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Residents say “neigh” to proposed commercial development in Horse Country

September 26, 2012 01:30PM

Horse Country

A proposed shopping center in West Dade’s Horse County has locals up in arms, the Miami Herald reported. Developer Pan American Companies is attempting to get Miami-Dade County and the County Commission to change its Comprehensive Development Master Plan to allow for business and office development in the southeast corner of Miller Drive and Southwest 127th Avenue.

However, before the plan can reach the county the West Kendall Community Council, an elected board that makes local land-use decisions, will hear Pan American’s request Thursday evening.

Pan American’s is owned by Carlos Lopez-Cantera Sr., who is the father of Miami-Dade Property Appraiser-elect Carlos Lopez-Cantera. But despite the influential position of the the company’s owners, concerned residents say they will resist the plan. “This would be the first commercial zoning,” Ron Weeks, a Horse Country resident for 52 years, said.  “We are concerned that if this is approved, there will be more requests for commercial zoning in the area.” [Miami Herald]