Ne­glected District 5 al­ley­ways un­dergo $2.7 mil­lion re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI- For years, the al­ley­ways ad­ja­cent to homes in the Lib­erty City, Buena Vista and Wyn­wood com­mu­ni­ties were a nui­sance to res­i­dents be­cause they served as a dump­ing ground for trash, a haven for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and a habitat for pesky ro­dents.

On March 23, Mi­ami Com­mis­sion Chair­man Keon Harde­mon was joined by city of­fi­cials and res­i­dents for the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony for his new­est qual­ity-of-life pro­ject; the District Five Al­ley­way Im­prove­ment Ini­tia­tive. The $2.7 mil­lion in­vest­ment en­tails the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of 52 al­ley­ways; in­clud­ing cut­ting back years of over­grown shrub­bery, repaving as­phalt, in­stal­la­tion of speed­bumps, mark­ers, and LED light­ing.

The im­prove­ments re­pur­pose the use of the al­ley­ways as bike paths, an auxiliary road and alternative walk­ing paths. The rib­bon cut­ting de­buted the first phase of the pro­ject; which Harde­mon plans to ex­pand to other parts of the district.

The im­proved al­ley­ways are abut­ting homes on the streets listed be­low: Lib­erty City: • Bound to the west NW 12th Av­enue, to the east NW 6th Court from NW 46th Street to NW 50th Street • Bound to the west NW 14th Av­enue, to the east NW 12th Av­enue, from NW 50th Street to NW 54th Street Buena Vista: • Bound to the west NW 6th Av­enue, to the east North Mi­ami Av­enue, from NW 39th Street to NW 41st Street Wyn­wood: • Bound to the west NW 3rd Av­enue, to the east North Mi­ami Ave, from NW 33rd Street to NW 35th Street

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CITY OF MI­AMI

COM­MU­NITY SER­VICE: Mi­ami Com­mis­sion Chair­man, Keon Harde­mon, shares a laugh with Nancy, a Mi­ami res­i­dent, dur­ing a rib­bon cut­ting event.

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