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Monday, August 04, 2014

Gables trolley suit settled; now what?

The Coral Gables trolley fiasco in the Village West is done. The Gables will have to house its own trolley garage now, but the big unfinished structure is still in Village West. It's for sale, will anyone buy it or will it sit and rot? 

The settlement does not allow for it to be any type of commercial garage facility or anything like that. The residents have to come up with $4 million if they want to buy it, but who would want to buy it? Now it's just an eyesore. But whatever it becomes, I'm sure the PointeGroup will be right on top of that, managing the place.

Here's the Miami Herald story.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about making it a charter school?

August 04, 2014 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a whole lot less of an eyesore than the electric blue, lot line overhang, 2 story crumbling crack house that stood there before!

August 04, 2014 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was built illegally and proven so in court.
Those that approved it must be held totally responsible for this travesty and its cost. The neighbors that rightfully sued expect a structure that is legally zoned, permitted and that will benefit the community. Anything other than that must be demolished and the bill sent to those responsible.

August 04, 2014 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Set up some tables and benches so it can be a gathering spot for cards, dominoes, etc.

August 05, 2014 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Healthcare center. Jobie Steppe

August 05, 2014 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't there a healthcare center already in that area (Community Health of South Florida). And a charter school? Who would run it? Within blocks we have, Coconut Grove Elem, Tucker Elem, Carver Elem and Carver Middle. About 10 blocks away is Mater Grove Charter.

August 05, 2014 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given that it is already a large garage, it would be a suitable site to replace the Coconut Grove Fire Station or to make permanent the police substation that moved in just a few blocks down with limited renovations. The city could probably then flip the fire station on Oak for a significant return (if that's something you think the city should be doing). The community has suggested a community center (which seems odd since there is one a few blocks away) or a Bahamanian settler museum (which while a fitting honor to the pioneers in the West Grove, would probably be lightly attended and difficult to finance). Or I am sure that a developer could renovate it pretty easily into retail space (although $4 million seems high for a space that is going to require renovations).

August 05, 2014 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's actually a pretty cool idea. I gotta think the current fire station needs updating. For certain they have an abandoned tennis court that looks straight out the third world... The new station could then be on a major road, instead of oddly in a dense neighborhood with small streets.

Somebody send it along to the City or fore dept.


August 05, 2014 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That sounds like a great idea, though I'm sure there will be too much push back from groups about turning that site over to a developer.

August 05, 2014 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indoor basketball court for disadvantage children courtesy of SARNOFF FOUNDATION.

August 06, 2014 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was such a clear cut example of how a city can easily violate the 1964 civil rights act with smugness and why we need it in place. Congrats to the West Grove residents who pulled together to fight this. We can only speculate what should go there but that's also patronizing and privileged. The folks living there are the ones to determine what their own community needs/desires. Anyone else who is sincerely interested should start going to their meetings, interacting with community activists in the area to get a feel for what really matters there.

August 06, 2014 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget the current owner is saying anybody can have it for $4 million. Some of these ideas are interesting. But do you see somebody ponying up $4 mill (plus the cost of new construction) for an indoor basketball gym?

What does "really matter there" pray tell?


August 06, 2014 3:44 PM  

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