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. 

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.

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 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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