MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A tiny single family home stands in the middle of a large construction project in Coral Gables, Florida. The $ 600 million commercial development is the largest in the city’s history. The owner, however, says his home 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. âThe house is my soul. So what’s the use of selling your soul for all the money in the world, âhe told WFOR-TV in Miami.
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His home in the middle of a construction area and is now swallowed up by the most mega commercial development in Coral Gables history. âThis 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, âCapote said.
Capote tells CBS Miami that when his father came from Cuba, he worked twice to buy this house for their family. It was 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. âI don’t want to roll the dice. I don’t want to play. So the memories are worth more, âsaid Capote.
Over the past 6 years, Capote has turned down more than 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 home. 1,300 square feet.
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Capote claims that the city has violated the violations because it is now engulfed by the next development of the place. The town of Coral Gables, however, maintains that no laws were broken and the fire code was not violated.
They told WFOR-TV’s news partners at the Miami Herald: âThe issues raised have been extensively reviewed and studied.
âYou can see some of the garbage that has already fallen to the side,â Capote said. “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.
âI don’t feel alone at home. Maybe they are.
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WFOR 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.