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Aventura commission approves expansion of hospital emergency room

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at 20900 Biscayne Blvd.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at 20900 Biscayne Blvd. Miami Herald File

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s expansion plans are in motion after Aventura commissioners approved the hospital’s request for a change in the open-space requirement during Tuesday’s commission meeting.

Floor area ratio is square footage of floor space based upon lot size and the building’s height.

Aventura city code states that a ratio of 1.28 is the maximum allowed floor area for a nine-story building.

In 2002, Aventura approved a 1.35 ratio for a new hospital tower. This week, the city commission approved a 1.38 ratio for an emergency room expansion.

The 15,190 foot expansion of the emergency room will house 22 exam rooms, conference room, staff lounge, multipurpose room, service and support room and a surface area parking garage.

All commissioners approved the proposal.

“This is needed and you have my support,” Commissioner Teri Holzberg said. “You have my vote 100 percent.”

OTHER BUSINESS

▪ Police Department: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement applied for a $10,000 Justice Assistance Grant to buy a speed display trailer with an automatic license plate reader. All commissioners voted in favor of the grant, and the resolution was passed and adopted.

▪ School Uniforms: The city commissioners adopted a resolution for a two-year contract with Chai Tees, LLC, a uniform company, because of the low cost of uniforms, proximity to Aventura City of Excellence School, and experience with serving schools in the area.

▪ Turnberry Towers: City commissioners adopted an easement of dedication from Turnberry Towers Condominium Association to install a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of Turnberry Way. The sidewalk will improve pedestrian safety.

THE NEXT MEETING

▪ When: April 5.

▪ Where: Commission Chamber, 19200 W. Country Club Dr., in Aventura.

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