City To Consider Allowing Police Horse Stable In Historic Park
By Yeleny Suarez
The Miami City Commission is to decide next week whether the Miami Police Department can move its horse stables from Tropical Park to the Lummus Park Historic District, Miami’s oldest park.
"The Tropical Park location is very inconvenient for City of Miami officers that work in Coconut Grove," said Javier Torres, an associate at architectural firm MCHarry Associates, which designed stables for Lummus. "At Lummus Park, they will have a smaller distance to travel."
Mr. Torres said the city approached MCHarry a year ago about designing stables. The first renderings, presented at the city’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board Nov. 29, were rejected because of issues concerning parking and grass pavers. The board reversed its stand Tuesday.
"Next, we will go before the City Commission Jan. 13 for a special-exception permit that will allow the development of stables," Mr. Torres said.
The city’s police have eight stables at Tropical Park. The project at the 3,400-square-foot Lummus Park, 360 NW Third St., is to include 11 12-by-12-foot stables for 10 horses and an air-conditioned office at a cost of $500,000.
Bleachers would be built for guests to watch the horses. Guests would be able to visit the stables at no cost.
Lummus Park is the oldest park in Miami, said Brett Bibeau, managing director of the Miami River Commission. In 1821, Florida was sold to the US by Spain for $5 million. Later that year, slaves built a barracks near the mouth of the Miami River that was moved and now is at Lummus Park.
"We hope to start development by the end of February and finish no later than three to four months after," Mr. Torres said. "This will be an enhancement to the future Riverwalk project."