As announced on this site on 15 January, the Board of Directors of the Grove Isle Condominium Association received notice that the Developer had received approval of the five story plan submitted to the City of Miami. The City Zoning Administrator determined that the proposed five story plan for 62 condominiums and a new club is consistent with Miami 21, the current zoning law. The Board of Directors, through their attorneys Weiss Serota, appealed this determination on 31 December.
In summary, the appeal argues that the current zoning, T5-R, for 4 Grove Isle is 100% residential. The current club is a for profit facility open to the public, including those that do not reside at 4 Grove Isle (i.e. those residing at 1, 2 and 3 Grove Isle). In its current location, it is non-conforming regarding the zoning ordinances since it was built and opened long before Miami 21. However, to relocate it to a site on tennis courts facing the marina, it must conform to Miami 21. And as a commercial entity—restaurant, store, spa, etc.—it does not conform to Miami 21 since Miami 21 requires only residential units in this location (zoned T5-R).
We look forward to hearing the response and will share it when it is available