Opinion: The City of Miami should reject Walmart zoning request

By | February 14th, 2012 | 2 Comments

This opinion piece is part of an ongoing Open Media Miami series about the proposed Walmart in Midtown. Open Media Miami is a community news partner of Beached Miami for coverage of Wynwood, Midtown, and the Biscayne Corridor.

Walmart’s affect on communities may be a subject of debate, but its disregard for Midtown Miami’s Master Plan is not in question. Walmart wants to place a major loading zone at the intersection of Midtown’s main streets. Midtown Mall owner DDR Corp., which is selling the southwest corner of Midtown Miami to Walmart, has requested those changes and more from the City of Miami as a parting gift.

Walmart’s request that the city waive zoning restrictions, which was submitted to City of Miami Planning Director Francisco Garcia by DDR Corp.’s attorney, show a massive loading dock fronting Midtown Boulevard, as well as a raised concrete divider in the middle of the road to protect the trucks from N.E. 30th Street traffic. They also call for a five-lane intersection at N.E. 29th Street and Midtown Boulevard to accommodate big rigs and significantly increased auto traffic.

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