A portion of Little Havana might become a designated historic district soon.
The city of Miami is considering protecting part of the community due to concerns that new development will destroy the area’s character. The proposed Riverside Historic district would span two blocks and include 94 buildings built between 1920 and 1960, according to a published report.
The proposed district is bordered by Southwest Ninth Avenue and Southwest 10th Avenue, and Southwest Third Street and Southwest Fifth Street in east Little Havana, the Miami Herald reported.
The area was chosen for its representation of Art Deco and Mission-style architecture.
Community members and preservationists argue that two blocks won’t stop developers from gentrifying the surrounding area. The Miami City Commission is already hearing proposals to change zoning on the area to draw the interest of developers, the Herald reported.
City preservation officer Megan Schmitt will look into expanding the district if the commission approves it. Her report is expected in April. [Miami Herald] — Sean Stewart-Muniz