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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

All according to plan . . .

The Brickellization of Coconut Grove continues as the site that houses the Kwik Stop, Sapore di Mare and other stores in the area, along with some houses on the backstreet, goes on sale according to The Real Deal. It's the 3101 and 3131 addresses on Grand Avenue.

The Grove is being sold out a few parcels at a time, all to be built up into a neighborhood we won't recognize soon.

About eight years ago, a few people told me that this was going to happen. They said that the real estate in the Grove would be depressed so low that guys with money would enter, pay cash and then turn the place around, doing it their way. This did happen due to many things including the bar closing times changing, which pushed out all the clubs and then the college students were kept out for a while, many never returned; the playhouse was left to rot, all the art galleries disappeared, and quality of life suffered for years, as the property values plummeted. As planned, the big guys came in, bought low and sold high, in the interim, they drove out small Grove businesses and raised the rents and the plan now is to build up.

Brenda's Boutique is gone now, and I fear for The Last Carrot, which I remember as a child, (it was in the arcade then, now Sandbar's pass through next to Le Bouchon), and what about the dry cleaners, Sapore di Mare and Subway. 

All according to plan . . .

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curious to know which tenants were driven out by these "guys with money" that lead to the deterioration of the Grove? Bernardo changed the Engle building and brought Harry's Pizza, Panther Coffee, Burro, etc all of which you praised. The Mayfair has been reborn and its great to see all the young people with high paying jobs come in. I don't believe that Brendas boutique was driven out by high rents, it was her business model that was flawed. Looks like the Coconut place that opened in the consignment store is doing well.

Substantiate claims before you throw rocks is all I am saying.

May 24, 2016 8:26 AM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

Is this a serious question or are you just trying to play stupid?

May 24, 2016 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance. Other than Saporie this corner is a dump.

May 24, 2016 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked that this corner and the Kwik stop were not demolished 10 years ago. Just dilapidated eyesores.

I wonder what the cops will do without kwikstop? Do you think they'll now be forced to patrol the area?

May 24, 2016 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dry cleaners own all of that property. They can structure the sale in a way that will allow them to continue or retire.

May 25, 2016 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at what Mark Zuckerberg is doing in his neighborhood. Making the surrounding houses smaller. We need him to buy out all the properties for sale and use common scenes. This is good for the community and the area.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/25/technology/mark-zuckerberg-palo-alto-house/index.html?iid=SF_LN

May 26, 2016 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, this area is 50% drug & drug paraphernalia driven. This area sells to minions who get high hourly; we don't need this just about central Grove. Good riddance.

May 27, 2016 8:20 AM  

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