Since 1989, eight UM students have been struck by vehicles while attempting to cross U.S. 1 around Mariposa Court, the intersection of the shopping center. Three of those students' lives were abruptly ended by the tragedies. After nearly eight years, the county has approved the project. About $6 million in funding at the state and federal level has been allocated, and an overpass has been designed. But Miami-Dade County can’t begin construction because it hasn’t acquired the five parking spaces in the northeast corner of the University Centre parking lot needed to place the eastern pedestal of the bridge.The county has offered the owner $1.85 million to compensate for the loss of five parking spaces needed to anchor the bridge across the street from the Metrorail station and the nearby UM. In addition, the county has offered the strip center owner 10 parking spaces at the Metrorail station across South Dixie Highway.The mall owner has not budged. We hope this petition sends the message that as a community, we are invested in the safety of our students and residents and that no dollar amount can be placed on a human being's life.
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