Little Havana in Miami Being Rezoned to Look Like Brickell

All politics are local.  Local politics in Miami is being fueled by real estate money.  The most recent target neighborhood, Little Havana.  For example, two years ago, after Little Havana’s Hope Center complex for the disabled closed, the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Miami put its two-acre property up for sale only to watch it sit idle on the market.

They got a few nibbles. But with a $3.7 million asking price for land restricted to civic and religious uses, no one bit hard. A few buyers considered asking for a zoning change, but the likely time and expense involved was too daunting.

And so the land went unsold until this October, when a high profile auto executive paid $3.2 million — just weeks before the city announced a controversial plan to rezone the entire neighborhood.

Ahead of a vote to increase the density and height of what’s allowed in the culturally rich but struggling community, the timing of the Hope Center purchase — and the presence of some other notable landowners who might benefit from the change — is fueling allegations that the city is easing zoning restrictions in order to appease connected developers and property owners.

Read David Smiley’s Miami Herald article here:

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