The Real Deal Miami

Project to transform Ludlam Trail into park gains approval

Residents unhappy with plan to build along corridor
2 Illustration of a bike crossing for Ludlam Trail

Illustration of a proposed bike crossing for Ludlam Trail

The controversial transformation of the Ludlam Trail, an abandoned piece of railway that stretches six miles south of Miami International Airport, took another step forward Monday.

The Miami-Dade County Planning Advisory Board recommended approving a land-use application that would remake a section of the partially abandoned Florida East Coast railway into a bike and pedestrian trail.

However, Flagler Development Group, the company that owns the corridor, is also seeking to build homes and commercial buildings along the trail, which runs through residential and commercial areas.

Residents in the area are concerned that the project will add to an already densely developed area and are asking the company to go back to the drawing board. [Miami Herald] — Jennifer White Karp