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For Immediate Release:
May 08, 2013
Media Contact:
Fernanda Sanchez

Commissioners approve a Charrette and Corridor Study to provide a blueprint for the future aesthetics of the West Kendall Area

During today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board approved a Charrette and West Kendall Corridor Study Area, which focuses on Kendall Drive between SW 137th Avenue and SW 177.  This provides an opportunity for land owners, business owners, area residents and local elected officials to work together towards a vision for the future of West Kendall. 

During a walkthrough of the area, District 11 staff found that residents are looking for a West Kendall mall with more upscale quality retail department stores, some higher-end restaurants, family entertainment and recreational opportunities. This study will create a blueprint with a comprehensive plan for the next 10 to 25 years that will gradually bring the changes the residents wish to see in their community and improve the quality of life for their families.

Commissioner Zapata is also working with Florida International University to develop a comprehensive master plan for the West Kendall Community to improve livability, generate sustainable development, improve the overall aesthetics, landscape design, and develop a distinctive identity for this area. 

Charrettes, Corridor Studies and Master Plans allow us to establish criteria to which all new development must adhere as they join the quilt which is West Kendall.  As some of the existing properties age and become less economically viable, property owners and business interests will seek to redevelop those properties as well, so those will adhere to the master plan and aesthetic vision for the community. 

For more information, please contact Commissioner Zapata’s office at (305) 375-5511.