About the Oak Avenue garage
Weekdays, there is a sign and an employee at the gate telling people that the only people allowed in are those with monthly decals but really, there isn't even any room for the decal holders. If we're lucky, there is one or two spots all the way on the top floor out in the sunshine.
The Miami Parking Authority sold the garage to David Martin, head of the Terra Group. He paid a lot for it - overpaid, in fact - $16 million or so. I didn't know the MPA could sell their parking garages. And that is what has a lot of people upset.
I always resent the ad agencies and HealthSun who are the ones taking up the spaces along with the construction workers and bank workers from Coconut Grove Bank, but it's not their fault, they pay to park there, they're not getting it for free. I guess if a guy buys a garage, he can do what he wants with it, but you would think they could fit some cars on in the bank lot and make some sort of other arrangement with the construction workers.
Ironically, parking in that areas of the Grove seems to be disappearing as more and more is needed. For years I parked at the Coconut Grove Bank lot. I liked it there, but now that is taken over by development and that's one less place for people to park. Now the garage is a problem. Perhaps they can add spaces. People who work at the garage are always blocking and saving spaces with orange cones. For whom? And there are about a half dozen legitimate spaces that are blocked, maybe for safety reasons. People do drive around those corners like they're on a race track.
This is a big reason why we need a trolley, which I know is in the works. I know I would use it and not need the parking spaces, freeing at least one up, and I am sure a bunch more spaces would be available by others who would trolley-it to work, too. But in the past we were always telling people how many parking spaces were available in the Grove. But in reality, today they are not available.
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