National homebuilder D.R. Horton wants to change the land use of a property west of Florida City to build single-family homes.
The Arlington, Texas-based homebuilder (NYSE: DHI) filed a pre-application with Miami-Dade County officials concerning the 22.5-acre site at the northeast corner of Southwest 197th Avenue and Southwest 328th Street. D.R. Horton has the vacant property under contract from Lenore Gaynor, Mia Lamm, Melodie Berdoll, and Andrea Seidel.
The developer intends to file a comprehensive development master plan (CDMP) amended to change the land use from “estate density residential” to “low density residential.” This would allow 113 single-family homes.
The preliminary site plan by Miami-based Octavio A. Santuro Architect shows home lots between 6,100 to 13,500 square feet. It’s called Harmony Homes.
A representative of D.R. Horton couldn’t be reached for comment. Miami-based attorney Maritza Haro Salgado represents the developer in the application.
“The introduction of quality housing stock into the market is another step towards addressing the housing affordability crisis,” the developer stated in the application. “In line with the county’s objectives to increase housing stock within the UDB [Urban Development Boundary], the property is located near similarly developed single-family home neighborhoods to the east and north.”
Developers file pre-applications to receive feedback from county staff before submitting official applications. A CDMP amendment requires County Commission approval.
There’s been a development boom in deep south Miami-Dade County in recent years. Land prices there are less expensive, so it’s easier for developers to build single-family homes at attainable prices. However, it’s still a long drive from the urban core.