Midtown Walmart Plans: Developers Want Road Changes To Protect Pedestrians

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Since Riptide broke the news in October that an Ohio-based developer wants to build a massive new Walmart in booming Midtown Miami, the firm has kept quiet about the plans. That doesn't mean they've backed down after residents angrily flooded our story and others with anti-Sam Walton comments. This week, the company's attorneys sent the city a request to make some changes to the nearby neighborhood to help the giant retailer fit in.

Specifically, Walmart wants permission to re-build a 350-foot segment of NE 1st Avenue so Walmart's delivery trucks can get in and out without changing the area's "pedestrian friendly" feel. Click through for the letter.

Calling the changes "minor modifications," local attorney Neisen Kasdin -- who represents Walmart's builders, Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) -- asks the city for permission to include roadwork in the retailers' pending request for a permit.

The modifications seem designed to snuff out complaints that are sure to bedevil Walmart's proposal -- namely, that the giant, car-friendly store doesn't match the walkable aesthetic of the rest of the Midtown development.

DDR proposes a number of changes to NE 1st Avenue between 30th and 29th Streets to address such concerns, including adding a crosswalk, heightening cubs and adding new landscaped areas near the street.

They also propose similar changes along 29th Street, on the north border of their proposed site.

"(The proposal) prioritizes pedestrian traffic to create a comfortable pedestrian environment," Kasdin writes.

It's not clear when Walmart will officially apply for a permit to start building on the site, but the letter makes it clear that DDR and city officials are working toward a plan.

Here's the letter, originally posted at Open Media Miami:

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Marc
Marc

So tired of hearing all this bitching about Walmart. Wherever they are built they are packed with people. What does this tell you? That most people (obviously the silent minority) like it! For those of you who claim you will stop shopping at Midtown or move all together once it is built, good bye! No one needs you, other people will gladly take your place. Downtown Miami needs a Walmart as well as a Sam's, a Lowe's, and an Ikea. The whole area south of Midtown and north of Overtown needs to be build up and I see no better addition than Big Box retailers. I hope to see cranes there as soon as possible.

Mario Mendoza
Mario Mendoza

OK, who do we call, where is the petition and where is the protest?

Gridlock
Gridlock

29th Street at N. Miami Avenue is already miserable. Sometimes it takes 8-10 minutes just to get through the light. Imagine 5,000Walmart shoppers plus trucks?

Gridlock.

Wsh U Were Here
Wsh U Were Here

Are you serious? I think you are talking about n Miami ave and 36 st. 29 and Mia ave is easy. However should Wal mart move in it will be horrendous.

New truck route
New truck route

Walmart and it's lobbyist Neisan Kasden want to illegally make a residential area west of the Midtown complex into a truck route. Just what the long time residents want...18 wheelers in and out 24/7.

Jared Goyette
Jared Goyette

 You credit yourself for breaking the Walmart move in October bur don't credit the source of this update: Open Media Miami and Beached Miami. Typical petty bullshit by New Times. 

Almajude1
Almajude1

horrible horrible horrible. F WALMART  mid town is a really cool area why f it up with big box garnage????????????????????????

Dale
Dale

Yea we need MORE part time josbs that pay very little....

WOMP WOOOOOMP
WOMP WOOOOOMP

I doubt anyone will be boycotting once its built. But yeah it sux.

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