Design of Publix Shopping Plaza,
When the developer of the shopping
plaza at the intersection of County Road 775 and Cape Haze Drive
first revealed his plans, many in our neighborhood expressed concern
that it would not be compatible with the existing architecture in
the area. Because CHPOA provides the structure to organize
neighbors into action as well as the authority to speak for most
property residents, we were able to quickly insert ourselves into
the approval process as a vitally interested party. This
activity was not simple or easy, but it was successful, and we had a
profound impact on the final construction. Some of the areas
of concern were:
The original plan for the shopping center proposed a typically
mundane facade not really in keeping with the architecture of our
area, something along the lines of large suburban malls.
Instead, we were able to influence the builder to adopt an
architectural style more compatible with that which was already in
place, namely the US Post Office building. The builder agreed
to modify his proposal to build an "old Florida" style mall and even
allowed CHPOA approval rights for colors and materials.
The original plan for the shopping center provided for the removal
of all the trees which had been on the undeveloped parcel of land.
Instead, CHPOA was able to prevail upon the builder to spare many of
the mature, graceful Cuban laurels, and to actually wrap the parking
areas around some of these old giants. The resulting
commitment to save these beautiful old trees greatly softens the
overall impact of the shopping plaza.
The builder had planned to erect a massive lighted sign typical of
large shopping malls. Instead, CHPOA was able to convince the
builder to install a small, unobtrusive monument sign, thereby
mitigating the impact of a commercial area so close to our quiet