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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Status for Office in the Grove denied by HEP Board

By a vote of 7-2, the Office in the Grove's historic status was voted down Tuesday night by Miami's HEP Board (Historic and Environmental Preservation Board.

One of the board members asked architect Richard J. Heisenbottle if he was paid by the new owners of the office building, he along with a bunch of other suits present were. So that explains his rude, less than smart letter putting down Ken Treister, original architect of Office in the Grove, built in 1973. I'm not on Ken's side, I just didn't understand how one professional had the nerve to put down another when he wasn't even asked, but he was asked, he was asked to speak up for the new owners, Mast Capital.

Many people lost respect for Heisenbottle and hopefully, he will have nothing to do with the restoration of the playhouse.

Historical Arva Moore Parks asked what the rush was about; did the HEP Board need to make a decision so fast. But it's no surprise what the decision would be from the HEP Board, so why waste time by having meeting after meeting.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, everybody's for sale. Are you surprised? Richard Heisenbottle, Terrence Riley, Seth Gordon, the lawyers, etc. The new owner even took board members for a tour (although some of them declined). Lots of conflicts everywhere you looked. But first they designated historic a nothing house on Tigertail. No money traded hands on that one, so that was an easy decision. That's the Miami way. I want to know where our commissioner stands as he watches the Grove decimated one building at a time.

September 05, 2017 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like everyone has an opinion to save this or save that when it doesn't actually affect their daily lives. I guarantee that not one person that actually lives in one of houses in the west grove that everyone is up in arms about calling Historic actually wants to live there. There is no a/c, no insulation, they surely aren't up to the current building codes, etc. etc. It's so easy to throw up your arms and cry SAVE THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THE GROVE from your luxury condo on the water but I would love to see you live in one of those houses for a couple of weeks to see how quickly you change your tune.

And now how quickly everyone has turned on Mr. Heisenbottle because he was hired as an expert witness .. someone that actually knows what he is talking about. A couple of months ago everyone was cheering him for trying to save the Playhouse .. which I'm sure he had a stake in as well.

Everyone needs to stop being so hypercritical. Change is always does. The house you are living in changed the Grove, whether is was a year ago or 10 years ago. Something got knocked down to build your house, trees were cleared, etc.

Long time resident,
Hank B.

September 06, 2017 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done! To declare that non expressive box "historical" would be an insult to the Grove history

September 06, 2017 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you expect? HEP board membership is by appointment and every appointee is a political operative working for various special interest. If democracy (rule of the people) is on the third level then appointees are several levels up above in the food chain.

September 06, 2017 6:44 PM  
Blogger Elvis Cruz said...

I live in an historic house (since 1984), and I enjoy not only the history of it, but the increased property value that historic designation brought to my house and the whole neighborhood.

Elvis Cruz
631 NE 57 Street
Miami FL 33137

September 08, 2017 3:41 AM  

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