committee meeting, which was February 9; and that he would work with Mayor Taylor and Mr. Navarrette to review all the information on this project. It was moved by Commissioner Monestime that the foregoing proposed resolution be deferred until the next Committee meeting (February 9, 2010). This motion was seconded by Commissioner Sosa and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 6-0. Chairwoman Seijas noted each Commissioner had a $10.5 million allocation and based upon District 2 needs, she committed to transfer $750,000 from her account to Commissioner Monestime.

County Attorney 1/3/2011 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 1/12/2011

County Attorney 1/3/2011 Assigned Geri Bonzon-Keenan

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. R-1121-10 THEREBY CANCELLING ALLOCATION OF $1,500,000 FROM BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NUMBER 249 – “PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS AND EXPANSION OF HOME OWNERSHIP” TO FUND DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPONENT OF NEW BEGINNING VILLAGE PROJECT IN DISTRICT 2

BODY

WHEREAS, this Board previously adopted Resolution No. R-1121-10 on November 4, 2010 allocating $1,500,000 from Project No. 249 – “Preservation of Affordable Housing Units and Expansion of Home Ownership” with an original allocation of $137.7 million (the “Housing Funds”) to the affordable housing component of the New Beginning Village project located at 2398 NW 119th Street (the “New Beginning Project”); and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to rescind Resolution No. R-1121-10 and cancel the $1,500,000 allocation to the New Beginning Project so such amount may be allocated to one or more affordable housing projects in District 2,
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. Resolution No. R-1121-10 is hereby rescinded, thereby cancelling the allocation of $1,500,000 of Housing Funds to the New Beginning Project and making such $1,500,000 amount available for allocation to one or more affordable housing projects in District 2.



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