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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Coconut Grove Playhouse meeting on Friday

In April 2012, Grovites protested.

There are a lot of rumors going back and forth about the Coconut Grove Playhouse. In the end, many feel the property will ened up being another version of CocoWalk with condos attached. The front facade may survive but not the whole building.

I'm ok with that, I'm not ok with another CocoWalk and condos. On Friday, April 4, there will be a public input meeting at City Hall. I find this to be a joke as I, as many other feel, the property is already planned to be whatever it's planned to be. If development is meant for the property, that's what it will be unfortunately.

The  meeting is from 6 to 8 pm.

The Coconut Grove Playhouse Advisory Committee (a special committee of the Coconut Grove Village Council) with sponsorship from Miami-Dade County District 7 invites Grove residents to have their voice heard on this cultural treasure.


The County process is underway, so now is a good time to let them know of any concerns/ideas or general thoughts from the community, I can't help but think this is just going through the motions as I really don't think the county or architect or developers really care what the community things. When have they ever? Maybe all the people who were at the "Take it Back" protest should show up Friday. Maybe the Village Council can really take this issue on and follow it through until the very end, making sure the right thing is done.

This meeting will be the first of three and will follow a pattern similar to the Recent Regatta Park meetings. Comment Cards & Boards will be available for written public input as this first session will serve as a public brainstorming.

City Hall is at 3500 Pan American Drive.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't the property belong to the State of Florida? Didn't they just lease it to the County and FIU? When does leasing a property give someone the right to DESTROY it?

April 02, 2014 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to the former President and the board? Didn't they run up over $4 mil in debt?

April 02, 2014 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWWW you guys are so hopeless in all your fights.i dont even know why you bother.dont get me wrong im on you side on somethings but you need to remember this is miami.and politics and money rules everything else is hopeless.just let them build and enjoy it for what it is.because trust me theres nothing at all you can do. :(

April 02, 2014 5:18 PM  
Blogger C.L.J. said...

The board managed to settle the debt, finally.

A lease on the property does not necessarily preclude replacing the existing structure with a new one, as long as its use falls within the language of the lease. Parts of the playhouse have been condemned as structurally unsound for years: most of the steel reinforcement has rusted away.

And while I'm all for preserving historic structures, the truth is that saving the existing structure is ten times more costly than building a new one that preserves the facade. There is very little left inside the building dating from its glory days; all the architecturally significant elements were stripped out over the last fifty years.

April 06, 2014 1:27 PM  

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