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08/04/2015N.C. House Leaders Propose $2.8B Bond Referendum

Aug. 04--Republican leaders in the state House rolled out their own version of Gov. Pat McCrory's bond proposal Monday, calling for more infrastructure spending than the governor's plan. The House plan mirrors McCrory's proposal on borrowing numbers: Both feature about $2.8 billion in bonds, which would go before voters in a special November election aimed for timing at taking advantage of low ...
08/04/2015Nuke Plants Could Help S.C. Meet Carbon Pollution Rules

Aug. 04--Two nuclear plants being built in Fairfield County are expected to help South Carolina comply with new rules that require the state cut its greenhouse gas emissions. The sweeping federal rules, the nation's first regulation of carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants, also will force South Carolina to look more carefully at increasing its use of solar, wind and natural ...
08/04/2015Student Housing Developer Puts Columbia, S.C., Project on Hold

Aug. 04--The developer of a proposed student housing complex in the Olympia neighborhood got more time Monday to try to satisfy nearby residents and Columbia city planners. The delay came after Aspen Heights, a Texas-based company, said it is trying to be a good fit on a site, a few blocks south of the University of South Carolina's Greek Village. Company officials are "exploring some options" ...
08/03/2015EDITORIAL: Miami's Port Tunnel a Model of Success

Aug. 03--The PortMiami Tunnel is celebrating its first year of operation this week. Already, it has made a noticeable difference on the streets of downtown Miami. On Aug. 3, 2014, the PortMiami Tunnel opened five years from its inception. The only oops was when the lead rig doing the inaugural honors broke down and had to be towed out of the way. That could have been an ominous sign of things ...
08/03/2015Architectural Firm Seeks $2.9M in Legal Fees From Columbia, S.C.

Aug. 03--COLUMBIA, SC The architectural firm awarded $1.65 million last week in a contract dispute with the city of Columbia is asking for an additional $2.9 million. If paid, that would bring the city's cost for its court case with Stevens & Wilkinson over a proposed Vista hotel to $4.56 million, according to the motion filed by the firm's attorney, Dick Harpootlian. City Council is due to ...
08/03/2015FDOT: Tampa Needs New Lanes and Transit to Relieve Gridlock

Aug. 03--TAMPA -- Hillsborough County won't solve its gridlock by adding more lanes to its interstates. And it won't break up roadway congestion by building a better mass transit system. "It's not a matter of either-or," said Paul Steinman, secretary of the state Department of Transportation's District 7 and the top Florida transportation official for the region. The county needs both new ...
08/02/2015Columbia, S.C., Offers 50% Tax Break to Lure Rental Properties to Downtown

Aug. 02--The same tax-credit incentives that Columbia began offering in 2014 to private student housing properties now apply to market-rate rental properties -- but not for long. Columbia City Council recently approved a resolution to extend the 10-year, 50 percent property tax reduction available to some student housing developments, and now to some market-rate rental housing developments, ...
08/02/2015Early Work Starts on $1B Redevelopment in Tampa's Channelside Area

Aug. 02--TAMPA -- Monday marks the day Jeff Vinik grows his legacy in Tampa. "I'm excited about it," said Troy Manthey, owner of Yacht StarShip, as preliminary redevelopment work starts in the Channel District, home of his business. "It's going to bring more people down to the area and get more people to buy tickets for my boat cruise." Channelside Drive, between Jefferson and Old Water ...
08/02/2015Interchange Idea Aims to Ease S.R. 56 Congestion Near Tampa

Aug. 02--WESLEY CHAPEL -- Paul Steinman, district secretary for Florida's Department of Transportation, doesn't need anyone to tell him the State Road 56 interchange at Interstate 75 needs to be reworked. He lives the nightmare every day on his commute from the Wiregrass area to and from his job at the DOT office in Tampa. "He comes in really early to avoid the traffic," DOT spokeswoman Kris ...
08/01/2015Columbia, S.C., Considers Zoning Request for Private Student Housing Project

Aug. 01--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Developers appear to be considering private student housing behind the University of South Carolina's Greek Village near Olympia and downtown Columbia. Aspen Heights, a Texas-based student communities developer, has requested a zoning change to a four-acre parcel at Catawba and Lincoln streets, a block from the Aspyre student apartments on Assembly Street, for ...
07/31/2015Coral Gables to Consider Mixed-Use High-Rise Project Near UM Campus

July 31--Developers are looking to build big in Coral Gables, this time along South Dixie Highway. Paseo de la Riviera, a mixed-use project that would replace the old 155-room Holiday Inn across from the University of Miami, will come before the city's planning and zoning board on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The project application details the plans to revamp the strip-mall-dominated corridor on U.S. ...
07/31/2015Corps: Dredging for $706M Savannah Harbor Deepening to Begin in September

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency overseeing the $706 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah says it now expects dredging to start three months sooner than expected. The Army Corps of Engineers said Friday workers should begin dredging the outer portion of the 39-mile channel in early September. Corps officials had planned to wait until December. The agency ...
07/31/2015Jury: Columbia, S.C., Owes Architects $1.65M for Disputed Pay Claim

July 31--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Richland County jury ruled Thursday that the city of Columbia must pay $1.65 million to Stevens & Wilkinson, a Columbia architectural and engineering firm, for breaking a contract for work it did on a proposed Vista hotel that was never built. The jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching a unanimous verdict shortly after 3 p.m. at the county courthouse ...
07/30/2015Report: Florida a Top Recipient of FAA Exemptions for Drone Operation

July 30--Industries in Florida received 40 exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration to commercially operate unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, in the airspace, according to a new report released Thursday by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Real estate companies received the most exemptions followed by the agriculture and construction sectors. "Florida ...
07/30/2015Florida's Bike Paths to Get $25M Annually

July 30--Gov. Rick Scott was in a cutting mood after the state Legislature passed a $78 billion budget earlier this year, but one $25 million line item escaped his veto. Senate President Andy Gardiner inserted a change into how vehicle-registration fees are spent and siphoned off $25 million annually for what he called the Sun Trail program, or in plain speak, bike paths. It's not a lot of ...
07/29/2015Approve All Aboard Florida's Bonds, Adviser Tells Finance Corporation

July 29--All Aboard Florida should be approved to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds, a financial adviser has told the Florida Development Finance Corp. Documents released Tuesday lay out nearly every aspect of the proposed loan agreement between the finance corporation and All Aboard Florida. The detailed, signature-ready documents seem to pave the way for the passenger-rail company to ...
07/28/2015Miami-Dade Could Launch Western Rail Line for $102M

July 28--Miami-Dade County could launch rail service to the western suburbs for about $102 million, a relatively low price that relies on local government using an existing cargo line that runs along the Dolphin Expressway. A new consultant's analysis offers the updated price estimates for an initiative spearheaded by Esteban "Steve" Bovo, the Miami-Dade commissioner who leads the county's ...
07/28/2015Developer Makes Plans to Build Hotel in Downtown Raleigh

July 28--RALEIGH -- A Morrisville hotel developer has acquired the Enterprise Rent-A-Car site directly north of the downtown Raleigh Convention Center. Winwood Hospitality Group paid $4.05 million for the .57-acre site, according to property records. The land fronts McDowell Street and is across Cabarrus Street from the convention center. Winwood plans to extend Enterprise's lease for another ...
07/28/2015NCDOT Names Ex-Durham Mayor to Lead Agency After Secretary Resigns

July 28--DURHAM -- Former Durham mayor Nick Tennyson has been named acting secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation following the Tuesday resignation of Secretary Tony Tata. Tennyson, chief deputy secretary under Tata, served as the mayor here from 1997-2001. He joined NCDOT in April of 2013. Tata's resignation came after criticism for going on a book tour before an impending ...
07/28/2015Developer Scales Back Plans for Proposed I-Drive Hotel in Orlando

July 28--Developers of a new hotel planned for International Drive have revamped their construction plans, including reducing the number of rooms and parking spaces. The iSquare Mall + Hotel will have two hotels totaling 600 rooms, said Abdul Mathin, chairman of developer BlackMINE Group. The original proposal, which called for 749 rooms on the 5.6-acre site, had received unanimous approval ...
07/27/2015Tri-Rail Closing In on Funds for Miami Rail Connection

July 27--A push to secure $70 million in public funds to connect Tri-Rail commuter trains from Palm Beach County to downtown Miami is closer than ever after Miami commissioners voted Monday to commit another $17.5 million toward the efforts. Commissioners, sitting as the board of the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, agreed to release the funds in the form of tax ...
07/27/2015Proposed 58-Story Billboard Tower Becoming Miami's Latest Political Football

July 27--Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says a twisting 58-story billboard tower proposed in the city of Miami is illegal under the county's code of laws, and it looks like the city will give his administration every chance to enforce that position. Last week, Miami commissioners voted to repeal legislation enabling "media towers," such as the project proposed by developer Michael Simkins in ...
07/27/2015Developer Plans to Build 250 Apartments in Downtown Raleigh

July 27--RALEIGH -- A Chicago-based apartment developer has filed plans to build a 250-unit apartment complex on the site of the former Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Raleigh. Banner Apartments, which is also building The Lincoln Apartments just east of downtown, plans to offer a mix of 1- and 2-story apartments on the 1.79-acre site, according to plans filed with the city. The property is ...
07/27/2015Kobi Karp Making Waves in Miami's Evolving Design Scene

July 27--Kobi Karp moved to Miami in the late 1980s to work as an architect because of its prime location -- near the Caribbean, that is. "It was Miami Vice and Scarface days; there was really no work being done here," said Karp, 52, who started out with British firm Lane Pettigrew Wood Karp on Lincoln Road. What a difference two decades makes. These days, the more than 80 employees who make ...
07/27/2015Architectural Firm Sues City of Columbia, S.C., Over Long-Running Pay Dispute

July 27--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A civil trial set to open Monday at the Richland County courthouse might well give the public a glimpse of how money, politics and Columbia City Council decisions mix. Current and past Columbia city officials under subpoena to possibly testify include current Mayor Steve Benjamin, former Mayor Bob Coble and former city manager Steve Gantt. The trial is the latest act ...

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