Statement from Commissioner Rebeca Sosa regarding the Ludlam Trail
“Today we took an important step forward in fulfilling the community’s vision for the Ludlam Trail and adding much needed greenspaces,” said Commissioner Rebeca Sosa. “Once it is finalized, the Ludlam Trail will become a major component of Miami-Dade County’s trail network and offer residents unmatched connectivity to numerous schools, parks, shopping areas and transit hubs.”
Continued Commissioner Sosa, “I commend FECI for its willingness to work with the County on this endeavor and applaud Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his staff for their dedication towards ensuring that we make the trail a reality for our residents. It is my hope that the Ludlam Trail will stand as an enduring symbol of what can be achieved by bringing neighbors, stakeholders, and local government together in a spirit of cooperation to build something that is truly beneficial for the whole community.”
Background: Commissioner Rebeca Sosa has long championed the Ludlam Trail and led numerous community meetings and charrettes to ensure that affected residents have a voice in all aspects associated with the project. Through Commissioner Sosa’s leadership and advocacy at the local, state, and federal level the trail has garnered wide ranging support and interest in its completion. In addition, Commissioner Sosa has worked with key stakeholders, neighborhood associations, and community groups to produce a vision for the trail that is complementary to the surrounding neighborhoods.
On September 14, 2018, County Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the acquisition of property for the development of the Ludlam Trail. The property comprises of an 80-100 foot tract of land spanning 5.6 miles from NW 7th Street to SW 80th Street along approximately NW/SW 69th Avenue. The County undertook a rigorous vetting process involving multiple appraisers and carefully evaluated the land for environmental impact prior to recommending approval of the $24.565 million purchase. To fund the purchase, the County identified $10.990 million in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grants and $13.575 million of Road Impact Fees. In addition, $27.085 million of the estimated $93.998 million needed for development costs has been identified via a combination of State grants and Federal earmarks, County road impact fees, and existing General Obligation Bond funds. The County will continue to pursue grant opportunities for the remainder of the balance.
The Ludlam Trail will connect over 35,000 people within a one-half-mile radius to five schools, four parks, and two transit hubs, along with residential and commercial areas. It is estimated that the trail could yield a 140,000 reduction in motorized vehicle trips and ease congestion on adjacent roadways. Once fully operational, the Ludlam Trail will form an integral part of the 225 mile planned Miami Loop, a trail network project consisting of publicly-accessible greenway trails that also includes The Underline, Miami River Greenway and the Perimeter Trail.