Developers have switched to high gear as a slew of applications for higher density housing begins to fill the agendas of the Miami-Dade County’s Board of Commissioners (BOC).
As the residents of South Dade feel the pressure of overdevelopment, those opposed dug in their heels to rally in support of “Robert Is Here,” a favorite farm market operated by the Moehling family for over 60 years on 344th St. in the Redland.
According to Heather Moehling, they have collected over 16,000
petition signatures opposing the proposed high density development of the farmland directly across the street from Robert Is Here's front door. Over 12,000 of those signing are residents of Dade County. The bulk of the other 4,000 come from around the country while others are signed by international visitors or sent by e-mail.
The fate of 19.89 acres east of 192nd avenue on SW 344th Street has been petitioned by its owners and developers to be changed from Low Density Housing, (2.5 to 6 dwelling units per gross acre) to Medium Density Residential (13 to 25 dwelling units per gross acre).
At the July 25th BOC gave everyone involved, including the Commissioners, a chance to breath as they asked for a postponement that was granted till October 1st.
The reason given was “to have time to meet with the Moehling family and others for discussion.”
After the meeting, Robert Moehling wondered, “Why weren’t any attempts made prior to this futile trip downtown? Could this stall be to discourage opposition from another long trip to the Commissioner’s Chambers. Or perhaps the 16,000 signed petitions made lawyers for the developers realize this wasn’t going to be a cake-walk.”
Whatever their intentions, Moehling, with his growing community support, vows to stand firm until issues on traffic, schools, fire and police response time, water quality, sewage, and traffic congestion are hashed out.
Moehling continued, “These parcels were purchased with speculation. Of course, the higher the density, the higher the profit. Developers might claim that with low density they're not going to make enough profit, but it is not our fault if they make bad investments.”