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Friday, October 07, 2016

Another high rise on the horizon?

The Kauffman Rossin & Co. building at 2699 S. Bayshore Drive has requested a demolition permit waiver from the City. Now is the time to appeal this if you don't want to see more high rises on S. Bayshore Drive. 

I remember when I was a kid, the building must have been just built, and they had a big sign out front that said, "If you worked here, you would be home by now." This was in the 1970s! They were directing this to the people coming from their offices in downtown Miami and heading south. Every time I pass the building, to this day, I think of that sign. 

They want to demolish the structure now in pursuant to appendix A, sec. 3.3 of the Miami 21 Code. 

Appeal now if you wish to. This is what the waiver process is all about. You can contact the Grove NET office for that at 305-960-4670. Be heard. 

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Anonymous jack said...

Can you appeal the waiver if you live outside the designated area?

October 07, 2016 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for Kaufman Rossin - we have a long term lease which the developer cannot break. The developer attempted to buy us out which did not work. They are trying everything they can though to get us out of the building. One interesting thing that recently happened is they removed all the carvings and artwork that was original to the building. It had a very similar look to the mayfair and am assuming it was from the same designer/architect. They've been rushing to remove anything that may look "historical" to prevent anyone in the city from designating it as a historical building. If anyone cared, i would rush into that building and take a look around before everything is removed. But for now, we are staying put. I would not worry.

October 07, 2016 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tear it down! It's fugly!

October 07, 2016 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think that the people on the napkin stack buildings would be the first to complain or be concerned about this since their view would be obstructed by a new building, no? To anonymous at 2:31, the architect is the same as Yacht Harbour also, at 2901 S Bayshore. On the other hand, we all knew when that building was sold that some kind of skyscraper would replace it.

October 07, 2016 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to agree with Anonymous 3:51pm. FUGLY!!
There is nothing historic or significant about that building.

Also, to anonymous 1:10pm, they are laying the groundwork now. the remainder of that lease is not thaaaat long and if it suits the developer, they will work something out with your company to make it worth their while to leave.

The only people this will affect are those that live in other new developments that will have their views obstructed.

October 07, 2016 5:39 PM  
Blogger Nadine Johnson said...

Not true. The other people who will be affected are the rest of us who live in the Grovevand are already stuck in traffic all the time and are concerned about allowing our village to look like Brickell. I am not in favor of any more high rise buildings in the Grive.?Enough!

October 07, 2016 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Treister, Ken Treister. The interiors were beautiful works of art, Treister style. Now, if you really are a Grovite, you need to remember his name. KEN TREISTER! He did the Mayfair, Holocaust Memorial, etc. etc. etc. Google him and learn something. He isn't just some architect, he's Kenneth Treister!

October 08, 2016 4:52 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

Grape is your concern increased traffic or not liking high rises?
I would theorize that the napkin high rises don't increase car traffic through the grove in any meaningful manner. That's maybe 40-50 units and half are absentee owners.
Bringing more density could in fact help the local business owners that you want us to support. They can't rely on tourists coming here anymore (what on earth are they coming to see here anymore anyway), so we need more locals.

October 08, 2016 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenneth Treister is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a tremendous and rare honor. He's arguably one of Miami's most recognized living architects. His works have been included in books, exhibits, etc. and there is no doubt this building should be saved as an example of his architecture and of the time in which it was built. What is it about carpetbaggers coming to Miami wanting to tear down all our buildings, especially those of note?

October 08, 2016 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When does your lease expire?

October 08, 2016 10:16 AM  
Blogger reid prevatt said...

That building is horrible coming from the people who work in it. No Historical look or value now. Way ti works. Highest and best use will always prevail, besides this is not Ocean DRIVE OR WORTH AVENUE. SO GLAD THERIR IS A PARK NOW HOWEVER

October 08, 2016 7:02 PM  
Anonymous JAS33131 said...

This building is one of Miami's greatest examples of modernism / tropical brutalism. Admittedly it wasn't built with walkability in mind but nothing on this stretch of road is and whatever replaces it will probably be worse in that regard, in addition to being boring and cheesy. And the architect is a native son! I can't think of an endangered building more deserving of preservation. Architectural historians should sue the current owner to demand restoration of the original artworks and declare it historic.

October 08, 2016 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In order to be historic based upon the criteria of the architect the building must be an "outstanding work of a prominent designer or builder." Although Mr. Treister is a Fellow, this is not one of his outstanding works. Great Architects design many structures, not all are worth saving because they designed them. The point of Landmarking and Historic designations is not to be a sword and preserve ones sight lines or to alleviate your traffic concerns. If that is your objection to the demolition, than buy the building from the owner don't waste government resources on your personal gripes.

October 16, 2016 10:14 AM  

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