Mon, Jul 10, 2006
Residents Say They Don't Want To Live Near Industrial Park
Is it a wise move to build a new
housing development near a busy airport? Well, the West Kendall
Community Council evidently believes so... as the council failed to
listen Thursday to warnings from the Miami-Dade County Aviation
Department that building homes next to Miami's Kendall-Tamiami
Executive Airport was dangerous.
The Miami Herald reports council members may have been swayed by
the 250 nearby residents who showed up at the meeting, calling for
the area in question to be used for the Century Homebuilders
development... instead of for industrial use.
One of the primary reasons industrial areas are typically
located near airports -- and not new homes -- is safety... an issue
one airport official said may be lost on both residents and
"Safety is our biggest concern, not noise, but safety," Miami
International Airport Deputy Operations Director Bruce Drum told
the council. "I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't say airplanes
In response, attorneys for Century told the meeting that
building homes near the busy airport is perfectly safe... as there
hasn't been an accident on the site in the last 28 years.
Neighborhood groups say the issue comes down to one of
aesthetics. "Nobody wants to come out of their home and see an
industrial park," said homeowner Robert Lopez.
"We would much rather have this kind of project there than
industrial," said Julio Forte, president of the Venezia Lakes
homeowners association, to the council.
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