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Monday, August 07, 2017

Regarding the housing style in Coconut Grove


Coconut Grove’s single-family neighborhoods contain a multitude of styles. Look closely and you’ll find mid-century modern, post-modern, ranch, colonial, craftsman, Mediterranean revival, Cape Cod, Art Deco, shotgun, conch, Tudor, bungalow, Creole, federal, split-level, Adirondack, the Prairie School, and a variety of others. This diversity is one of the Grove’s defining characteristics, and one of its greatest assets. Even the “white box” is welcome here. What matters is size and scale, not style. 

The zoning protections being proposed by Grove 2030 and other community groups will, in no way, dictate style or color of ornamental features. They will however, increase required green space, protect tree canopy, penalize “land banking” and, most important, prevent new homes from encompassing nearly their entire building sites. The City of Miami’s zoning regulations for new construction are far and away the most permissible anywhere in the county.  We are proposing, “massing restrictions” that are in line with other municipalities.  As for the style? We’ll leave that up to you and your architect.

Dave Villano
Grove 2030
Coconut Grove

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guillermo mentioned yesterday, styles change based on the people who come to live here. The problem we have in the Grove, is that the style of house is being dictated by the loose zoning and lack of code enforcement of the construction which allows developers to build big, boxy houses to maximize profits. These are spec homes. People moving into the area who build their own homes usually contract with an architect and design pleasing styles, not the slop that the big box developers are putting up.

August 07, 2017 4:47 PM  

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