Coral Gables Commission Approves Historic Property Additions

The Coral Gables City Commission recently approved design proposals for additions and alterations to historic properties. Among various items, the most discussions involved the issuance of special certificates of appropriateness for property additions and variances from the zoning code at historic residences within the city’s prominent historic districts.

A key application that garnered attention was for the property located on Alhambra Circle. The board approved the design proposal for an addition to this residence, which is within the Alhambra Circle historic district and is considered a contributing resource. Despite the need for variances from the C Gables zoning code for the rear setback for mechanical and pool equipment, the motion passed following a roll call vote. Detailed discussions ensued regarding the design and potential impact on the historic district, with the architect providing clarifications on the proposed addition’s aesthetics and functionality.

Similarly, the board discussed an application for a property on Aragon Avenue, which sought design approval for additions and alterations. The architect’s presentation and public comments guided the board to approve the design proposal, again considering the impact on the historic character of the property.

Another notable topic was the proposed development at various addresses including 216 and Catalonia Avenue and University Drive. The board examined whether the development would affect the historic architectural or aesthetic character of nearby historic properties. A central element of the debate was the relocation of a whiteway light, a historic feature in the vicinity. The applicant’s representative, Javier Fernandez, provided revised plans and argued that the proposed development would not adversely affect the light’s current location.

The commission also discussed the replacement of the original front door at a property in the historic district. Despite staff recommendations against the change due to preservation standards, the applicant argued for an aluminum impact-resistant door due to the existing door’s condition. The board explored various alternatives to address both the historical integrity and the safety concerns.

Additionally, the commission tackled preservation issues related to two specific properties, 825 South Alhambra Circle and Old Cutler Road. The board considered reaching out to property owners to discuss historical significance and preservation strategies, acknowledging the need for further research on these properties.

Finally, the commission expressed the importance of preserving brutalist and modern structures and discussed a resolution related to properties affected by the Coastal Construction Control line. The topic of historic fabric preservation was also addressed, particularly in the context of window replacement in city hall.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Vince C. Lago
City Council Officials:
Rhonda Anderson, Kirk R. Menendez, Melissa Castro, Ariel Fernandez

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