Miami commission to invite bids on historic city firehouse

Miami Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort
Miami Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort

Miami commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to invite bids on a recently restored and reopened historic city firehouse, including the property’s air rights.

Commissioners acting as the city’s OMNI Community Redevelopment Agency are looking for bids starting at $4 million. Any money from the sale would be reinvested back into the redevelopment area, according to a published report.

The 1926 building, located at 1401 North Miami Avenue, has gained traction recently among developers.

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“It’s a historic site, so there’s a lot of value to that property and I don’t have a problem as long as we get the maximum,” Commissioner Willy Gort said in the Miami Herald article.

The firehouse and the surrounding properties are zoned for commercial development up to 24 stories, or all the way to 48 stories if a developer agrees to community benefits, according to the paper. Building on the side would be restricted because of the firehouse’s historic designation, but Miami code allows for historic properties to sell air rights. [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis