ORLANDO-With $40 million already invested in land acquisitions, Coral Gables developer Armando Codina is confident his planned 620-acre Beacon Lakes Industrial Park west of Miami International Airport will eventually fly.

The chairman of Codina Group is asking Miami-Dade County to amend the master plan and bring a two-parcel, 1,280-acre area into the urban boundary. County commissioners are not expected to rule on the request until year end 2001. They haven’t revised the boundary lines since 1994.

Codina feels the project could break ground at an undetermined date in 2002. Beacon Lakes would be built in two five-year phases. The park would house a mix of warehouses, office and retail primarily catering to the park’s tenants. The site is northwest of the Turnpike’s intersection and the Dolphin Expressway (State Road 836).

The 1,280 acres of Australian pine, scrub and grazing areas is one of the last large parcels of developable dirt left in Miami-Dade. Codina maintains the county should approve the project because the site poses fewer environmental problems than a residential development and would create thousands of new jobs in the area.

Beacon Lakes would be Codina’s second largest project next to Beacon Station, a 640-acre park in Medley, FL on the Miami outskirts.

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