Recovered from their recent loss in April 2014 on the “Sliver of Golf Course Property” Special Election, this Miami Springs Council led by Mayor Zavier Garcia and Councilman Billy Bain, two of the three last remnants of that effort on the council, are once again backing the real estate special interest group staging an attempt at giving away our public right of way for a project sight unseen from the public records and without public input. Regardless of the fact the developer has already declared that they will require a variance to complete their project which is still publicly sight unseen.
This time around the city attorney warned the City Council that a unity of title and site plan approvals are the norm, and should be required before the City Council gives away our residents’ public lands forever. Mayor Garcia and Councilman Bain led the effort to instruct the city attorney to proceed with a resolution to vacate our La Villa Drive public right of way without such a requirement and negotiate with the developer’s attorney out of public view, to circumvent our residents’ due process and interest.
The City Council and the staff have been put on notice by our residents that a Development Order is what is normally done in other municipalities to protect the residents’ long term interest when vacating a road right of way and to memorialize the developer’s commitment to our city.
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The lands along Northwest 36th Street are prime real estate and extremely valuable so close to the largest employer in Miami-Dade County, the Miami International Airport. The developer would not have purchased the commercial property as stated for $5 million if the area was not prime real estate.
Our extremely valuable public right of way should not be given away without the developer’s commitment to live within our zoning code, abide by our residents’ charter amendments, and completing his project in accordance to his commitments to our city, all memorialized in writing and in advance of any approvals.
Martin L. Marquez, Miami Springs
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