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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The new 'Glass House Project'

Have you seen the new "Glass House Project"? It sounds like some sort of outer space village being set up, but it's the start of new modern houses being constructed in Coconut Grove. 

LointerHomes is the developer and they are planned for Plaza Street, Charles Avenue and William Avenue. Curbed Miami published photos and a story yesterday and it seems like all hell broke loose. 

I've been hearing people and reading comments on social media  like, "We have to stop this." But do we? Is it a knee jerk reaction that every time something new comes to Coconut Grove we need to fight it?

These are not large houses, they are about 2000 to 2500 square feet total and there is one on each lot and they are supposedly being built on empty lots. Recently I mentioned there were 200 empty lots in Village West. Isn't it better to have a house there rather than just empty land?

I like the big white box houses when they don't take the place of an old historic house and when they are on proper lots, you know, one lot, one house, rather than one lot five houses. And I don't like when mature trees are harmed to make way for the houses. But these Glass Houses don't seem to be in the same category of what was previously built, other than the fact that they appear similar, only smaller.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like them, and I absolutely agree with you about the properly permitted contemporary homes. Many of them in the south Grove blend beautifully and are tastefully done. Some, yes, have no charm, but some of the older homes have seen better days and need a lot of work and need messy or overgrown property clean up. Some neighbors in our area of the Grove seem to feel the need to question everything a new home buyer or developer wants to do. There are "make a quick buck" developers everywhere. However, most people are trying to do what's right by the City and the neighborhood. These improvements can make our little enclave even more beautiful...but still the interrogations, calls and the complaints to the city come in. Not very neighborly.

February 11, 2017 2:31 PM  
Blogger Glenn Patron said...

I think you missed the point of the requirement to match the requires Caribbean style. This is part of a plan to give the West Grove and its inhabitants a greater sense of (Caribbean or Bahamian) identity.

Sure, build new homes but go along with the plan

February 11, 2017 5:56 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Morris said...

I like the homes, I think the architecture and scale are very cool. Looks like some thought and nice design elements were used. Better than something being built that may be too massive & intrudes over the neighbors, I like that the builder is thinking out of the box and using a modern midcentury design.
Grove has many types of homes (architecture & styles). Honestly its landscape of trees and tropical flair that keeps us unique. What needs to be watched is zoning, trees, scale and setbacks; thats what needs to stay in check.

February 11, 2017 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only do they not fall under Caribbean style.... $700,000 is NOT the price of a starter home.

February 11, 2017 8:58 PM  

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