NOTICE OF HEARING: On May 7th, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners published and began sending out notices of a HEARING on the Smart Charter Group application to quadruple the size of the Bridge Prep Academy at 133 Avenue & SW 120 Street [see below for more detail] for: Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 9:30 am at the County Commission Chambers, 2d floor of the Stephen Clark Center 111 NW 1st Street, Miami, Florida.
On Wednesday evening, May 30th, the night before the May 31st zoning hearing, The SOS120Street Committee and Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) will hold a meeting to organize and plan their appearance at the following morning’s Commission hearing. All interested are welcome. The largest possible turnout of interested citizens o oppose the school expansion at the zoning hearing t is the best chance we have of defeating the Smart Charter Group’s application. The meeting will be at the Crossings Clubhouse: 11578 SW 132d Avenue, Miami, FL 33186, at 7:30 pm.
WHAT THIS SITE IS ABOUT
Smart Charter Group, LLC, is a developer of Charter Schools who has applied for a Special Exception from zoning restrictions to construct an “Aviation Charter School” for grades K thru 12 in the West Kendall area of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The exact location is on a 9.5 acre property on the south side of 120th Street, at 133d Avenue, East of the existing London Square Shopping Center. They requested the Exception because the location is in a “No School Zone,” too close to Tamiami Airport. The existing zoning and use was granted to the present owners, under a 1979 zoning exception for a private school of up to 600 students. The new application filed March 21, 2018, says:
“The proposed expanded charter school will serve up to 2,250 students”
This application effects everyone who resides in and commutes from the Southwest Kendall area. Quadrupling of the number of students also quadruples the number of teachers and increases other staff. The developers’ own traffic study (required for its zoning application) says this school will generate multiple hundreds car trips per day on 120th street, during the peak morning and afternoon commuting hours. Anyone who drives 120th street knows it is already over its designed capacity. Everyone who lives in, works in, or commutes to and from West Kendall is aware that the roads in this area, 120th street especially included, are a scene of maddening gridlock in the morning and afternoon. Commuters trying to avoid the 120th Street gridlock already spill over to 104th Street, North Kendall Drive and the arterial and neighborhood streets around them. The original Metro-Dade Police Department Review of the Smart Charter application states:
The existing traffic conditions in the area and surrounding roads are already overtaxed. The current configuration will expose the area to an increase in the existing excessive traffic during peak times and the lack of adequate egress and access to and from the school onto arterial roadways will require law enforcement intervention in perpetuity to facilitate the movement of said traffic.
The SOS 120TH STREET COMMITTEE was formed by residents in the surrounding subdivisions to oppose the Smart Charter Group’s application for a zoning exception to allow the school. The response to our initial meeting from area residents and commuters was so huge and so positive, that we have joined with the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations to expand and seek further public support in opposing the expansion. We do not oppose schools, or creating new schools. We oppose building them where they will create traffic bottlenecks and safety concerns on over-used local and commuter roads. There are plenty of large sites off of main commuter roads and away from airports where such schools can be built with greater safety and without causing traffic gridlock.
The entire zoning application, with exhibits, is on line at : www.miamidade.gov/zoning . The process/plan number is z2016000020. For more detailed instructions from there, go to our FAQ page.
Michael Paris, Chairman, SOS 120 Street Committee, ph: 305-975-5536
Matt Weinstein, Secretary, mattw@SOS120Street.org
Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations, & The Crossings Homeowners Association & SOS 120 Street Committee
When: Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 PM
Where: Kendall Village Civic Center 8625 SW 124 Ave. (across from the Regal Cinema box office)
Topic: Proposed Expansion of Charter School at 13300 SW 120 St., from 600 to 2,250 students.
Come learn about this proposed school, traffic & safety impacts and decide if the zoning exception permitting construction of this school should be approved.
Please come support your community and ask questions.
For more information contact:
KFHA President Mike Rosenberg at 305-439-3571
or SOS 120 Street chairman: Michael Paris at 305-975-5536