Keon Hardemon, District 5 Commissioner
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City Commission backs off plan to rename part of historic neighborhood
Angry Overtown residents packed Miami Commission chambers late Thursday afternoon to hammer at lawmakers over a zoning plan they say encroaches on their neighborhood and will drive out more poor people. City commissioners were set to approve a proposal to rezone a parcel of land from industrial to mixed use as part of the Wynwood Business Improvement District. The proposal would also create a new advisor committee related to development of the area. But before they could, Overtown activists and old-timers took to the mike to slam the plan. They accused city commissioners of creating a zoning map that brings Wynwood to Northwest 20th Street, which is long considered in their neighborhood.
Commissioner Hardemon will keep a careful eye on project developers
It was about noon when someone gave Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon a memo: Miami Worldcenter Group LLC had revised the jobs component of the development agreement -- and it was not for the better. In a last-minute maneuver, Worldcenter tried to cut the number of Miami-Dade County hires from 30 percent to 10 percent. The request surprised Hardemon, who said Worldcenter also cut small businesses participation in half from a previous 10 percent to 5 percent.
Hardemon says funding for the organization is still under review
Last week, The Miami Times issued an article about the Miami Film Life Center located in the historic Chapman House next to Booker T. Washington High School possibly losing funding. On Jan. 27th, McKoy says that the MFLC was removed without notice from the agenda during a monthly Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency meeting. It was reported that Michelle McKoy project manager for the MFLC reached out to Commissioner Keon Hardemon to set a meeting about funding issues. Contrary to last
Clarence Woods, SEOPW CRA executive director tells his side
After enduring hurdle after hurdle, the Overtown community will finally begin to see the fruits of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency [SEOPW CRA], the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s labor. On Monday, Jan. 27 the board of co
The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community and Omni Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established to eliminate slum and blight within the City of Miami. Slum and blighted areas are injurious to public health, safety, and moral. The existence of slum and blighted areas contribute substantially and increasingly to the spread of disease and crime, constitutes an economic and social liability imposing onerous burdens