Preserving some of the University of Miami’s history was up for discussion at the Coral Gables City Hall on Tuesday.
In a unanimous decision, city commissioners tentatively approved their staff’s recommendation to accept revisions to the University of Miami’s University Campus District Master Plan to permit two additional buildings within the Campus Transitional Area along San Amaro Drive on the northwestern perimeter of the Coral Gables campus.
The additions will not increase total building square footage but will preserve three existing buildings that were deemed historically significant by the city’s Historical Resources Department. These buildings, the Rehearsal Center, Arnold Volpe Music Building and Bertha Foster Memorial Music Building were previously slated for demolition, said Zeke Guilford, an attorney representing UM.
The improvements are a part of the university and the city’s ambitious and wide-ranging 20-year plan for future development on campus and a number of new cultural, athletic and medical programs that would be made available for city residents.