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My Dear Neighbors, Friends and Supporters,
I want to first thank you for your support over the last two and a half years of fighting Walmart. It totally humbles me to hear your individual thanks from time to time.
That’s because without you I would be nowhere and Walmart would’ve long ago flattened Midtown Miami.
Tonight is it, the last dance. Our only firewall against administrative shenanigans is the City of Miami Commission.
Please show up and tell our commissioners that Walmart has to follow the rules like everyone else!
When: 6pm Walmart Hearing Starts
7-9pm Public Hearing
Where: 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami City Hall on the waterfront of Coconut Grove
Who: Walmart’s team of 20 lawyers and experts vs. the people
Why: This is our final appeal outside of an expensive courtroom brawl in the effort to force Walmart to comply with Midtown’s zoning rules.
The city of Miami has violated our rights to due process allowing Walmart a variance riddled plan approval without a real public hearing before making the decision.
If you can’t make it, there’s still something important you can do!
Email our public officials and call them now!
Mayor Tomas Regalado
Commissioner D1 Willy Gort - Frank Castaneda - Chief of Staff
email@example.com - FCastaneda@miamigov.com
Chairman of Commission D2 Marc Sarnoff, Esq. (Walmart is in his district)
Commissioner D3 Frank Corollo, CPA
Commissioner D4 Francis Suarez, Esq. (who is absent tonight)
Comissioner D5 Michelle Spence-Jones
Director of Planning and Zoning Francisco Garcia (he approved Walmart’s plan illegally)
Here’s a few talking points you can share in your phone calls and emails:
- Walmart is removing over a dozen trees from NE 31st Street against code
- Walmart is changing a NE 31st street from 2 to 3 lanes against the recommendation of the code.
- Walmart is building 2 buildings with completely different designs in the same project in violation of the code.
- Walmart ignored a parking setback of 8’ feet from the street on the 2nd and 3rd level abutting NE 31st street
- Walmart should have habitable space on the 2nd and 3rd levels facing Midtown Blvd and Miami Avenue, or set back the parking garage walls by 85’
- Walmart has a blank wall facing south, without habitable 2nd and 3rd floor liners - again against the code.
- Walmart’s 40’ blank wall runs for nearly 500’ alongside Pike Brothers’ 15’ tall wall creating a dangerous alleyway
- Walmart placed a parking garage entrance on N. Miami Avenue facing a 10,000 sq. ft. green space area designated for public enjoyment
- Walmart has 5 loading zones where 3 are required, no more no less.
- Walmart’s loading zone for the “liner shops” is inadequate with 12’ height where 15’ is required - this will force off street loading on Midtown Boulevard, not allowed by code
- Walmart’s plan doesn’t have parking garage access to the east side’s liner shops to meet ADA requirements
Once again, I would like to see all of your smiling faces tonight at Miami City Hall and for everyone on this list to at least share 1 email with a public official between now and 6pm when our hearing time begins!!!!
Thank you so much for being there so many times in the last two and a half years and sharing this message with your friends and neighbors time and again.
With luck, this could be the end of our long road - and with support tonight a successful conclusion. Yes, I said it, tonight could be Walmart’s last call in Midtown.
See you soon!
NoWalmartinMidtown.com Appeal of Walmart’s Permit Hearing Today
Dated: October 2, 2013
Miami residents crowd-funded activist group NoWalmartinMidtown.com to file an appeal of Walmart’s Architectural Permit to build the south block of Midtown Miami.
NoWalmartinMidtown.com, a coalition of residents, business people, and artists in the Midtown district of Miami, Florida is filing an appeal of Walmart’s Class II Special Permit issued by the City of Miami’s Planning Director Francisco Garcia on August 12th, 2013 to be heard by Miami’s Planning and Zoning Appeals Board (PZAB) at 6pm Wednesday night in Miami’s City Hall located at 3500 Pan American Drive..
Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton commissioned the Midtown Miami plan as a special district a decade ago. Today, Midtown contains 3 high-rise condos and over 600,000 sq. ft. of restaurant, community retail and big box stores in a mixed income neighborhood.
In 2011 Walmart announced plans to buy Midtown Miami’s final retail parcel from DDR Corp, but local residents were concerned that a massive big box store might not fit into such a small parcel. NoWalmartinMidtown.com launched a change.org petition which has collected over 3,400 signatures shortly thereafter in 2012.
Last year, the Miami Planning Director’s request for sole authority over Walmart’s design was rejected 9-0 by Miami’s PZAB. Miami’s Board of Professional Architects rejected by 6-0 vote Walmart’s January 2013 plans. NoWalmartinMidtown.com contends that Planning Director Francisco Garcia overstepped his bounds in approving a little changed copy of plans from March 2013
Grant Stern is the founder and spokesperson of NoWalmartinMidtown.com and a licensed Mortgage Broker. The Law Offices of Paul C. Savage, PA have been retained to represent the NoWalmartinMidtown.com group’s appeal.
“The law’s requirements must be followed as published” says to Paul Savage, Esq., “Miami’s Planning Director has approved for Walmart administratively a plan which should’ve gone to a public hearing.”
“Walmart’s plan would create intense traffic congestion” says NoWalmartinMidtown.com spokesperson, Grant Stern “by gaming the application process, Walmart avoided presenting traffic studies detailing exactly how bad Midtown traffic would become.”
“Walmart’s design violates the Midtown Master plan repeatedly and must be denied.” Stern says.
For questions and further information, please visit www.nowalmartinmidtown.com or contact Grant Stern directly at 786-220-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @grantstern on twitter. Regarding legal matters, contact Paul Savage, Esq. at email@example.com or his office at 305-444-7188
Why should This Wednesday Night be important to you?
There’s a Public Hearing at 6pm tomorrow night, Wednesday October 2nd at Miami’s City Hall for NoWalmartinMidtown.com’s appeal of Wal-Mart’s flawed architectural permit.
What difference does it make if Wal-Mart can ignore local ordinance and get away with it?
This is the first and last public hearing you’ll get on the matter. That’s right, if we don’t succeed tonight, it’s basically done.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT MIAMI CITY HALL THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 6PM.
Midtown Miami residents and business owners have nervously followed a battle lasting 2 years this month pitting residents who oppose Wal-Mart vs. local government officials.
In February, Miami’s UDRB, a citizen board of architects denied the permit in a 6-0 vote. Normally, such a recommendation ends the planning process for a project, but Wal-mart’s application kept rolling through the system, like a zombie in big box clothing.
This past August, the city’s Director of Planning and Zoning issued a permit approval to Walmart that violates no less than 7 distinct portions of Midtown Miami’s Master Plan.
Wal-mart’s Midtown project contains nearly double the parking, loading and floor space than any single establishment should be allowed to build in that location.
That’s right, an unelected city official gave special privileges, without the required public hearings, and key reports on the traffic impact of Wal-Mart’s proposal.
Miami’s local government appears ready to set horrific precedent that anything goes with Wal-mart - and as citizens who care, we must draw a line.
Please join me in the City Hall chamber to voice your support tomorrow night.