This groundbreaking is a significant step toward the City’s commitment to revitalize the Downtown Homestead area. The plans for the contemporary City Hall on Washington Avenue ensures the new home for City business will be a community centerpiece. With Homestead’s growing population, the new 83,841 square-foot facility will house a 225-seat council chamber to better accommodate residents during public meetings. The structure features office space for City departments, a better operational flow in support of “open government,” and is designed to function as an emergency operations center.
The project is furnishing local employment opportunities with a number of local subcontractors procured for the construction that are providing over 80 jobs to Homestead residents. New employment and contractual opportunities are anticipated with each stage of construction. As part of the local employment outreach, a City of Homestead Construction Projects Job Fair will be held on Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 am to noon at the Community Redevelopment Agency, 212 NW 1st Avenue, where local companies and individuals interested in daily construction labor opportunities can meet the contractors and learn about their employment needs.
Groundbreaking participants include Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice-Mayor Stephen r. Shelley, Councilman Jon Burgess, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Councilwoman Judy Waldman, and Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, as well as administrators from the project architects Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects Chartered, and the general contractor Munilla Construction Management (MCM), LLC. To close the event, City officials and community partners will officially break the ground on the construction. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony and officials will be available to provide the media with statements.
During construction, City Hall will continue to operate from its temporary location at Portofino Plaza and Council meetings will continue to be held at the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center.
For media inquiries, before and after the event, please contact Begoñe Cazalis, Public Information Officer at (305) 224-4435.