Uncommon Miami is Great Answer for our Community

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Grant MIller

The Miami Dade Board of County Commissioners meet every two weeks to vote and discuss important legislation pertaining to our community.

Residents of our community are given the opportunity to voice their concerns on pressing issues in our community.

Recently, a number of South Miami and Coral Gables residents have spoken out about issues with University of Miami students infiltrating multi-family homes around campus.

This is, for obvious reasons, an important issue for the many families that live around the University of Miami’s campus who deserve to have their concerns heard and questions answered.

Fortunately, a new student housing development called Uncommon Miami, situated a stones throw from UM’s campus at 5830 S.W. 57th Ave, may be an answer to some problems residents have long sought.

CA Ventures and Peninsula Alternative Real Estate, veterans in the students housing world, have teamed up to propose Uncommon Miami. These companies have a known track record of creating student living developments that don’t interfere with the surrounding area. If you look at their past work, including a new student living facility near FIU called Identity Miami, their buildings mitigate noise, keep a clean site, diffuse the “frat house” feel, and have constant administrative and cleaning staff on-site to address any issues that arise.

According to the site www.uncommon-miami.com, “Uncommon Miami offers internal, full-service amenities, including courtyards and semi-public spaces to create a self-contained sense of community for its residents. With fully internalized structured parking and a private access service road, the project addresses many of the challenges currently experienced in the area regarding vehicle parking and congestion. For the pedestrian, Uncommon Miami provides beautifully landscaped “greenways” on all three streets, which will also serve as an outdoor amenity to the surrounding neighborhoods.”

Now there are some residents in the area that will be against any form of development like this, but if we truly want to protect our single-family neighborhoods, Uncommon Miami is the type of project we should consider supporting. The building will house 637 beds, meaning 637 less students living somewhere other than a single-family home turned rooming house in a single-family neighborhood. They will have ample self-contained parking, meaning no more of the 5 or 6 cars parked in front of a single-family house. A full time manager will be on-site to address nuisances if they arise. Now we have nothing controlling a nuisance situation unless police are called. Also, the proximity to campus means these students who usually drive to campus will instead walk, resulting in fewer cars on the road.

Also I recommend a shuttle from the the development to the campus , something like Freebies.

I think we could all agree that the University of Miami is not going anywhere, not that we would want that, but the older students who no longer want to live the campus life have to go somewhere, and I would much rather have them in a confined and managed space like Uncommon Miami than sprawled out haphazardly in our neighborhoods.

Really question, why do I understand this problem ? As my my older son who finish UM two years ago , we battle these issues for three years and now my younger son who is senior at UM we going thru again, we need to work together to make it better for everyone.

If you have any questions or concerns call me 305.323.8206

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  1. What an interesting worldview: “I would much rather have them in a confined and managed space like Uncommon Miami than sprawled out haphazardly in our neighborhoods.” If the older students were employees of a hospital or a law firm or some other such establishment would it be different? This not in my neighborhood strikes as odd and counterproductive. Police can and should be called if they cause a problem. But arbitrary restrictions should not be on the table.

  2. Mr. Kaskey,students who are working at hospitals and law firms are not the problem,and they are welcome anywhere and everywhere. You must not be suffering the problems of living in close proximity to an “Animal House” or you wouldn’t have such an unrealistic and laizze- faire attitude.

  3. Oops! Laissez faire!
    Btw, traffic issues have to be addressed honestly with regard to the proposed project. Many residents who live in that vicinity are very concerned. Increased traffic has to be avoided or homeowners will not be amenable.

    • I think back when I shared housing with others in a regular neighborhood. I did it numerous times when I was in my twenties. The problems I encountered were attitudes from neighbors and nothing anything anyone did sharing the house.

  4. 636 students. Will there be kitchens and apartments. Or they will eat on campus. The shuttle bus transports 30. They will have to make 20 trips to the campus. Now the student housing across the street is 2 floors with green space. Now how much parking? How many floors? These buildings abut a two lane road

  5. This is a terrible project and you are 100% WRONG about uncommon Miami being a good idea. Uncommon Miami is a horrible idea. I live in the area (and have for many years now) and traffic is already terrible. I fear for my kids when we are going in and out of the car as the drivers on the road speed by. We already have accidents regularly in the area, including on my font yard. The noise in our area is already terrible with loud cars. The building will produce a tremendous deal of new traffic in an already congested area. It will produce a great deal of shade and be an eye-sore. There will be more pollution. There will be more garbage in our yards than there already is given extreme increases in foot/car traffic. The current students in the area are not problematic and have been great neighbors to us (and we have multiple student neighbors). I have never had to call the police on students. This is not going to help anyone but the people making money off the development. This is not a good thing for our community. This is a terrible thing for our community. Also, I have only recently been made aware of this project yet it is practically in my front yard. The transparency has been non-existent with the community and the developer. This is not consistent with the make-up of the neighborhood and will not solve problems, but rather produce new problems while damaging our community and producing financial benefit to the developer.


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