1) 3950 Leafy Way and,
2) 3945 Loquat Avenue.
You stand in front of them and think, "Tear 'em down? Are they crazy?". Of course they aren't. They are just greedy sob developers who care nothing about the preservation or future of Coconut Grove.
The builders want to cut down the trees, build the largest house they can, grab the money, and run.
Both of these two houses are on 100-foot lots that the developers may try to split (build two houses where there is now one). These lovely residences will fall unless Grovites fight to keep them, their neighborhoods, and their history intact.
Although it suppose to be public information, it is not easy to get the City of Miami to reveal,
A) Who has applied for demolition permits (sometimes called "waivers"),
b) Inform the public of who has been given these permits, and,
c) Let citizens know if adjoining neighbors have been properly notified of "demo" plans.
There may be dozens of current permits issued to destroy Coconut Grove houses and commercial buildings. Though it is not usually the case, some of them may be in poor condition and not worth saving.
Here are the addresses of three more properties slated to be "demo'd", 3977, 3979, and 3983 Douglas Road (SW 37 Ave., next to the Kampong). I have not seen these houses. There are two more on Emathla and Noc-a-tee with death sentences.
Neighbors rose up and saved a rare beauty on St. Gaudens Road last year. We need more of this activism. Last week we had a terrific community meeting, at Plymouth Church, to discuss this huge problem. I'll include thoughts on what can be done in my next column manana.