Neighbors concerned about a Plaza St. property
Neighbors are concerned about a husband and wife team are trying to replat a property at the corner of Main Highway and Plaza Street. In the past, owners of the single family site, on three platted lots, at 3850 Plaza, have tried four times to separate the lot. It's right next to the Christian Science Church. The owners claim to only want to place one house on the lot, but again, does a house have to come down to add a big white box in its place? And of course when there is one big white box, they tend to proliferate into many white box houses.
Oaks have appeared to have been removed. Neighbors should have received waivers, but as usual, people ignore them. Either that, or the City is lying about sending waivers to abutting neighbors. One neighbor stated that they received a warrant six to eight months ago. He says, "We spoke to the developer and then it went quiet." I'm assuming he should have contacted the city with an appeal, too.
There is a meeting where the subject of the zoning will come up on Thursday, January 19 at the MRC building at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th floor. The Plat and Street Committee meets at 1 pm.
So many houses are being knocked down as you enter Coconut Grove from the north and the south. In the north, South Bayshore Drive is turning into big white box houses when developers can sneak them in and of course South Grove is under siege. As you drive on Main Highway, you can see big old houses are now empty lots with that dreaded green tarp around the properties, foreshadowing what is to come. The charm is leaving the village all out of greed. I do understand if someone buys a house and wants to change it or rebuild, but the vast majority of this destruction is caused by speculators who want to make a quick buck. Coral Gables doesn't allow it, neither do most municipalities in Miami-Dade. The City of Miami needs to have it stopped.
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