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Monday, November 05, 2018

Villa Woodbine to become a private school?

Bride and groom in the backyard of Villa Woodbine

There is talk about Carrollton School purchasing Villa Woodbine at 2167  South Bayshore Driveto turn it into a boys school. Their current location at 3747 Main Highway is an all girls school. 

This brings up the issue of added traffic to the area. This would affect S. Bayshore Drive, Kirk Street, SW 22nd Avenue and Tigertail. Currently traffic is a mess at school start and end dates due to Ransom Everglades which is just a few blocks away.

Villa Woodbine is used as an event space currently, it mostly hosts weddings. It was designed by famed architect Walter De Garmo, who also worked on Vizcaya back in 1912. The home was built for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Appleton as their winter home, they named it Villa Woodbine. Mr. Charles perfected carbon paper (NCR paper). The Woolworths lived next door in the 1930s.

I'm almost hesitant about people fighting the school, which seems to be the next step, according to neighbors. 

A few years ago neighbors fought plans for a Montessori school which was planned for 1621 S. Bayshore Drive, across from Mercy Hospital. The school plans fell through and now it consists of zero lot line houses, a bunch of them, crammed onto the one parcel of land. It might have been better as a small school. True, there is not much traffic, but there is not much greenery either. 

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2 Comments:

Blogger Chris Pearson said...

Miami is suffering from caged rat syndrome. The more people we cram into newly built houses, schools and roads, the more ill-tempered and uncivil we have become. There's no way to prevent people from moving here, but the commmission/mayor can certainly take steps to prevent every square inch from being developed. They just don't care to...any developer who approaches them is welcomed with open arms. My guess is that the school will be approved regardless of opposition and bonafide concerns about additional traffic.

November 05, 2018 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Jim Klosowski said...

Not opposed to them making it a school; however, part of the package to approve would be for commissioners to also impose and enforce traffic corridors to/from those schools which would route traffic away from the neighborhoods between Le Jeune Rd. and the schools on main highway. Our streets are not even wide enough for two SUVs to pass each other and without traffic enforcement, everyone runs the stop signs making it dangerous for children walking to school and neighbors walking their dogs or exercising. Commission needs to step up.

November 06, 2018 9:36 AM  

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