Commissioners against media towers in preliminary vote

Uncertainty once again surrounds Miami Innovation Tower after vote

Miami Herald 6/25/15

Miami commissioners on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would strike a section of the Miami 21 zoning code that allows for “media towers” in the Park West and Overtown redevelopment area. The law has been on the books in different variations for about 13 years, and was used by developer Michael Simkins in planning and designing his 633-foot Miami Innovation Tower as the centerpiece of a proposed 10-acre technology district.

At the urging of Mayor Tomás Regalado, commissioners voted 4 to 1 to repeal the language enabling media towers near Overtown, with CRA Chairman Keon Hardemon casting the dissenting vote. When Hardemon asked his colleagues to include language clarifying that Simkins’ project wouldn’t be affected by the change, the other commissioners declined.


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