Miami gives Wal-Mart permit in Midtown
Written by Vanessa Zambrano on August 15, 2013
The Miami Planning and Zoning Department has approved a Class II Special Permit for the Wal-Mart project in Midtown.
City Planning Director Francisco Garcia confirmed that he signed the permit Monday for the new superstore at 3055 N Miami Ave., which states that “the proposed project reflects revisions and refinements,” and that it is “in compliance with the Miami Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan.”
The Urban Design Review Board had rejected the plan in February and had suggested revisions, and some in the community had voiced opposition.
The company is excited to move forward, said Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs at Wal-Mart, and the new store will provide residents with new job opportunities and shopping options, while complementing the existing retail corridor.
The approval states that the Class II permit is required before any permit can be issued for construction.
The document applies some conditions for the approval: final construction plans prior to issuance of any building permit; review and approve relocation or mitigation of any trees that may be in conflict with the proposed development; and the Northeast 31st Street right turn will be limited to visitors exiting and will not allow commercial delivery vehicles, among other restrictions.
The final Aug. 12 decision signed by Mr. Garcia may be appealed to the Planning Zoning and Appeals Board within 15 days.