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Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff says Coconut Grove garage will be shorter



Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said last week that a proposed parking garage planned as part of a Coconut Grove waterfront renewal project will be shorter than the 42-foot limit promised by Miami Parking Authority CEO Art Noriega.

Sarnoff said he’s seen a preliminary plan not yet public for the garage, and it comes in at 35 feet as he pledged, with ground-floor retail and parking on the second and third levels.

The commissioner is trying to allay the concerns of a Grove activist leading a charge to disrupt the waterfront effort, which he sees as too dense and not conforming with earlier waterfront studies.

Architect Charles Corda has so far collected about 2,000 signatures on a MoveOn.org petition drive, largely by arguing that a proposed garage with more than 600 spaces could not be built with fewer than seven or eight levels.

The waterfront plan for just north of City Hall, which would replace the Scotty’s Landing and Chart House restaurants, are designed by the Grove Bay Investment Group. The new plan also calls for three new restaurants, a public pier, a banyan park and the renovation of an existing, historic boat hangar.

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