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Monday, April 03, 2017

Will the City approve playhouse demolition?

The City's Historic and Environmental Preservation Board will vote on a Special Certificate of Approval to demolish the 1100-seat Main Stage Theater and Encore Room of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, and replace them with a 300-seat theater only. The entrance building alone would be restored to its 1927 appearance.  

This will happen at a meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at 3 pm at City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive). The meeting is open to the public. 

The Playhouse Foundation continues to advocate to honor the legacy of the Playhouse's cultural and economic impact by returning a large theater to the site.  Plans were first presented at a meeting in December, you can read about it and see image of the plans here. The image above is from that meeting on December 8, 2016.

HEPB RESOLUTION 3. 1960

A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI HISTORIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION BOARD APPROVING OR DENYING AN APPLICATION FOR A SPECIAL CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE MASTER SITE PLAN TO INCLUDE THE PARTIAL DEMOLITION OF AN EXISTING STRUCTURE, THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A THEATRE, AND THE NEW CONSTRUCTION OF A PARKING GARAGE WITH RESIDENTIAL UNITS AT THE INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNATED HISTORIC SITE AND KNOWN AS THE COCONUT GROVE PLAYHOUSE, LOCATED AT APPROXIMATELY 3500 MAIN HIGHWAY, MIAMI, FLORIDA.

This will allow the master site plan to include the partial demolition of an existing structure, the reconstruction of a theatre, and the new construction of a parking garage with residential units at the individually designated historic site.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it will be passed by the Historic and Environmental Demolition board.

April 03, 2017 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only will the partial demolition be approved, one slip of a wrecking ball and the whole thing may "accidentally" come down.

The only preservation any board in Miami cares about is the preservation of influence and personal capital.

I understand the need for parking but why does every new building require apartments or condos at the top of them? Are these units going to be for employees of the new offices replacing the Cheesecake factory?

April 03, 2017 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s shameful that Middleman and the Playhouse Board permitted the Grove Playhouse to be mismanaged and ruined financially. It’s shameful that the State Of Florida permitted the property to be an eyesore for so many years. It’s Shameful that there were so many code infractions, lawsuits and damage incurred. It’s shameful that MDC selected Architectonica the one South Florida flashy architecture firm that has the least experience in historic preservation. It’s shameful that the design included more condos that are certainly not needed in the Grove. It shameful that efforts have been made to dismiss the idea of Kevin Spacy for his desire to help get the Playhouse back on its feet. It’s shameful that MDC is betting the farm on Joe Adler to rescue the Playhouse in spite of the fact that he is 77 years old and will be in his 80’s by the time the Playhouse is functioning again. Yes he deserves praise for his efforts with Gables Stage. But the fact that they never paid rent might have been of some help. Perhaps that is why they are being asked to find a new location. Joe Adler is valued as a regional talent. But it sure would be great to have the likes of Kevin Spacey to put the Grove Playhouse back on the map with his internationally recognized talent and connections. No doubt they can work together, for the good of our community and the arts.

April 03, 2017 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what we need in the Grove. More expensive condos.

April 04, 2017 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giivvvee iiiiittt baaaaaccck!!!!

April 04, 2017 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is wonderful that the playhouse will be finally be restored and we will once again have live plays in the Grove. I think it is wonderful that the dilapidated buildings that occupy the block between Greenstreet and the Playhouse will finally be demolished and something new will be built there. I think it's wonderful that the Lokal has expanded and is serving $12 milkshakes. I think it's wonderful that after 30+ years Cocowalk is getting a facelift and the revolving door of vacant retail is going to make way for new offices. I think it's wonderful that the new and exciting people and families are moving into the Grove and bringing back life onto the streets.

Stop complaining about EVERYTHING and embrace the changes that are happening because 90% are making the Grove a better place to live and work.

Long time Resident.
Hank B.

April 04, 2017 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The play Kevin Spacey should consider writing is story of outlaws and swindlers north of the border eyeing to tear down a historic playhouse to make way for an apartment high-rise.

April 04, 2017 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of it has to do with set backs, height and design. The condos above Spasso are a perfect example of development done right.

April 04, 2017 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The condos above Spasso should be moved to Brickell

April 04, 2017 3:41 PM  

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