In North Beach, Vacant City Lots Could Become Parks, Hotel & Cafes

In Miami Beach, there are eight blocks of city-owned property lining prime Collins Avenue that have sat vacant or underutilized for decades.

Some of the lots, which sit across from the North Shore Open Space Park in North Beach, are being used as surface parking, while others are simply not used at all.

Now, city commissioners will have a look at ideas to transform those lots, including new park space, a hotel, retail, cafes, and even  a tech center.

A planning firm hired by the city recommends the following uses for each lot:

  • Lot 1 – 260 space parking garage, lined with cafe and retail
  • Lot 2 – Eco-park, including outdoor gym, picnic area, and pond
  • Lot 3 – North Beach Yard
  • Lot 4 – Water Square, with ponds and boardwalk
  • Lot 5 – Eco-hotel, food hall, park
  • Lot 6 – Tropical Gardens and playground
  • Lot 7 – Bohemian village
  • Lot 8 – Community eco-tech center and teen space

Voter approval would likely be needed for zoning changes, and for long-term leases of property to private operators.

Dover Kohl & Partners created the study, which will be presented to commissioners at a meeting on June 27.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Stopped reading at lot 1 – parking garage. When will Miami Beach get off the auto addiction?

Jesus
3 years ago

Thank the owners of the city aka the billionaires who stand to lose from a reduction in car ownership.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The only way to get off the automobile addition is by implementing a modern and reliable mass transportation system. A light rail connecting North Beach with the mainland and another connecting it with South Beach. Parking garages are not the problem.
Try to fight the opiate epidemic by closing all the Walgreens pharmacies in the Midwest.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Mass transit solutions within urban cores is so 1970’s. Personalized transport systems are more efficient, user friendly and responsible. Welcome to the future.

The Mayor
3 years ago

We have those already, they are called CARS!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

I like to concept.. need to sell the lots to developers under a Master Plan.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Fuck off. Leave North Beach alone.

Anonymous
3 years ago

north beach is a black hole of development. they have been pumping so much money into it and it never turns the corner. maybe when they get north beach yard going, but even still the bandshell has been activated for like two years now and there just isn’t much life down there. The one piece holding it all back is the same thing they keep restricted and that is the free flow of development capital. until they finally unleash investors and developers nothing will change. enough with these draconian preservation districts and development restrictions! stop the endless committee meetings and focus groups and let someone build something for goodness sakes! by the time they figure out the master plan, interest rates will be up and the cycle of construction will have flipped. they have missed their opportunity and it will be another 10 years before north beach ever recovers its lost opportunity.

Rigo
3 years ago

So true.

aceraroja
2 years ago

There’s NOTHING wrong with North Beach, you’re just angry that normal people can afford to live there without first having looted an entire country.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They City does not have the means to develop 8 lots.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Public/Private partnerships are proven to work.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes, the Zaha Designed Parking Garage went well!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Those imagines aren’t in order.

aceraroja
2 years ago

Tag urself I’m “bohemian village”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nice

Anonymous
3 years ago

The whole place fucking sucks… Some decent 50s building, but otherwise a bunch of CAVES…

Rigo
3 years ago

Hey, those are protected, historic caves you are talking about. If we were to allow redevelopment of this area, what would happen to all the low quality, functionally obsolete housing?

Anonymous
3 years ago

It would disappear along with the entire workforce driving south and mid beach’s hospitality and tourism industry.