MIAMI — Manolo Reyescommissioner of the 4th district of the city of Miamihanded out 34 checks worth $5,000 each to the same number of small business owners affected by the redevelopment of the emblematic Flagler Street.
Reyes, as president of the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) this Tuesday, November 27, delivered funds to businessmen, whose business have been affected by the works that are carried out in the famous artery of the city of Miami.
DDA is an independent agency of the City Council, funded by a special tax levy within the district, whose mission is to strengthen and promote the economic health of the vitality of Downtown Miami and its flagship project is the flagler rehab.
The project in question is intended to improve a half mile of Flagler Street, from Biscayne Boulevard to the Miami Dade County Courthouse.
At a cost of $27 million, a pedestrian-friendly, landscaped streetscape will be created to recapture the vibrant commercial impetus this iconic area of the city of Miami once had.
As can be seen on the project’s website, the dilapidated sidewalks will be replaced by wide pedestrian walkways that will encourage the opening of cafes and nightlife. The boulevard will have a unique system that will block sections of the street for events and festivals.
The improvement project that began on May 3, 2021 and should last about three years, affects the visibility of small businesses that had survived two years of a pandemic. Therefore, DDA recognized the need to assist them as part of its strategy to ensure retention for area businesses and adopted a grant program to limit the negative impact on their finances from the Flagler Project.
Last week, Commissioner Reyes visited the area to check on the progress of the redevelopment plans, he explained on Twitter.