Agenda Digest: City Commission Meeting (4/12/2022)

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On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the Coral Gables City Commission will hold its next City Commission meeting. Here are some of the more notable items on the agenda for this upcoming meeting. Click here to see the full agenda.

Non-credited quotes in this article are excerpts from the memos presented to the Commission explaining the items.

Gables Insider comments on specific items can be found in blue.

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Consent Agenda

E-1: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation to authorize the award of a contract with Meridian Rapid Defense Group LLC as a “Sole Source Procurement,” pursuant to Section 2-689 of the City’s Procurement Code. Lobbyist: N/A.

“The Police Department has determined a need for barricades/safety barriers at special events and City
events in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians and event attendees. Following an evaluation and a test run with the Community Recreation Department at the City Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Archer 1200 Barrier and Archer 1200 Barrier Trailer Kit are best suited to provide the security and protection needs of the City at these events. The Archer 1200 provides portable security and receives little to no damage following direct impact from a vehicle. Because it is constructed from ballistic-rated steel, it is reusable following impact. This allows for the safety of pedestrians and event attendees throughout the event and for future events. The steel is unique in that it is ballistic rated for armor piercing NATO rounds up to 0.50 caliber ballistic rounds and can stop a vehicle traveling 30 mph within 14 feet. Meridian Rapid Defense Group LLC is the creator, manufacturer, and patent holder of the Archer 1200 Barrier and Archer 1200 Barrier Trailer Kit. These products are manufactured and sold by Meridian directly and cannot be acquired from other vendors. This equipment is best suited to the City’s need for safety at these events. The cost to acquire this equipment will not exceed $200,000.00. Under Section 2-689 of the Procurement Code, entitled “Sole Source Procurement,” an award may be made without competitive bids when there is only one source available to fulfill the needs of the City.”

E-2: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation of the Chief Procurement Officer to award the Concession Food Supplies to Sysco South Florida, Inc., the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, in the estimated annual amount of $124,408, pursuant to Invitation for Bids (IFB) 2022-006 and Section 2-763 of the Procurement Code entitled “Contract Award”. Lobbyist: N/A.

“The purpose of this Invitation for Bids is to establish a contract with a successful bidder for the purchase and delivery of food products for the Venetian Pool Concession Stand. On February 18, 2022, the Procurement Division of Finance formally advertised, issued and distributed the IFB for the purchase and delivery of food products for the Venetian Pool Concession Stand. Six (6) prospective bidders downloaded the IFB package from Public Purchase, the City’s web-based e-Procurement service. On March 17, 2022, two (2) bids were received in response to the IFB 2022-006 from: All Brand Supplies Distributors, Inc., and Sysco South Florida, Inc. The lowest responsive responsible bidder for this project was determined to be Sysco South Florida, Inc., in the estimated annual amount of $124,408 based on the estimated quantities for each line item. The responses were reviewed by the Procurement Division in order to determine responsiveness to the requirements of the IFB and to identify the lowest responsive responsible bidder. The procurement Division finalized its due diligence process and confirmed that Sysco South Florida, Inc., is both responsive to the requirements of the IFB and responsible bidder. The Parks and Recreation Department concurs with the Chief Procurement Officer’s recommendation to award the Concession Food Supplies to Sysco South Florida, Inc., in the estimated annual amount of $124,408.07 but not to exceed the available and approved budget.”

E-3: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing an amendment to the temporary license agreement between the City of Coral Gables and Ben & Giules, Inc ., with regard to the premises located at 290 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134, extending the term for ten (10) months (June 1, 2022- March 31, 2023). Lobbyist: N/A.

“On November 12, 2019, the Economic Development Department (the “Department”) presented the Pop-Up Incubator Program (the “Program”) to the City Commission. The Program would be advertised, the proposals received would be reviewed by a selection committee, who would select a Licensor to occupy 290 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (the “Premises”) using a temporary license agreement (the “Agreement”). On July 23, 2021, the Department advertised the Program for sixty (60) days. A selection committee composed of Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Trowbridge, Business Improvement District Executive Director Aura Reinhardt, City of Coral Gables Retail Consultant Midge McCauley, and Assistant Economic Development Director Belkys Perez reviewed four (4) proposals received and selected Ben & Giules, Inc. (the “Licensee”) as the Licensee. Pursuant to Resolution 2021-326, on November 16, 2021, the City of Coral Gables (the “Licensor”) and the Licensee executed the Agreement with lease terms are as follows: Premises: 850 Sq. Ft. Total Monthly Rent: $2,000.00 per month.
Security Deposit: $2,000.00. Term: December 1, 2021- May 31, 2022. Renewal: Six (6) additional months (June 1, 2022 – November 30, 2022) at the City Manager’s discretion. Licensee has requested and Licensor has agreed to extend the term of the Agreement for an additional ten (10) months, commencing on June 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023, subject to all terms and conditions set forth in the Agreement.”

E-4: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting the recommendation of the Chief Procurement Officer to extend the Citywide Landscape Maintenance Services contract RFP 2011.09.23 with South Florida Maintenance Services Inc., pursuant to Section 2-764 of the Procurement Code entitled “Approval of Change Orders and Contract Modifications,”. Lobbyist: N/A.

“On June 1, 2012, the City Commission entered into an Agreement with South Florida Maintenance Services Inc. to provide labor, equipment, materials and supervision needed for the maintenance of landscaping and irrigation of various locations throughout the City. The purpose of the contract is to provide citywide landscaping maintenance services for the city’s various locations. In order to allow time for the completion of a new competitive solicitation process and a new contract executed, it is recommended that the Citywide Landscaping contract be extended on a month-to-month basis to allow for the continuation of services in the estimated amount of $32,011.58 which will not exceed the available budget. Section 2-585 of the Procurement Code authorizes the City Manager to delegate authority to the Chief Procurement Officer to administer and make recommendations on City contracts. As such, the contract with South Florida Maintenance Services Inc., may be extended under Section 2-764 of the Procurement Code entitled “Approval of Change Orders and Contract Modifications”.”

E-5: A Resolution of the City Commission re-appointing Rev. Arnold Perry and Luis Quevedo (Nominated by Commission-As-A-Whole) to serve as members of the Police Officers’ Retirement Trust Fund Board Of Trustees, for remainder of a two (2) year term which began on June 1, 2021 and continues through May 31, 2023.

E-6: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing the execution of a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Interlocal Agreement between the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County and all Co-Permittees named in NPDES Permit No. FLS000003 for the purpose of complying with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting requirements.

“Execution of this Interlocal Agreement and associated Counterparts is necessary for the City of Coral Gables to continue to be a participant, as a Co-Permittee with Miami-Dade County (MDC) on NPDES permit No. FLS000003. Permit compliance for NPDES Permit No. FLS000003 is required by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) pursuant to Section 403.0885, Florida Statutes, Rule 62-624, Florida Administrative Code, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This Agreement allows for MDC to initiate professional services, on the City’s behalf, required to accomplish tasks as set-forth in the NPDES MS4 Operating Permit in the areas of Water Monitoring and Best Management Practices from the Agreement’s effective date of October 1, 2022 through its expiration date of September 30, 2027. As per the Co-Permittee Activities detailed in Attachment A, the City of Coral Gables will be required to reimburse MDC for said professional services for water monitoring and sampling, an estimated amount of $10,167 per year. Previous NPDES Interlocal Agreements were approved: 1. On June 13, 2005, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2005-115 approving the execution of an NPDES Interlocal Agreement with Miami-Dade County (MDC), which expired November 16, 2012. 2. On July 14, 2012, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2012-115 approving the execution of an NPDES Interlocal Agreement with MDC, which expired September 30, 2017. 3. On May 17, 2017, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2017-98 approving the execution of an NPDES Interlocal Agreement with MDC, which expires September 30, 2022.”

Ordinances On Second Reading

F-1: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for a text amendment to Article 14 “Process,” Section 14-214 “Protection of Landowners’ Rights; Relief from Inordinate Burdens” of the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code to clarify procedures to resolve disputes and provide relief from the application of the Zoning Code, including the granting of variances; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.

“No changes have been made from First Reading. The City is proposing a Zoning Code text amendment to clarify procedures to resolve disputes and provide relief from the application of the Zoning Code, including the granting of variances. The draft Ordinance of the Zoning Code text amendments is provided as Exhibit A.”

F-2: An Ordinance of the City Commission granting approval of a Planned Area Development (PAD) pursuant to Zoning Code Article 14, “Process,” Section 14-206, “General Procedures for Planned Area Development” for a mixed-use project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” on property legally described as lots 5 thru 27, Block 28, Coral Gables Crafts Section (340, 330, 322, 314, 310, 300 Catalonia Avenue, 301, 309, 317, 323, 325, 333, 341 Malaga Avenue), Coral Gables, Florida; including required conditions; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. ( 02 09 22 PZB recommended approval; Vote 4-0) Lobbyist: Jorge Navarro. Lobbyist: John McWilliams. Agenda Items F-2 and F-7 are related.

“No changes have been made since First Reading. The proposed project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” is a mixed-use project located in the recently rezoned Crafts Section, generally bounded by Le Jeune Road to the west, Salzedo Street to the east, Catalonia Avenue to the north, and Malaga Avenue to the south. The project consists of 22 live-work units on the ground level, 263 residential units on upper levels, 364 parking spaces onsite, with 6,800 sq. ft. public park. The proposed building height is 7-stories at 77 feet.”

Ordinances On First Reading

F-3: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for text amendments to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code, Article 4, “Zoning Districts,” Section 2-100, “Residential Districts,” to increase the interior side setback of certain Multi -Family 3 (MF3) properties; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.

“As requested by the City Commission, the City is proposing a Zoning Code text amendment to increase the interior side setback of townhouses and rowhouses to 5 feet when abutting a developed property that is not a townhouse. There is currently no interior side setback for townhouses, unless abutting a designated historic building. The pro posed text amendment is requiring a 5-foot interior side setback when abutting any developed property that is not a townhouse. The Multi-Family 3 (MF3) is a townhouse zoning district that was created from the Zoning Code Update to reflect the development rights of the Multi-Family Low Density land use designation of the Comprehensive Plan. Many regulations in the MF3 zoning district we re transferred from the former Multi-Family Special Area (MFSA), incl uding the interior side setback of 0 feet. However, there have been issues constructing townhouses with a 0-foot setback next to existing multi-family buildings. Therefore, the text amendment proposed is to requi re a 5-foot interior side setback when abutting a developed property, except if that abutting property is a townhouse. Planning & Zoning Board Meeting: At the March 9, 2022, Planning & Zoning Board meeti ng, members of the Board expressed concerns about limiting the development poten tial of future townhouses when building next to an existing townhouse with a 0-foot side setback. Therefore, the Board recommended denial of the text amendment as presented, vote 4-0. As requested by the City Commission, Staff has since revised the proposed text amendment to exclude the required side setback if the abutting developed property is a townhouse. As currently drafted and presented the Commission, the side setback will only apply to a property if it abuts an existing multifamily building.”

F-4: An Ordinance of the City Commission providing for a text amendment to the City of Coral Gables Official Zoning Code by amending Article 1, “General Provisions,” Section 1-108, “Transitional Rules,” to clarify that allowed existing uses of property or permitted as a conditional use of property within the city prior to the effective date of the Zoning Code Update Ordinance No. 2021-07 shall remain in effect as a permitted use of property or a conditional use of property upon the adoption of Ordinance No. 2021-07; providing for retroactive application; providing for severability clause, repealer provision, codification, and providing for an effective date.

“The City is proposing a Zoning Code text amendment to clarify that any permitted use or conditional use that was allowed on a given property prior to the adoption of the Zoning Code Update in 2021 remains in effect as a permitted use or a conditional use for that property. The Zoning Code Update of 2021 both organized a more user-friendly framework of zoning provisions and also created a few new zoning districts that reflected the allowed development rights from the Comprehensive Plan’s future land use designations. Many additional limitations for the location of certain uses were added to restrict these uses from abutting and impacting single-family properties to mimic the former Commercial Limited zoning district. Similarly, certain uses were limited to only be allowed within the appropriate district overlays. However, the streamlined permitted and conditional use table as adopted with the Zoning Code Update could be interpreted to inadvertently remove some allowed uses or conditional uses for properties. Therefore, the proposed text amendment clarifies that formerly permitted and conditional uses of any property apply to the new zoning districts as formerly allowed on the property. The draft Ordinance of the Zoning Code text amendments is provided as Exhibit A.”

F-5: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the City of Coral Gables Code by amending Chapter 2, Article III, Section 2-147 “Membership” in Division 4- Sustainability Advisory Board; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, codification, and providing for an effective date. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

“The City’s Sustainability Advisory Board has been in place in 2010 and currently has 10 members, including representation from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Florida International University, and the University of Miami. The Sustainability Advisory Board has attracted numerous young people to its recent meetings and events and the City Commission wishes to increase the Board’s membership to provide representation for the youth of Coral Gables. The youth member shall be a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school at the time of their appointment, and attend a high school located in Coral Gables and/or be a resident of Coral Gables. The youth member will be a board as a whole appointee.”

F-6: An Ordinance of the City Commission amending the City of Coral Gables Code by creating Chapter 54 “Solid Waste”, Article III- Collection and Disposal, Division 3- Collection Requirements, Section 54-150 Prohibited Disposition of Yard Waste, Dirt, or Debris When Using Leaf Blowers; providing for repealer provision, severability clause, codification, and providing for an effective date. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

“The City of Coral Gables has various rules and regulations regarding the use of leaf blowers however, the City Commission is aware that frequently property owners and/or their hired landscapers blow dirt, debris, and yard waste into the City right-of-way and on to neighboring properties. Doing that can cause problems with stormwater catch basins, can be unsightly, and when debris is blown onto a neighboring property, cause a nuisance for the neighbor. The City Commission wishes to prohibit property owners and landscapers from improperly disposing of a property’s yard waste, dirt, or debris when utilizing leaf blower and make it explicitly clear that such action is prohibited within the City.”

Resolutions

F-7: A Resolution of the City Commission granting approval for Conditional Use Mixed -Use Site Plan pursuant to Zoning Code Section 2-200 “Mixed Use Districts” for a mixed-use project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” on property legally described as lots 5 thru 27, Block 28, Coral Gables Crafts Section (340, 330, 322, 314, 310, 300 Catalonia Avenue, 301, 309, 317, 323, 325, 333, 341 Malaga Avenue), Coral Gables, Florida; including required conditions; providing for a repealer provision, severability clause, and providing for an effective date. (02 09 22 PZB recommended approval; Vote 4-0) (This Resolution is not for consideration at this time and will be included with the above ordinances on Second Reading if approved on First Reading.) Lobbyist: Jorge Navarro. Lobbyist: John McWilliams. Agenda Items F-2 and F-7 are related.

“No changes have been made since First Reading. The proposed project referred to as “Alexan Crafts” is a mixed-use project located in the recently rezoned Crafts Section, generally bounded by Le Jeune Road to the west, Salzedo Street to the east, Catalonia Avenue to the north, and Malaga Avenue to the south. The project consists of 22 live-work units on the ground level, 263 residential units on upper levels, 364 parking spaces onsite, with 6,800 sq. ft. public park. The proposed building height is 7-stories at 77 feet.”

City Commission Items

G-1: A Resolution of the City Commission providing direction to the City Manager on changes to Salvadore Park to allow for a dedicated area for dogs. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson) (Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez).

“Salvadore Park is a large, heavily used park located at 1120 Andalusia Avenue in the City. The park has a recently updated inclusive playground and is home to the Salvadore Park Tennis Center. As a centrally located park the City Commission believes that the community would be well served by dedicating an unused portion of the park as a dog park.”

G-2: A Resolution of the City Commission providing direction to the City Manager regarding dogs at Catalonia Park. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

“Catalonia Park is currently being used by a number of dog owners who allow their pets to run off-leash
throughout the park creating a concern over the safety of children playing in the park. As the City looks to create dedicated dog parks and dog runs throughout the City, the City Commission desires that the City Manager make clear that dogs are prohibited from being off-leash in Catalonia Park and directs that the City Manager update any signage to reflect the prohibition, and increase enforcement of that prohibition.”

G-3: A Resolution of the City Commission directing City Staff to give preference to Coral Gables located non-profit groups when scheduling events at the Coral Gables County Club. (Sponsored by Commissioner Menendez).

“The City will be assuming responsibility of scheduling and operating the Coral Gables Country Club on May 1, 2022 and the City has approved a discount for registered non-profit groups who book the Coral Gables Country Club venue. The City wishes to express a preference for non-profit groups located in the City of Coral Gables in the event of a scheduling conflict between non-profit groups.”

G-4: An update from staff on stormwater catch basins and grates. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

G-5: Discussion regarding viable swale options. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago).

Click here to see staff’s presentation.

G-6: Discussion regarding commercial waste in residential areas. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-7: Discussion regarding potential amendments to Ordinance 2019-19 relating to Electric Vehicle Charging requirements. (Sponsored by Mayor Lago) (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-8: Discussion regarding Vision Zero. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-9: Discussion regarding potential bike lane route on Valencia. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

G-10: Discussion regarding electric vehicle charging station requirements in development projects. (Sponsored by Commissioner Anderson).

Boards/Committees Items

H-1: A Resolution approving the concept and donation for a work of public art by Vaughn Spann, in conjunction with the Alexan Crafts development project at 330 Catalonia Avenue in fulfillment of the Art in Public Places requirement for public art in private development (unanimously recommended by the Arts Advisory Panel approval /denial vote: 9 to 0; unanimously recommended by the Cultural Development Board approval/denial vote: 6 to 0).

Click here to see staff’s PowerPoint presentation.

H-2: A Resolution of the City Commission accepting a proposal from the Julio Larraz Foundation and approving the fabrication and installation of the sculpture Mars by Julio Larraz, (recommended by the Arts Advisory Panel, approval/denial vote: 8 to 1, and the Cultural Development Board approval/denial vote: 6 to 0); authorizing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 amended budget to recognize as revenue a transfer from the Art in Public Places reserve, and appropriating such funds to put toward the cost of fabricating and installing the artwork.

“The Julio Larraz Foundation submitted a partial-gift proposal to the City through Jose Valdes-Fauli for the City to fabricate a sculpture by the artist Julio Larraz in celebration of a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s career at the Coral Gables Museum. On May 26, 2021, the Arts Advisory panel reviewed the initial proposal consisting of different artworks and recommended a subsequent proposal responding to the Panel’s comments, including proposal of a specific work, relationship to its surroundings, and following public response to outdoor work installed by the Museum as part of the exhibition. The Coral Gables Museum launched the exhibition “The Kingdom We Carry Inside” on December 1, 2021. The exhibition runs through April 30, 2022 and features the sculpture Mars installed outside on the Museum Plaza. On March 9, 2022, the Arts Advisory panel reviewed a revised proposal for the sculpture Mars and recommended approval to the Cultural Development Board. On March 15, 2022, the Cultural Development Board reviewed the proposal for the sculpture Mars and made a motion recommending approval to the City Commission. About the artist: Julio Larraz was board in 1944 in Cuba and currently lives and works in Miami. He is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and draftsman, best known by h is precise and detailed technique, imagination, and subtle touch. The artist juxtaposes irony, humor, narrative, and metaphysical perspectives in his work. Larraz exhibits throughout the world, including frequently in New York and Italy. His artworks are in prominent public collections including Mexico, Colombia, France, Philadelphia, New York, and Florida. About the artwork: Since its installation on the Coral Gables Museum Plaza, Mars has received an enthusiastic response noted by the number of people stopping to admire the sculpture and have their picture taken with the artwork, which resembles an oversize watermelon slice with the red surface having a planet or moon-like quality. Mars is an edition of 3 with 2 artist proofs. The artwork currently on view is a loan; this will be a new fabrication, as number 3 of 3. The fabrication is estimated to take 7 months to complete, and placement is recommended in Pittman Park. The design of the sculpture is being donated by The Julio Larraz Foundation. Funding for fabrication ($150,000), engineering, foundation, lighting, signage, transportation, and installation (est. $46,000) of the artwork is being proposed through the Art Fund. The cost of annual maintenance is anticipated to be minimal and is being proposed through use of the general fund as ordinary maintenance and will be included as part of the City’s annual public art maintenance plan. The Arts Advisory Panel voted (8-1) to recommend acquisition of Julio Larraz’ Mars at their meeting on March 9, 2022. The Cultural Development Board voted unanimously (6-0) to recommend acquisition of Julio Larraz’ Mars at their meeting on March 15, 2022.

Click here to see staff’s presentation.

City Manager Items

I-1: Presentation and budget for Granada Golf Course Pro Shop Restaurant.

I-2: A Resolution of the City Commission declaring Principles of Inclusion for all individuals with autism and special needs, and urging action by national, state and local governments, businesses and residential communities consistent with these principles.

Click here to read staff’s memo.

I-3: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing a contract modification to the Electrical Contractor Services contract no. IFB2019-014 with AGC Electric, Inc. pursuant to Section 2-764(b), Approval of Change Orders and Contract Modifications, in the amount of $1,240,000 to accommodate work required throughout the City.

“On May 7, 2019, a competitive solicitation was issued to establish a contract for citywide electrical contractor services. Under the City Manager’s award authority, the award for the services was made to AGC Electric, Inc. on July 5, 2019, with an initial two-year term with three-one year renewal options. The contract was awarded to accommodate work that includes troubleshooting and correcting problems in electrical systems of any size and voltage both indoors and outdoors, general electrical maintenance and repair, new service installations, emergency repair work, roadway and overhead streetlights and other electrical related work. On November 12, 2019, the City Commission approved a change order and contract modification in the amount of $1,652,000 to accommodate unplanned projects which proved to be the most efficient method to expedite key projects. This current contract modification is necessary to ensure the contract capacity is in place to cover city-owned streetlights maintenance and Public Works projects consisting of the Alhambra Water Tower and Salvadore Park lighting conversions to LED, a flow gate panel installation, and the Whiteway Lights project. The amount of $1,240,000 will cover expenses during fiscal year 2021-2022 as well as each year moving forward, based on need and will not exceed the available budget.”

I-4: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing encroachments into the public right-of-way relating to the City of Coral Gables Mobility Hub project consisting of the installation of building façade panels and slab extensions surrounding the property located at 245 Andalusia Avenue, subject to requirements of the Public Works Department.

“The proposed encroachments consist of the installation of building façade panels and slab extensions along 245 Andalusia Avenue, the alley to its west, north, and east of said property as well as the northeast corner of the alley, as described in Exhibit A attached hereto. The Public Works Department does not object to this request for encroachments into the public right-of-way, subject to the following conditions of the Public Works Department: a. Obtain approval of the Development Services Department, including the Structural Division; b. The proposed encroachments shall be maintained in good condition at all times; c. The proposed encroachments shall be constructed in accordance with City of Coral Gables Public Works’ Standards and all other pertinent Codes, to include and not limited to structural and electrical reviews by the Development Services Department, as necessary; d. The proposed encroachment shall be maintained in accordance with the City Zoning Code, Section 10-106, requiring that all visual obstructions be kept within a maximum height of thirty inches (30”) within the visibility triangle.”

ALSO READ: Commission Seeks To Approve Coral Gables Version Of Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage, Against Resident Wishes.

I-5: A Resolution of the City Commission authorizing a change order in the amount of $640,000.00 (six hundred forty thousand dollars) to M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc., to allow the continuation of design consultant services for the Mobility Hub project and authorizing an amendment to the fiscal year 2022-2023 budget to appropriate such funds to put toward the cost of the change order. Lobbyist: N/A.

“The City of Coral Gables (“City”) entered into an agreement with M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc., (“Gensler”) on June 8, 2021, to provide design consultant services for the Mobility Hub project. Since executing the agreement, City staff has worked closely with Gensler to perfect the design of the project, incorporate new elements born of public input, and enhancing existing elements to achieve a world class design. The parties have also agreed that the estimated cost of the project for the purpose of determining the design fee on a percentage basis is $40,000,000 (forty million dollars). The project scope has been increased to allow for an enhanced rooftop park, enhanced micromobility, and enhanced electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The adaptive reuse capability of the building has been thoroughly developed through multiple design iterations and will result in an easily convertible building that can evolve with the needs of the City over time. This resolution authorizes a change order in the amount of $640,000.00 (six hundred forty thousand dollars) to allow the continuation of design consultant services for the Mobility hub and makes the corresponding budget adjustments to the FY 2022-2023 budget.”

ALSO READ: Mobility Hub In Limbo, As Rising Costs Bring Estimated Price From $28.9 Million To Over $62 Million.

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10 thoughts on “Agenda Digest: City Commission Meeting (4/12/2022)

  1. How did architect Gensler get a resolution for another $640,000 on the commission agenda for Tuesday? Who did he talk to and what did he do to get it?

  2. Want more transparency on lobbyists Jorge Navarro and John McWilliams and how they got Ramon Arias’ Planning Board and the 5 commissioners to approved the monster “ Alexan Crafts”.

  3. F2;F7

    When the commissioners ran for office, the promised no over-development.

    When elected, they lied, again and again. Monster building after monster building.

    Now, it’s the “Alexan Crafts”.

    Stop lying this time and stop the “Alexan Crafts”.

  4. Add a resolution to freeze re-hiring.

    Do not re-hire Peter Iglesias, the City Manager; Miriam Ramos, the City Attorney; Cristina Suarez;
    Ramon Arias, Director of Planning and Zoning; and don’t leave out, Bob Behar, from the Planning and Zoning Board.

  5. Puppet award

    This week’s puppet award goes to all the 5 commissioners in Coral Gables, Fl. The residents want to end the mobility hub. The 5 commissioners want to keep it going, adding another $640,000 to it.

    All 5 commissioners get the award, because they are out of touch with the community.

    In addition to the award, we are sending each of the commissioners a free hearing aid, so they can listen to the residents.

  6. A smart politician gives the voters what they want.

    The voters want to end the mobility hub.

    The 5 commissioners want to continue the mobility hub, to spend another $640 thousand on it.

    The 5 commissioners are stupid politicians.

  7. Over Budget and not a good fit!!! Outrageous how our leadership feels comfortable allowing a design so out of sync with our city.
    This type of project would serve the community better if it was scaled down and closer to the Metro -rail. NOT A GOOD FIT in the center of Coral Gables

  8. The architect Gensler is very greedy.

    The 5 commissioners are 5 fools.

    Anyone who has been around wouldn’t pay Gensler another penny.

  9. Stop the mobility hub or we will stop you in the next election.

  10. Why would the City Commission throw away another $640,000 on design for the Mobility Hub when it is over $30 million out of budget. Stop throwing away tax payer money!!!

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