Midtown Walmart Plan Hits a Snag as Developer Comes Out Against It

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There may be plans in the works, but Midtown Miami is still far from the reality of actually having a Walmart built. Walmart's zoning change request has been put on hold by the city planning and zoning department just a day after another major developer in the Midtown area came out against the project.

Diversified Development Reality is the major retail player in Midtown. They own the mall block that houses the area's big box stores including Target and Marshalls. They also own the land where Walmart wants to build, and are on board with the plan.

They're not the only developer in the area, though. This past December, Midtown Opportunities took control of 22 acres of the original development, and the newly formed company does not want a Walmart marring their new investment. (CPExecutive.com has a good map explaining who owns what. The farthest blue area to the left is where the Walmart would go).

According to Open Media Miami, Midtown Opportunities has hired a law firm to pressure the City of Miami to reject zoning changes that would be needed to build the Walmart.

And just like that, Open Media Miami now reports that the zoning change request has been put on hold "until the planning and zoning department has received a 'complete and valid application.'"

Zoning rules established under the Miami 21 plan are at issue. Midtown Opportunities contends that Walmart's plans for an entrance into a 600-spot parking lot would interfere with pedestrian traffic along Midtown Boulevard. DDR and Walmart say that the area doesn't get much foot traffic (not yet, anyway).


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Wynwood and Midtown Miami already has too much traffic.

Nobody benefits from sleazy lawyers trying to put a square peg in a round hole. (except the sleazy lawyers.)

Traffic nightmare coming?

Landlord from Ohio
Landlord from Ohio

The landlord, from Ohio, don't care about traffic and planning. DDR just wants money.

DDR will just have it's lawyer pay some bribes and the idiots at the City of Miami will approve whatever.


How about another grocery store or movie theater, or both?  Surely there are other nearby locations where a Walmart could be built.  

Maybe with some smart urban planning, we can avoid ruining this area with short-sighted development.

Hit and run?
Hit and run?

Nobody wants to walk in a neighborhood where thousands of WalMart shoppers are coming and going in their super sized pick ups and SUV's.

There would be a "hit and run" every week.

Actually the site is much too small for WalMart.

Go west, Walmart.
Go west, Walmart.

Even Walmart shoppers hate being stuck in traffic breathing carbon dioxide. Walmart should locate further west, closer to I-95.

Traffic nightmare
Traffic nightmare

Midtown is doing well. A Walmart might crush the positive momentum.

Why doesn't the landlord approach NeimanMarcus? Or maybe Hermes?

Walmart shoppers bring rug rats and dirty pick ups.

And traffic jams.

No Walmart!
No Walmart!

Finally, someone is speaking up.

A Walmart would ruin the traffic flow in Wynwood. N. Miami Avenue and NE 29th Street are already a nightmare. If Walmart is allowed to open it might take 10 to 25 minutes just to get through that one intersection.

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