Miami commissioners have agreed to move forward with a project for a neighborhood park on Southwest 12th Avenue at 13th Street.
The project had faced opposition from neighbors who were against rezoning the two lots where the park will be build, from ‘single family residential’ to ‘civic space’ — a category that includes parks and recreation areas.
The group said they fear the changes would open the door for future business use and turn the quiet neighborhood into a more commercial area.
Some also said they didn’t like the design proposed by Frank Carollo, the district’s commissioner, which includes a playground and an area for exercise.
Carollo said he had gone door to door to talk to residents about the issue, but admitted it was difficult to reach a consensus.
City staffers said they needed the rezoning to get credit with the state for the additional park space. The state says Miami has too few acres dedicated to parks.
The City Commission approved the rezoning unanimously on March 27.