Miami-Dade County

Miami settles $4 million dispute with Hyatt

Miami commissioners settled a $4 million dispute with Hyatt Thursday related to its Regency hotel on the Miami River.
Miami commissioners settled a $4 million dispute with Hyatt Thursday related to its Regency hotel on the Miami River. Miami Herald file

Miami commissioners voted Thursday to hire a Melbourne-based communications corporation to overhaul the city’s emergency radio system for police and firefighters, and ended a years-old feud with Hyatt over expenses at its aging Miami River hotel.

Commissioners voted to pay Hyatt Equities roughly $4 million to resolve a disagreement over pricey maintenance conducted on its Regency hotel located on the city’s riverfront property where the James L. Knight Center also stands.

Under the approved reconciliation agreement, the city will pay Hyatt $2.2 million for work on a fire alarm system, tile repair, and “other life safety issues.” They’ll credit Hyatt another $1.7 million in rent in order to settle differences over maintenance, concessions and value depreciation.

Commissioners hope that by settling with Hyatt, they’ll be able to move forward as partners with a plan to redevelop the site. They also asked administrators to negotiate with the owners of the River Park Hotel & Suites next door in order to expand the area to be redeveloped.

“We’ve had some discussions with them,” real estate director Daniel Rotenberg told commissioners. “They’ve not gotten anywhere at this point.”

Commissioners also voted Thursday to pay Harris Corporation as much as $12.1 million over the next seven years, including extensions, in order to develop and provide a new two-way radio network. The system will be used by police and firefighters, who say they’ve been forced to work with at-times spotty equipment.

Motorola Solutions, the losing bidder, had claimed that the city’s evaluation committee skewed the winner of its public solicitation, but the Miami-Dade ethics commission dismissed related claims this month.

In other news Thursday:

▪ Commissioners, sitting as the board of the Omni Community Redevelopment Association, voted to accept an unsolicited bid for a billboard overlooking I-395 and give other companies a chance to beat Becker Boards’ offer. They also voted to take out a $25 million loan to fund a series of projects, including housing.

▪ Commissioners gave tentative approval to a land-use and zoning change at 3750 S. Dixie Hwy. to allow the redevelopment of the county’s Frankie Shannon Rolle Center. The developer plans a mixed-use, transit-oriented complex that includes affordable and workforce housing, contingent upon receiving tax credits from the state.