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Monday, September 23, 2013

It appears the trolley garage is illegal

Yesterday, I spoke about the Toxic Cover ups regarding the Coconut Grove parks and the arsenic and other poisons contaminating the soil. The city has been playing dumb for some time, to be fair, maybe they just didn't want to alarm people, but I think it's too late for that. The whole issue is tied in with the trolley garage/maintenance facility being built in Village West. A UM student Zach Lipshultz uncovered the toxins when he got involved in the trolley issue. 

The neighbors do not want the garage in their neighborhood for a couple of reasons, the main reason is that it's a residential area, a trolley garage does not belong next to the houses. The second reason is that the garage belongs to Coral Gables, not Coconut Grove. The Gables just swept it across US1 so as not to deal with the ugly mess in their backyard (this is a classic case of governmental NIMBY). Ironically, the trolley does not even accommodate the Grove. And it certainly doesn't take neighbors into the Gables.

And through it all, toxins and trolley mess, skeletons are starting to come out of the closet. One big one is an email that has been circulating, I received it from a number of readers. The original email comes from Dakota Hendon of Miami's Building and Zoning Department, who helped write Miami21. Dakota says that the project should not be built and that it does not conform to the Miami 21 Plan. This email went out long before the project was started and apparently the powers that be ignored it for their own reasons.

So as usual, even our own Building and Zoning Department has no power if someone wants something done, even if it's against zoning rules.

Here is the email (in bold) sent by Dakota to Francisco Garcia, the City of Miami Planning Director:

"Francisco,

"We have a bit of a problem. The Coral Gables Trolley Station that I met with you and the applicant on a few weeks ago appears to not be an allowable use as we had originally anticipated. See the definition of Auto-related industrial below. I believe this is specifically an industrial use. At this point, they have already submitted for the Warrant and action needs to be taken to stop the application. Additionally, IDR was adamantly against the project in the specific location.  Please call me to discuss at your convenience."


Let's hope this trolley project is finally killed. After all the years of smoke, soot and toxins from Old Smokey, now the neighbors have to deal with fumes from trolleys which don't even traverse our streets?

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woes are important.
I wish they'd stop calling it a Trolley Station. It conjurs up an image of San Francisco's trolleys and electric trains running up and down the hills.
We should start calling this what it is. It a bus repair and storage facility and I cannot think of one person who would want this built next to their home.

The old school way that Miami was run, the "Ask for forgiveness instead of permission" policy of our political representatives and their developer bedfellows doesn't appear to work so well when there is are local activists with the ability to disseminate information quickly via sites like yours, Crespo's, Strawbuyer's, etc.

September 23, 2013 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words, damnit. WORDS are important.
Friggin auto correct. grumble grumble. :/

September 23, 2013 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the trolly garage on toxic Blanche park across from Sarnoff's compound.

September 23, 2013 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like incompetence in the city of Miami once again

September 23, 2013 9:59 PM  

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