FedEx may contend for county land deal
Written by Lidia Dinkova on August 27, 2014
Miami-Dade wants to develop 125 acres of county-owned land as either an upscale industrial park or a school campus.
Already, FedEx has expressed interest in the South Miami-Dade property adjacent to the Homestead Air Reserve Base, said Commissioner Dennis Moss.
“FedEx has shown a strong interest in wanting to develop a distribution facility there,” Mr. Moss said. “They’d be a great anchor development at that particular location and would be somewhat of a magnet for other types of uses.”
FedEx didn’t confirm whether it’s interested in opening a facility at the site.
On Monday, Miami-Dade commissioners, sitting as the Finance Committee, gave preliminary approval for staff to request expressions of interest in the site.
“We want to gauge what kind of interest there is out there in trying to get the land developed,” said Mr. Moss, the item’s prime sponsor.
The vacant land is part of 600 acres the Air Force gave the county after Hurricane Andrew flatted South Miami-Dade. The handover was in part to help the county spur area economic development.
Plans are to develop the property to stimulate job growth.
“We want to create a certain environment at that particular location that would attract the more upscale industrial uses as opposed to the nitty-gritty uses like auto repair shops,” Mr. Moss said.
A school would also be a logical use near the Homestead base, he said.
The 125 acres are ready to develop. They have the needed zoning because Italy-based rail company AnsaldoBreda was to set up a headquarters there but pulled back.
Companies expressing interest are to list their relevant development experience, proposed site uses, rent they propose to pay the county and the number of jobs they plan to create.