The Park Avenue saga goes on
I did not mention names in the first story and only talked about the issue because this is a big issue in Coconut Grove, and if it doesn't seem to pertain to you, it is very important to these neighbors who have been trying to figure out the fate of the house for the past six months. Plus, this house is just one example of what has been going on in the Grove for years.
To clarify some other things, I asked more questions of Authentic Construction and Ray's partner Manny Fernandez answered them. Here they are below, in blue, but it seems more confusing than ever. Ray tells me they are trying to save the house, Manny says here that they aren't. Ray says the floors are soft, the traffic light and that intersection are not good quality of living in that house and termites are a problem. He says he is in no rush to do anything, he is living in the house. "I don't have a plan yet," says Ray.
I heard from someone involved with the sale of the house, and was told that Ray had someone else purchase the house with the promise that he would develop the land and flip it and they would share the profits. The previous owner pulled the demolition permit, they felt that it would help the sale of the house and that the permit would never be approved because of the significance of the house, but for some reason, the permit was approved. Ray and his benefactor waited until the permit was approved and then they struck. Ray and his family moved into the house and we're at this point now. There was a feeding frenzy of developers who wanted the property. This is the case with every property that goes up for sale now where there is a lot of land.
Here is Manny, Ray's partners's response from Authentic Construction:
In response to your inquiries below:
This is not the end of this. Neighbors are steamed and banding together to stop the house from being destroyed.
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