Torres attorneys declined to address the emails.
We are not going to litigate this matter in the press, attorney Alan Dimond said in a statement. The Astor Companies has maintained from the beginning that the Grove trolley building was designed and constructed in adherence with the City of Miami Zoning Code having received all necessary permits to develop the building.
The email surfaced as part of a public records request from University of Miami law students working on the schools Environmental Justice Project. Along with Hendons email, the school obtained a series of exchanges in which Garcia asks Jose Camaro, director of Miamis General Services Administration, to determine whether Coral Gables plans to perform light maintenance raised any concerns. Camaro responded that plans to work on brakes, change oil and filters as well as service air conditioners were indeed a concern and are not considered incidental maintenance.
When asked about the emails, Garcia explained that modifications were made to the plans which ultimately brought it into compliance with the applicable regulations.
Those modifications require the garage to be completely enclosed and air-conditioned to contain noise, fumes and odors.
We understand that the construct of our zoning code may not be entirely intuitive, thus creating some confusion between two uses that bear some similarities, Garcia continued. At the same time we stand squarely by our position that the facility as permitted is commercial in nature and thus merits the approval with conditions.