New rezoning plan presented for Grove Isle
This is not a variance, it's a request to rezone that whole area, which would allow for the building of a condo tower. If they receive the variance, then the project would be in compliance with Miami21.
If you have been following the story, then you know that the developers have plans to knock down the hotel portion of the island and to add another condo, a building which many residents are against. The proposed building doesn't look anything like the current three buildings. A group called "Save Grove Isle," has been fighting the plans from the beginning. You can catch up on what's been going on, here.
The developer feels that the high density of buildings will not be a problem if they add a fourth tower. The towers that are there now are not compliant with Miami 21, but of course they were built in the 1970s, long before there was a Miami 21. Urban planners feel that buildings should not now be built that close to the water and should have a larger setback. The island only has so much space, there isn't much room for setbacks.
The only person the rezoning helps is the developer and if this is allowed, who is to say what will be rezoned next. Everyone else on the waterfront would request rezoning and the North Grove would turn into Brickell. The whole request is nonsense.
It will be interesting to see if materials and equipment can even make it to the island as the fragile bay bottom may prevent barges from getting close and the bridge may not hold the heavy equipment. Just recently, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) warned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the damage done to sea life and coral from the Miami Port dredging.
It might be a good idea to get DEP involved in this Grove Isle issue before it's too late.
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