Pinecrest may buy land for new park

The Pinecrest Village Council on Tuesday agreed to buy four and a half acres on Southwest 72nd Avenue and 96th Street for a possible park.

The council unanimously agreed to offer $2.5 million for the land. Council members have not concluded what the property’s use will be, but they talked about a passive park with nature trails that permits dogs.

In an April survey conducted by the village, 52 percent of residents said there is no need for more green space or parks in the village. But several residents at Tuesday’s council meeting expressed support for the council’s decision.

The council has not decided how the property will be funded, but City Manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez said it will either be funded by reserve funds — the city’s savings — or over a period of time.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

• Agreed to meet with the homeowners association of Kings Bay in Coral Gables to compromise on a location for a fire station. Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue want to build a new station on Ludlam Road between 136th and 144th streets, near Kings Bay, but the neighborhood association is concerned about the potential for noise and the effects on property values.

• Agreed to hold a workshop to discuss a proposed restaurant in Pinecrest Gardens. But council members did not immediately set a date.

• Agreed to look further into a possible roundabout at the intersection of Southwest 67th Court and 136th Street to alleviate traffic concerns and improve aesthetic appeal. The next step will be a traffic analysis to determine whether the traffic circle would really ease traffic flow at the site.