Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 111820
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File Number: 111820 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-870-11 Control: County Commission
File Name: GOB - MIAMI CHILDREN MUSEUM Introduced: 8/29/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/4/2011
Agenda Date: 10/4/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION RESCINDING GRANT AWARD IN AMOUNT OF $2,438,000 FROM THE BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 223 – “NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION CAPITAL FUND” TO MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, INC. (“MUSEUM”), AWARDING SAME TO THE MUSEUM, AND AUTHORIZING DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS TO THE MUSEUM AFTER EXECUTION OF GRANT AGREEMENT AND RECORDATION OF DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS
Indexes: GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM
Sponsors: Bruno A. Barreiro, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-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

Board of County Commissioners 10/4/2011 11A1 Adopted P
REPORT: Hearing no objections or comments, the Board members proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 9/14/2011 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. There being no questions or comments regarding the foregoing proposed resolution, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 8/29/2011 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 9/14/2011

County Attorney 8/29/2011 Assigned Monica Rizo 9/7/2011

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION RESCINDING GRANT AWARD IN AMOUNT OF $2,438,000 FROM THE BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROGRAM PROJECT NO. 223 – “NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION CAPITAL FUND” TO MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, INC. (“MUSEUM”), AWARDING SAME TO THE MUSEUM, AND AUTHORIZING DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS TO THE MUSEUM AFTER EXECUTION OF GRANT AGREEMENT AND RECORDATION OF DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS

BODY

WHEREAS, in 2001, this Board awarded a $5 million grant from Convention Development Tax funds for the construction of the new Miami Children’s Museum (“Museum”) facility (Resolution No. R-793-01); and
WHEREAS, this $5 million allocation, along with $14.8 million of private and State funds, an additional $5 million construction loan secured by a mortgage on the Museum provided the necessary funding for the Miami Children’s Museum, Inc. (“Children’s Museum”) to complete the construction of the facility; and
WHEREAS, in 2003, the Museum opened in a new state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot facility close to downtown Miami and now stands as one of the 10 largest children's museums in the United States and the only one in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, the Museum targets services to children ages 3 months to 12 years old, their families, caregivers, and educators; and
WHEREAS, the Museum's facility encompasses 14 galleries of interactive exhibits with learning activities focused on the themes of arts, culture, community, and communication and all exhibits and programs are guided by research-based models that promote child development through fun, interactive, and authentic learning experiences; and
WHEREAS, to date, the Museum has paid $4.1 million in principal and interest payments on the construction loan it obtained, but the burden of this continuing obligation has had a direct effect on the Museum’s financial stability and its ability to offer programs and services to the public; and
WHEREAS, given the recent economic climate, it has become increasingly difficult for the Museum to raise sufficient funds both to sustain its operations and to continue to repay this loan in a timely manner; and
WHEREAS, on November 2, 2004, voters overwhelmingly approved eight referendum questions to fund more than 300 capital improvement projects throughout Miami-Dade County over an approximately 18 to 20 year period, comprising the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond (“BBC GOB”) Program; and
WHEREAS, BBC GOB Project No. 223 - “Not-for-Profit Community Organization Capital Fund”, with a total allocation of $30 million, was approved as a part of the BBC GOB Program; and
WHEREAS, on July 24, 2007, by Resolution No. R-884-07, the Board approved allocations to 37 not-for-profit entities totaling the full $30 million from the BBC GOB Project No. 223, after a competitive request for proposals process, and the Children’s Museum was awarded $2,438,000 to implement a series of capital improvements to their existing facility including renovation, upgrading and construction of new features to enhance the visitor experience, accessibility and safety/security, and to complete interior and exterior construction; and
WHEREAS, in order to strengthen the Children’s Museum’s operational stability prior to undertaking additional capital projects, it is in the best interest of the County to rescind the original $2,438,000 grant of BBC GOB Project No. 223 funds to the Children’s Museum and approve a grant award in the same amount to the Museum to be used to pay the balance of the construction loan, secured by a mortgage on the museum facility, the proceeds of which were used for capital expenses related to the museum facility; and
WHEREAS, the Children’s Museum will therefore be able to pay off its capital debt, thus enabling the organization to focus more of its resources on its core mission to enrich the lives of children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential; and
WHEREAS, as a condition of the grant award, the Children’s Museum will be required to record a Restrictive Covenant ensuring the use of the property for public museum purposes and restricting the Museum’s ability to further encumber the property without the expressed written consent of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, this item was presented to the BBC-GOB Citizens’ Advisory Committee (“CAC”) on August 18, 2011 and was forwarded to the Board with a favorable recommendation,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. All of the foregoing recital clauses are incorporated herein by referenced and adopted by this Board.
Section 2. This Board hereby rescinds a grant award in the amount of $2,438,000 from the BBC GOB Program Project No. 223 – “Not-for-Profit Community Organization Capital Fund” and awards $2,438,000 from Project No. 223 to the Children’s Museum in order to pay the balance of a construction loan, the proceeds of which were used for capital expenses on the Museum facility.
Section 3. This Board hereby approves the disbursement of BBC GOB funds to the Children’s Museum after the execution of the BBC GOB Grant Agreement and the recordation of a declaration of restrictive covenants, after approval of the form by the County Attorney’s Office, by the Children’s Museum.



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