Miami-Dade County commissioners, in a move intended to spur economic development, set aside $126 million Tuesday to extend sewer pipes into underserved business areas.
Some 2,200 out of about 3,000 commercial and industrial properties that cannot hook up to the sewer system would benefit from the new projects, identified by a Water and Sewer Department consultant. Those corridors are: Northwest Seventh Avenue, Northwest 22nd Avenue, Northwest 79th Street, Northeast Second Avenue, Biscayne Boulevard, Southwest 40th Street and South Dixie Highway.
“Because of the absence of those pipes in those corridors, the companies will simply go somewhere else,” said Commissioner Jean Monestime, who sponsored Tuesday’s legislation.
The funds will come from $2.9 billion in debt that voters approved in 2004. A $1.6 billion federal mandate to fix the county’s deteriorated pipes does not include any money to expand the sewer system.