Will Walmart Move Into Midtown Miami?

Grant Stern, President of Morningside Mortgage Corporation has published an article with the Huffington Post persuading Miamians to vote Walmart out of Midtown Miami. He urges, “Right now it’s time for the City of Miami to heed the will of its citizens, stakeholders and the plans we’ve created for Midtown Miami and issue a firm denial of application to Walmart.”

Walmart Midtown Miami

Walmart Midtown Miami

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.

The heart of efforts to prevent Walmart’s arrival in Midtown center on one simple premise: a Super Center and 600 parking spaces cannot fit into Midtown as designed. At what point should our public servants stop spending taxpayers’ money on city staffers’ time reviewing a plan ignorant of local regulations, and insistent upon requesting repeatedly rejected changes which are out of character with the area?

For the full story visit Huffington Post

Lombardi Properties is a leading real estate firm in Wynwood owning approximately 40 commercial and residential properties in the Wynwood Arts District.  Broker, David Lombardi, has been buying and investing in Wynwood realty since 2000.