Coral Gables Man Refuses To Sell Family House Swallowed By Massive Development – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A small single family home is in the middle of a huge construction project in Coral Gables.

The $ 600 million business project is the largest in the city’s history.

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The homeowner says that his house has sentimental value priceless and he will not sell it, no matter the noise, rubble, or price.

Speaking of price, the owner Orlando Capote has often been offered a lot.

“The house is my soul. So what use is it to sell your soul for all the money in the world. “

His house is in the middle of a construction zone and is now being engulfed in the mega-business development in Coral Gables history.

“This house is like a hard drive. When I look around and live in and move through them, I experience a lot of memories. I couldn’t find that in any other house, ”said Capote.

Capote tells CBS4 News that when his father came from Cuba, he worked double to buy this home for her family.

That was in 1989.

Most of the time he spent outside by the mango trees.

In 2005 his father died and in 2020 he lost his mother, who told him countless times that she did not want to sell her family treasure.

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“I don’t want to roll the dice. I don’t want to play. So the memories are worth more, ”said Capote.

In the past 6 years, Capote has turned down more than 60 offers for sale to any developer, real estate agent, or pinball machine who made offers of up to $ 900,000 on the 1,300 square foot two bedroom, two bathroom home.

Orlando says the city broke violations as it is now gripped by impending plaza development.

The City of Coral Gables claims no laws have been broken and no fire regulations have been violated.

They told our partners at the Miami Herald, “The issues raised have been extensively reviewed and investigated.”

“You can see some of the rubbish that has already fallen on the page. Which would not happen if the building were actually 10 meters high or at least 15 meters away. “

While his house is still standing, Capote says he has nowhere to go.

The Coral Gables man tells me his parents’ memories are still in the house.

“I don’t feel alone in the house. Maybe they are. “

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CBS4 reached out to the developers this afternoon. We didn’t hear anything, but it’s important to point out that they did everything with proper permits and permits from the city.

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