Monday, March 9, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Changes - 723 Lincoln Lane

Miami is in a constant state of transition. Most recently, Lincoln Road has become a case study of that transition as quirky shops with local flare are replaced by designer stores and international brands. The air of change is blowing hardest right now along the 700 block of Lincoln Road where Aldo, Spris, and their neighbors are engulfed by construction fencing, awaiting a more modern exterior. And, while it is easy to get nostalgic at the face of all these changes, it is exciting to recognize that they are indicative of our city's growth - in this case, the growth of Lincoln Road into a modern, chic shopping destination.

Last week, Florida commercial real estate firm Terranova Corporation, who is behind the changes on the 700 block of Lincoln Road, unveiled yet another plan for the Lincoln Road area: the reconstruction of 723 Lincoln Lane. The modern building concept will create room for five new tenants out of the currently vacant building. More importantly, it will activate Lincoln Lane by bringing traffic to the infrequently used alley by placing the unit entrances along this stretch of road.

Terranova Corporation, in partnership with Vida and Estilo Restaurant Group, fĂȘted the upcoming construction of the building with a block party on Lincoln Lane (see photos below). The event gave attendees an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the block and to celebrate its future as part of Lincoln Road's shopping legacy. Armed with a croquetica in one hand and a mojito in the other, we seized the chance to reminisce about the building's colorful past - from the pharmacy that once called it home to the H&M and GAP pop-ups transitioned both brands into Lincoln Road power players. But as a wise being once said, "Don't look back with regret. Look forward with hope."

The proposed building concept as seen from the SW corner of Meridian Avenue and Lincoln Lane.

What other changes do you see happening in Miami? Tell us about them. Where are they happening? What is the catalyst for that transition? What do you remember about the past of that area? What do you most look forward to about those changes? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

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