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Monday, April 14, 2014

Keep the infrastructure alone

One thing that's going on around the Grove lately is all the major street construction and pipes and other things added to the infrastructure. If we are a small village with certain building restraints, why not leave them? Why are we digging up the place making it suitable for those who would only profit by building wherever they can? Let them go to Brickell a mile away to build, let's leave what's left of the Grove charm alone, what's left of it that is.

I don't know if it's true or not, but more than one person has told me that the next great project is SW 27th Avenue, and I don't mean the street scape, which is being done now. Once this "grand entrance" to Coconut Grove is complete, they feel that the small apartment buildings and houses along 27th Avenue will be next to go and that huge mega structures are next to be built, picture a lower-scale Brickell. 

And on Bird Avenue, the same thing is beginning. This photo shows the plans for a new condo, this was the property of a single family home. One house. Now it is going to be this.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all these mega units come more people with money Grove. Our restaurants and other businesses will thrive. The marina has been dredged for mega yachts, millionaires with tons of money & Metrorail, all with sidewalks leading into the Grove business district. The Grove is experiencing a [MONEY LIFT] & I for one have already profited as many of you will. Welcome to the new Republic neighbors and friends to enjoy this bounty.

April 14, 2014 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New construction on single family homes are leaving no yard, which is taking away form one major characteristic of Coconut Grove, I have also wondered if residents want to stay indoors all the time why Brickell apartments are not being marketed to them, but of course builders primarily want to increase the salable square footage as much as the code allows and the new construction boom is destroying Coconut Grove neighborhoods. It would be smarter to raise the price per square foot by doing tasteful construction rather than build to the brim of the property line and as high as possible.

April 14, 2014 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's safe to say that the Grove is slowly no longer a village anymore. With all the new construction and condos it's turning into a small city. With the new waterfront restaurant/marina, the grand bay towers, the coconut grove bank, and a new condo going next to the grand bay towers on 27th the Grove is changing either for the better or for the worse. I think it's a fact that people have to accept.

April 14, 2014 8:35 AM  
Blogger Sledge said...

I want more Burger Kings, more concrete buildings, less water views - if any at all -, a Mall instead of what's left of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, and many more beautiful electric Red and Green Zen Villages everywhere! Get to work!

April 14, 2014 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am all for making urban neighborhoods denser, as long as the city builds appropriate infrastructure, such as mass transit to alleviate road congestion. However, what I am dead against is the pricing out of the middle class. That to me is the bigger issue.

April 14, 2014 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived on 27th Avenue and I can say it's not pretty at all. I hate the way it looks when entering the Grove on that street.

And what single family homes exist on 27th? All I see are dilapitated, old, grungy looking condo and apartment buildings which do not illistrate the beauty of the Grove at all. Why not build some low level, new and pretty, buildings?!?!

April 14, 2014 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The building in that picture is atrocious and nothing like the character of what we think of when we hear "The Grove". The thing that really sucks isn't the change, but how it's being managed.

April 14, 2014 11:47 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

The Grove is governed by the City of Miami. The City Miami cannot govern itself. Maintaining a "village atmosphere" is not a priority.

April 15, 2014 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The building looks okay to me. Try running any city anywhere on this planet. Roadways; traffic, police, signage & red lights, water & sewer systems, jails, storm water runoff, electricity, housing, business, bridges, waterways, trees, garbage, parks, entertainment, etc., and another 10,000 items!!!!!!!!!! Miami is a great destination and a great place to live; so, just try to enjoy it, okay?


April 15, 2014 8:58 AM  
Anonymous That Guy said...

That building looks so much better than anything on 27 avenue. Do you guys all love the look of it now? It's currently low rise apartment buildings, but they look like they ghetto as hell.

April 15, 2014 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Jobie and That Guy

April 15, 2014 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look forward to building changes on 27th Ave. There is nothing attractive about many of the current structures on the street.

April 16, 2014 1:17 PM  
Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

I walked from my office on South Bayshore today to Berries, on the east side of the street, just for the hell of it. I can't wait to see the improvements. There is no continuous sidewalk. Where there is, there are cars parked across it in most places. Others are gravel or dirt, and that's on the side that's NOT under construction. When these plans were being made there were at least four meetings where County road planners came to the Village Council. Major changes were made to the initial plans, and the County also included TreeWatch to look at tree issues. It's painful right now, but in the end it should be way better than we have now.

April 16, 2014 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed with Michelle. As a former resident of 27th ave (used to live next to Slice and Ice) this was sorely needed. And to the complainers, have you been to Alton Road lately...

April 17, 2014 3:16 PM  
Blogger Adam Mizrahi said...

I look forward to all the changes, some parts of the grove look like the third world. 27th was unwalkable and really ugly. That single family home, which I live two properties down from, was garbage and I am happy it is being replaced. It didn't even have a sidewalk, which all the nimbys seem to love. All the upper people welcome the change, it's all the older people, who are not the future of the grove, and love driving, are the ones complaining. I want an urban, and walkable grove.

April 19, 2014 4:31 PM  

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