Grove Isle Board issues update on proposed development

The Grove Isle Condo Association has recently updated residents with details regarding the Developer’s new plan for the island. The new proposal foresees a tower of 168 feet and 12 stories high. As such, it represents a 20% height reduction from his  original proposal. It is important to note that this height information is meaningless, as no other data (for example, building volume and footprint) has been provided, despite requests for more information made months ago in the mediation process.

Latest moves made on 4 Grove Isle Condominium Board site

More moves on 4 Grove Isle site

It appears that the Developer’s application to rezone his section of the island has not yet been confirmed for hearing by the City’s Planning and Zoning Appeals Board.  Rezoning part of Grove Isle is an attempt to force the City’s hand and throw out Miami21’s relevance in the North Grove.  It’s a slippery slope — a decision to allow rezoning 4 Grove Isle may facilitate the eventual rezoning of the whole North Coconut Grove coastline.

Grove Isle North Grove

Rezoning of Grove Isle could lead to the rezoning of much of the surrounding waterfront.

A copy of the latest Board memo is available below (click image to open).

Grove Isle Association Board Memo Aug 28 2014

Grove Isle Association Board Memo Aug 28 2014

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7 thoughts on “Grove Isle Board issues update on proposed development

  1. […] Developer modified the proposed 18 story tower to a 12 story tower.  Where does that proposal stand?  Has it been withdrawn, disapproved or is it still […]


  2. Larry Silver says:

    I wonder what happened with the comment in a previous email that the city would open the issue to public hearings.
    From: Silver Resident Bldg 1


    • Tomas says:

      My understanding is that a rezoning application is discussed and decided behind closed doors at the City of Miami. Moreover, let’s be clear, the Developer is applying to rezone 4 Grove Isle Drive — as such he does not have to even show building plans — as opposed to a variance, where this would be required. This rezone tactic if successful would allow the developer to bypass many of our very long running (and unanswered) concerns.


      • susan says:

        If you check Miami 21 (you can just google it),it specifies the permitting process for rezoning. I think it is page 251. The City Commission must hold 2 advertised public hearings and notify all neighbors within 500 feet. But there is no requirement that any building plans be submitted.


      • To be clear, if the city council is discussing the current litigation brought by Avila on or about June 1, 2014 to compel the Planning Department to process his application for the 18 storey , 59 unit high rise that he originally filed with the Planning Department, the City Council, City Attorney’s office and City Planning (and any other involved City Departments) can have meetings that exclude the public to discuss issues involving the litigation or resolution of the litigation. This policy applies in Miami and every city, village, and town in the USA.

        However, with respect to the application by Avila filed on July 17, 2014 to rezone the property from T-5 to T6-8, there is a specific process under Miami 21 which includes a minimum of 2 public hearings that are advertised and noticed to community groups that have filed with the City as NET organizations. This rezoning process is set forth in explicit detail in Miami 21 section which is available on line for all to see and read, which we encourage everyone to do.

        We trust this will clear up any misunderstandings about the various processes and the confusion about public hearings vs. “behind closed doors” meetings on the redevelopment of Grove Isle from a Planning and Zoning perspective.


  3. Anonymous says:

    I only see one reason why a city would pass a new law only to be making variances and exceptions later on. The reason for Mia 21 seems cutting edge city planning. Maybe that was the original intention. But in Miami’s corrupt environment it seems like the perfect thing to do in order to receive favors from developers in exchange for convenient changes or reinterpretation of current law. No law or ordinance in Miami is meant to benefit the residents, unless you happen to be a developer or city official. Miami 21 sounds too good to be true and it is. You can petition and weasel your way into having everyone look the other way. Neighbors, be warned, Avila has not delivered on anything he has promised. What makes you think he will? There has been nothing on the up’n’up with him. Avila’s has not followed through on anything he has told us he would do. This is a Deadly combination between this type of developer and city officials eager to issue variances at the drop of a dime.


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