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Miami Gardens approves initial steps to bring Topgolf to city

At Wednesday’s meeting, Miami Gardens leaders approved land-use changes for a golf facility in the city, allowed an Art Basel event to be hosted at the Betty T. Ferguson Center and voted to rename a street after a local bishop.

The main item

Miami Gardens took the first swing at bringing a Topgolf facility to Miami Gardens by approving a series of land-use variances for the site at Wednesday’s meeting.

The City Council approved changes that will allow for a maximum height of 17 stories, and a larger width and area for wall signs. The company plans to the place the facility on about 15 acres of vacant land at the intersection of Northwest Seventh Avenue and State Road 7 near the Golden Glades Interchange.

If the development is successful it will be the first Topgolf facility in South Florida. The company has a location in Tampa and plans to open one in Jacksonville next summer. An attorney representing the company said the facility will take about 10 months to build.

The location will have three stories of driving ranges with 102 hitting bays, a full restaurant and bar and event spaces. The facilities utilize golf balls with digital technology that patrons hit onto targets in the outfield. The outfield is surrounded by netting held together by 27 poles.

Mayor Oliver Gilbert said residents can expect to see more notable developments like this in the future.

“It’s us changing our profile, it’s us changing our expectations,” Gilbert said. “We can do more than gas stations and weave shops.”

Another resolution approved Wednesday waived development restrictions placed on the site by the neighboring Walmart, at 17650 NW 27th Ave., and amended the deed for the site which will require the city to pay a $200,000 consideration fee.

Other business

Art Basel event: The city will host the “Afropolis in the Gardens” event as part of Art Basel week at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Center, 3000 NW 199th St.

The council approved use of the facility for the event from 1 p.m. to midnight Dec. 2. The event is expected to highlight Afro-Cuban films and “Afropolitan dance, music and art video.” Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro plans to seek financial support for the event from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, according to staff.

Bishop Billy Baskin Blvd.: Council members approved renaming a portion of Northwest 17th Avenue, from Northwest 167th to 183rd streets, after Bishop Billy Baskin.

Baskin was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bunche Park in 1971 and went on to help organize the creation of the New Way Fellowship church in 1975. The renaming will coincide with New Way’s 40th church anniversary.

City manager authority: The City Council granted the city manager permission to approve agreements that have no fiscal impact on the city. Those decisions will still be subject to approval by the city attorney.

The next meeting

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 10.

Where: Miami Gardens City Hall, 18605 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3