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09/02/2015Tri-Rail Chief: Downtown Miami Link is 'Going to Happen'

Sept. 02--Despite lingering questions about funding, Tri-Rail trains are expected to begin operating between downtown Miami and Palm Beach County by 2017, the commuter rail service's chief said Wednesday. "It's going to happen," said Jack Stephens, executive director of Broward-based South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, SFRTA. "We're looking at having it operational in the first or ...
09/02/2015Parsons to Pay $3.8M Fine for Alleged Overcharges at Savannah River Site

Sept. 02--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A prime contractor at the Savannah River Site has agreed to pay the government $3.8 million to settle claims that it overcharged taxpayers for a project on the nuclear weapons complex near Aiken. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that Parsons Government Services sought and received reimbursement for expenses in relocating employees to work at the SRS Salt ...
09/02/2015FAA: More Study Needed for Six Condo Towers Planned Near Miami Airport

Sept. 02--The Federal Aviation Administration has informed several developers including Related Group and Florida East Coast Realty that the height of their proposed condo towers may interfere with flights at Miami International Airport and will need further study. The rulings are not final and mean that the FAA will study the potential impact of the skyscrapers on flight safety for another ...
09/02/2015Redevelopment of Florida Keys Resort Finally Moving Forward

Sept. 02--Heavy machinery cleaned up debris at the former Crystal Bay Resort in Marathon over the weekend, clearing part of the property as developer Marvin Rappaport hopes to start construction in January. Rappaport said there are 30 cottages on the property near mile marker 50 bayside of U.S. 1, which he plans to demolish and rebuild. He said up to 34 new cottages might be built. It could ...
09/01/2015Miami OKs Construction of Mixed-Use Tower Atop Historic Church

Sept. 01--Miami isn't losing Biscayne Boulevard's grand Christian Science church -- it's gaining a mixed-use high-rise tower. On Tuesday, Miami's Historic and Environmental Preservation Board voted during an unusual and a somewhat testy hearing to approve one of the most uniquely designed towers in the city's history. They designated the shuttered First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1836 ...
09/01/2015Bezos-owned Space Company To Build Rocket Plant Near Cape Canaveral

Sept. 01--Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is set to announce in mid-September that it will put a new rocket-manufacturing facility just south of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and will launch the rockets from nearby Cape Canaveral. The new facility will create 330 jobs at an average annual wage of $89,000, and Blue Origin will invest between $205 million ...
08/31/2015Developer Wants Vote on Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel Delayed

Aug. 31--The developer who wants to build an 800-room highrise hotel next to the soon-to-be-renovated Miami Beach Convention Center has asked city commissioners to hold off on sending the proposal to voters in November. A deal involving the lease of public land would require approval from 60 percent of voters in a referendum -- a vote that proponents have wanted to hold Nov. 3. The city wants ...
08/31/2015Developer Submits Plans for Luxury Apartments in Palm Beach Gardens

Aug. 31--PALM BEACH GARDENS -- A Columbus,Ohio real estate company with ties to Palm Beach is moving forward with plans for 124 luxury apartments in Palm Beach Gardens. Central Gardens, LLC, submitted an application Aug. 8 to develop one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on the last portion of vacant land in a development at the southwest corner of Hood Road and Central Boulevard. The ...
08/31/2015Miami Developers, Contractor to Plead Guilty in $36M Affordable-Housing Scam

Aug. 31--The federal prosecution of an elaborate affordable-housing racket that cost taxpayers $36 million will reach a critical turning point this week: Four prominent Miami developers and a major Fort Lauderdale contractor plan to plead guilty to theft of government funds, according to court records. On Monday, Michael Cox and Gonzalo DeRamon, co-founders of the Biscayne Housing Group, are ...
08/31/2015S.C. Congressmen Denounce Latest MOX Study, Request Documents

Aug. 31--Congressional leaders have requested documents and communication exchanges between the Department of Energy and Aerospace Corp., the group hired earlier this year to conduct an independent cost study of the Savannah River Site's MOX project. The request is based on beliefs that the study was improperly influenced by the Energy Department, and showed favoritism to one of the MOX ...
08/29/2015School Leaders: Orange County, Fla., School-Building Rules Favor Charters

Aug. 29--To help the more than 1,800 students squeezed into Avalon Middle School, designed for about half as many kids, the Orange County School Board pitched a plan earlier this year for a new school about 5 miles from A-rated Avalon's campus. School leaders had strong neighborhood support for the relief school. But Orange County commissioners turned it down, relying partly on an ordinance ...
08/28/2015Georgia Power: Plant Vogtle on Track After Schedule Revised

Aug. 28--Georgia Power Co. reported Friday that Plant Vogtle expansion is progressing as planned after the Waynesboro facility's budget and schedule were revised earlier this year to reflect an 18-month delay and a $246 million increase in capital construction costs. Total construction and capital costs remain at $5.045 billion, and in-service target dates for the plant's two new nuclear ...
08/28/2015All Aboard Florida Project Hitting Construction Milestone

Aug. 28--Like pieces of a giant linear puzzle, new tracks are slowly falling into place for a new passenger train service to Orlando. All Aboard Florida will soon hit a milestone, when freight trains begin using a new bypass track in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The shift will allow freight trains to keep rolling while work proceeds on the station. Similar work is planned around the new station ...
08/28/2015Ex-Energy Sec. Richardson: Keep MOX Project Going

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson wants the Obama administration to keep alive a South Carolina project to turn weapons-grade materials into commercial nuclear reactor fuel. In a letter dated Aug. 21 to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and obtained by The Associated Press this week, Richardson said the mixed-oxide fuel project under construction at the ...
08/28/2015Dolphins Unveil $425M Stadium Renovations

Aug. 28--MIAMI GARDENS -- The project is only halfway complete but already over budget. Some bells and whistles that were supposed to be in place aren't. And for one week, everybody would have been on the edge of their seats, but they had no seats. Instead, tens of thousands of seats were stranded on a container ship during a longshoreman's strike in California. Although they arrived, some ...
08/28/2015Former Energy Secretary Blasts MOX Program Detractors

Aug. 28--The former Secretary of Energy said the Savannah River Site's MOX program needs a new, credible cost baseline, but that the government should not halt the project or proceed with an alternative. Bill Richardson, who is also the former governor of New Mexico, sent a letter dated Aug. 21 to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. The letter denounces recent cost studies, citing ...
08/28/2015Florida Developer Takes Plea Deal on Fraud, Theft Charges

Aug. 28--Delray Beach-based developer Anthony Pugliese III is likely to spend at least six months behind bars under a plea deal that resolves longstanding fraud charges stemming from an aborted Florida building venture with a Subway restaurant chain co-founder. Rather than stand trial beginning Sept. 11, Pugliese, 68, is to be sentenced Nov. 25, based on terms presented this week to Palm Beach ...
08/27/2015Miami's Past Housing Failures Cast Doubt on Liberty Square Redevelopment

Aug. 27--For years, George Gibson says he watched his two adult sisters wait for Miami-Dade County to transfer them out of Liberty Square, the county's oldest public-housing project, into larger, more modern units. This month, he says, they got their wish. But Gibson isn't celebrating. Rather, with plans under way to redevelop the sprawling complex, he's skeptical of the timing. "Why is it all ...
08/27/2015Developer Plans $400M Mixed-Use Project for Jacksonville's Southbank Area

The vision of transforming a weed-filled eyesore into a vibrant mixed-use residential and retail community on the St. Johns River to infuse a healthy dose of adrenaline into downtown Jacksonville got a lot clearer Wednesday. Real estate developer Peter Rummell and partner Mike Balanky released the master plan for the multimillion-dollar community - known for now but not much longer as Healthy ...
08/26/2015South Fla. Water Board Ignores Judge, OKs Wetlands Permit for Developer

Aug. 26--TAMPA -- The Southwest Florida Water Management District's governing board has ignored a judge's order by approving a permit to allow developer Pat Neal's four-home subdivision to be built where shoreline wetlands exist. The district board, led by local developer Carlos Beruff, considered about 90 minutes of testimony Tuesday morning from project supporters and detractors before ...
08/26/2015Novo Nordisk to Build $1.2B Plant in Clayton, N.C.

Aug. 26--RALEIGH -- State officials this morning awarded an incentives package to Novo Nordisk, which plans to construct a new plant in Johnston County that is expected to eventually employ 691 people. The Danish drugmaker plans to invest $1.2 billion in the facility near Clayton. The company is eligible to receive up to $18.6 million in state incentives if it meets hiring and investment ...
08/26/2015Five Developers Vying for Broward County, Fla., Convention Center Expansion

Aug. 26--Broward County has narrowed the list of possible developers for a long-sought convention center expansion and hotel, and one notable developer will not be among them. County commissioners Tuesday selected five possible developers from among six applicants. Cohen Brothers Development Corp. of Florida LLC was eliminated. Cohen Brothers is owned by New York-based real estate developer ...
08/25/2015City of Miami, Tower Project Developer Head to Mediation

Aug. 25--The developer planning a polarizing billboard and observation tower in Miami will look to a mediator to persuade city planners to process stalled permit applications for large digital signs that would flash over Interstate 395 and the downtown skyline. In what may be a precursor to litigation, Miami Big Block filed a claim Friday under Florida's Land Use and Environmental Dispute ...
08/25/2015More Questions Arise on West Columbia, S.C., Riverfront Project

Aug. 25--LEXINGTON COUNTY SC -- New challenges emerged Monday for a signature development near the West Columbia riverfront but they weren't enough to stop a city panel from accepting the proposal. The concerns will be settled as final touches are put on the redevelopment plan for a 4-acre site known locally as "the pit" because of its slope, officials said. Some details "need to be tied up" ...
08/25/2015Winter Park, Fla., Memorial Hospital Wins OK for Major Expansion

Aug. 25--Winter Park Memorial Hospital received the go-ahead Monday to begin a major expansion that will include a new patient pavilion and an expanded emergency room. City commissioners voted unanimously for the project. A new 95-foot-tall "north tower" will be built on the northeastern portion of the hospital property, increasing patient capacity by 30 percent, from 320 to 417, and ...

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