Walmart is one step closer to a new store in Midtown Miami after a three-judge panel ruled that the the city’s process of granting approval for the store was proper.
Judges Maria Verde, Victoria Brennen, and Ellen Sue Venzer ruled that there were no issues with the facade of the store or the approval process, but interpreted the code as allowing only three loading berths rather than the five that the city approved.
Arguments by neighborhood activists that the pedestrian liner, setbacks and architectural style did not meet code were rejected by the court. Walmart will now be able to resubmit the exact same design with two fewer berths for final approval.
In a statement on Twitter, Walmart wrote that they were pleased with the court’s decision and looked forward to receiving the modified permit to build the new store as soon as possible.