Walmart has moved even closer to their goal of opening a new store in Midtown. the City of Miami has plans to issue the megastore with their architectural design permit by Friday.
For Walmart to open this store in Midtown has been a journey of rejection and compromise when Miami’s Urban Design Review Board rejected the project in February.
“We denied the project with a number of requested revisions and improvements,” Dean Lewis, one of the review board’s members told Miami Today, “but the final approval would come from the planning director, hopefully with our suggested revisions.”
The Design Review Board is in place as an advisory panel to the city’s planning director, Francisco Garcia. The chain store turned in a new set of revised plans and if details comply with regulations Walmart will get their permit.
“Once we confirm that all those requirements are complied with we will issue the permit,” Garcia said.
The Review Board is not the only group that Walmart has had to face, city activists and residents have come out in full force hoping to block the build altogether.
Grant Stern, community activist and member of the Miami business community is one such voice.
“It’s a plan that would jam traffic all over the streets because it would bring in too many cars to the area. It would discourage pedestrians and cut Midtown off from Wynwood. It would flatten the area,” Stern also told Miami Today that he felt the plan was ignoring district regulations.
“It is design-wise a worthy development project,” said Garcia. “If the building permit is approved, there is an appeal period during which anyone can object and appeal the decision.
Wal-Mart plans to open at 3055 N Miami Avenue in Midtown.