Another nail in the coffin
When the leases run out, that's it for all the businesses. But it's been no secret, they all knew that their days were numbered for quite awhile now. Many times as I walked by I could see surveyors measuring something or other. I ran into a friend a couple of weeks ago, who was measuring something out front on Main Highway, he works for the city, he said he was measuring for a garage or something like that.
The 60,000 square foot lot will most likely build up and out. There are plans to build out the back parking lot and make that retail.
The PointeGroup has been buying things up or representing buyers all over Coconut Grove, but nothing has been done yet in the way of renovation, rebuilding or bringing new businesses in. The former Johnny Rockets location has been sitting like a sore thumb in the center of town for the longest time, same with the old Guess store. Now on the other hand, right across the street, Arquitectonica has been doing a tremendous job of filling up the spaces in the former Engle Building, which they now own in the center of town. The PointeGroup, not so much.
Let's hope they don't get their hands on the old Coconut Grove Bank building across Fuller Street, which is H&H Jewels now. That's been there since the 1800s.
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