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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Developer suing over Grove and S. Miami properties

That guy Alex Zakharia, who owns Southeastern Investment Group Corp. has come up against the zoning departments of the City of Miami, regarding a Coconut Grove project and also a South Miami project. Both zoning departments turned down his mid-rise developments and now he is suing. Regarding both properties, they are on the edge of neighborhoods with single family homes and zoning does not permit the larger structures. You may remember the one in the Grove which is near the entrance to I-95, we wrote about it here.  The triangle area is where the townhouses would go.

In South Miami, he has 13 properties on the west side of SW 62 Avenue.Southeastern Investment wants to build 36 townhomes on only a 1.3 acre lot at the Grove location. For once, which is hard to believe, the Miami City Commission killed the plan at a May meeting. Southeastern's bulldog lawyer Susan Trench insits she will win this case for Southeastern. Screw the neighbors and the neighborhood, as long as Alex Zakharia can make money while taking Susan Trench along with him.

For the Miami City Commission to turn down development, it must really be against Miami 21 or something similar. 

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2 Comments:

Anonymous gw said...

Would someone please explain to me why a developer who is not granted a variance on zoned property is even allowed to sue?

If variances were always granted, why would we have zoning at all?

How do you put 36 townhomes on 1.3 acres? To have this many units with reasonable square footage, these buildings have to be at least 4 stories high and ridiculously narrow.

I didn't understand this the first time it was written about and I don't understand it now.

August 20, 2015 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In America anyone can sue. 2'dly, The Defendant then replies and a judge makes a ruling. Jobie Steppe

August 20, 2015 9:45 PM  

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