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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Protest set for Rua project on US1 and 27th Ave.

Developer Carlos Rua has reduced his request to 125 residential units per acre from a previous 300 at the 5.2 acre property at U.S. 1 and Southwest 27th Avenue (the old Latin American Restaurant location) in hopes of gaining approval from the county planning board.

But still, the neighbors are against massive development. There will be a large protest at 5 p.m. at the site (2780 SW 27th Ave.) this Tuesday. Join in if you are sick of this non-stop development.

More information on the project is available on the Village Council website, www.coconutgrovevillagecouncil.com.

The Development Impact Committee meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W. Flagler St.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We SHOULD maximize development at public transit NODES. No apology to NIMBYism... this is an informed development strategy that serves the public good.

November 26, 2006 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I really dont see the issue with a 125 unit bldg on the Gables side of US1 right next to the Metrorail. Im all for preserving Coconut Grove, but you have to account for an expanding city. Plus, anything west of US1 isnt Coconut Grove anyways...

November 27, 2006 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A contract is a contract. A RFP is a RFP. The developer should be held to the 1999, original, agreement. Traffic is horrible at that intersection. Why should a "supersizing" be permitted? Or discussed?

November 27, 2006 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Miami sir/maam... Where ISNT traffic horrible?

November 28, 2006 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admire the efforts of the neighborhood advocates. We need more like you.

The size of that project, whether it be 100 units or 200, will not determine how conjested the intersection will be.

#1 - The intersection is beyond navigable. #2 - Anything will improve that neighborhood. It's destitute.

November 28, 2006 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on Tony. I feel that the West side of US1 needs far more improvement than the east.

November 28, 2006 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do so many people recommend more concrete, more height, and more density as a solution to everything? This is Dist 2. Can't we think about "quality of life"? Can't everyone relax and let the 30,000 to 50,000 new condos get absorbed?

And if a developer won a competition with a proposal why can't he be forced to honor his propoasl? If he wants more height and density what would they losing bidders say? Should the competition be reopened? Maybe the neighbors will get a better more forward thinking developer? Maybe we will get green space? A new park?

November 28, 2006 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way you portray this project makes it sound like it's right on the corner of 27 and Dixie. It is one block north and has little or no effect on that intersection. The neighborhood is currently sketchy and a homeless hangout. Don't be so provincial. Save your battles for something more offensive.

November 28, 2006 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster. The west side of 27th needs some deep cleansing. There are a lot bigger things to be concerned with. With all the high rise condos being built here, the likelyhood of all of them being a success is pretty slim... Hopefully that brings some of their prices a little closer to earth!

November 29, 2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

Why do people equate height with bad quality of life. Height can be great. Wander around in Florence, italy for a while and see how they have incorporated 6 story and taller buildings into the fabric of their community beautifully.

It's not how tall a building is that determines the quality of life for people around it, it's how well it is interfaced with the street and neighborhood foot traffic. The problems of development in coconut grove are problems of vision, not scale.

For example, Look at the new building on the corner of Bird Rd. and 27th. It is a terrible, terrible monstrosity with a gaping, unornamented brick wall facing the intersection that essentially tells pedestrians to keep away. If that same building had been required to have first floor retail with a plan that interfaced the street that intersection could be a real connection from the centergrove to the metrorail station. Hopefully the one under construction across the street will be better.

November 29, 2006 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam, couldn't have put it better myself. It's all about urban design here. Unfortunately, that almost always is overlooked by the fear of density/height in the Grove, ultimately resulting in an absolutist fight between urban haters and developers where eventually the public loses whether or not the building ever goes up.

The ultimate irony here? Grovites are using the infamous traffic argument against a mass transit station development.

November 29, 2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mass transit is definitely needed in this city. However, I dont feel that the plan for the train car that is on the table is a solid one. There needs to be a detailed plan to connect all municipalities with downtown and it this is something that should have been considered as a compliment to the surge in housing in the downtown area rather than installing a $450M performing arts center.

November 29, 2006 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a RFP in 1999. The winning bidder proposed 3 mixed use buildings. Height 14, 10 and 1 story. It is now 2006. Is the winning bidder in default? If not, then the height and density should be limited to 14, 10 and 1 with a FAR of approx 240,000 sq ft.

No "supersizing" should be permitted.

November 30, 2006 8:00 AM  

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