Coconut Grove

Hearing postponed on St. Gaudens home in Coconut Grove

A group of outraged neighbors have stepped in to trying to save a grand 1920s house on St. Gaudens Road in Coconut Grove.
A group of outraged neighbors have stepped in to trying to save a grand 1920s house on St. Gaudens Road in Coconut Grove. Miami Herald staff

 

The City of Miami’s preservation board voted Tuesday to postpone a hearing to decide whether a near-pristine 1920 Mediterranean villa on St. Gaudens Rd. in Coconut Grove would be eligible for historic designation.

Representatives of the owners, a firm listed on property records as HUS LLC, said they were not given enough time to respond to the request for designation by St. Gaudens residents when they received the hearing notification on Nov. 12. The preservation board approved the extension 5 to 1 after the owners agreed to abide by three conditions.

First, they must allow an architect who specializes in historic preserveration, Richard Heisenbottle, to visit the home and gauge its condition. Heisenbottle was chosen by the St. Gaudens Road Neighborhood Association.

Second, the owners agreed that the postponement would not shorten the 120-day window the preservation board has for deciding a case.

Finally, the owners agreed to maintain the property and its landscaping by not demolishing, removing anything or damaging the house in any manner.

If the nomination for historic designation is approved, the owner would be forced to suspend any demolition plans until a final decision is made by the preservation council. The vote will take place next year on Jan. 6.

MATIAS OCNER

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