VISION FOR THE FUTURE: The view from NW 2nd Avenue & 8th Street, engaging The Lyric Theatre.
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All Aboard FL ups the ante for $250M Overtown project
All Aboard Florida may not have been the top choice by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency’s [SEOPW/CRA] three-person selection committee in the bid for an historic $250M neighborhood development project, but their team says they believe that when the dust has settled and the paperwork signed, they’ll be the developer with the contract. And they’ve been talking to as many stakeholders as possible, they add, including City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, in order to make sure they meet both the requirements established by the CRA and the needs of the community. “Between March 2012 and now, we’ve been listening to residents, business owners, the clergy, elected officials — whoever could help us shape this project so that it can be a transformative way to change the lives of the people of Overtown,” said Jose M. Gonzalez, vice president, corporate development, Florida East Coast Industries. “Our goal has always been to understand the key issues for the community and the CRA — and that was even before the additional parcels were on the table. For us, this started with the train project. Later we realized that with the additional parcels we could develop the train station in a truly integrated manner. For example, if we are allowed to acquire lots 45 and 56, we’ll immediately move the All Aboard headquarters and begin to develop all of the land.” All Aboard Florida is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries [FECI], the legacy company of Miami entrepreneur Henry Flagler. FECI has developed many noteworthy projects in Miami-Dade County, including Bacardi USA Headquarters, Deering Bay, Downtown Doral, Office Depot Global Headquarters and the Palms at Town and Country.