West Coconut Grove could become a historic district, a move that would impact future investment and development in one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods.
Miami commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to consider whether the 65-block western portion of the Grove, which was founded by Bahamian settlers in the 1800s, qualifies as a historic district. Commissioner Ken Russell proposed the study in a push to protect the neighborhood’s shotgun houses and wood-frame homes, according to the Miami Herald. Fewer than 20 of the homes remain.
The move comes amid a wave of recent development in the area and pushback from displaced residents. Residents have also complained new development is hindering the neighborhood’s canopy tree population. Some say the designation could have a negative impact on residents who may have to bring their properties up to historic code.
Development has been creeping west in recent years, with investors picking up older apartment complexes, houses and lots. In April, a luxury single-family home development called Grove Palms broke ground in the west Grove.