Wynwood's Demolition Wave: Homes Razed to Make Way for Development

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Kerry McLaney
One of several recently razed plots of land in Wynwood.
If you frequent Wynwood, you've noticed the changing landscape: new murals, new construction, new businesses, and fresh demolitions in the small pockets of residential areas amid the warehouses. I've witnessed six houses on 27th Street between North Miami and NW Second avenues come down in the past couple of months. The teardowns are quick. From the time the excavators roll in to the time the land is leveled is anywhere from two to seven days, depending upon the size of the property.

So why the recent rapid developments in the "Café District"?

I sat down with Wynwood property developers Tony Cho of Metro 1 Properties and David Lombardi of Lombardi Properties to learn about what's really happening in the hood.

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Newly empty plots of land dot the Wynwood landscape.
Cho said he prides himself on contributing to the green living movement; his office is covered wall-to-wall with eco-friendly tips. He wants to inspire more people to live and/or work in Wynwood, reducing the ecological costs of commuting. His goal is to increase the population so prime independent retailers and restaurants will invest in the future of this community.

Cho and Lombardi said they have been battling the City of Miami, the Zoning Department, and the Parking Department to create a viable community where locals and tourists are guaranteed a safe experience. Lombardi pointed out that the majority of Wynwood is classified as D-1, meaning only 36 units per acre and three parking spaces are required for every 1,000 square feet of commercial space such as retail or office. It's an ideal classification for warehouse and industrial districts, but not so much for rapidly developing retail and restaurant centers.

However, the areas where most of these razed houses are located are zoned as T5-L, where 65 units are allowed per acre. That regulation lends the area to midrise buildings with retail, restaurant, and live/work options -- exactly the direction in which Cho and Lombardi hope to take the neighborhood.

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Takuan Yamato
Takuan Yamato

Destroy it all, and get rid of the trash. Give them free tickets to Brazil.

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Although the neighborhood has improved, it still has a ways to go before it can be safe enough to walk, jog, etc. there are slums and projects nearby and they're not going anywhere. As for public transportation, it's nonexistent. This is more pie in the sky from developers looking to make money and run.

internetinternet
internetinternet

No national residential rental apartment company will touch this area.  They will build suckerminiums instead.  Quick flip.  Nobody will insure suckerminium loans so they will have to be sold to foreigners in cash deals.  Retail space will be empty as usual. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

with all the available resources to PLAN i can predict it will be to cram IN as much sale-able / rent-able residential luxury units to maximize the P R O F I T ignoring necessary parking and sidewalk and open space enhancements (talk a lot about them as puffing promotion but never really build them) and SUCK OUT all the original charm and grit and attraction

AND THEN WALK AWAY = period

first the disintegration.............then the gentrification......... then the disneyfication

SHOW ME, WHERE in soFLA,  WHERE ?,  did anything other than i describe here ever happen in developing or re-habing real-estate that was sustainable as initially designed and promoted ? ! ?

Jeff Dearing
Jeff Dearing

It's called gentrification. Same wave that washed all the charm from South Beach.

Sean Chambers
Sean Chambers

gentrified housing for sure, the rise precedes the fall.

urmomgiveshead
urmomgiveshead

@Takuan Yamato alberto the cube… lose weight u fat turd… boy an office in tamiami … now thats impressive… quit hiding momo

urmomgiveshead
urmomgiveshead

@Takuan Yamato hey jap after u monkeys lost the war and lost ur testicles the only thing you have contributed to the world are ur ho daughters… go back to ur monkey palace

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

lets take say T R A N S P O R T A T I O N ................. are you kidding ? ! ?

show me after hundreds of millions of federal dollars HAVE BEEN SPENT where in what MIAMI district TODAY is public transportation reliable and safe and efficient ? ! ?   WHERE ?

all the other things are subjective like OPEN SPACE, economic development and so on ..........but TRANSPORTATION is receiving HUNDREDs of MILLIONs annually in operating and capital spending funds AND what does it have to show for it ? ! ?

DID YOU EVER use public transportation to GO TO THE AIRPORT ? TO THE NEW BASEBALL STADIUM ? TO GET AROUND TOWN on business ?  TO COMMUTE to and from work ?    phu-leeaze ......................after $155,ooo,ooo in operating expenses and another $220,ooo,ooo in capital spending ? ! ?

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