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For several years, the City Commission has been seeking to address the parking needs in downtown Coral Gables. Following an RFP that was won by a large developer to build a new parking garage behind Miracle Theatre, the Commission decided it would make an attempt to have the city build it. The one requirement, they must break ground by the fall of 2021.
After several months of planning, the City-hired designers presented drawings of an ultra-modern structure that would tower over Miracle Mile and dubbed it a Mobility Hub. Why? If the building is not called a parking garage, the City could get away with avoiding some of the code requirements parking garages must have. If it is not called a parking garage, it technically is not. (Click here to see current proposal).
The plans were met with numerous calls for a redraw by residents at the November City Commission meeting, where residents demanded the Commission incorporate a more traditional design that would be more consistent with the architecture of the City.
The outrage has even lead to a resident-led petition that has already collected over 770 signatures stating that “the garage is not compatible with our City’s vision and it requires multiple variances from our codes and ordinances which they have chosen to ignore.” You can see the petition by clicking here.
Commission Rhonda Anderson proposed changes to the exterior of the structure that would incorporate more foliage, which would help alleviate the hard lines and overbearing design of the structure overshadowing Miracle Mile. In a break with the collegiality of the Commission, the longer-standing members of the Commission shot down her proposals and even talked down to Anderson, stating that the City was in a time-crunch.
The Commission will hold a sunshine meeting to discuss the new garage on Thursday, December 2nd at 4:00PM at the Community Meeting Room of the Police and Fire Headquarters (2151 Salzedo Street). The meeting will also be available via zoom, by clicking here.