This depot will disrupt our neighborhood, lower property values, bring an industrial project into a residential area, pose a danger to our children, violate zoning codes, and undermine the healthy and prosperous development of our community.

Letter to
City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, and City of Coral Gables Officials
Mayor of City of Miami Tomas Regalado
Mayor of Coral Gables Jim Cason
and 6 others
Vice-Mayor of Coral Gables William Kerdyk
City of Coral Gables Commissioner Maria Anderson
CIty of Coral Gables Commissioner Rafael Cabrera
City of Coral Gables Commissioner Frank Quesada
City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff
Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 7 Xavier Suarez
The undersigned OBJECT to the construction and operation of the Coral Gables Bus Depot Maintenance Center on Douglas Road between Oak and Frow Avenues because:

The area of Douglas Road between Grand Avenue and US-1 has historic significance. The “Village West Island District is of special and substantial public interest due to the unique role of Grand Avenue and Douglas Road as the ‘Main Streets’ for the surrounding [Village] and the unique Caribbean and Bahamian character and heritage of the [Village] in general.” from Miami 21, Appendix A.2.2 (Intent).

The Coral Gables Bus Depot Maintenance Center violates the intent of the City of Miami’s zoning laws. All changes to this special area are “to promote gateways, gathering places and activities corresponding to its culture and heritage; to complement the character of the entire community and promote the history of the Island District; and to promote its successful revitalization and restoration.” from Miami 21, Appendix A.2.2 (Intent). But the Coral Gables Bus Depot Maintenance Center, which is being built on a central portion of Douglas Road, is a strictly industrial enterprise. It does not incorporate retail space or housing that would serve the community. It will not attract retail businesses or housing. It will not create jobs. It will not foster a sense of community. Instead, it will pose a danger to children and undermine the overall safety of the streets that surround it, and also will disrupt the flow of the existing residential neighborhood.

The Coral Gables Bus Depot Maintenance Center violates explicit terms of the City of Miami’s zoning laws. It introduces industrial construction. It does not include adequate greenspace. It does not include 50-foot setbacks from residentially-zoned property. It does not have storefront windows with interior spaces visible and lit from within at night. In addition, the maintenance center’s proposed hours of operation also will violate the City’s zoning laws. from Miami 21, Appendix A.2.5 (Village West Island Commercial Districts).

The Coral Gables Bus Depot Maintenance Center may never, legally, be built or operated as proposed. The City’s zoning laws provide that, “No variances from the provisions set forth in the site requirements or hours of operation [discussed above] are permitted.” See Miami 21, Appendix A, 2.5(g) (Variances prohibited).

Allowing construction of the Coral Gables Bus Depot Maintenance Center hurts the entire Grove area. The maintenance center affects all of the Grove, which is harmed when the City does not enforce its own zoning laws and when construction threatens to undermine the healthy and prosperous development of one of the Grove’s major thoroughfares.

WHEREFORE the undersigned respectfully request that the City of Miami enforce the provisions of its own zoning laws by prohibiting the completion and operation of the Coral Gables Bus Depot now under construction on Historic Douglas Road.