It's all based on greed
At the other end of the cul-de-sac neighborhood is East Glencoe, there are plans to develop a smaller condo there, making it into a larger condo.
Years ago, a beautiful mid-century house was knocked down on East Glencoe to make way for two huge townhouses with almost zero lot lines. Over the years, one owner bought them both and made it one huge place. It's so out of character for the neighborhood. A friend of mine told me that his mother lived in that mid-century house when it was new, so there was a personal history in the house for me and it was a beautiful house with a large lawn and it fit the old style Grove neighborhood. Now the double townhouse is all walled up with an ugly metal 10 foot gate, right on the edge of the sidewalk. I just noticed they are selling the property now, Riley Smith has the listing here.
In Charleston, SC, recently, a new building was rejected as being too high for the downtown area, it was to be 14 stories high and higher than some historic church steeples. That's what keeps people coming to Charleston, the history and pride in the city. I love the final quote of the article: “The applicants are wonderful community leaders in Charleston, and it’s difficult to say they can’t develop property according to their property rights because I’m a big supporter of that. ... But still, when you have this many people opposed to it, it’s not in harmony in keeping with the neighborhood.” This was said by one of the members of their Board of Architectural Review. Something like the Miami Planning and Zoning Appeals Board, only the board in Charleston respects the residents' feelings.
It seems that every project that is built these days in Miami, is given a variation or spot zoning change. Why have laws if they are not adhered to?
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