A test-drive track where members could drive their luxury, exotic and vintage cars as well as a community and a government center are in the works in an area west of Miami Gardens.
Latin American developer Carlos de Narvaez Steuer intends to build the track, a clubhouse, hotel and stores on 140 unincorporated acres at 20000 NW 47th Ave.
He and Miami-Dade County Commission struck a deal Tuesday that calls for him to build a community center, government center and new facilities for three nonprofits now on the site in exchange for renting the mostly vacant public land.
De Narvaez agreed to pay $33.4 million over 30 years to lease the land and could extend the lease. In exchange, the developer will pay for 120,900 square feet of new facilities elsewhere for the nonprofits.
The nonprofits are His House Children’s Home, a residential and foster care program for young victims of abuse and neglect; the South Florida division of The Arc of Florida, which works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has its north campus next to the project site; and the Center for Family and Child Enrichment Inc., which offers behavioral and health services for children from homes where they were abused or neglected.
Possible sites for the nonprofits are county property at 11025 SW 84th St. and 16345 NW 25th Ave., which the county would lease to the nonprofits for less than market rent, according to the county.
The developer also is to shell out money for other facilities next to the project site.
For one, de Narvaez would give $140,000 for improvements on the nearby Fire Station 51.
He also is to pay for a new 16,000-square-foot community center with a pool and library to be operated by the county.
A government center to serve the northwest Miami-Dade area also is in the works, but that won’t be paid for by the developer of the Drivers Club Miami.
Instead, $7.5 million in bond proceeds will be used for that facility with $300,000 going to the developer to oversee the project design and construction, according to the county.
The development would solve the problem of the lack of a centralized place for government services in northwest Miami-Dade.
The center might house offices for the property appraiser, Water and Sewer Department, Community Action and Human Services Department, a 311 service center and an office for County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, but that’s under a tentative decision, according to a memo from Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Jordan, whose district office is at 2780 NW 167th St. in Miami Gardens, represents the area and sponsored the lease agreement with the test-drive track developer.
The $75 million Drivers Club Miami is projected to create at least 220 permanent jobs by the end of its fifth year of operation, according to the county.
De Narvaez is a Colombian-born, naturalized Argentinian shopping center and residential developer and president of Ribera Desarrollos S.A. whose family has interests in the Tia and Ta-Ta supermarket chains.