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Miami Herald - September 17, 2006

$2 M housing bond a go

South Miami's Community Redevelopment Agency received a boost from county commissioners who approved a plan to improve a blighted neighborhood.


County commissioners gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a $2.73 million bond to help build a mixed-use affordable-housing project in South Miami and extend the city's Community Redevelopment Agency until 2020.

The decision was applauded by many in the neighborhood the agency was created to help.

''I think it was great. I'm overjoyed. Economic development is coming to our community,'' said Rev. Gregory V. Gay Sr., of the St. John AME Church.

Gay and others said the area where the Madison Square project is planned, at Southwest 64th Street and 59th Place, had been neglected for years.

Mayor Horace Feliu on Tuesday led a parade of residents and officials before county commissioners touting plans for the development, which would include 50 to 60 units selling from $150,000 to $200,000.

Still, the city's Community Redevelopment Agency first needs to acquire various properties and then find a developer interested in building the project, which would also include a bank and a Laundromat.

Finally, the agency will need to prevent investors from purchasing the low-cost property to sell for a profit.

James McCants, the agency's outreach coordinator, said the contracts with developers would require them to sell properties to people with the intention of keeping them for at least 15 years.

The Madison Square Project faced a setback at the May 8 city commission meeting when officials voted down a $1.4 million loan to purchase needed land. The idea lacked one vote.

But the county's approval of the bond means the agency can obtain the loan from SunTrust Bank and repay it with taxes from area businesses including the Shops at Sunset Place, Don O'Donniley said.

Some had argued the city would be responsible if the agency defaulted on its loan.

O'Donniley said that won't happen.

''It will essentially pay for itself,'' O'Donniley said. ``All funds used are raised within taxes from properties from Sunset Drive north to Miller Drive and that includes the Shops at Sunset Place. The tax base has more than doubled, and we have every reason to know it will grow and there will be more revenues to [repay the loan].''

That bond, which will mature in June 2020, will be paid quarterly beginning next year.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report