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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Building up and out and every which way

I found this article in the Miami Herald about new office space at the Oak Street garage interesting in that I always assumed that it would be built up even though I was told that would not be the case. I don't know why it bothers me, I really don't. I guess it's because every time more and more is built, and more and more cement is added, it makes Coconut Grove less and less of a village.

What they are doing at the garage is called "adaptive reuse," in which they turn the garage or part of the garage into office space. While it could be said if they build up and leave parking below, then there is parking for all of us, but then where would the office workers park? So basically, the Grove is losing parking. 

With the news of CocoWalk adding office space and this news about the Oak Street garage, it makes you wonder how the new condo dwellers in all the new residences are going to see Coconut Grove. Other than new restaurants, there aren't many places to shop and rather than improve shopping and adding to the mix, it seems that offices are the way to go. No shopping, no art galleries, nothing really for tourists or visitors to do. It's not the Coconut Grove that I know anymore.

Each day, the Grove loses something, it's turning into something, but I don't know what. Brickell South? Maybe. It seems like the future is all high rise and not much street level activity. We have lost so many of our events, too, which were a monthly activity at one time, I honestly don't know where we are anymore. Snow Days, the Coconut Hunt, the Bed Race, the beer festivals and so much more are a thing of the past.

In my own quiet neighborhood, a bully is moving in called The Fairchild. It's a small condo on the water but they have bullied the neighborhood. They had valet parking set up recently with a podium, umbrella and employees. There wasn't much to see, just an empty lot, but they felt the need to valet cars  and disrupt a quite cul de sac. Because of that, the city stepped in and ticketed all the residents' cars on the street, starting an uproar in the neighborhood.

Now The Fairchild has signage up. They put up a big permanent cement sign on South Bayshore Drive surrounded by flowers and plants, to announce their condo back on the waterfront. Maybe the other three condos in the neighborhood should do the same and we can add neon lights and make it look like Las Vegas. Imagine if on the corner of the entrance to your block there was a sign announcing something. That's what it is. I'm looking into the legality of it. I was at a condo meeting last night and all of my neighbors are fuming over the sign, so I see I am not the only one who finds it offensive.

The waterfront project at the Scotty's Landing is said to be starting construction soon, so the quaint waterfront will be a thing of the past, soon, too.

I can't figure out what the Grove is becoming, but I don't like it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, on Brickell they built a Publix and small shopping plaza, where do all those condo owners shop? Downtown, Kendall?
Maybe Center Grove will be gentrified to Grand. New shops lining Grand, restaurant in Center, shopping to the West, and if so, would that automatically translate into a negative? Could that be what "they" have in store? The anchorage could turn into, say, what the old Grove was. Jobie Steppe

February 14, 2017 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Mary Street. The area and surrounding neighbors have been suffering forever. Now the Oak St. Garage. The work goes on 24/7. Last Sunday I was unable to use my balcony due to the noise. I photographed the workers and spoke to the police officer on duty. He was unaware of any noise ordinance and told me he would speak to his boss.

February 14, 2017 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Live on Mary, right next to the Health Sun Building and they are doing some kind of build out. As they did when first moving in a few years back, they have work done at night so it does not disturb their employees during the day. they run a very noisy compressor late into the night, making these beautiful evenings impossible to enjoy on the patio. Sleeping requires earplugs. Add to that, the Park Grove workers that begin at 5am!!!! Metal hitting metal. Now they are working on Sunday. what is happening to the beautiful Coconut Grove we all love so much? Let's remember how overbuilding has tanked in past. the community

February 14, 2017 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Jim Hesketh said...

Coconut Grove:
The Bohemians moved on long ago
But their Spirit remained
until the range rovers chased it away

February 14, 2017 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were new traffic lights for S. Bayshore Drive included in Fairchild mix?

February 14, 2017 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the Eagles said so well....They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

February 14, 2017 4:05 PM  
Blogger Madeline Kraskin said...

Joni Mitchell.

February 14, 2017 4:46 PM  
Blogger Nadine Johnson said...

The noisy construction never stops. All over the Grove it is impossible to enjoy the weekend, impossible to enjoy a holiday, impossible to sleep in. Surely there needs to be some policing of these construction sites. I have had to chase off construction workers who parked in my driveway, I found a group of workers eating lunch in my driveway and using my car as their table. THIS HAS TO STOP!!!

February 14, 2017 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi to all below is the link to the City of Miami municipal code where you can search for noise ordinance: This will help you next time you speak to an officer have the City Code with you and document it. If I am correct NO NOISE ON SUNDAY AND AT NIGHT!!!there may be exepetions. You can also seek help at the NET Office Location & Hours
Coconut Grove NET
3310-A Mary Street
Miami, FL 33133
Tel: (305) 960-4670
Fax: (305) 960-4679
8:00 a.m.- 5:00p.m.

Madelin Pacheco

Sec. 36-6. - Construction equipment.
Prohibition; definitions. Operating or permitting the operation of any tools or equipment used in construction, drilling, or demolition work such as pile drivers, steam shovels, pneumatic hammers, pumps, or other like equipment is prohibited:
Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day on weekdays, or at any time on Sundays or holidays, such that the sound therefrom creates a noise disturbance across and at a residential district boundary or within a noise sensitive zone, except for emergency work of public service utilities or by special permission issued pursuant to subsection (c).
At any other time such that the sound level at or across a real property boundary exceeds a reading of 0.79 weighted average dBA for the daily period of operation. Such sound levels shall be measured with a sound level meter manufactured according to standards prescribed by the American National Standards Institute.
Holidays, as used herein, shall mean those days designated by the United State Congress as legal public holidays, except that whenever any such day shall fall upon a Sunday, the Monday next following shall be deemed a public holiday for purposes of this section.

Noise disturbance as used herein, shall mean any sound which (a) endangers or injures the safety or health of humans or animals, or (b) annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities, or (c) endangers or injures personal or real property.

Noise sensitive zone, as used herein, shall mean existing quiet zones, if any, and those areas containing noise sensitive activities including, but not limited to, operations of schools, libraries open to the public, houses of worship, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Residential districts, as used herein, shall mean any residential district as set forth in the city's zoning ordinance, as amended, or as may be hereafter amended.

Weighted average dBA, as used herein, means the 24-hour energy average of the sound pressure level in decibels (dB), as measured on a sound level meter using the A-weighted network; any readings taken during the period 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following day are increased by ten dBA before averaging the other readings. The A-weighted network (dBA) is recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a means of describing environmental noise because it most closely mimics the human ear by weighting the frequency spectrum to give greater weight to the frequencies between 1,000 and 6,000 hertz (cycles per second).

Exception. The city manager is hereby authorized to permit the operation and use of any of the above construction machinery during the aforesaid prohibited periods of time in the event that such operation or use is required to eliminate or reduce any dangerous or hazardous condition which endangers life or property.
Violation; penalty. Any person who shall violate any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in section 1-13. Each 24-hour day is to be considered a separate violation.
(Code 1967, § 36-13; Ord. No. 9063, § 1, 1-24-80; Ord. No. 10754, § 1, 6-28-90; Code 1980, § 36-13)

February 15, 2017 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the Alternative Grove...

February 15, 2017 6:30 PM  

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