MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A tiny single-family home stands in the middle of a huge construction project in Coral Gables.
The $ 600 million commercial development is the largest in the city’s history.
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The owner says his house has invaluable sentimental value and that he won’t sell it no matter the noise, the rubble or the price.
Speaking of price, owner Orlando Capote has been offered a lot, several times.
“The house is my soul. So what’s the use of selling your soul for all the money in the world.
His house in the middle of a construction area is now swallowed up by the most mega commercial development in Coral Gables history.
“This house is like a hard drive. Looking around, living in it and walking through it, I relive many memories. That I couldn’t find in another house, ”Capote said.
Capote tells CBS4 News that when his father came from Cuba, he worked twice to buy this house for their family.
It was in 1989.
He spent most of his time outdoors with the mango trees.
In 2005 his father passed away and in 2020 he lost his mother, who repeatedly told him that she did not want to sell their 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.
Over the past 6 years, Capote has turned down over 60 offers to sell to developers, realtors or pinball machines who have made offers of up to $ 900,000 for the two bedroom, two bathroom and 1,300 square feet.
Orlando says the city has broken the violations because it is now swallowed up by the plaza’s upcoming development.
The town of Coral Gables maintains that no laws have been broken and that the fire code has not been violated.
They told our partners at the Miami Herald: “The issues raised have been thoroughly investigated and investigated. “
“You can see some of the garbage that has already fallen to the side. Which wouldn’t happen if the building was actually 35 feet high or at least 50 feet away. “
While his house is still standing, Capote says he’s not going anywhere.
The man from Coral Gables tells me that memories of his parents linger in the house.
“I don’t feel alone at home. Maybe they are.
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CBS4 contacted the developers this afternoon. We haven’t heard back, but it’s important to point out that they did everything with the proper permits and permission from the city.