Mayor Philip Stoddard wants to tear down City Hall and the library and build new ones. In order to pay for this he wants to sell ALL the City Hall property to a private developer. He would then use the sale money to build a new City Hall and library on the same property. The developer would then collect an annual rent from the city taxpayers. According to Commissioner Bob Welsh, the city already has two bids for sixteen million dollars. The hell with how the residents feel. The mayor wants it.
Other than City Hall, the developer would turn the rest of the property into a mall. Can you imagine how much traffic this would bring to an area that is already a traffic nightmare. The mayor loves new development, just look around. Where would City Hall go while the new building is being build? How would this affect the operations of city services while they move out and then move back is taking place. Is the police department going to be effective during this time? How much will this cost? Where will City Hall go during this time? There will be no library services available during this time. A waste of taxpayer money. The mayor could care less.
I have pleaded with the commission to place the building of a new city hall on the February ballot. The mayor and commissioners running for reelection (Stoddard, Josh Liebman and Welsh) do not want it on the ballot. Either way they would make some voters vote against them. This action of Building a new City Hall is the largest project ever to come before the commission. Five people should not make this decision. It should ONLY be made by the residents of the city.
Let the mayor and commissioners know that you don’t want to sell the City Hall property and request that it be placed on the February ballot. What will happen to the historic Sylva Martin Building?
Dick Ward, Unincorporated Miami-Dade
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