River Cities

Residents decry building new senior center next to Miami Springs golf course

The Miami Springs City Council voted 5-0 Monday to approve paying an architectural firm $48,831 to develop a design proposal for a new senior center.

One potential site includes the existing grounds located at 343 Payne Dr., adjacent to the new tot lot and near the community center and swimming pool. The other site is along the city’s 183-acre golf course, “adjacent to the Curtiss mansion.”

Many residents spoke out against building near the mansion, including longtime resident and senior citizen Dan Rumbly.

“Leave the golf course alone,” Rumbly said. “If you guys screw this up, you had better keep your day job, because your life in local politics may become a thing of the past.”

One resident, who lives on the golf course and near a proposed site, also spoke out.

“We have a building, why can’t we use that site?” Fernando Alonso said.

The contract between Ohio-based Lifespan Design Studio and the city for the new senior center and multipurpose facility shows that two locations are being considered: one adjacent to the Curtiss mansion on the golf course property, the other at its current location near Prince Field.

“Everyone that got here spoke adamantly against the proposal but the proposal is to look at both locations,” said Mayor Zavier Garcia.

City Manager William Alonso did not return an email from the Herald seeking the exact location along the golf course of a new senior center. It remains unclear, if approved, whether it would be located in the front, back or side of the Curtiss mansion, at 500 Deer Run.

If you go

Miami Springs residents are invited to speak out for or against where to build a new senior center at the next city council meeting, scheduled for Mon., Dec. 12, at City Hall, 201 Westward Dr.