Miami Gardens

Business paid to close for Miami Gardens City Hall construction

 

ngreen@MiamiHerald.com

Miami Gardens’ new city hall is expected to be completed sometime later this year, and with construction under way, the city ran into a minor hiccup in the building of a road near the construction site.

Local business Tires On The Go uses Northwest 185th Terrace as an access point — that’s a road the city is reconstructing.

According to Miami Gardens City Manager Danny Crew, the city could work around Tires On The Go and build the road incrementally to accommodate access to the business or the city could pay Tires On The Go to close down for a month.

Miami Gardens chose option two. The city will pay the owners of the tire store $40,000 to close for four weeks while construction crews dig out and repave the road that borders the business.

The money will come out of budgeted funds for the road improvement project, Crew said.

Crew said the $40,000 figure was arrived at based on a number provided to the city by the business owner based on anticipated lost revenues and negotiations.

Had the city decided to work around Tires To Go while it remained open., Crew estimates that it may have cost a minimum of $33,000.

“If [the contractor] has to leave an opening for people to be able to drive in, it’s a lot more trouble and they charge for trouble,” Crew said.

The owners of Tires On The Go could not be reached for comment.

In other city news: Miami Gardens’ city council voted unanimously to present voters with a $50 million General Obligation bond issue.

If approved by voters, the bond would pay for a state-of-the-art senior center and upgrades to the city’s existing parks and pools.

According to city estimates, in the first year, the average homeowner with a home valued at $75,000 would pay $56 for parks and senior center debt service.

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