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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Town Hall Meeting regarding Grove Playhouse


Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez, in conjunction with City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell and Miami- Dade County School Board Member Maritere Rojas, is hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss plans for the Coconut Grove Playhouse, proper use of General Obligation Bond funds, and the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board's (HEPB) decision to approve the current county plans.

Constituents and stakeholders are invited to attend as well as other prominent figures of the community.

Town Hall Meeting
Date and Time: Thursday, November 30
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: City of Miami City Hall, Chambers
3500 Pam American Drive.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember to follow the money boys & girls...

November 29, 2017 1:27 PM  
Blogger Virginia Grovite said...

Let's just get on with the development... why are Grovites being such obstructionists? Is it because of the historical statutes, we have a last bit of power that we won't relinquish?

Are we serious about a playhouse or just our own narrow interests? The current building is a blight to our community and an embarrassing mismanagement of a great community asset. If we wait too long, the whole building will be structurally unsound and we'll just have to tear it all down.

So what's stopping us? A housing development... what's wrong with having more nice places to live in the middle of town? Maybe they will help keep open all the other business that come and go in Coconut Grove. A parking garage... we could use more parking in town so we can attract and accommodate more visitors. As long as it is done tastefully, what's wrong with vertical parking? The current parking lot is just an ugly expanse of asphalt. The size of the theater... really? Do we think we are going to be attracting large productions... that's the Archt Center's role and the medium ones can go to Coral Gables. Coconut Grove thrives on the intimate... so let's have a small intimate theater. One of my favorite theaters is the ZACH in Austin, TX. For years it had only 140 seats and yet it was able to attract great talent and produce amazing shows. It is now 420 seats and continues to do well.. But, it took over 20 years of successful production and promotion to get the theater where it is today.

A theater is more than a building... we also need to make sure we have someone who can effectively promote and run it. Let's hope we have that in place and I hope to see all you complaining Grovites at the Theater at least monthly so it doesn't shut down.

I'll be there... just please give me the opportunity and soon!!

November 29, 2017 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's have that intimate parking tower and some million dollar intimate condos. Read what ya wrote. Think about it a little longer next time.

November 30, 2017 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only special interest holding up restoration and reopening of Coconut Grove Playhouse are the greedy opportunists who want to build the condos and the MPA.

November 30, 2017 9:00 AM  
Blogger Virginia Grovite said...

When did housing and parking become non-intimate? I know of plenty lovely towns and villages who have been able to do this right... instead here, I walk around and see crappy infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, fencing, electrical... God only wonders what our water and sewer look like underground), unkept public spaces, trash all over the place, and many houses that residents are just letting fall to ruin. That's not my type of intimacy.

It's obvious by both of your responses that you are locked in a corner with a preset opinion. It's time we come out of our corners and talk about viable solutions. Is the housing development about Spasso really an eyesore on Coconut Grove? I don't think so, play the playhouse and large expanse on asphalt next to it is.

The only thing I ask is that we find a way forward... I'd like to see a play sometime soon in my own village

November 30, 2017 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen Virginia

November 30, 2017 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK it can reopen in a year if restoration begins today. Or it can open in five years if demolision begins today. Let's move forward.

November 30, 2017 2:59 PM  

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