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Monday, January 22, 2007

Another fight

The "Rua Metrorail Project" has another hearing this Wednesday -- where a zoning committee will decide the size and scope of the project proposed for 2780 SW 27th Ave. (across from Shell Lumber in the old Latin American Restaurant location).

The developer keeps changing plans, but seems to be set on his last plan, from November, which consists of a 250-foot (about 15 stories) condo, but would be very dense and cover the entire parcel.

The neighbors would like to see two smaller buildings and a supermarket, which really doesn't make much sense since there would be less traffic with a condo than with a supermarket. That area is congested night and day and a supermarket in that very spot would just add to the mess.

I am guessing the neighbors would want streets blocked off, so there would be no overflow back into the neighborhoods and all traffic would enter and leave on 27th Ave., mere feet from the US1 intersection.

The hearing is at 5 pm,, this Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., on the 18th floor in the conference rooms 18-2 and 18-3.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did this project get "supersized"? It was approved as 14 - 14 and 1 approximately. Why is Rua, the connected developer, now asking for 250' and and a very maxed out FAR project?

This is one of the busiest intersections in Miami. Who needs more traffic?

January 22, 2007 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who lives in area, North of US1 and just off 27th avenue and within 33133, I feel as though I live in the Grove, though not the green-Grove, if you know what I mean.

This project would be a massive disruption to the flow of traffic on 27th avenue, which someone has paid big bucks to try and fix.

As Grapevine said, traffic at that intersection is a nightmare night and day, but the notices I've been receiving all mention the Metrorail project, not the condo.

Hopefully, there will be an outcry from the neighbors, however, I fear there won't.

January 23, 2007 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlos Rua is attempting to build multiple large-scale multi-story developments at the 27th Avenue/US1 Metrorail Station.

He says he might proceed with "three to five towers up to 32 stories tall, which could include a mix of hotels, condos, stores and a supermarket".

Take a look at the Dadeland metrorail station. That is the project size and density he is proposing. However, the Grove station is designated as a neighborhood station to transport people into the downtown district and not meant to bring downtown to the Grove.

The neighborhood stations were intended to serve neighbors, not be an excuse to shove another condo in the middle of a single-family neighborhood.

On a side note: Mr. Rua has a bad reputation for telling residents one thing and doing the opposite. He has been sued many times in the past by neighborhood groups who he has lied to and he has sued neighborhood activists as a scare tactic. Not a nice man.

January 23, 2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fifteen story buildings are way too short for a parcel next to a transit stop. You're not using the land efficiently. The mixed-use towers sounds like a much better plan. Having the retail conveniences so close to the station will be excellent for ridership, not to mention curbing urban sprawl and building responsibly. Dense urban infill is the way to go.

January 23, 2007 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried to travel North on 27th Ave around 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon? Traffic is blocked from Bird to US1. Whoever thinks l5 stories is not high enough should go to work for the Related Group. I am sure they have a job for you.

January 24, 2007 10:10 PM  

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