Coral Gables

Coral Way historic district considered

By Joey Flechas

Coral Gables is talking about creating a historic district along Coral Way between AlhambraCircleand Anderson Road,  and neighborhood residents can learn about the proposal at a meeting next week

The city's Historical ResourcesDepartment will hold the informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Merrick House,  907 Coral Way,  for homeowners who may be affected by the designation.

The proposal calls for a historic designation of the homes on the north and south sides of Coral Way between Anderson and Alhambra.

A historic designation would create another layer of city review required before homeowners could undertake large projects,  like substantial additions. These types of projects would have to be approved by the Historical Resources Department before going forward.

The meeting comes before the city's next Historic Preservation Board meeting,  which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at City Hall,  405 Biltmore Way. The board will consider the proposal then.

The area under consideration includes 60 homes,  16 of which are already designated historic.

The stretch includes plazas,  the roadway and associated landscaping and lighting.

Currently,  there are more than 1,000 properties on the Coral Gables Register of Historic Places,  which includes 21 local historic districts. Some of the other districts include the French Country Village in the 500 block of Hardee Road and the Chinese Village,  a group of homes built in 1926-27 that's bound by Sansovino Avenue,  Castania Avenue,  Maggiore Street,  Riviera Drive and Menendez Avenue.

Residents who have any questions before the meeting can call the Historical Resources Department at 305-460-5093.