Coral Gables trolleys may be temporarily stored on school board property

Coral Gables may have found a temporary home for its trolleys: a school district lot in the West Miami area.

The Miami-Dade County School Board on Wednesday will vote on a lease that would allow the city to store its fleet on district property for 18 months for $200,000. The money would go towards replacing auditorium seats at Coral Gables Senior High School.

Finding a permanent home for the trolleys has been tricky. Plans to store them in nearby Coconut Grove prompted lawsuits and a finding from the U.S. Department of Transportation that Coral Gables, along with Miami and Miami-Dade County, failed to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in deciding where to build a storage depot. Some trolleys are funded with federal money, and the Civil Rights Act requires community outreach when federally-funded transportation projects are built in minority neighborhoods.

The school board meets Wednesday beginning with special presentations at 11 a.m. The meeting takes place in the auditorium of the administration building, which is located at 1450 NE Second Ave.

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