North Miami Approves Green Certified Mixed-Use Development Project

The North Miami City Council has approved several key resolutions and agreements in its latest meeting, with the green-lighting of a 379-unit mixed-use 10-story apartment building, featuring retail space and parking, being the most development. This project, noteworthy for its Green build certification and adherence to the city’s development regulations, marks a substantial investment in the city’s infrastructure and commitment to sustainable development. Additionally, the Council approved a contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. for the supply of taser electronic weapons, body-worn cameras, and video management storage services for the North Miami Police Department, despite concerns about the lack of competitive bidding.

The agreement with Axon Enterprise Inc. sparked a discussion among council members due to the absence of competitive bidding for the contract. The purchasing director highlighted the benefits of upgrading to the latest taser models, which formed part of the comprehensive package including body-worn cameras and video management storage services.

Further in the meeting, the council considered a proposed change order to an existing professional services agreement for the Biscayne Canal pedestrian bridge replacement project.

The council also demonstrated support for local governance and community engagement. Councilman Pierre Frantz Charles was nominated and unanimously approved to represent North Miami on the Miami-Dade County League of Cities board. The appointment is a nod to intergovernmental cooperation and the city’s active role in broader regional matters.

The meeting continued with the council voting in favor of another mixed-use development project at 12315 Northeast 4th Avenue. This 12-unit, four-story apartment complex, which includes 434 feet of retail space, had previously been granted a conditional use permit and was awaiting site plan approval.

Recognizing the achievements and contributions of women was a recurring theme throughout the meeting. In line with National Women’s Month, the council acknowledged four outstanding female athletes from North Miami Senior High School. Moreover, announcements by Beverly Graham covered a range of community activities and initiatives celebrating Women’s History Month, including a conversation on fashion at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and other related events.

The council meeting was not solely focused on approvals and recognitions. There was a meaningful engagement with the community as well. One public participant praised the North Miami Police Department for their service, a sentiment that resonated with the council members. Emphasizing the importance of education, Councilman Charles spoke about the necessity of providing adequate educational resources for students, particularly to prepare for standardized tests.

Additional discussions during the meeting addressed local events and activities that council members had participated in. These included environmental initiatives, a city summit, and opportunities to promote tourism and cultural activities within the city. The council also mentioned upcoming community events such as a potluck and a brunch to honor female County Mayors.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Alix Desulme
City Council Officials:
Scott Galvin, Kassandra Timothe, Mary Estimé-Irvin, Pierre Frantz Charles

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