Mayor Steven Bateman (left) and Ernesto Perez, CEO of Dade Medical College
Mayor Steven Bateman (left) and Ernesto Perez, CEO of Dade Medical College

Dade Medical College starts historic downtown renewal

By Frank May

Mayor Steven Bateman (left) and Ernesto Perez, CEO of Dade Medical College

The renewal of Homestead’s historic downtown district is a high priority of the Homestead Mayor and City Council.  In September 2009, Dade Medical College opened the Homestead campus in the Downtown area on North Krome Avenue and 4th Street.  The college operates four campuses in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and offers diplomas or an Associate of Science degree in Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Massage Therapy, and Medical Assistant programs at the Homestead Campus.
Since its inception, the school created 50 new jobs and plans to add another 100 employees as a result of a planned enrollment increase.  There are over 200 students enrolled at the Homestead campus now.
Ernesto Perez, CEO of Dade Medical College, recently donated more than $8,000 to renew and maintain Paradise Way, the promenade immediately north of the Art South Sanctuary building.  A variety of trees, plants, and flowers were added to the landscape by Mr. Perez.  Pavers were pressure-cleaned and a new irrigation system was installed.  The impact of the renewal is dramatic and has created an attractive green space downtown.
Perez stated, “We are excited and honored to be part of the revitalization of the historic downtown Homestead area.  Our goal is to remake the area into a safe, family-friendly place in the spirit of Miracle Mile.  It’s a commitment we are making to the City.”
Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman is pleased with the positive impact of the college on downtown Homestead.  “The impact of Dade Medical College has been positive and dramatic.  Our downtown is alive with students and the landscaping improvements to Paradise Way have transformed a blighted area to an attractive one.  This is a win-win situation for everyone. Mr. Perez is a fine corporate citizen and I applaud his efforts,” said Mayor Bateman.
Mayor Bateman believes that Dade Medical College is the beginning of Homestead’s downtown renaissance.  “I believe that we a witnessing the beginnings of a wholesale revitalization of our downtown,” said Bateman.

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