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12/22/2014Florida Sports Projects Compete for New State Funding Pool

Dec. 22--TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's taxpayer investment in professional sports venues is about to get a lot richer. In Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville and Miami-Dade County, more than $900 million in stadium construction and refurbishment is underway. And in Tallahassee, the four sports projects have been vying for a piece of the state's newly enacted sports stadium incentive funding pie. ...
12/21/2014Miami University Construction Boom Tops $400M

Dec. 21--Miami University's rural Oxford campus has turned into a construction zone during the last five years as officials have renovated or demolished dozens of buildings, all while racking up an unprecedented $679 million worth of debt. This past year capped the busiest construction year yet with more than $182 million worth of projects, including new dorms, dining halls and the Armstrong ...
12/21/2014Populous Promises New South Carolina Baseball Stadium Will Have 'Wow' Factor

Dec. 21--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Take it from Mike Sabatini, a senior architect for Populous, the design firm for Columbia's new baseball stadium at the Bull Street development. Spirit Communications Park is going to be a home run. Sabatini, the lead designer for the ballpark, has an impressive track record. Some of his more recent projects include Citi Field, home of the New York Mets that opened ...
12/21/2014Columbia, S.C., Experiencing $1-Billion Building Boom

Dec. 21--Downtown Columbia is in the middle of a billion-dollar building boom that shows no signs of slowing. A renaissance that began in the early 2000s was stymied when the Great Recession ground development to a halt in 2008. Pent-up demand in an economy that finally has found its footing has led Columbia to its highest-dollar build-out in history. A study by The State newspaper shows ...
12/18/2014St. Petersburg Council Rejects Rays Stadium Deal

Dec. 18--ST. PETERSBURG -- The future of the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bay area seems more uncertain than ever after the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday rejected a deal to let the team explore new stadium sites in the region. Leaders on both sides of the bay had hoped the deal struck by the team and Mayor Rick Kriseman would end seven years of negotiations and stalemate over the Rays' wish ...
12/18/2014Developer of Massive Worldcenter Project in Miami Pushes For Approval

Dec. 18--On a tight deadline to begin construction of an enormous residential and retail complex near downtown, the developer behind the Miami Worldcenter is pushing aggressively for approval of the first phase of its 27-acre project. Earlier this month, following close to a year of discussion and debate about conceptual designs, Miami's Planning and Zoning Department received a proposed site ...
12/17/2014Developer, City of Charlotte Near Deal to OK Amateur Sports Complex Project

Dec. 17--The developers of a proposed amateur sports complex adjacent to Bojangles' Coliseum say they will be ready to sign a formal deal with the city of Charlotte by Jan. 20, which will allow construction to begin in October. Florida-based GoodSports development has struggled nationwide to secure financing for its vision of building a combination hotel and field house to capture business ...
12/17/2014Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Unveils Plans For $1B Downtown Development

Dec. 17--TAMPA -- Jeff Vinik isn't just developing some new buildings in the Channel District. He's remaking an entire area of downtown into a new neighborhood, and nearly building a second skyline for Tampa's urban identity. Unveiling a master plan to the public today, Vinik said he looked around the area after buying the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team several years ago, and saw massive ...
12/17/2014Miami-Dade OKs $9M for SkyRise Miami Project

Dec. 17--Miami-Dade commissioners backed tapping new property taxes to borrow $9 million for SkyRise Miami, a funding plan opposed by the project's hometown mayor. With only three No votes, county support for the planned 1,000-foot observation tower passed by a comfortable margin Tuesday afternoon. The decision marked a comeback for SkyRise developer Jeff Berkowitz, since the spending proposal ...
12/17/2014Duke Energy Building Unneeded Power Plants, Group Claims

Dec. 17--Duke Energy and other utilities in the Southeast are building power plants that aren't needed, gouging consumers, a Durham advocacy group said Tuesday in a federal complaint. NC WARN asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order an investigation of the billions of dollars the group says are being wasted. WARN contends that utilities could buy power from each other instead of ...
12/17/2014Three Contractors Get Prison Terms for Fraud on South Carolina AFB Project

Dec. 17--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three contractors who worked on construction jobs at Shaw Air Force Base starting in 2006 pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to defrauding the federal government. James Autry Clemens, 60, of Johnston, SC, Larry Baker, 64 of Cameron, SC and Steven Crandell, 59, of Salisburg, NC, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 48 months to 5 months US Attorney Bill ...
12/16/2014Palm Beach County, Fla., May Do Land Swap for $135M Baseball Stadium Deal

Dec. 16--Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday agreed to negotiate swapping land with West Palm Beach to try to build a new $135 million spring training baseball stadium. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have proposed moving to Palm Beach County for spring training if the county will build them a stadium and training facilities to share. The teams want the stadium built on 160 ...
12/16/2014Watchdog: One-Year Delay Possible at Vogtle Nuke Plant Project

ATLANTA (AP) — Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) is trending almost ...
12/15/2014Tampa Riverwalk Project Completion Delayed Six Weeks

Dec. 15--TAMPA -- A crane snagging on the Kennedy Boulevard drawbridge and a work crew dumping cement waste into the Hillsborough River hardly helped. But the problems encountered drilling into the riverbed are what's behind a six-week delay for the completion of the signature Tampa Riverwalk project. Completion of the 1,460-foot section of the project under construction between Curtis Hixon ...
12/15/2014St. Pete Receives 8 Designs to Redevelop the Pier

Dec. 15--ST. PETERSBURG -- From shimmering futuristic recreations of the iconic Bayfront pyramid, to a dramatic reconstruction featuring a tall lighted tower, eight design teams submitted plans on Monday in the competition to re-do city's landmark Pier. Six of the eight proposals, in the works since the city chose the groups in October, incorporate the original inverted pyramid that currently ...
12/13/2014Miami Marble Salesman Wants to Build $350M Ferris Wheel-Type Attraction

Dec. 13--Rigoberto Valdes is just a marble salesman from North Miami Beach -- trying to build something akin to the world's largest Ferris wheel in downtown Miami. Over the past three years, Valdes, his brother and his two sons have quietly developed a series of plans to design, build and finance a monumental theme-park attraction in South Florida. Valdes, 56, says they have shopped their idea ...
12/12/2014Demolition Starts on Site of New Orlando Police Dept. HQ

Dec. 12--Workers began tearing down old buildings along South Orange Blossom Trail on Friday to make way for the new Orlando Police Headquarters. Construction of the new $40 million building won't start until April, but a demolition crew must clear the site. Before the city bought it, the Parramore property was a Lynx bus depot, and an elementary school years before that. City officials expect ...
12/12/2014Proposed Arquitectonica Tower Would Be Among Tallest in Miami

Dec. 12--A developer has submitted plans to the city of Miami for a modern 77-story tower called World Trade Center Of The Americas at 340 Biscayne Blvd., according to a report in The Next Miami. At it's highest point, the tower would reach a height of 953-feet, making it one of the tallest in Miami. The project's architects, Arquitectonica, told the Miami Herald that the developer is in ...
12/11/2014Plant Vogtle Gets Permit to Draw Savannah River Water for New Cooling Towers

Dec. 11--A permit to siphon water from the Savannah River to operate cooling towers for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle has been issued despite strong opposition from environmental and water protection groups. Southern Nuclear Operating Co. has permission to draw up to 74 million gallons of water daily from an intake site on the Savannah near Waynesboro, Ga. for units 3 and 4 now ...
12/11/2014UCF Downtown Campus Might Be Tough Sell in Florida Legislature

Dec. 11--TALLAHASSEE -- The University of Central Florida is planning to push for $57.8 million in state funding for its proposed downtown Orlando campus this spring. But even with the Florida Legislature's new leaders hailing from the region and backing the project, school boosters could be in for a tough fight to line up the money. For starters, there will be less cash from the traditional ...
12/10/2014S.C. Supreme Court Rules Against Kiawah Island Seawall Project

Dec. 10--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The S.C. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against granting approval for wealthy developers to build an extensive seawall at Kiawah Island after years of dispute. The justices agreed in a 3-2 decision that the wall should not be built at Captain Sam's Spit, a narrow stretch of beach with a history of erosion. The ruling severely damages chances that developers could ...
12/10/2014Subsidy Negotiations Under Way for Miami Worldcenter as Construction Begins

Dec. 10--Only days after announcing that construction would begin soon on the first phase of a sprawling commercial and residential complex just west of downtown, the developers of the Miami Worldcenter have quietly begun negotiating a public-subsidy package potentially worth tens of millions of dollars. Worldcenter representatives met Monday with the chairman and executive director of the ...
12/09/2014Owner: Rays 'Doomed to Leave' Without New Stadium

Dec. 09--ST. PETERSBURG -- With a proposed deal to let the Tampa Bay Rays explore new stadium sites awaiting City Council approval, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is warning that the team will leave the Tampa Bay area unless it gets a new place to play. Under the deal struck with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays will pay compensation to the city if the team leaves Tropicana ...
12/09/2014Miami Seeks Input on Plans to Clean Toxic Park

Dec. 09--The details of an estimated $6 million cleanup and construction project at Miami's contaminated Douglas Park will be on display Tuesday during a 5 p.m. public meeting at City Hall. The 10-acre park at 2795 SW 37th Ave. has been closed for more than a year now following the discovery of solid waste, such as burnt tires, and toxic heavy metals beneath the park's surface. The toxins and ...
12/09/2014Advocate Sues Miami-Dade Over Voter-Approved FIU Expansion Onto Youth Fairgrounds

Dec. 09--A parks advocate has sued Miami-Dade over a referendum voters approved last month that would let Florida International University build on county fairgrounds -- an already contentious plan that could now get more complicated. Bruce Matheson, who has taken on county government in the past and won, filed a complaint last week asking a judge to invalidate the results of the FIU ...

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