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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 10:38 am

   Homestead City Council created a technology mixed use zoning category at its monthly meeting Wednesday February 21.

Two citizens appeared to express concern about the look of a proposed one hundred-forty-foot tower in the Baywinds planned development. The tower is to be on a vacant 0.4 acre lot next to the C-103 canal and SW 142nd Avenue. Attorney Hugo Arza representing LCS Communications said the tower is designed to withstand 185 mph winds and collapse on itself if it fails.

   Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough wanted to know if one commenter was representing his community association or himself. The response was his group discussed the issue and was assured their concerns were addressed.    The Councilwoman also asked about the unpaved access road and the landscaping responsibilities for the site.

   She proposed an amendment to the comprehensive plan for a maintenance schedule to provide for meticulous care and landscaping of the site. Council approved that change.

   Councilman Jon Burgess told the company the large American flag on the site was tattered and needed to be replaced.

The four agenda items – amending the comprehensive plan, adding a technology mixed use category to the Code, granting site plan approval for the tower, and modifying the Baywinds master plan – were all approved by a Council vote of six to one. Councilman Stephen Shelley voted against all four provisions.

   At its committee of the whole meeting last week, Council discussed a non-conforming use provision in the Code in order to ‘grandfather-in’ properties after a government taking. Councilman Larry Roth wanted assurance that the change was related to the proposed widening of Campbell Drive. That project’s land taking could leave some businesses with set-backs violating other provisions of the code. The amendment to the code for non-conforming use was approved unanimously.

    COW meeting items were approved on a grouped consent agenda, including transfer of Krome Avenue to City supervision from Campbell to Lucy Streets, conveyance of some rights of way to FDOT for the Campbell Drive widening, and approval of a marquee sign for the Seminole Theatre.

   Council agreed to a budget amendment returning $2,224,008 dollars to the Peoples Transportation Plan Fund that was not needed to build the new Multimodal Transit Center.

   An additional right-of-way was approved for a storage facility business at NE 13th Street and NE 12th Avenue. Council had approved earlier changes to the site plan but the County approval process requested a twenty-five foot turning radius with a larger right-of-way. City staff concurred and recommended approval.

   In December, Council approved an amendment to the ground lease for the parking garage at Homestead Station to allow the developer to add 430 parking spaces at its own expense. A second amendment to the lease was sent to Council to clarify the details about those additional spaces. Council approved the terms in the amendment.

   Florida’s Legislature granted Homestead $200,000 in last year’s budget to fight sickle cell disease. Council indicated its consent to have Homestead Hospital manage the grant and invited a more detailed proposal.

Homestead Hospital plans a biweekly clinic as an adjunct to its primary care clinic to enroll fifty new sickle cell disease patients by June and provide monthly telemedicine services to five new patients every month.

   “The hospital deserves thanks for stepping up and taking this project forward as it was thrown in their lap at the last minute,” said Councilman Burgess.

   Councilwoman Jenifer Bailey had recommended a small part of the grant be shared with the local Cortney Vega Sports Athletic Foundation that plans to promote the hospital clinic’s new program. Her suggestion was incorporated into the project and the Foundation met with the Hospital to coordinate services.

   Council unanimously approved the expenditure plan for this state sickle cell disease grant.

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