First the Tower (18 stories); Second, the resized Tower (12 stories). And now, a Third (perhaps not last…), the wrap-around five story residential condominiums and club.
The developer of 4 Grove Isle has submitted new architectural plans to the City of Miami. The developer is now seeking approval to build two adjacent 80 ft. high residential buildings. The proposed structure wraps along the coast of the island from approximately the position of the current Spa, past the hotel and current pool, to the southeast corner off Building 3. In addition, the new proposed “Jetsons Spaceship” club occupies the position of four current tennis courts and possibly the yacht club. The Board and legal counsel are following these new events with vigilance. The submitted plans are also available in the manager’s office of Building 1 and 3.
It must be emphasized that the Developer has NOT received permission to move forward on any development. This is an exercise to gain support for the developer from Grove Isle residents.
Your attention is drawn to the fact that a number of issues still remain unanswered:
- In their Memorandum of Law, Weiss and Serota (Grove Isle Board’s lawyers) relied on the Settlement of 1977 to argue that Grove Isle is already fully developed. How does this argument interface with the new proposals before the City of Miami Planning Board?
- The Developer previously proposed an 18 story tower to the City of Miami. Where does that proposal stand? Has it been withdrawn, disapproved or is it still pending?
- The 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 Has it been withdrawn, disapproved or is it still pending?
- Where does the effort of the Developer to rezone part of his property to Miami 21 T6-8 now stand? (This would allow for the Tower). Has that been withdrawn, disapproved or is it still pending?
- In the event of the Developer possibly gaining permission to build 80 ft high multi-story residential condos, can he later build upward on top of them if granted a rezoning or a variance? Given the high density of the proposed buildings, is this a ruse to encourage residents of Grove Isle to support an 80 ft high multi-story project with a view to turning it into a fully-fledged high tower at a later stage?