Overbuilding on US1 - is that possible?
Borges + Associates designed the project, despite objections from neighboring homeowners. But when are neighbors ever considered when it comes to developers and Miami? Just the fact that the Miami Planning board approved this shows they don't care about quality of life.
The new request to change the zoning from single-family to multifamily still has to go before the Miami City Commission for a final vote. Is there any guess on how that will come out? Look, I don't want to complain about everything that is developed in Miami, but when the zoning is not legal for a certain project and the neighbors are against the change of zoning, that should be the final say. Neighbors do not want the project because they feel it is out of character for the neighborhood.
The properties are owned by Southeastern Investment Group Corp., which lists Key Biscayne resident Alex Zakharia as its president. He had been purchasing the lots little by little since the late 1990s to early 200os. He paid a less than $1 million for everything. The town houses will list from $1.2 to 1.5 million each. They are ugly and cookie cutter, but a goldmine for Alex.
Reinaldo Borges, the architecture firm’s chief executive, feels that the idea is a good one because they are using earth tones and not bright white for exteriors. He's slick.
Attorney Lucia Dougherty is representing Southeastern. Lucia sees zoning laws as suggestions. She is one of the reasons that Miami is such a mess when it comes to zoning and development. It's all about money, nothing ever about quality of life. She claims that the traffic is too rough in that area for the four single family homes to navigate, although they have been doing it for over 50 years, but she says that the 18 new town homes will apparently will fare better. Yes, she said that. She is paid top dollar to sway the commissioners. And many of us wonder why the commissioners sell out the taxpayers in favor of the developers. Although it's not hard to guess.
I would like to see the City Commission do the right thing just for once and keep the zoning the way it is - single family. But we all know better.
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