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Miami Beach commissioners to consider hospital’s request for $19 million

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

Miami Beach Commissioners meet Wednesday to decide whether to authorize negotiations for a $19 million grant to Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The commission will also decide whether to limit the types of shows that will take place at the city’s convention center during a planned multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion. That could force high-profile events such as the Miami International Boat Show to find another home during construction.

While other shows may have to look elsewhere, the city is hoping to announce in June that Art Basel is committing to five more years of fairs at the convention center. The city hoped to announce the agreement at Wednesday’s meeting, but had to postpone because Art Basel representatives could not make it.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. and will take place in the Commission Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr.

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai has asked the city for a grant to help fund a $205-million expansion and renovation project.

The private, nonprofit hospital wants the city to contribute $15 million, plus interest payments, for a new emergency room on land belonging to the hospital. In exchange, the city wants 2,000 square feet in the new ER to build an Emergency Operations Center. The city would be responsible for the cost of building the center, from which disaster responses could be coordinated. It would be built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Commissioners will vote Wednesday on whether to authorize the city manager to negotiate the terms of the grant.

Convention Center

Commissioners will decide whether to limit the number and types of shows that can take place while a renovation project at the convention center is in progress. Under the current timetable, the city plans to hire a firm by April 2015, with construction finished by 2017.

Commissioners recently expressed support for keeping construction to a maximum of 36 months, citing lower construction costs and less impact to nearby residents. Previous plans called for about four years of construction — but that accommodated all booked shows, in part by building costly temporary structures.

The shorter timeframe would require renovations to take place on one-half of the building at a time. That means only shows that use two halls of the convention center could be accommodated during construction.

Additionally, the Convention Center parking lot will be used for staging construction, meaning shows that rely on the lot — such as the boat show and the Miami International Auto Show — might have to host their events elsewhere during construction.

The commission on Wednesday will vote on whether to accept committee recommendations regarding the construction schedule. If the commission accepts the recommendations, city staff will work with organizers to finalize a schedule based on the criteria laid out by the commission.

Also on the agenda:

• A final vote on whether to create a dog beach in North Beach.

• Final approval of new regulations on where and when trucks load and unload.

• A decision on whether to include on the next citywide ballot a charter amendment regarding how commission vacancies are filled.

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