Greed is ruining the character of the Grove
Other complaints are tree destruction, but the fines are so low there that it's just a cost of doing business to knock down trees and pay the measly fee as a nuisance tax seems to be the norm.
Neighbors have had enough, we wish the politicians have had enough. It would be an ideal situation where new zoning laws were made or at least the current ones should be adhered to.
On Grove Street, Braganza and Ingraham Highway, single family lots have been subdivided and code is not being followed. Neighbors are currently contesting a project on Braganza where a single family lot is being turned into a four unit lot with zero lot lines. There is an appeal and a petition to stop the project. Neighbors feel that the character of the Grove is being lost and it's true. The Center Grove is a complete mess. Those cookie cutter town homes should never have been allowed, but that mess started years ago and it's the norm now.
I understand that the small houses that were on lots around the village are out of favor now, although if you see tv shows like Tiny House Nation, a small select few like small living, but for the most part, people like large kitchens and bathrooms and master bedrooms and so on, so it is hard to renovate a small 1400 foot house and resell it. That is understood. What isn't understood is how a five bedroom, 5000 square foot house is shoved into a 4500 square foot property. Zero lot lines ruin neighborhoods. Two or three houses on lots that are built for one house is pure greed.
From the county plat:
Appendix A.Sec 3.6 SINGLE–FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (Neighborhood conservation district for Coconut Grove)
g. Additional Limitations and requirements. , (pg. A-18)
1. Lots and building sites: Wherever an existing single-family residence or lawful accessory building(s) or structure(s) is located on one or more platted lots or portions thereof, such lots shall thereafter constitute only one building site and no permit shall be issued for the construction of more than one single-family residence except by Warrant.
Mr. Chris Torres, with the city zoning department says that the Braganza property in question, cannot be subdivided. Plans there are for 4 units of 3500 sq. ft. each with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, ALL 4 UNITS to be placed on the lot where there was formerly ONE single family house with 1 bathroom. Each lot will be approximately 6000 sq. feet.
Greed. Pure greed. The area around the Braganza property on Grove Street and Hardie and Bonita, all have had large and multi-dwellings built on single family lots, so who is to trust the city and zoning department on the Braganza property since so many other properties flouted the law?
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