Dade Heritage Trust seeks voter approval for long-term lease of Dr. Jackson’s office

Asks for Yes Vote on #238

The City of Miami has placed an item on the November ballot asking voters whether to approve a charter amendment that would allow the Dade Heritage Trust to secure a long-term lease on the city-owned Dr. James Jackson office on 190 SE 12th Terrace and Brickell Bay Drive.

The house, was built in 1905 and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. It has been home to the trust since 1977, on a month-to-month lease and DHT spends thousands of dollars annually for the restoration and maintenance of the building.

If passed, the charter amendment will allow for the City to enter into a thirty-year lease of the building with two renewal options for a minimum annual rent of $600 in addition to the Trust’s obligation to maintain the facility for the benefit of the public, which costs about $35,000 per year. The new lease will provide the Trust a long-term commitment that enables it to continue costly renovations and improvements.

Operated and maintained as offices, gallery and library by Dade Heritage Trust, the historic office of Dr. James Jackson also serves as an Official Heritage Tourism Visitor’s Center, open to the public seven days a week in the vibrant Brickell area.

In addition to preserving Dr. Jackson’s house and serving as an advocate for the preservation of many other sites across Miami-Dade, Dade Heritage Trust provides an array of public programs including educational walking and bike tours and maintains a library of information on all of the historic sites in the county.  For over 40 years, Dade Heritage Trust has been working to preserve historic buildings and venues throughout Miami-Dade County.  Successes have included the 1905 office of Dr. James Jackson, old Miami High, the William Wagner Homestead, the Dice House, the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the Hubbard-Alvarez Bungalow in Little Havana, the Miami Circle, the Freedom Tower, the Historic Hampton House and the Miami City Cemetery to name a few.  Efforts continue to save and restore the Miami Marine Stadium, Dorsey Library, the Babylon and other projects throughout our community.

Heritage Trust is funded through memberships, private contributions, grants and public programming proceeds.  For more information, call Christine Rupp, Executive Director at 305-358-9572 or visit dadeheritagetrust.org.

Mayor Regalado recommends voting YES and we agree.

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