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Letters: Vote ‘yes’ on sale of property near Miami Springs Golf Course to developer

 

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To submit your letter, e-mail sandron@MiamiHerald.com, or write Soapbox, c/o Neighbors, 3511 NW 91st Ave., Miami, FL 33172. Fax: 305-376-5287. Letters must address a specific LOCAL issue, and must be signed with a name, city or neighborhood, as well as a telephone number for verification purposes. Letters more than 350 words will not be accepted, and writers are limited to one letter every four weeks. Letters will run as space allows, and may be edited for length, style and clarity. The deadline for letters is noon Wednesday.


I am the prospective developer of a hotel beside the Miami Springs Golf Course if Miami Springs voters approve the sale of city-owned property to me in an April 8 special election ( Vote set on selling course parcel, Neighbors, March 23). I am pleased to address concerns expressed by residents.

The sale of the subject 10,300-square-foot sliver of land does not, and will not, set a precedent. It is a unique piece of land never part of the golf course. The property is zoned P-1, Public Property District, and it has been used for parking as long as anyone can remember. The city property is physically separated from the Golf Course by a 4-foot-high chain-link fence on the east and an adjacent apartment parking area to the South. The Eldron/Fairway area is zoned Airport Golf, a generally commercial district, away from any Single-Family Residential District.

The purchase price was established by two independent commercial appraisals conducted in October and November 2013, which came back at $105,000 and $115,000 respectively. The higher of the two was selected by the City Council, being considered more beneficial to the residents of Miami Springs. It should be noted that the 627 Eldron Property, including the land and building, was purchased in February 2012 for $305.000.

Our investment in this hotel venture will exceed $11 million. Water and sewer availability to the property for a hotel has been confirmed by the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department. All utility work, will be paid by us, the developers. Additionally, county impact fees for roads, fire and police services, and all permitting fees will be the responsibility of the property owner.

I am proud of the support we have received from the city’s elected officials, administration and most importantly, the Miami Springs residents. I trust that this project will provide much needed tax relief to the residents and will encourage improvement to the neglected Eldron Drive/Fairway Drive corridor. We have reached out to the community with facts and remain committed to preserving our quality of life.

Manuel Perez-Vichot, Miami Springs

A ‘yes’ vote is a vote for Miami Springs

As a point of clarification, here are some facts about the April 8 special election and what it could mean for Miami Springs.

The ballot-question property is a small part of the back portion of architect Manny Perez-Vichot office parking lot at 627 Eldron Drive. It is fenced off from the golf course and always has been; in no way, shape or form is it part of the golf course. There is no street access to the city-owned property; to access it, one has to go through Manny’s private property.

Manny is an architect, not a developer, and has been a Springs’ resident for 41 years, starting off on De Soto Drive and then building his family home on Hunting Lodge Drive. His children also live in the Springs with their families.

According to current city codes, Manny can build a hotel on his personal property today without a referendum vote. The reason the purchase of this small piece of city land is important is to capture the interest of quality brand names like Marriott, Intercontinental, and Starwood.

If the sale passes, it will allow this to become a reality on Eldron Drive, and time to start thinking about the future and the resuscitation of Eldron Drive. It will be the catalyst to rid the area of undesirable activities and bring updated and improved infrastructure, which will be paid for by the developer – not taxpayers.

Best of all, there is no precedent set by this sale; it will not add to our density, nor our traffic and certainly not our schools. Plus, it will bring much needed revenue to our city budget. Your “yes” vote is a vote for Miami Springs.

Tanya Fuentes, Miami Springs

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