GENERAL COMMITTEE MINUTES:
Minutes of meeting
Robert L. Parks, Chairperson, called the Miami River Commission meeting to order at 12:30 pm on Monday, May 6, 2002 at the United Way of Miami-Dade, The Ansin Building, Ryder Conference Room, 3250 S.W. Third Avenue (Coral Way) in Miami.
Miami River Commission Policy Committee members
Officio (non-voting) members:
Staff: , Brett Bibeau, Assistant Managing
, Brett Bibeau, Assistant Managing Director
attending interested in the River:
I. CHAIRS REPORT:
Parks introduced himself and welcomed everyone to the May 6, 2002
meeting of the Commission.
Mr. Parks asked for approval of the April 1, 2002 minutes.
McAliley made the motion to approve the minutes. Javier Fernandez
seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Parks stated that the meeting in June is going to be
changed from June 3rd to June 10th.
next MRC meeting will be held on Monday, June 10,
At the Executive Committee, the Greater Miami Chamber of
Commerce Goals Conference was discussed.
This year it will be held at the Breakers in Palm Beach.
The Executive Committee urges all the members of the MRC, if
they can, to try to attend and play a role in setting the Chamber’s
River items will be discussed and the River is a significant
topic with the Chamber.
It would be helpful to have as much support and involvement
with the Goals activities as possible.
The Executive Committee did vote to send David and Brett to the
Breakers on Friday evening through Sunday, so those two would be there
to assist in any way they can.
Proposed One Miami Development
Mr. Parks introduced and welcomed Ms. Adrian Pardo who attended
on behalf of the Related Group of Florida proposing the One Miami
Ms. Pardo introduced Cindy Meyer-Webb, Vice President of
Development and the project director for this project.
Also attending are Jacqueline Gonzalez and Juan Camilo Diez,
Architects on the project.
The property is located at 205 South Biscayne Boulevard.
The project today is for two 45 story residential towers with
896 units of one, two and three bedroom residences and parking.
Additionally, there will be a four-story building which will
have a 7500 sq. ft. restaurant on the ground and three stories above
that will be office space.
The plan provides for a River and Bay walkway along the entire
frontage of the project.
She explained the walkway in further detail.
She also explained the four-story building.
Jacqueline Gonzalez wanted to walk the Commission through the
design, as it relates specifically to the river walk.
Plans were distributed for the MRC members to review.
They explained the two residential towers and their plans.
They tried to address what one would see from the Riverwalk and
from the City.
She went into detail about the plans for the tower.
It was pointed out the western edge of the site of Biscayne
Boulevard and the existing parking garage is a public zone.
At the eastern end, the area is secure.
The eastern end area design was explained.
Discussion took place.
The restaurant and river walk landscape is intended to benefit
both the public side and the private side.
Mr. Parks asked where the Dupont Plaza Hotel would be and this
Mr. Parks inquired about the parking garage.
This was explained and the intention is that the parking garage
will not look like a garage and does not face the River.
Further discussion took place.
The existing waterfront bulkhead would not be moved and would
remain in the same location as it is today.
The group still needs to go before the City’s Planning and
Advisory Board and the City Commission for approval.
Mr. Parks asked about the timing on this project.
They hope that by the end of July they will have gone before
all the Boards and Commissions.
Mr. Parks wanted the MRC to look at this before it goes before
the City Commission.
Sandy O’Neil made a motion to defer a decision on this
subject until the final design is ready for approval of the City of
This motion did not receive a second and failed.
Janet McAliley recommended that the developers respect the
River and strictly observe the City Charter concerning building
setback and river walk design criteria.
She also expressed concerned that the current landscaping does
not provide for suitable shade trees.
It was noted that the residential buildings are the first major
residential development on the north bank of the river in the downtown
area in 20-30 years.
After extensive discussion took place, Commissioner Barreiro
made the motion to approve the One Miami project subject to strict
adherence to the Riverwalk design provisions.
The motion was seconded by Jerry Fernandez and passed 7 to 5.
It was noted that the Marina facility with One Miami is a
separate issue and is not included as part of this motion.
Urban Infill Plan & Tax Increment District
Mr. Parks introduced Jim Murley who stated that there has been
much progress with the Plan.
Jim thanked all individuals for their comments and they are in
the process of modifying the plan.
Next week will be the last three public hearings on the plan.
Mr. Murley made the motion that the deadline for all
comments of the MRC and Working Groups for the Urban Infill Plan be
May 15, 2002. The motion was seconded by Jerry Fernandez and passed
Mr. Parks suggested that any Working Groups that want to have
any input do it before May 15th.
Steve Lefton with Kimley-Horn stated there were four very
specific areas the plan will cover.
Those are investment in the River, transportation along the
River, neighborhood and environment.
In regard to investment in the River, it is a very important
topic with regard to designing public space.
Steve explained that it is critical for public entities to
raise the bar and that all public facilities along the River should be
designed and constructed in the best manner possible.
Public facilities should lead by example, so private
developments will also adhere to high standards.
He explained the plans for these areas and opened the
presentation for questions.
Mr. Murley said that we they entered into this plan development
several years ago, and it is very important to recommend a governance
structure to implement the plan.
This is an essential part of the State Statute that dealt with
the construction of the Infill Plan.
Mr. Murley explained that they are proposing is to use 75% of
the structure that they have today.
The Infill Working Group would have two subdivisions or
committees, one for Greenway and one called Infrastructure.
This would pick up the responsibility for a consolidated
financial plan by enrolling five-year increments.
The Infrastructure Committee would actually build the annual
This Infrastructure Committee would utilize the Tax Increment
Financing and other funding to develop a financial plan.
Mr. Murley’s recommendation is that there needs to be one
entity which he calls the Joint City-County-Miami River Improvement
Corporation which will have to be created by joint agreement of the
City and County.
He proposes that this Corporation will only have to sit once a
year, primarily to review and approve the annual financial plan.
This group would act almost like a fiscal review board,
reviewing the detailed work that’s done at the Infrastructure
The last important feature of the government’s proposal comes
under the discussions of Greenway.
They recommended a Greenway’s Trust similar to the Bay Front
Trust be developed to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of
maintaining the Greenway.
In order to do this plan and governance structure, the MRC will
have to ask the Legislature (in the next session) to remove the sunset
provision of the MRC ‘s current enabling legislation.
Mr. Parks said that they are going to vote on the final
approval of the plan on the 10th of June.
There are still a number of things happening and he doesn’t
want to get into re-drafting this plan today.
Those who wish to make specific changes need to contact Jim and
Steve and advocate their position.
Mr. Parks wants to get an idea of how the MRC feels about this.
Mr. Parks hopes that in the plan they ultimately approve, that
the MRC takes the responsibility for making a very specific
recommendation as to how it should be governed and not just conceptual
Mr. Parks feels that it is the MRC’s responsibility.
Mr. Parks likes the idea with reference to the joint
improvement City-County Commission.
Mr. Everingham feels that an Advisory Board should have access
to legal advice from the City Attorney’s office or some other
recognized legal authority.
As a part of this, he feels that this should be a strong
recommendation. Discussion took place regarding boundaries and
Mr. Parks said that they are looking forward to seeing the
Comments need to be in by the May 15th.
It was suggested that the comments would be put on a web page,
but it must be conducted in strict adherence to the Sunshine Laws.
Mr. Parks asked Megan Kelly to make sure, as the Chambers
they receive a copy of this draft and tell them about May 15th.
Mr. Parks would like their comments.
He would like it discussed at the goals conference, if
Mr. Parks asked the Staff to set the next Executive Committee
on May 15th (publicly noticed) so they can review whatever
comments have been submitted.
Increment Financing (TIF) Investigation Committee
Martin stated as his report that the TIF boundary line work done by
the Committee included a map of the proposed boundary in the
information provided to the group.
The County and City were represented in developing the proposed
County staff is now working on the financial analysis to
determine what is the expected amount of funds that would be generated
by this TIF boundary.
Sandy O’Neil stated that there is a resolution on the County
Commission’s agenda tomorrow that ratifies the County Manager’s
action in accepting a grant award to study and execute certain County
It does have a lot to do with studies of land and the River.
Sandy O’Neil moved for a motion of support for the County
Dick Bunnell seconded the motion.
Discussion was held.
Mr. Miller said that Staff was going to go ahead and write the
letter of support because the MRC has already approved the Stormwater
report and the contents of the Resolution is part of the Stormwater
motion passed unanimously.
Development & Commerce
reported that their last meeting was a special meeting of the Economic
Development & Commerce Working Group to consider several
The item at present is a proposed residential development
called River Run South on 2415 NW 16th Street Road.
This is a low to moderate-income housing project with 174 units
on the Miami River.
Phil explained there was a great deal of discussion at the
Working Group special meeting.
The main question regards zoning.
The property is currently dual zoned with the portion nearest
the River as marine industrial and the property near the roadway
The question before them was changing the zoning to an
The Working Group did not gain consensus, nor does it have a
recommendation for the MRC on this matter.
Mr. Everingham introduced Mr. Moshe
Cosicher, Architect for River Run South, who gave a presentation to
Mr. Cosicher explained the property and the unusual dual zoning
with basically half as residential and half as industrial.
He explains that this property has been vacant for many years.
His client would be happy to offer a commercial business,
perhaps a restaurant and an easement for boats, hotels, and
The fact is that these facilities in that zoning are not
available at this time.
Therefore, he proposes to extend the R3 residential for the
In discussions with the City of Miami Planning Department, they
proposed to have open spaces along the River and his client will
maintain the spirit of the discussions with the Planning Department.
Discussion was held.
Mr. Parks asked the MRC to look at page 103 of their Urban
Infill Plan, the old Florida Yacht Basin is the property adjacent to
this property to the east.
That is part of the case study that is being recommended by the
Commission to create a mega yacht mooring and repair facility with a
neighborhood park and taking into consideration the residential
aspects of the community.
This is part of the plan that the MRC will be approving next
Mr. Parks stated that the MRC is not into zoning.
The question is whether the MRC believes this development it is
a good idea for the River.
At this point on the River, the Greenway is not expected to be
on the River’s bank and will actually be on the roadway.
Janet McAliley was unhappy with the proposed plan for placing
parking stalls on the River and she questioned the plans for a
proposed marina or resident boat docking facility.
Further discussion took place.
McAliley made a motion to reject the plan as presented, as it does not
comply with the concepts being set forth under the Miami River
Corridor Urban Infill Plan.
Cleve Jones seconded the motion and it passed 7 to 3.
presented at the special meeting of the Economic Development and
Commerce Working Group was a proposal by the City of Miami to
construct a multi-purpose Community Center in Jose Marti Park.
The Working Group did recommend approval of the community
Phil Everingham made a motion to accept plans and
construction of new community center in Jose Marti Park.
Sandy O’Neil seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Bunnell advised the MRC that the key legal document for the dredging
project, the Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) would go before the
Miami-Dade County Transportation, Environment and Infrastructure
Committee on May 14 and before the County Commission on May 21.
Dick requested the MRC provide support letters and personal
appearances for both the Committee and Commission meetings.
There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m