Winston Park HOA objects to plan for ALF expansion


Expansion of a residence for the aging has been protested formally by the Winston Park Homeowners Association prior to a continuation of Community Council 11 action deferred until June 14.

Medina Enterprises has sought setback variances and reduced parking to add 10 additional accommodations that would enlarge an assisted living facility (ALF) on the current quarter-acre site at 13232 SW 85 St.

Community Council 11 voted on May 10 to defer action following a 2-2 tie vote of four members who then voted 4-0 to defer action “to allow other members of the board to be present” before making its recommendation to the Miami-Dade County Commission.

Formal action objecting to the request originally was voted by the Winston Park HOA Board of Directors on Jan. 7, stating that approval “will impact the safety for homeowners in the community.”

“Such a move would destroy our neighborhood since all other ALFs we have in Winston Park would ask for changes to the maximum permitted,” said Armando Brana, HOA board member who appeared at the May 10 session.

A statement objecting to the reduction of parking spaces from nine required to four was filed by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, noting that “fewer parking spaces will result in parking within the swale.”

Buddhist sanctuary approved by council

South Florida Buddhist Association Inc. plans to build a sanctuary and conference room, following initial approval for an exception and non-use variance at 16195 SW 184 St. where a single-family home now exists on the property.

A 4-0 vote of Community Council 11 on May 10 approved plans for the religious facility on a 3.85-acre site where five acres is a minimum requirement. The plans show provision for 94 parking spaces.

A residence and guest house totaling 5,981 square feet currently occupy the property. Founded in 2001, the association currently maintains an office in a single-family home at 2600 SW 64 St.

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