Back in January 2015, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that one of the country’s oldest public housing developments, Liberty Square, would be redeveloped. 

County commissioners last Wednesday unanimously selected developer Related Urban Development Group to demolish and develop Liberty Square Rising, but not before a spirited discussion that resulted in several amendments to the agreement.

Ahead of the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting to choose a developer for its largest housing project redevelopment to date, The Related Group’s founder Jorge M. Pérez for the first time released a public statement, saying the opportunity to change Liberty Square for the better has motivated him and his team through the bidding process.

Dade Heritage Trust, a preservation organization in Miami-Dade, is almost finished with its findings as to whether the Liberty Square Community Center should move on a path to be spared the wrecking ball, once renovations to the county’s oldest housing project begins.

Related Urban Development Group, the recomended developer to rebuild Liberty Square, got thumbs up from the housing projects’ Resident Council Tuesday morning at a prayer breakfast for seniors in the community. The resident council told the crowd gathered at the breakfast of their approval of the developer’s plans to rehab the dilapidated buildings.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Liberty Square Rising project is taking criticism from the Black community after he recommended Related Urban to demolish and reconstruct the run-down housing project and build new housing at Lincoln Gardens, a contract worth some $307 million.

A month after County Mayor Carlos Gimenez directed staff to start negotiations with developer Related Urban to demolish and develop Liberty Square Rising, he recommended that Related Urban get the $307 million project.

A call for unity and reassurance of commitment to dialogue with the residents of Liberty Square were a part of the announcement by Related Urban after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez asked county staff to start negotiations with the company to redevelop the run-down public housing village in the heart of Liberty City.

In part one of this two-part series, no one should be surprised that Mayor Carlos Gimenez is going to throw out proposed bids for the Liberty Square (Pork ‘n Beans) housing projects because it was wrong from the start. He didn’t think about tearing them down when he was a commissioner so what really is his reasoning for doing it?

Tired of waiting to hear from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez regarding who would be the recommended developer for Liberty Square Rising, a group of “concerned citizens” collected enough money to take out an ad and buy T-shirts to wear to the commission chambers.

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