UDRB Review Board: 2-20-2013 @ 2PM

20 Feb

It’s Time for Miami to Say No to Walmart

More than a year after plans were announced, Walmart still cannot fit an oversized Super Center store into Midtown Miami by design, hook or crook.

It’s been 18 months since Miami New Times first reported mall owner DDR Corporation would sell out the South block of Midtown Miami Mall to the ravenous Betonville, Arkansas-based retailer.  Two complete sets of plans have been delivered to the City of Miami, but neither follows local design standards. I suppose deeming the Walmart plan for Midtown a failure for having supplied two complete sets of non-compliant plans would be a private sector idea.

The next public hearing on Walmart’s mayorally-backed redesign of Midtown will be this Wednesday February 20th, at 2 p.m. at Miami City Hall, in front of the Urban Design and Planning Review Board.

Walmart withheld plans from the public record — at the advice of high-priced counsel — while requesting to scrap a neighborhood Master Plan built around pedestrians. The company’s plans are so odious, they’ve convinced the city of Miami twice to hold public hearings without giving promised notice to stakeholders in the community.

By Grant Stern

To Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grant-stern/miami-walmart_b_2717507.html

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