Commissioner Moss: 305-245-4420 — DennisMoss@miamidade.gov
Commissioned Cava: 305-375-5218 — District8@miamidade.gov
Other Commissioners’ contact info at : http://www.miamidade.gov/commission/contact-us.asp
Please contact your commissioners (Moss and Cava) and tell them we want NO MORE building developments that will create an even bigger traffic problem on SW 152 Street than we already have. It is totally irresponsible for any commissioner to allow more development to occur along congested highways without, first, addressing the increased gridlock the over-building will create. Roadway and rail infrastructure MUST come BEFORE any more building.
On June 20 (two days from now), the County Commission will be voting on allowing Jackson South Hospital to build a 5-story parking garage and an additional 100 bed hospital wing. This is a companion to a proposal that will allow a private development firm to build a so called “wellness center,” that includes a large number of doctors’ offices, on a 13 acre plot across the canal west of the hospital. (They refuse to tell us how many offices will really be in the “wellness center”). The “wellness center” proposal, by the way, mostly because of traffic issues, was already turned down (unanimous 5-0 vote) by our local Zoning Board 14 on April 4. The June 20 hearing is a developer’s appeal to overturn the already expressed wishes of our local residents!
The above proposals, if approved, along with the construction of the Walmart store out by the Zoo, a 900 unit apartment development near the Walmart, and what appears to be a 300 unit apartment complex (they add new wing every day) already being built at SW 98 Avenue just west of the hospital, will pour thousands of new autos onto SW 152 Street and cause traffic to sit at a complete standstill in the mornings and evenings on this vital traffic artery.
Since both the above hospital-related proposals are zoning issues, commissioners cannot take any specific comments from us in advance of the June 20 meeting. This is why we need to make our arguments more broadly worded (i.e., just simply say, “we don’t want any more new building projects of any kind on SW 152 Street.” ) Those kind of comments can be accepted.
Please e-mail or call your commissioners. Commissioners who are running for office (or plan a future political career) or are running for Mayor should be made aware that we are watching how they vote on these critical issues. Their choices will determine our vote in upcoming elections.
If you have the time and means to get downtown, you may wish to attend the June 20 County Commission hearing on these issues and make your specific feelings known. The schedule, as we currently best know it, is depicted in the hearing notice below