Developers want to expand the urban development boundary in western Miami-Dade County by 41.2 acres to build an industrial park.
Terra137 LLC, owned by German Blanco Romero and Eva Maritza Blanco, and Boca Raton resident Ana Bigott filed a comprehensive development master plan (CDMP) application to expand the UDB and create an industrial district on their vacant land. The property is on the south side of Northwest Sixth Street, just west of Northwest 137th Avenue.
According to the application, the MIA West Logistics Park project would have 850,000 square feet of warehouses. A study by Miami Economic Associates said the project would be worth $85.4 million when developed and create 1,488 on-site jobs.
Major development is not permitted outside the county’s UDB, and the county doesn’t provide major services, such as water and sewer, there. The UDB has only been moved a handful of times over the past few decades, as environmental supporters strive to protect the wetlands to the west of Miami-Dade’s urban core.
It would require a two-thirds supermajority of the County Commission to move the UDB.
Attorney Felix M. Lasarte, who represents the developer in the application, said the land is in the urban expansion area, a district the county has designated for expansion of the UDB at some point in the future. There’s strong demand for industrial space in the county to serve the growing population, but there are few large tracts of vacant land remaining for warehouse development, he said.
He said the developer would mitigate any wetlands developed on the site by restoring wetlands elsewhere. If the project is approved, the current owners would likely sell the land to an experienced developer, Lasarte added.