18th Avenue to get 'old' street names of presidents

Gigi Tinsley | 5/8/2014, 9 a.m.
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, District 3 met with residents, family members and businesses on 18th Ave., (commonly referred to as Broadway) ...

Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, District 3 met with residents, family members and businesses on 18th Ave., (commonly referred to as Broadway) at the Broadway Mini Park, 6950 NW 18th Ave., Wed. April 30 at 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of the gathering was “to unveil the new ‘old’, street names of the NW 18th Avenue corridor from NW 62nd to NW 71 Streets,” Edmonson said. “When the area was originally platted in 1922, the streets bore the names of U.S. Presidents Adams, Monroe, Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington.”

The 18th Ave. Corridor is nine blocks long and runs from 62nd St. to NW 71st and in some spots, from 11th Ave. east to NW 27th Ave. west, according to the Miami-Dade County Planning and Zoning Department’s analysis report. It is located in the North Central part of Miami-Dade County and negotiations are in the works to re-vitalize the area.

Property ownerships

There are 132 lots in the Corridor with a total of 6.97 acres. Sixteen parcels are owned by various departments of Miami-Dade County for a total of 0.82 acres. Members of the Harewood family own 17 parcels, or 0.74 acres. Next in order of lot sizes are various religious institutions that own 10 parcels with a size one-fifth of an acre or more.

As for owners of buildings, the list consist of the Harewood family-seven structures; religious institutions-three structures and Everette Slocum, Sr., a private owner since 1939 of 3,924 square footage.

In addition to the above structures, there are 42 commercial buildings in the Corridor accounting for about 75 percent of the total sq. ft. Most of the buildings are old, with 82 percent of them built over 50 years ago and one-third over 70 Please turn to years ago. Most of the buildings appear to have no active business. A walk-through of this reporter revealed that 13 businesses were still active: seven groceries, a restaurant, hair salon, laundry, dry cleaner, a sandwich shop and a social club.

Approximately, 2,960 sq. ft. are unoccupied and available for additional businesses.

Female headed households, with no husbands present is approximately 62 percent of household in the Corridor compared to 24.8 percent in other areas of the county.

Opportunities that exist

Also revealed in the County’s analysis report is the fact that much of the loss of population in the one-half mile market area was due to the loss of residential buildings and population at the Scott Carver Homes site. Because of this and other vacant parcels in the area, there is residential capacity for 935 new homes, and that translates to about 2,600 persons.

“To have the streets get their old names back is a superb idea,” Cuthbert “Broadway” Harewood said. “I grew up at 1921 NW 66 St. with my mother, Mrs. Gloria Darling Harewood, in what was called in 1922, the Orange Height Estates.

I hope that all the residents in the area will come out and get excited about what is about to happen in this area.”