The fight to build a 1.6 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in the heart of the old Westview neighborhood will go on for at least another two months.
Miami-Dade commissioners deferred a decision Wednesday after an intense five-hour meeting at County Hall at which developer Rosal Westview was requesting to change the land use from residential to industrial.
Both sides brought in dozens of neighborhood residents to speak for and against turning the old Westview Country Club site on Northwest 119th Street into a walled compound that would be loaded with trucks and stored goods, with some commercial and retail outlets and possibly restaurants. The main sticking point was the percentage of the property that could be used for warehousing.
The developer, represented by land-use attorney Jeffrey Bercow, is requesting 1.2 million square feet of warehouse, and promising the community up to 3,600 full-time jobs with salaries of more than $60,000 a year. Tucker Gibbs, the attorney representing local homeowner associations and residents who have lived in the neighborhood for decades, wouldn’t budge from allowing a maximum of 700,000 square feet of warehouse space.
The group also wanted a number of other concessions, like a 90-foot setback. Gibbs focused on the noise and pollution the development could bring.
Commissioners told the parties to continue negotiating and return Nov. 8, hopefully with an agreement in place.