City of Miami sues West Grove landlord over poor living conditions

Miami /
Aug.August 23, 2016 09:55 AM

The city of Miami is taking legal action against a Coconut Grove landlord over poor living conditions and code violations at its West Grove properties.

The city wants the owners, Orlando Benitez Jr., Julio Marrero and Rosa Marrero, and Phillip Muskat, to cover the cost of relocating their West Grove tenants to safe apartments they can afford. Under different corporations, the group owns 12 deteriorated properties in Coconut Grove, the Miami New Times reported.

Meanwhile, a buyer offered to acquire the land – but Benitez, the Marrerros and Muskat are in a legal battle over the proposed sale. They own: 3401, 3440, 3535, 3475, 3301, 3395, 3375, 3355, 3441 Grand Avenue; 3410 Hibiscus Street, 3400 and 3412 Florida Avenue.

In 2013, the Miami Herald reported that Muskat, Marrero and Benitez were going to sell the land to developer Peter Gardner for the Grove Village project, a mixed-use development with a supermarket, retail, homes and apartments. Muskat told the newspaper he was tired of waiting for Gardner, and was looking for a new buyer. At the time, they were asking $30 million for the land.

Earlier this year, Pinnacle Housing Group opened Gibson Plaza, a senior housing and market-rate complex on Grand Avenue. There has been little new development in the West Grove otherwise, although a few a development sites have hit the market.

A resident told the New Times that she and her neighbors were notified to vacate by Aug. 1 with a $400 offer to those who would leave voluntarily – equivalent to their rent. [Miami New Times] – Katherine Kallergis


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The development site with Peter Gardner and Abbhi Capital's Sankesh Abbhi (Google Maps, Longpoint, Abbhi Capital)
Abbhi Capital, Peter Gardner pay $19M for Coconut Grove apartments dev site
Abbhi Capital, Peter Gardner pay $19M for Coconut Grove apartments dev site
MG Developer CEO Arilio Torrealba and the property at 3898 Shipping Avenue in Coconut Grove (Google Maps, iStock, MG Developer Miami)
MG buys redevelopment site near Coconut Grove for $20M
MG buys redevelopment site near Coconut Grove for $20M
CMC Group's Ugo Colombo and a rendering of Vita at Grove Isle (Photos via Vita at Grove Isle)
Lawsuit aims to stop controversial Grove Isle project now developed by Ugo Colombo
Lawsuit aims to stop controversial Grove Isle project now developed by Ugo Colombo
CMC Group's Ugo Colombo in front of 2950 Southwest 27th Avenue (LoopNet, Getty Images)
Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group sells Coconut Grove office building for $11M
Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group sells Coconut Grove office building for $11M
The Grove Central project in Coconut Grove (Terra and Grass River Property)
Lease roundup: Breitling opens in Miami Design District, Sprouts leases in Coconut Grove
Lease roundup: Breitling opens in Miami Design District, Sprouts leases in Coconut Grove
Azora Capital' Ravi Chopra with 3600 Matheson Avenue (The Keyes Company, LinkedIn)
Miami investment honcho scoops up waterfront Coconut Grove home for $5M
Miami investment honcho scoops up waterfront Coconut Grove home for $5M
Palazzo Del Mare at 7111-7193 Fisher Island Dr Miami Beach (Condo.com)
Oceana Bal Harbour closing tops weekly condo sales in Miami-Dade
Oceana Bal Harbour closing tops weekly condo sales in Miami-Dade
A photo illustration of Palazzo Del Mare at 7111-7193 Fisher Island Dr Miami Beach, FL 33109 (Condo.com)
$21M Fisher Island closing tops weekly condo sales in Miami-Dade
$21M Fisher Island closing tops weekly condo sales in Miami-Dade
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...