Housing and Urban Development

Miami-Dade School Board Looking To Develop Downtown HQ, And Add Housing

Jan 15, 2020
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The Miami-Dade County School Board wants to downsize from its 10 acres of prime, development-ready land in downtown Miami.

District officials are turning to a private developer and a community redevelopment agency to leverage its downtown headquarters for office space next door. It’s a move they say will finance the rebuild of two nearby schools, include affordable housing for teachers and the elderly, and eventually direct more dollars that could be used for teacher salaries and educational programs.

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The rent is just too high for a lot of people living in South Florida. In Miami, many renters spend at least half of their paychecks on housing.  And consider this: The median household income for people in the city of Miami is $34,000. The average rent is around $1,800 across apartment sizes. That would cost someone making an average income two-thirds of their paycheck before taxes.

The City of Miami ordered a study about a year ago to  help solve its housing affordability crisis, and that plan was released this week by the Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center at FIU.

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There's a packed agenda for Tuesday evening's regular Fort Lauderdale city commission meeting. It starts 6 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Ave.

 

Key issues that are expected to come before the dais include: 

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About 100 citizen activists gathered in Fort Lauderdale in the rain Monday night for an open forum about quality of life issues and development. 

“We may be under water tonight, but I promise what you hear will not be watered down,” Stan Eichelbaum told the crowd under tents at the Historic Stranahan House Museum. 

 

Stranahan House
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In Fort Lauderdale, how much to build – or not build – is a central question. It comes up regularly in public comment, city commission meetings and local government. 

While some people like the city's changing skyline, there are several citizens' groups that push back against the idea of over-development.

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The 435-foot tall glass building shaped like a guitar is hard to miss while driving on the Florida Turnpike in Broward County. 

As a monument to the Gibson Les Paul guitar and the growing development in Hollywood, the $1.5 billion dollar expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the first of its kind in terms of opportunities - and challenges.  

 

A Jacksonville state representative’s bill aimed at easing the burden on victims of housing discrimination who are pursuing civil action passed unanimously in its first committee stop this week.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
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This story has been updated with additional context at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 2019.

What started as an idea to build more affordable housing in Downtown Fort Lauderdale has become a growing fight between residents, a developer and city officials. 

 

 

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Community leaders and officials from the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) defended a proposed high-rise tower dedicated to low-income housing in downtown Fort Lauderdale Tuesday. 

Over the last week, city residents have expressed opposition to the project on social media, citing doubts over how well potential residents would be vetted. Some people have asked if the units are only for people living with HIV, or if the building is a shelter.

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Construction is underway on what will be a 102-acre mixed-use development full of shops, restaurants, offices and apartments called Dania Pointe - where the iconic old Dania Beach Hurricane roller coaster used to be. 

The first phase of retail space will have its grand-opening Nov. 1. A few retailers, including Starbucks, have opened in the last two weeks by the Stirling Road entrance. 

Phase Two will have more shops and hotel rooms along I-95, but is not expected to open until fall of next year. 

Fair housing advocates are suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to compel it to follow a rule meant to help prevent segregation and comply with the Fair Housing Act. The suit, which also names HUD Secretary Ben Carson, was filed Tuesday morning.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants Americans living on housing assistance to put more of their income toward rent and he wants to give public housing authorities the ability to impose work requirements on tenants.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

The Super City of Miami; The Hungry Blackman

Dec 11, 2017

South Florida offers a plethora of dining options from all nationalities catering to  different tastes, whims and budgets. Many self-proclaimed “foodies,” lovers of food, take it upon themselves to write about their experiences traveling to different eateries around the Magic City and beyond.

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A week after Louissita Chery brought her newborn baby home, he started to have trouble breathing. She rushed him to the hospital where he would remain for a month with respiratory problems.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote.

Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination — mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump, NPR's Arnie Seipel reports.

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who received blowback from liberals for voting for Carson in committee, voted against his nomination today," Arnie says.