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Officials excited about new ‘Fun Zone’ business

FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

A new business hoping to cater to the Chuck E. Cheese crowd opened Saturday just outside the boundaries of Miami Gardens.

Family Fun Zone, 850 Ives Dairy Rd., opened Saturday with arcade games, inflatable slides, bounce houses and multiple party rooms.

“This is one of the few businesses that caters to the entire family,” Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan said in a press release. “We need more companies and entities that offer exciting and interesting activities.”

The new business is located just outside the northeastern boundary of Miami Gardens, but is one of a few attractions of its kind in that section of the county.

Elected officials and residents have often lamented the lack of business in the area, forcing residents to shop in neighboring cities like Aventura or Miramar.

Miami Gardens City Manager Cameron Benson said that the city is planning other developments including a new Family Dollar and other stores in blighted areas throughout the city.

“What we’re seeing overall in the city is an interest to invest in the city,” Benson said.

A new shopping plaza, an Aldi grocery store and a Sonic Beach fast-food restaurant, all located near the stadium and on the Northwest 27th Avenue corridor, are some of the latest developments in the past year. A new Walmart Neighborhood Market store, at 3799 NW 167th St., is scheduled to open early next year.

As the city continues to develop plans for spending its $60 million general obligation bond they hope the investment from residents will lead to businesses investing in the city.

“The fact that we’re moving forward with such a public investment is bringing private dollars into the city,” Benson said.

Family Fun Zone is open Tuesdays through Sundays, for more information visit familyfunzonemiami.com or call 786-520-4637.

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