Developers are killing the charm
I think if someone came to me and offered top dollar I would probably sell and then it would start the chain in my neighborhood where developers come in and take over.
Years ago with the Mercy Project (you can read it all here at "Mercy Project" or "300 Grove Residences") we all had joked in our neighborhood that if the Related Group came in and offered us top dollar to buy the land we live on, which is right next to the Mercy property and on prime waterfront, we would all sell out. And that was almost 10 years ago. Now it seems that everyone is selling. Selling or selling out? It's at the point where people want to leave before the ship sinks because when the new ship arises, it will all be different and not in a good way unless you're into Bal Harbour or Sunny Isles living and I assume you are not or you would be living in those towns now. You know, concrete jungles, rich enclaves, snooty neighbors who don't even know your name, most of them in and out of town for a week at a time, no roots or real quality of life for anyone.
Homes and land are being bought in Village West, but not where you would suspect on Grand Avenue, but more on the outskirts. New homes and townhouses are going in and they are surrounding the main streets like Grand Avenue and little by little as developers move closer to the center, the neighborhood will dramatically change.
Business owners in the Center Grove are all on edge, too, as properties are bought up, no one knows what's next. Some joke about the Grove turning into Mary Brickell Village, but they are not far off, if one or two people manage all the properties in the Grove, who is to say what they will decide to do with the properties?
As the new condos are built on South Bayshore Drive, new money, a lot of money, will be coming in. Good or bad? I do miss our quiet little village. I cringe when I see the construction cranes high above the current buildings, knowing that more buildings are going in, which will be purchased by wealthy foreigners, most just investing in Miami, not caring if it's in Coconut Grove or elsewhere. It's new, it's glass and chrome and it's on the water, that's all they need to know. I don't believe the charm, history and village life means nothing to them.
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