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Monday, October 06, 2014

The never-ending project

Neighbors are a bit upset with the county over the time it's taking to complete SW 27th Avenue, but do they realize that Bird Avenue is probably next?

It's a shame that the whole reasoning behind the renovations is to add new buildings up and down 27th and then Bird, it will be a mini-Brickell. People here were complaining for years about cleaning up 27th Avenue, the entrance to the Grove, but it's really only being done to allow for more infrastructure for the take-over by developers.  But it's taken so long that even the developers are being antsy. Good, maybe they'll all go away.

If any of the local politicians cared about the Grove, they would try to do something about the CVS planned for the Shell gas station location. For years, many have been asking for a clean-up of 27th Avenue and for years, many have been asking for a big sign that welcomes people to Coconut Grove. The sign is nowhere to be found but a huge CVS will be there welcoming people to the neighborhood.

The County doesn't have a clue when 27th Avenue will be done, repeated requests for some sort of answer were handed over from department to department.

The county's response is to send out old projection dates that ended back in August somewhere.

The old Slice 'n Ice was finally removed and this is what the corner of 27th and Bird/Aviation looks like now. Whoever planned this and approved this mess did not have Grovites in mind at all. It's all about money to be made in the future. It's always about money. Developers and politicians - the scourge of the earth.

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Blogger F. said...

We live on Bird and received a letter from the city back in April advising of the road improvements to start in July. So, I can confirm that Bird should be the next.

To be honest, I don't mind the construction because the roads need to be better and I like the fact that they will be adding bike lanes and better sidewalks.



October 06, 2014 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The number of Walgreens and CVS stores in this county is alarming. This will be the third CVS on 27th Ave. I live further west and within a mile of my house I have 2 of each! Even Key West is getting their fair share of these chains, with a new CVS going in at the former Fast Bucks Freddy location on Duval.

Ah well, free market and all.

October 06, 2014 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true it is taking forever, but why is everyone so against "developments"? 27th Avenue looks like crap with the current lowrise condo and apartment buildings. I lived on 27th and it gives off a sketchy, you may get mugged after dark feel to it.

What is so wrong wiht knocking those eyesores down and bringing other low rise buildings to make it look more modern and less creepy?

October 06, 2014 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on 27th Ave, and while the road construction has been a mess and a pain to deal with, it will be nice to have real sidewalks and safer passage on the road between the Grove and the metrorail. Also, the timeframe we were given when they first started the construction back in December, was that it would not be completed until at least July 2015.

October 06, 2014 3:49 PM  
Anonymous swlip said...

Let's think of some slogans, like:

Keep 27th Looking Like Crap!

Down With Infrastructure Improvement!

October 06, 2014 5:43 PM  
Blogger Mark Weiser said...

Development is fine, but that doesn't mean that it is necessary to tear down every bit of what came before.
Slice & Ice coulda been repurposed to retain some small bit of where we came from (history)

October 06, 2014 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called Progre$$ these days - quite trendy, groovy and fake new "Grove$tyle", it seems.

October 07, 2014 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bright side about this lethargic, dollar-oriented mirage, though:

Some nice, True-Grove green streets are somehow still left standing. Locals and visitors in the area will be invited to discover them and, hopefully, preserve them.

October 07, 2014 8:40 AM  
Blogger Grovie Mom said...

Wait! Are they getting rid of Shell gas station for a CVS? That would be ridiculous!

October 10, 2014 9:29 AM  

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