Keeping an eye on development
It makes sense, and again, it doesn't, as the whole reasoning for Regatta Park was to give the Stack of Bar Napkins Buildings their own private park across the street. It's open for everyone, but the only reason they built the park was to accommodate the condos. If the condos were not built, we would still have the Expo Center/move studio. There is already some shenanigans going on regarding land/parking grabs with the parking spaces, where the park is taking spaces that were used by boaters behind docks 6 and 7 and where the Celebration yacht is docked now, new owners from the new condos being built across the street, are trying to wrestle the spots away for their own private yachts. There may be a struggle going on over that. I'll get more info and report when I find out the facts.
The city planner went on to tell me that Coconut Grove is losing "its flavor." He said that large cities like Washington DC and NYC keep their flavor by building up, but by keeping the facades, which brings up another issue, do we want the Center Grove to be built up?
He said that on Miami Beach a certain building was to be partially saved. It had two remaining walls that were historic and to be part of the new building. Strangely, in the middle of the night, the decades old walls collapsed, just like that. That could be the fate of the Coconut Grove Playhouse if we allow the facade to stay and something else to be built on the property. So it would be in the best interest for everyone who wants to save the playhouse, to keep the whole playhouse structure. So if a plan comes up to keep the facade only, that could be a problem waiting to happen.
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