North Miami Board Approves Child Care Center Expansion

The North Miami Board of Adjustment recently approved several variances and a special exception for the expansion of Get Smart Kids Academy LLC, highlighting the meeting’s focus on community development and the support for local educational facilities. In a unanimous decision, the Board agreed to allow a variance in parking design and a reduction in the minimum parking requirement, from nine to seven spaces, for the educational facility. The decision came after a review of the applicant’s request and staff recommendations.

The meeting began with the Board addressing the procedural rules and the importance of maintaining respect and decorum in the quasi-judicial setting. Following this, the Board swiftly moved on to the substantive agenda items. The primary focus was on the series of requests submitted by Get Smart Kids Academy LLC. The applicant, James Montes, presented a case for the expansion of the child care center, which included the need for improved parking design and a special exception to operate the facility within the designated area.

Montes emphasized the successful operation of the child care center and its positive impact on the community. He highlighted the importance of the expansion to cater to the growing demand for quality child care services in North Miami. Presenting the educational facility’s history of incident-free operation and contributions to the local community, Montes aimed to demonstrate the value and reliability of Get Smart Kids Academy LLC.

The Board’s discussion of the proposal was informed by a detailed staff analysis. The analysis outlined the criteria for granting the variance and the special exception and recommended approval contingent on compliance with several conditions. These conditions included adhering to fire and safety regulations and obtaining all necessary permits before proceeding with the expansion.


In reviewing the staff’s recommendations, the Board asked for clarifications regarding the item numbers and specific conditions attached to the approval. There was a comprehensive evaluation of the implications of reducing parking space requirements and the potential impact on the surrounding neighborhood. Despite the reduction in parking spaces, the Board and staff found that the proposed parking arrangement would be sufficient to support the child care center’s needs without adversely affecting the community.

Interestingly, the discussion on the child care center’s requests proceeded without public comment. Nonetheless, the Board members appeared to support the project, with one member acknowledging the applicant’s positive business impact on the community.

The Board’s approval of the variances and special exception was not the only topic of note during the meeting. There was also a brief discussion about the need for a more transparent process in handling controversial decisions, specifically mentioning past cases involving height variances. This conversation underscored an ongoing concern about the clarity and openness of the Board’s decision-making process, although no specific actions or reforms were proposed during the meeting.


Additionally, the meeting saw the welcoming of new Board members. While the welcoming of new members is a routine aspect of such meetings, it also represents the ongoing evolution of local governance and the infusion of new perspectives into the process.

As the meeting drew to a close, the Board’s unanimous decision to approve the requests by Get Smart Kids Academy LLC stood out as the primary outcome. The approvals granted by the Board are set to facilitate the expansion of the educational facility, which is expected to benefit the local community by providing enhanced child care services.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

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