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10/24/2014Building a School in Downtown Miami a Tough Proposition

Oct. 24--The push to build a school in downtown -- led by powerful business interests and a school board member who happens to be the daughter of the mayor of Miami -- might have hit a roadblock. Yes, the population in downtown has doubled in the past decade, and the trend is expected to continue as construction cranes once again fill Miami's skyline. But the number of families moving into the ...
10/24/2014UHealth Receives $50M Naming Gift for Medical 'Facility of the Future'

Oct. 24--UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, unveiled a new name for its planned outpatient medical center in Coral Gables, thanks to a $50 million donation from a familiar source: Lennar, the mega-homebuilder based in South Miami-Dade and led by Stuart Miller, chairman of the UM board of trustees and scion of a South Florida family that has given generously to the university in ...
10/23/2014SC Supreme Court: SCE&G has Right to Raise Rates for Nuke Project

Oct. 23--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The S.C. Supreme Court endorsed SCE&G's rights under state law Wednesday to raise customers' utility rates in order to pay for ongoing construction cost increases for two new reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County. The ruling came as the result of an appeal to the court filed by a coalition of conservationists in April who said the S.C. Public ...
10/23/2014Plant Vogtle Expansion Marks Another Milestone With Placement of Module

Oct. 23--One of the newest nuclear reactors in the nation continues to take shape at Plant Vogtle, most recently adding a 180,000-pound steel structure to Unit 3. On Monday, a heavy lift derrick, known as the world's largest crane, moved the CA05 module into the Unit 3 nuclear island, according to a Georgia Power news release. The module is comprised of reinforced steel plates that will be ...
10/22/2014All Aboard Florida Cleared to Move Forward With $1.75B Funding Plan

Oct. 22--All Aboard Florida is clear to pursue $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Miami to Orlando passenger rail project following two county commission votes Tuesday -- one a slam dunk, a second that took more than two hours and attracted speakers from Miami to Cocoa. The Miami-Dade and Brevard county commissions both agreed to increase caps on the amount of private activity ...
10/21/2014Under Pressure, Miami-Dade Commissioner Pulls Courthouse Plan

Oct. 21--A Miami-Dade County commissioner on Tuesday pulled his plan to increase fees on convicts to fund courthouse construction, agreeing to delay consideration until after voters decide whether to raise taxes to build a new courthouse. Commissioner Javier Souto was under pressure from the pro-tax campaign to withdraw his proposed legislation, since it tracked opponents' argument that ...
10/17/2014SkyRise Tower Gets Early OK for $9M from Miami-Dade County

Oct. 17--Miami-Dade County commissioners on Thursday endorsed using property taxes to fund about $30 million in development subsidies for a series of for-profit projects, including $9 million for the planned SkyRise Miami observation tower on the city waterfront. With heated words for Mayor Carlos Gimenez, members of the commission's economic-development committee rejected Gimenez's ...
10/16/2014Miami-Dade Mayor Scraps Grant Plan in Favor of Money for SkyRise, Miami Wilds Projects

Oct. 16--Miami-Dade residents could pay more property taxes to help build the new SkyRise Miami observation tower on Biscayne Bay and a 20th Century Fox theme park at Zoo Miami under a new proposal by Mayor Carlos Gimenez that marks a sharp change in course on economic-development grants. The mayor revealed his bid to subsidize the high-profile, for-profit projects Wednesday afternoon while ...
10/16/2014Ga. Road Construction Will Increase as More Transportation Tax Projects Begin

Oct. 16--Augusta's lengthy list of roads under construction will get longer when bids are received and reviewed in the next two months for an additional eight projects funded by the 1 percent transportation tax. Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said roadwork across the city will increase in the final months of the year and throughout next year. Following a timeline for the voter-approved ...
10/15/2014Orlando Developer Plans Baldwin Park Apartments

Oct. 15--Orlando-based ZOM Development Inc. has purchased about 30 lakefront acres in the heart of Baldwin Park and plans to start work next month on one of the region's largest apartment projects. Construction is slated to start in November on what will eventually be two four-story complexes to be called Baldwin Harbor, with one on each side of Baldwin Park's main street. Combined, the ...
10/12/2014Arquitectonica Design for Proposed Miami Museum Draws Mixed Reactions

Oct. 12--A celebrated, wealthy investment manager wants to erect a strikingly unconventional building -- shaped like an anvil, raised on a platform and encased in translucent concrete -- on Biscayne Boulevard to house his offices and a pair of monumental works by two art-world legends. The proposed building, designed by Miami's Arquitectonica, would be the latest -- and surely the splashiest ...
10/11/2014Batson-Cook Set to Break Ground on Senior-Living Community in Augusta, Ga.

Oct. 11--A new senior-living facility will break ground next week near Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Atlanta-based Principal Senior Living Group announced Friday that it is developing a 42,000-square-foot community at 1164 Interstate Parkway that will house senior-living apartments and a separate section for patients with Alzheimer's and other memory-loss illnesses. Construction of the center, ...
10/11/2014Georgia, South Carolina Accept Greater Burden for Port Improvements

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — As Georgia and South Carolina reached milestones this week in their efforts to deepen waterways so that giant cargo ships can reach their busy seaports, officials in both states showed they're willing to shoulder more of the financial burden for federal construction projects costing more than a half-billion dollars apiece. A draft study on plans to make room for bigger ...
10/10/2014Miami Commission OKs Downtown Expo Center, Hotel

Oct. 10--The Miami City Commission unanimously approved plans for a downtown convention center and 1,800-room hotel Thursday on the site of the old Miami Arena. The commission's approval of MDM Development's $600 million Marriott Marquis Miami World Center clears an important hurdle for the developer, which can now pursue permits and tax rebates, and push to break ground before the end of the ...
10/10/2014Miami Dade College's Collapsed Garage Won't Be Fixed Soon

Oct. 10--The parking garage that collapsed at Miami Dade College's Doral campus two years ago today won't be rebuilt and running for at least another 18 months to two years. That doesn't sit well with the school's 6,000 commuter students, who've been forced to park up to a mile away in the grass along busy 117th Avenue or take a shuttle from Miami International Mall -- three miles away. "It's ...
10/10/2014Related Group Buys Biscayne Blvd. Site in Miami, Plans Three Towers

Oct. 10--Miami-based Related Group, expanding its ambitious development portfolio in Miami, closed on the purchase of 1400 Biscayne Boulevard for $57.3million. Related plans to develop a mixed-use project with three towers, spanning nearly 2million square feet of "luxury residential and prime retail" space on the 2.8-acre site that sits in front of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing ...
10/08/2014Architectural Association Advises on How to Rebuild Devastated Haiti

The London-based Architectural Association is setting up workshops for design students in Haiti in January – looking to give young people the expertise necessary to rebuild a country devastated by an earthquake in 2010. An estimated 316,000 lives were lost in the disaster which saw almost half the country's building stock destroyed. Also, a high level of deforestation – just 2% of the number ...
10/08/2014Miami-Dade Commissioners Endorse Black History Museum Project

Oct. 08--Miami-Dade commissioners approved pursuing a new black history museum on Tuesday, but not before floating the idea of combining it with a proposed Cuban exile museum. The idea was backed by the two most powerful people on the dais: Rebeca Sosa, the Cuban-born chairwoman of the commission, and Carlos Gimenez, the Cuban-born mayor of the county. It drew opposition from backers of each ...
10/07/2014NC DOT Won't Discuss Removing Contractor Convicted of Fraud From $700M Contract

Oct. 07--Five weeks after the head of Monroe-based Boggs Paving pleaded guilty to defrauding the state and federal government, a top N.C. Department of Transportation official is declining to say whether it will seek to remove the company from a team hired to build the $700 million Monroe Bypass/Connector. Ned Curran, chair of the DOT board, wouldn't comment Monday on whether the state will ...
10/07/2014All Aboard Florida Outlines Ambitious Plans for MiamiCentral Train Station

Oct. 07--It might be the biggest thing to happen in downtown Miami since Henry Flagler brought his railroad south and created downtown Miami. And it's happening sooner than you might think, on the same long-vacant acreage where Flagler built his little Miami train depot more than a century ago. No longer just a concept, All Aboard Florida, the new privately financed passenger-rail service to ...
10/07/2014Proponents of New Miami-Dade Courthouse Press Case

Oct. 07--To raise oodles of cash in a few short weeks for a political campaign, tap the thick checkbooks of Miami-Dade County's legal community. That's what the attorneys pushing for a new civil courthouse did over the past month. They brought in nearly $800,000 over 27 days for their political action committee, Building Blocks for Justice. The PAC, which is supporting a $393 million bond ...
10/07/2014'King Tide' Will be First Test for Miami Beach's New Pumps

Oct. 07--The tides are rising this week in South Beach, and everyone's watching to see whether newly installed pumps will control the flooding. During this week's king tide, city officials hope to avoid the familiar scenes of people wading in ankle-deep waters and cars splashing down Alton Road and West Avenue. Officials are banking on their $15 million investment in stormwater pumps to ...
10/07/20141952 Miami Building Designed by Morris Lapidus to Become Office Condos

Oct. 07--A 1952-vintage office building in downtown Miami designed by revered modernist architect Morris Lapidus is going office condo. One Flagler, a 15-story building at 14 NE First Ave., is well along in some $10million in upgrades, mostly to the interior of the structure previously known as the Ainsley building and the Foremost building. Miami developer Harvey Hernandez's Newgard ...
10/07/2014Trader Joe's Just a Warmup Act for Orlando Developer

Oct. 07--Facing a sunlit office window on Sand Lake Road, the man who brought Trader Joe's to Orlando carefully eyes the half-built 450-foot-tall observation wheel he's having constructed on International Drive. Orlando developer Chuck Whittall breezes down a hallway to a board room where he picks up samples of granite slated for apartments he has planned in south Orlando. He points on a map ...
10/05/2014Developer May Propose $50M Student Housing Project in Columbia, S.C.

Oct. 05--A student housing developer could invest tens of millions of dollars near Five Points, assuming the city will change its zoning laws to allow private student dorms in a general commercial zoning district. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is requesting the change be made to allow private dorms in the C-3 general commercial zoning district, which currently allows retail, office and service ...

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