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Tell them we need Mater Brickell Preparatory Academy for Brickell’s K-12 kids

Brickell families and residents, WE NEED YOU! To make our dream of a new Mater Brickell Preparatory Academy a reality, we need your help TODAY.
Brickell has quickly become one of Miami’s most rapidly growing areas and a focal point for new businesses, young professionals, and growing families. The growth and transformation of the area has exacerbated the need for a high-quality educational option for the children of the urban core. With options limited and thousands of s…

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Education Advocacy Update – January 2017

In just the first 30 days 2017 has brought many developments on the education advocacy front. Through the coordinated efforts of BHA and our Urban Core stakeholder partners, the subject of quality education has been front and center both north and south of the Miami River.
 
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Kicking off the New Year (January 5th) with an all-star panel discussion on “Education and Schools in the Edgewater and Downtown” were our friends to the north, BNA. The expe…

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Southside Expansion Update – January 2017

Editor’s Note: The issue of public school alternatives for the Brickell community remains high on the BHA Legislative Agenda as the need to serve Brickell families is acute. This article provides an update on efforts to convert Southside to a K-8 school. (Read background.)
 

Southside PTA representatives Elena Bondarenko and Rebecca Carter

Representatives of the Southside PTA provided the BHA…

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Southside Expansion Update Winter 2016

Editor’s Note: The issue of public school alternatives for the Brickell community remains high on the BHA Legislative Agenda as the need to serve Brickell families is acute. This article provides an update on efforts to convert Southside to a K-8 school. (Read background.)
 

MDCPS and the City of Miami to expand Southside Elementary School to a K-8 school with a satellite campus for the new upper school located at the site of the City’s Fire Station No. 4. The pl…

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Candidates Forum: “Lively, spirited, informative”

Brickell residents and Downtowners participated in a spirited 2016 Brickell-Downtown Candidates Forum presented by Marten Advisory Group with support from Becker & Poliakoff. Neighbors from the Brickell Homeowners Association and its association partner organizations heard from candidates in the community hall of our hosts, First Presbyterian Church. Michael Gongora served as moderator of the forum, keeping it lively and covering many of the key issues for Brickell and Do…

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Victory! Brickell Avenue is finally 30 mph all the way

After years of advocating for a 30-mph speed limit on Brickell Avenue all the way from the Miami River to Southeast 26th Road, BHA was happy to see the change finally came, just in time for the winter holidays. The 30 mph speed limit signs were installed along the southern portion of Brickell Avenue in December, from SE 15th Road to SE 26th Road, a stretch that was 40 mph until six years ago.

Perhaps 10 miles per hour doesn’t sound like a big deal to those new to the are…

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Donate a Toy for Kids in Need

The Miami Firefighter’s Benevolent Association and Miami Fire-Rescue Department are having their annual toy drive. Brickell neighbors are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child ages 1 to 7 years old. Drop off at Fire Station #4 by Saturday, December 12. BHA residents are always generous donors and are urged to help once again!

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Effort to Expand Southside Elementary to K-8 Needs You

The PTA is continuing its effort to renovate and expand Southside Elementary. BHA supports the PTA’s vision of providing what Brickell families need: a new, state-of-the-art public school facility that can serve children kindergarten through 8th grade on a single site.

Located at 45 SW 13th Street, Southside Elementary is the only public school in Brickell. It currently operates at over-capacity, with half of its buildings closed due to unsound structural conditions.



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Miami Boat Show Move to Key Biscayne Contentious, Unresolved

“While the Miami International Boat Show is certainly a favorite among both residents and visitors, its plan to relocate to Virginia Key is a move that if allowed to proceed, would cause major traffic congestion throughout the Brickell corridor and irreparable harm to one of Miami’s most beloved recreational and environmental gems.”

The words above are from Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay, Village of Key Biscayne, on the issue of the Boat Show coming to Key Biscayne. The Villag…

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The Underline: A 10-mile linear park for Miami

The Underline is perhaps the most exciting public-private partnership project to come to the residents of Miami-Dade in a long time. This project could forever transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park and urban trail. Many BHA Board members and other attendees heard about it at the March BHA meeting where we were impressed and inspired by the concept Meg Daly presented. The BHA Board voted to endorse the project that evening. The Underline has n…

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