SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Southwest Miami-Dade, already packed with strip malls and shopping centers, may soon get a new one at the entrance of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport.

According to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald, Miami-Dade commissioners approved a zoning ordinance Tuesday that allows for the development of a proposed $40 million shopping center to be built at SW 137th Avenue and 128th Street.

It would be called Aviation Square and it would be located just blocks away from the London Square shopping center.

The developer, WMD Tamiami LLC, is an affiliate of Boca Raton-based Woolbright which also built London Square.

The Herald reports the Miami-Dade Aviation Department is looking for ways to raise revenue from non-aviation activities in order to lower its costs of the $6.3 billion redevelopment of Miami International Airport.

Under the Kendall airport project, the developer would pay roughly $2.6 million a year to rent nearly 44 acres of airport land. It also would pay the airport a share of the gross revenue from the shops, which will target airport customers and the surrounding community.

The commission vote involved changing the airport zoning ordinance to allow commercial development at the general aviation facility, which caters to private jets and propeller planes.

The panel still would have to approve any deal hammered out between the county and the developers before the project could go forward.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report)


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