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 PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:55 am   
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Mayor of Sweetwater arrested by the FBI on bribery charges

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/06/3 ... lakes.html


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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:49 pm   
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FIU gets $11.4 million from TIGER Grants funds awarded! Big day for FIU's vision of improving transportation to and from campus and its connectivity to Sweetwater, coupled with helping advance the concept of turning the tract of land immediately north of FIU's Maidique campus into a college town.

Congrats, FIU!!

This was the latest submittal to Federal Government: http://cake.fiu.edu/UniversityCity.pdf




2013 TIGER Grant Announcement:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. Among these, 25 projects funded at $123.4 million will be designated for projects in rural areas of the country.

APPLICANT: Florida International University
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $123,809,794
GRANT FUNDING: $11,397,120

Project description:

TIGER funds will be used to support an innovative package of technology, street scaping and transit improvements to connect the town of Sweetwater with Florida International University (FIU). Together they will increase access to jobs on the FIU campus and link two portions of campus that are currently disconnected. TIGER funds will be used to construct a new pedestrian bridge over a busy arterial road. These infrastructure improvements will support the economic growth of a major public research university and an adjacent small city.

Project Highlights:

· Utilizes innovative Intelligent Transportation System features to assist students, university staff, and community members to move efficiently to and through the FIU campus.

· Creates a complete street connection between two portions of the campus currently disconnected, including a new pedestrian bridge over a major street.

· Constructs complete streets improvements and campus walkways with a Boardwalk and Entry Plaza and Pavilion Project on campus.

Project Benefits:

The project will facilitate transit use and safe pedestrian-oriented transit access via an advanced and comprehensive electronic wayfinding system. This unique and innovative combination of computing technology, transit station Improvements, and pedestrian-oriented infrastructure will increase transit ridership and reduce congestion. This innovative approach to campus connectivity is a first-of-its-kind effort that serves as a model for other communities throughout the nation.



BIG DAY for Florida International University and our University City Alliance! The USDOT has awarded FIU an $11.3 million TIGER grant to advance it's University City vision. Learn more about that vision here:

http://cake.fiu.edu/UniversityCity.pdf Many thanks to the Florida Congressional Delegation and our partners: the City of Sweetwater, Florida Department of Transportation, IBM, Miami-Dade County, The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, and T.Y. Lin International.

2013 TIGER Grant Announcement: U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. Among these, 25 projects funded at $123.4 million will be designated for projects in rural areas of the country.

APPLICANT: Florida International University TOTAL PROJECT COST: $123,809,794 GRANT FUNDING: $11,397,120 Project description: TIGER funds will be used to support an innovative package of technology, street scaping and transit improvements to connect the town of Sweetwater with Florida International University (FIU). Together they will increase access to jobs on the FIU campus and link two portions of campus that are currently disconnected. TIGER funds will be used to construct a new pedestrian bridge over a busy arterial road. These infrastructure improvements will support the economic growth of a major public research university and an adjacent small city.

Project Highlights: · Utilizes innovative Intelligent Transportation System features to assist students, university staff, and community members to move efficiently to and through the FIU campus. · Creates a complete street connection between two portions of the campus currently disconnected, including a new pedestrian bridge over a major street. · Constructs complete streets improvements and campus walkways with a Boardwalk and Entry Plaza and Pavilion Project on campus.

Project Benefits: The project will facilitate transit use and safe pedestrian-oriented transit access via an advanced and comprehensive electronic wayfinding system. This unique and innovative combination of computing technology, transit station Improvements, and pedestrian-oriented infrastructure will increase transit ridership and reduce congestion. This innovative approach to campus connectivity is a first-of-its-kind effort that serves as a model for other communities throughout the nation.

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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:55 pm   
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Great. Was this the big news you were referring to earlier? $11MM certainly is big news.


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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:02 pm   
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Wow that is AWESOME!


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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:21 pm   
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FIUPantherFan wrote:
Great. Was this the big news you were referring to earlier? $11MM certainly is big news.


Yep. This can be transformative, not just for FIU and its immediacy creating a "College Town"-type area serving specifically FIU, but helps the county in developing state of the art alternatives to try and improve mass transit transportation within the county, and later within the region.

Here's the full presentation with all the details submitted to US Government:

http://cake.fiu.edu/TIGER2013/


That bridge, with the Blue and Gold colors all over the intersection, will connect...literally and figuratively....FIU and Sweetwater over the canal. The 15-story, 500-bed student building is less than a year away from opening, and there is a lot of buzz coming from developers in building other "mixed used" projects catering to FIU, its students and possibly even staff members. Exciting news.

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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:10 pm   
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I love the design of that pedestrian bridge.

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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:21 pm   
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FIU4ever wrote:
I love the design of that pedestrian bridge.


It's beautiful.


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 PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:45 pm   
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Some of the pedestrian bridge's pics:

http://cake.fiu.edu/TIGER2012/TIGER2013 ... erings.pdf

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:cry: :cry: :cry:

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chiaPanther wrote:
:cry: :cry: :cry:


Why, chia?


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 PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:44 am   
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This is great news. Definitely a step in the right direction. Our campus and its location has huge potential to be an economic and social hub of western Miami-Dade. Now that the resources are starting to come into place, maybe that can happen. I really like the design of the pedestrian bridge and feel like it will be landmark.

I always thought the MM campus could use more "advertising" to 8th street. Like when you drive by it on 8th street all you see are a bunch of parking garages... Put some cool landscaping out there, some statues or something! And the corner by 107th and 8th is so empty :/ I know the plan is to build it out eventually, but once it's done I think everything will look a lot better.


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 PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:23 pm   
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FIU Fanatic wrote:
Some of the pedestrian bridge's pics:

http://cake.fiu.edu/TIGER2012/TIGER2013 ... erings.pdf


Looks like the Sunshine Skyway Bridge going over Tampa Bay. Personally, I don't like this pedestrian bridge for the simple fact there is no overhead protection from the sun and rain.


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 PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:56 am   
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and a second building is now set. This is great news, especially the retail area, to serve all FIU students with the pedestrian bridge making everything accessible. Very good news.

Way cleared for Plaza Suites II dorm in University City area

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Sweetwater's university district is on its way to adding another student-housing building.

Demolition at the site has already been completed, opening the way for the eight-story Plaza Suites II private dorm, which will be located at 10899 SW Fourth St. Construction is planned to start in March, city officials said.

The 72,310-square-foot plot is owned by RRAC University Apts. II LLC and worth $1,735,440, according to the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser.

Sweetwater Mayor Jose Diaz said that the addition of another building shows that the university district is becoming a reality.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/15/3 ... rylink=cpy


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 PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:08 am   
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So I guess since they are connected by a bridge, this would be considered on-campus housing.

Once we get football right, perception of this university is going to change 180 degrees.

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