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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Developer moves to change Grove Isle zoning

Due to the negative feelings over the proposed development changes on Grove Isle, the 4 Grove Isle Developer has presented an updated plan for the island. The alternative application fo the City of Miami asks that they rezone a portion of the island to allow for a 12 story tower which would be 168 feet in height.  The previous plan was 18 stories.

This would be asking the City to change the zoning to high density residential which must be done since the plans are not in keeping with Miami 21.  The rezoning portion is limited to the current footprint occupied by the hotel, restaurant and spa, which is three-acres. The remaining four acres, which includes the current tennis court and adjacent areas are not included in the rezoning request.

The developer has new drawings for the 12-story project being prepared at present. The new request for rezoning is a process which includes public hearings which I am sure will be well attended by the Grove Isle neighbors who are against any changes being done on the island.

The previous plan was overbearing and deemed harmful to the environment.

All of this begs the question: Is this spot zoning? That's what killed the 200 Bay Residences/Mercy plan years ago.

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Blogger Michelle Niemeyer said...

Miami 21 was created to create consistency and stop the practice of developers seeking variances every time they wanted to build bigger/higher/denser. The idea was developers should build within the zoning, period. The City needs to draw the line on things like this and allow them to build what they are entitled to under Miami 21. Period.

July 29, 2014 4:40 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

The Mercy plan wasn't killed because it was spot zoning, it died because of the Great Recession and housing bust. It will probably be back.

July 29, 2014 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed regarding Mercy. I have relatives that have worked there for years and they report it is a ghost town compared to just 10 years ago. Patient counts are way, way down. Although it does appear the new owners have spruced up the facade (thankfully). With ever-expanding Baptist in the area and the desirability of this real estate, I am convinced Mercy will be come condos in the near future.

July 29, 2014 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the development, what is being added to services, parks, libraries, public transportation... Is the quality of life going to go down because there will not be infrastructure to support the projects? Put the burden of funding municipal services on developers, money must be allocated from permitting of mega developments to add services as soon as construction is complete, instead of endlessly raising taxes or bonds on residents to fund projects.

July 29, 2014 6:17 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Thank you, Michelle.

July 30, 2014 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I want to know is how La Salle stays in business. With all the excellent public, private, and charter schools in the county, what's the allure of La Salle? I'm sure if their numbers drop significantly the archdiocese would probably start with selling that land before selling off Mercy.

July 30, 2014 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agrees with Michelle.

July 30, 2014 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure what LaSalle has to do with this, but having kids that are 3,10 and 13, I know first hand Lasalle does quite well.

They are the alternative catholic high-school co-ed option for anyone in Brickell, Key Biscayne, the Roads, Grove, and Gables.

Belen and Columbus have become quite hard to get in to (for the boys) and LaSalle has proven to be a good second option.

Note - none of my kids go there but I do have 2 at St. Teresa-which is K-8.


July 30, 2014 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And by the way, to the comment above, Mercy has already been sold! It happened a couple years back. They are now part of HCA - which owns Kendall Regional, Aventura, etc. The nuns still operate a nursing home and have some apts on the site (the dumpy looking ones on the south side). As part of the sale it was agreed these would stay for some time. But make no mistake - this will be condos in the near future. And I'm not so sure that's a bad thing...as long as they're not 50 floors high...

July 30, 2014 7:59 PM  

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