Commission clears way for massive industrial project in Opa-locka

Carrie Meek
Carrie Meek

A long-stalled industrial development near the Miami-Opalocka Executive Airport was given new life Thursday, when Miami-Dade County commissioners reportedly approved a needed land deal for the project.

County commissioners approved a new agreement with the Carrie Meek Foundation that would allow the nonprofit to keep its control of roughly 120 acres of land near the airport, where it’s planning a massive single-tenant industrial project, according to the Miami Herald.

Plans call for a single warehouse measuring 860,000 square feet, and sources told the Herald that its single occupant would be Amazon.

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The Meek foundation, headed by former congresswoman Carrie Meek, is backed by the Orlando-based developer Foundry Commercial that’s worked on projects like Doral’s Beacon Center industrial park, the Herald reported.

Under the deal, Meek’s team has a 65-year lease on the land and a new development deadline that stipulates $18 million worth of progress has to be made by 2019, with the whole $110 million project completed by 2025.

Meek’s team had first signed a lease for the land in 2008 with plans to build an industrial park, according to the Herald, but the recession threw a wrench into progress. [Miami Herald] — Sean Stewart-Muniz