Too many jittery people around town
Rumors are that the PointeGroup has bought the Mr. Moe's building along with GreenStreet and Lulu and so many other locations like the Johnny Rockets corner from the former Guess Store down to New York Pizza and the Florentine Plaza (where the Akashi is, by the fountain). But truth be told, most of the properties are only managed by PointeGroup and while I do believe they have plans for the area, the family that owns the company has Coconut Grove roots. I don't think they will harm much, but who knows.
People are concerned that the Grove is going to end up like Mary Brickell Village from one end to the other. But again, the PointeGroup has been trying to develop those six blocks in Village West for six years, they still can't get their act together there. How are they possibly going to manage the Center Grove? For one thing, if these places are being bought out by anyone, with or without the PointeGroup managing them, they are going to have a heck of a time if rents are raised. The only people that can afford the high rents are chain stores and they are not even coming in. Apple actually went elsewhere because of high rents.
Wait and see. What else can be done? I know one unfair thing being done is that the merchants who may be affected by development or renovations are being shown other locations in the area, but those other locations are on the list for some sort of renovation in the future. So showing a store a location and not revealing that they will have to up and move a year or so later really is unfair to the merchant. I think the best thing would be to shop around independently or use a local realtor who is fair and will work for you, not against you.
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