GREENWAY SUBCOMMITTEE AND QUALITY OF LIFE JOINT MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Sep 9, 2003
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
Trust for Public Land (TPL), stated Dianne Johnson, City of Miami, had
recently submitted new revisions to the pending TPL/KHA contract.
Steve Lefton. KHA,
stated the contract revisions have been inserted into the contract and
returned to Johnson for review. Lefton
explained three Miami River Greenway Phase I sections (A, F and G) are
30% complete, and will be presented upon execution of the TPL/KHA
contract, expected by September 19, 2003. Sallye
Jude, MRC, recommended the Flowering Trees Society be consulted for
input on the Greenways landscaping.
The Greenways subcommittee agreed that a meeting with FPL remains
necessary to discuss under grounding utilities, facading sub stations
adjacent to the greenway, and removing the fence to connect the FPL
Greenway section no the River’s north shore to the new Greenway
section heading beneath the SW 2nd Ave Bridge and continuing
west past the Miami Riverside Center.
Discussion of Proposed Bridge Paint Colors
subcommittee recommended aqua color paint for the First ST Bridge.
Jude stated she met with State Representative Manny Prieguez, who
has asked for the Greenways subcommittee recommendations for paint and
lighting colors for all Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
owned Miami River bridges. Jude
offered to prepare a color proposal for the next greenway subcommittee
Status of Proposed Pocket Parks
ST Bridge – Jude provided renderings, depicting colored gravel in the
form of waves, hanging sculptures of vessels, fish sculptures mounted on
stakes in the ground, and benches. Bibeau
noted that although Hands on Miami volunteers were available to work on
the project November 1, 2003, yet funding for the materials is still
required. Jude stated she
would look into availability of funds from the East Little Havana
Empowerment Zone “neighborhood improvement” funds.
Brett Bibeau, MRC, provided the following update on the remaining proposed pocket parks:
Martin recommended Bibeau notify the area’s homeowners Association representative, Theo Long, in addition to the Flowering Trees Society, and Treemendous
Trust for Public Land Presentation on Miami River Poetry and Art Project
stated artwork for the Lummus Landing area was based on poetry written
by youth in the neighborhood. Freeman
offered to forward the Greenways Subcommittee a copy of the renditions.
Review Greenway Logo Design Lefton
stated their signage and logo design subcontractors, Yazi, is expected
to complete the Miami River Greenway Logo and signage design by November
Status of Villager’s $25,000 Grant for Historical Markers Along the
Miami River Greenway – Bibeau
stated the MRC had responded to a recent Villager’s Inc. request for a
progress report. In
consultation with TPL, the Villager’s were informed that the
conceptual signage design should be ready for their review in November
Discuss City Bond Greenway Line Item and Proposed Miami-Dade County Bond
Issue – Freeman
stated KHA, TPL and the MRC will meet later in the month to update the
Greenway Map, and identify the public right of way Greenway sections
which require funding, connecting to private Greenway sections.
The Greenways subcommittee agreed that the revised map should be
presented to the Homeland Defense and Neighborhood Improvement Bond
Oversight Board in October 2003.
stated Miami-Dade County was considering creating a referendum in
November 2004 for an over $1 billion bond issue.
Bibeau provided the Greenways subcommittee with an October 2001
letter MRC letter to the Board of County Commissioners recommending
funding for the Miami River Greenway be included the last time the
county considered a General Obligation Bond Issue.
The Greenways subcommittee passed a unanimous resolution to
continue advocating funding for the Miami River Greenway to be included
in the currently considered Miami-Dade County bond issue.
The support will note
the Greenways economic impact, creation of a destination landscape
generating tourist development taxes, a transportation alternative
connecting to the airport, the Miami River Greenway Action Plan
was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in 2001 and is an
element of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Long Range
Discuss Miami River Greenway Design Standards
Greenways subcommittee noted that with the adopted Miami River Greenway
Action Plan, TPL’s completed schematic designs and 30% complete
construction drawings, and new private riverwalk sections either
completed, under construction or designed, beginning the lengthy process
of revising the City of Miami’s Greenway Design standards at this time
may not be prudent.
IX) New Business
David Henderson stated the $1,000,000 “East Allapattah Greenway” FDOT grant application, authored by Bibeau on behalf of the City of Miami, is currently ranked 2nd and scheduled for approval by the MPO on September 24, 2003.
The meeting adjourned.