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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Preserving Grove Isle

Proposed plan.
The developer (and owner) of Grove Isle 4 and his architect, RTKL, had a presentation on March 20 regarding the 18 story high rise condo they have planned for the current low rise hotel on the current site.

What's interesting is that an alternative plan showed new condos in several 5-story buildings rather than one large 18 story building, more in compliance with Miami21. Seems more palpable. They can still make the millions they want to yet not block views or ruin the current skyline already ruined by the three building that are on the island already.

Some believe the 5-story plans were purposely drawn to be extremely unattractive and therefore unacceptable, but that is easily remedied, isn't it?

Neighbors are still concerned about noise, dust, dirt and of course the bridge being compromised by heavy equipment. Maybe they can use barges for that.

Neighbors and their lawsuit against the project claim that they developers do not have a right to build on the land.

District Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has asked for non-binding mediation between the Grove Isle Association and the developer. The City Attorney will then render a new Opinion Letter. The meeting is being organized.

Here is a March 25 memorandum letter from Weiss Serota, attorneys for the developer. One interesting development, which most probably would never happen, is to have the developer buy all the units on site now and pay fair market price. 

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