It's about breaking the law
I doubt the young families can afford these $4 million white box houses. And even so, I like the houses, I really do, I just don't like four on a single plat of land that had to be mowed down of every tree in sight to make room for them. I don't like beautiful historic houses being torn down for no other reason than to cram more and bigger houses onto the property. And I doubt the large houses at these high prices are doing any good for the young families moving into the village. Rather than the standard houses on the plats, they now have mega houses at very high prices. I really doubt that many of you in a single story ranch would like a big three story house built a foot or two from your bedroom window, taking all the shade and privacy away so that some greedy developer can make a few bucks and then skip out to the next house.
That's the argument here. To ask people follow the law is not depriving people of their property rights. This involves traffic, sewage, water and history. Miami's Planning & Zoning Dept. is not doing their job. It's all about filling the City's coffers with big new tax money.
What doesn't make sense is a developer - a stranger - coming through the village, buying something because of the land value and knocking down the structure without even knowing its history or its condition and this is the problem we are upset about. And in many cases they take a whole slew of mature trees with the house. That is all about greed. Nothing else. They aren't building affordable housing or a decent size house that fits the lot, they are cramming as much as they can onto one small lot in order to make the most that they can. Then they are off to the next lot and so on and so on.
When someone mentions not being able to afford to live in the Grove and not wanting to pay $800,000 for a townhouse, how does that have anything to do with those five $4 million box houses down the street that destroyed all the trees to fit into a small lot? Apples and oranges. One person wants affordable housing, the other doesn't see anything wrong with cramming as much as possible onto one lot and charging high prices for the houses.
Affordable housing would be perfect in the Grove, but not four or five buildings on a single family plat. That is what this is all about.
Perhaps I should stop saying white boxy houses because it's not about that. And I don't think there is a housing shortage in Coconut Grove, so the excuse that we need to keep building for the future doesn't cut it.
What we need is for people to follow the law. What we need is for strangers to stop coming here and seeing our village as a money machine. They aren't here because they love the place and want to be a part of it, they are here to capitalize on lax laws and lack of enforcement and that is what this is all about. Making the laws stick.
And to that rude anonymous person who keeps touting that fact that the restaurants are full and young families are here and all is great with the world, in answer to your question - yes, we want all the developers to vacate the premises, unless it's their own houses they are renovating in the proper lawful way.
A big story will be dropped soon about the Center Grove business district, seems like those who claim to love the Grove are all in it for the money. Buy low, sell high and flip is their motto.
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