Huge 10,000 Sq Ft Building Proposed for Golf Course
The City of Miami Springs is mulling over a controversial proposal to develop a huge 10,000 square foot building on the Miami Springs Golf Course to house a new senior center and multi-use building.
The proposed location is just west of the Curtiss Mansion in an area commonly used as a backdrop for wedding pictures at the Mansion.
Below you`ll see some of the beautiful views that will no longer be available with a 10,000 square foot building obstructing the view.
So, what does 10,000 square feet look like? According the Miami Springs City Manager, William Alonso, the Miami Springs City Hall Complex is roughly 17,000 square feet including the fire station and the second floor. So, if you can imagine a one story version of City Hall, you`d be getting a good approximation of the size and scope of a 10,000 square foot building parked on the golf course.
For some time now, residents have been protesting and expressing their objections to building on the golf course. Concerned residents paid for ads in the Gazette to share their concerns. Others spoke at Council Meetings. (You can see what residents had to say in the videos below.) Still others sent emails, commented on Facebook, or the good old fashioned political discussion at Milam`s. Plainly put, many residents are not happy with putting a 10,000 square foot building on the golf course.
Most residents have not objected to the idea of a new senior center. In fact, most residents have been supportive of the idea of a new senior center. They just don`t want a huge building on the golf course that begins to deteriorate the value of the golf course, the value of their homes, and the value of our community.
Some residents are concerned that it begins a slippery slope. First, the city adds a senior center. Next, the city adds another multi-use building. Then a police station. Before you know it, city hall is on the golf course.
Residents who live on Deer Run have been the most concerned. They paid a premium to purchase a home with a view of the golf course. They are obviously concerned that a new 10,000 square foot building would reduce the views of the golf course and therefore reduce the value of their properties.
Other residents who don`t live on the golf course, still expressed concerns about lower property values. "If the property values depreciate on the golf course, they`ll depreciate as far as the bird section," shared one concerned resident who wished to remain anonymous.
The city has clearly stated that building on the golf course would be the cheapest, most affordable option. Based on the resident responses, our residents aren`t looking for the cheapest solution. The golf course will ALWAYS be the cheapest place to build anything. The general feedback we`ve received is that it`s fine to build a new senior center, but don`t touch the golf course. Even if it`s more expensive to build elsewhere, leave the golf course alone.
What do you think? Should the city put a 10,000 square foot building on the golf course?
PROPOSED LOCATION FOR NEW 10,000 SQ FT BUILDING
RESIDENTS SPEAK UP AGAINST BUILDING ON THE GOLF COURSE #1
RESIDENTS SPEAK UP AGAINST BUILDING ON THE GOLF COURSE #2
The Miami Springs Golf Course is the heart of the city. Before Miami Springs was called Miami Springs, it was called Country Club Estates. A community built around the golf course.
Our golf course is incredibly important to the residents of Miami Springs. It`s the largest of the few open and unencumbered green spaces left in Miami Springs. It`s a huge value to those that live on the golf course, walk on the golf course, drive by the golf course, get married on the golf course, play on the golf course, etc. etc. Miami Springs has beautiful million dollar homes on the golf course.
Bottom line, if you kill the golf course, you kill Miami Springs as we know it.
Furthermore, the city isn`t asking to build a small gazebo or shed. You`re talking about a 10,000 square foot monster. That`s 100 feet by 100 feet squared of obstructed views and what some might call an eye sore. Either way, it`s not what Glenn Hammond Curtiss would want right outside his mansion.
– Nestor Suarez
THE UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS OF THE GOLF COURSE FACING THE LOCATION PROPOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT