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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Historic designation for the Grove's wooden houses

This wood frame house exists today on Charles Avenue.

There is a meeting regarding the historic nature of the wooden houses in Village West. 

The wood frame vernacular residences of Coconut Grove are associated with the overall establishment and continued settlement of the area by black Bahamians, African-Americans from the South and their descendants. These significant structures are associated with the community's contributions to the development of Coconut Grove.

Join the discussion of the proposed multiple property designation. Preservation staff will explain the designation process, what it means to be designated an historic resource and what happens after designation.

The meeting is Monday, June 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and another on Saturday, June 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Both meetings at Armbrister Park, 4000 Grand Avenue.

Keep in mind that many if not most of the owners of the properties do not want historic designation as they feel it will hurt their property values, especially if they wish to sell.

There is a link here in the dropbox, that describes the various houses that still exist in Village West and this report explains the concept of making the houses historic.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Great White Hope is at it again! Telling people in the West Grove that they know what is best for them and that they want to protect them from themselves. Please! Give me a break. Have any of the community members that push for this absurdity even asked the owners of these homes if they want to have them preserved? I bet not. Terrible idea and nasty pretentious attitude. My suggestion: ask the homeowners how they feel about this form of eminent domain...err..."historic designation."

June 07, 2018 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the individuals who started this movement likely had good intentions, no property owner should have his or her property designated historic (thus decreasing its value and limiting the renovations and repairs that could be made to the property) without his or her consent. Imagine if you owned a property that you could likely sell to a developer for around $600,000 or $700,000 and the local government designated the property historic against your wishes immediately reducing the likely sale price of the property by a couple hundred thousand dollars. How would you feel? The private property rights of these homeowners should be respected unless there is a compelling government interest in limiting private property rights. In this case, I see no such compelling government interest.

June 07, 2018 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? They think that bthing has to be preserved? What does the owner says?

June 08, 2018 1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's highly desirable that these wood frame houses are preserved for many reasons. They preserved the "OLD GROVE" feel, make for interesting bicycle tours, create contrast, great bed & breakfast locations for both tourist and locals, create great talking points between folks of color, Hispanics & Gringo's creating bonds, educational and the list go on & on and on. Jobie Steppe

June 08, 2018 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can so-called "opposers of gentrification" be so naive and idiotic.

The purpose of preserving these structures is to STOP THE WORST AFFECTS OF GENTRIFICATION.

People who care about property values represent the downfall of the Grove. Stop whining about bed & breakfasts, and realize these structures are HISTORIC :)

June 26, 2018 3:25 PM  

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