Doctors Hospital Valet Parking–Don’t Destroy the Green Buffer

The process of the sale of the valet parking lot is in clear opposition to new culture in the City of consultation, transparency, openness and participation,

The Doctors Hospital and the City of Coral Gables Landscaping Plan for the valet parking lot will destroy the existing Green Barrier buffer along the Coral Gables canal, which separates the hospital, its lights, traffic noise, view of the buildings, and provides a cushion for wildlife, extreme weather for the neighborhood and property values along the canal.

Doctors Hospital (Baptist Health) and the Commission of the City have been wholly indifferent to the interests of the local neighbors during a four year period, ignoring direct communications, not consulting ever about the appraisal, the sale price negotiation, the decision to proceed to negotiate the sale, the alternative of long-term leasing, and the preparation of a landscaping plan.

The neighbors formally learned about the sale process by accident in late 2019 early 2020. The first meeting between neighbors and the City of Coral Gables about the matter was held on June 29 to present the final decision of the landscaping plan to destroy the Green Barrier buffer and the replanting that will take up to 25 year to mature.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
Resident of the City of Coral Gables

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