Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood News : Voters to prepare to vote on Coconut Grove waterfront ProjectlOctober 21, 2013
Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood will fall into the hands of voters onNov. 5.
The Grove Bay development team will pay $18 million in private funds to open up the waterfront from South Bayshore Drive to Biscayne Bay
Part of this renewal involves saying goodbye: demolition of the former Grove exhibition center and restaurant mainstays Scotty’s Landing and Chart House. A 17-acre park will replace the center, and the Shula’s and a Peruvian seafood restaurant will fill the void of the eateries.
Another part of the plan involves the development of a three-story, 39-foot-tall municipal parking garage with 40,000 square foot of ground-floor retail. Developers, who would pay $5 million to build it.
Mayor Tomas Regalado, the city commission and several advisory boards have shown support for the proposal. However, architect Charles Corda and King Mango Strut parade co-founder Glenn Terry created a political action committee to oppose Grove Bay. Some residents are concerned a casino will also be built on the site.