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West Miami will construct new building to house several departments

 

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All systems are go for a new building for several departments in West Miami.

The city will soon be constructing a new building to house the Code Enforcement, Zoning, Building and Public Works departments.

Residents will also have access to occupational licenses and zoning certificates of use in the building, which will include a motor pool area. The 5,575-square-foot building will be located in the rear of 901 SW 62nd Ave.

City Manager Yolanda Aguilar said the building was much needed.

“The existing building is part of a larger structure that was over 60 years old,” she wrote in an email. “A part of it was unsafe, and we were mandated by [Miami-Dade County] Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) to retrofit or demolish. Retrofitting was not an option; therefore, demolition took place approximately two years ago. We have temporarily relocated motor pool and we continue to use the office portion of the building.”

The departments were housed at the same location but in a very reduced working area. The plan to build a new building has been in the works for 18 months, but officials have discussed it for 10 years.

“The building will accommodate the work environment, address our aging infrastructure, address our motor-pool needs, will serve the public more efficiently and house the new building department,” Aguilar said.

Construction, planning, permitting and inspections will cost West Miami about $700,000.

Aguilar said the new building will be friendly to its residents.

“This project will enhance the way the City delivers service to its citizens by providing a professional working environment with proper working areas, retention rooms as required by the Division of Archives, conference room and office, a place that residents feel comfortable when addressing their city business at City Hall,” Aguilar said.

Construction is expected to start in early 2015.

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