The city's Urban Development Review Board took a hard line stance against the latest designs for the Midtown Walmart yesterday, saying it flounced the zoning code, and giving Walmart the chance to rework and resubmit their plans. They were all like, to quote architect Willy Bermello, "I feel like a violin and I'm being played." Walmart, used to ruling the world, decided not to resubmit their plans because, well, this board is just an advisory panel which (conveniently for Walmart) doesn't hold any real power to block the supersized store. "We're just at a point where the project is taking way too long," Walmart's attorney said. The decision is now in the hands of the city's planning director Fransisco Garcia.
· Advisory Panel Rejects Design For the Midtown Miami Walmart [Miami Herald]
· Midtown Walmart coverage [Curbed Miami]