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04/23/2014FDOT Ready to Select Team for $2.1B Interstate 4 Rebuild

April 23--The state Wednesday will choose the winner of the biggest highway construction project in Orlando history when it picks the company that will overhaul Interstate 4 through downtown. The massive redo of a 21-mile stretch -- nicknamed the ultimate -- will cost at least $2 billion and the price could go as high as $2.7 billion when the cost of land and loans are considered. Four teams ...
04/22/2014Gov. Nikki Haley: Finish MOX Plant

April 22--AIKEN -- Looking down from a helicopter Monday, Gov. Nikki Haley gained a new perspective on a partially finished nuclear fuel plant that once was envisioned as a way to rid the nation of deadly, weapons-grade atomic material. But the view from high above didn't change her mind about the need for the jobs-rich factory. Haley said the plant looked too near completion for the federal ...
04/22/2014Miami Developer Teams With Russian Group on Brickell Flatiron Condo Project

April 22--Veteran Miami developer Ugo Colombo is finalizing negotiations to jointly develop a high-end condominium, the Brickell Flatiron, with Russian developer Vladislav Doronin of Capital Group. A new rendering of the Brickell Flatiron project shows a flowing, curvy structure soaring 65 stories on a triangular lot at South Miami Avenue and Brickell Plaza. Plans for the fledgling partnership ...
04/20/2014Two Sides Spar Over Proposed Soccer Stadium at PortMiami

April 20--Miami-Dade County got a peek Sunday at the acrimony it can expect over the next weeks and perhaps months as two sides faced off in a testy debate over potential Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami. John Alschuler, the New York-based real-estate adviser for David Beckham, the retired English player who wants to build a home for his new franchise at the seaport, squabbled on local ...
04/19/2014Stalled Orlando-area Developments Re-emerge With Better Economy

April 19--The push to build new communities near the sensitive Econlockhatchee River region has been relentless, and only a global recession and intense political opposition slowed it four years ago. But now those major projects -- and the thousands of residences they could bring to its rural areas -- are coming back. Developers of the Camino Reale project recently submitted scaled-back plans ...
04/18/2014PortMiami Location Would Add $50M to Soccer Stadium's Cost

April 18--A Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami would cost David Beckham and his investors $50 million more to build than at other locations -- bringing the total project cost to about $250 million -- but they still want to pursue the publicly owned waterfront site, the group said Friday. Beckham's group has spent the past month reviewing construction costs for a 25,000-seat, open-air ...
04/17/2014S.C. Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Nuclear Plant's Higher Costs

April 17--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After hearing arguments Wednesday, the S.C. Supreme Court now will decide whether SCE&G is responsible for a $278 million cost increase at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant or if the utility can pass part of that tab along to ratepayers. In November 2012, the Public Service Commission approved the increase for the Fairfield County nuclear installation. But some ...
04/17/2014U.S. Housing Effort in Haiti Criticized -- Again

April 17--The U.S. Agency for International Development says it will continue to work with Haitians displaced by the country's devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake to get them into permanent homes -- just not by building the houses itself. The announcement comes as yet another audit -- this one by USAID's inspector general -- highlights the shortfalls of the agency's ambitious housing program ...
04/16/2014Towering I-Drive Observation Wheel Scheduled for 2015 Opening

April 16--The Orlando Eye, the 400 foot-tall observation wheel being built on International Drive, should be ready for opening by the spring of 2015. That's a few months later than developer Chuck Whittall had hoped -- he was shooting for December 31 -- but Whittall is taking the delay in stride. "Something like this is all custom made," said Whittall, of Unicorp National Developments, Inc. ...
04/16/2014Federal Judge OKs Agreement for $1.6B in Miami-Dade Sewer Repairs

April 16--Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system. A Miami federal judge has signed the consent decree between the county, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which was in the works for more than two ...
04/15/2014Barton Malow Named Builder of Orlando's $85M Soccer Stadium

April 15--Orlando's Major League Soccer team-in-waiting announced Tuesday the selection of Barton Malow as the general contractor who will build the city's new professional soccer stadium. Barton Malow, which is headquartered in suburban Detroit and has an office in Orlando, has redeveloped sports venues including Daytona International Speedway, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the University of ...
04/15/2014Royal Caribbean Fighting PortMiami Soccer Stadium Proposal

April 15--Royal Caribbean Cruises and its allies have formed an organization to oppose a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami, marking the first coordinated resistance to David Beckham's waterfront dream. The Miami Seaport Alliance took out a full-page advertisement in Monday's Miami Herald, titled "Here We Go Again," to launch its campaign against the 25,000-seat, open-air stadium that ...
04/14/2014South Fla. Developer Turnberry Makes Aggressive Plans

April 14--Stroll past the colorful window displays at Aventura Mall, or bask in the marbled surroundings of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Beyond the marquee venues' beautiful vistas, a family's life's work is on display as a second generation of Soffers builds on the multibillion-dollar legacy of their father. Siblings Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer are expanding Turnberry Associates, adding on to ...
04/12/2014$26M Hilton Hotel to Be Built in Haiti

April 12--Another U.S. brand hotel is headed to Haiti. Hilton Worldwide will bring a 152-room, mid-priced hotel to Haiti's capital, the chain and a local Haitian investment group announced this week. The new Hilton Garden Inn would be the third U.S. brand -- after the 106-room Best Western Premier, and still under construction 175-room Marriott --and the fifth internationally branded hotel. ...
04/11/2014Downtown Development Authority Backs PortMiami Soccer Stadium

April 11--Miami's Downtown Development Authority formally threw its support Friday behind David Beckham's proposal to build a Major League Soccer stadium on PortMiami's Dodge Island. For pedestrians to get to the site, the DDA voted unanimously that Beckham's group should privately finance -- in its entirety -- the redevelopment of an unused drawbridge to turn it into a linear park. Then, the ...
04/11/2014Developer Buying Former Philip Morris Plant in Concord, N.C.

April 11--The former Philip Morris plant in Concord had been sold to a developer, a city spokesman said on Friday. Richmond, Va.-based Altria Inc., Philip Morris' parent company, told the city that the property was sold to a company called Victory Industrial Park LLC, city spokesman Peter Franzese said. The city doesn't have information yet on what the company plans for the location, he said. ...
04/11/2014Everglades Restoration Project Clears Hurdle

April 11--Water managers took a crucial step Thursday in redefining the methods and mechanics of Everglades restoration by committing financial support to a suite of projects that target the massive ecosystem's ailing core. The $1.9 million Central Everglades Planning Project, known as CEPP, is far smaller than the grand vision Congress adopted 14 years ago at five times the cost. Instead, it ...
04/10/2014Engineer Sues Contractors Over Beam Collapse at Perez Art Museum Miami

April 10--The new Perez Art Museum Miami is fighting a lawsuit that alleges two of its contractors failed to keep several five- to 10-ton concrete beams from collapsing during construction. The lawsuit, which engineering firm Arup USA filed this week in Florida's 11th Judicial Circuit Court, seeks nearly $7 million that Arup claims it is owed from PAMM and Florida-based contractors John ...
04/09/2014Columbia, S.C., Votes to Build Minor-League Baseball Stadium

April 09--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- By the slimmest of margins, Columbia City Council decided Tuesday night to authorize a management contract for a city-owned baseball stadium in the yet-to-be-built Bull Street neighborhood downtown. The 4-3 vote to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and to operate the stadium is the first step toward spending $29 million in ...
04/09/2014Plant Vogtle Expansion Could Signal Future of Nuclear Industry

April 09--Eyes across the nation are watching the construction of two nuclear reactors rising out of the red-clay ground about 30 miles south of Augusta. The Alvin W. Vogtle nuclear power plant near Waynesboro, Ga., is using a new design and new construction method to build the first reactors licensed in the U.S. in more than three decades. As the first generation of nuclear reactors moves ...
04/08/2014AGC: Construction Industry Firms Worried About Worker Shortage

DENVER (AP) — The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks. The plan by the Associated General Contractors of America, which represents ...
04/08/2014Gov. Scott Awards Clean Water Act Funds for South Fla. Projects

April 08--Gov. Rick Scott has awarded $29 million in federal loans to 10 South Florida water projects ranging from an overworked treatment plant in Miami-Dade County's crumbling sewer system to a much-needed system in the lower Florida Keys. The money comes from a program established under the landmark Clean Water Act of 1987, and is intended to help states meet the law's requirements. Over ...
04/08/2014PortMiami Wants to Borrow $385M, Adding to Soccer's Complications

April 08--Some of the hurdles facing soccer at PortMiami should be on display Tuesday when Miami-Dade County commissioners consider borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars for the seaport and clearing out an environmental facility sitting on land that David Beckham wants for a new stadium and entertainment complex. Port officials see the land as the next big commercial district in Miami, and ...
04/07/2014Columbia, S.C., Faces Final Decision on Minor-League Baseball Stadium Contract

April 07--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Whether the cry of "play ball" will waft across a fancy, new, taxpayer-owned stadium in downtown Columbia comes to a final vote Tuesday. City Council will consider an updated version of a contract to build a $35 million, year-round, minor league stadium and entertainment venue. The contract does two new key things since a deeply divided council gave it an initial ...
04/05/2014Records Show Emails Between Orlando Toll-Road Board Member, Developer

April 05--A board member of Orlando's expressway authority offered to introduce possible investors to the managing partner of a billion-dollar development pegged to a toll road the agency is building, records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel reveal. The documents indicate Scott Batterson of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority helped connect three companies with Maitland attorney Jim ...

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