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Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road Finds 3 New Uses For Vacant Space Due To Pandemic

Refusing to sit idle, the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District (BID) and the brokerage community in Miami Beach have created alternate uses for vacant retail space, empty parking garages, and the open-air pedestrian promenade – through arts, culture, and fitness activations – to safely attract consumers and drive traffic to stores and restaurants in the open-air dining and shopping district.


  • From Boutique to Ballet: the Lincoln Road BID and The Comras Company, one of South Florida’s leading retail leasing/development companies, have transformed a 5,344 square foot former BCBG boutique into a popup residence for the Miami City Ballet to practice their pirouettes and plies before the public. Mannequins have since been replaced by the ballet’s principal dancers, attracting a new type of “window-shopper” interested in safely enjoying the ballet amid the pandemic, while cultural institutions remain closed.


  • From Garage to Gym: With many parking lots sitting empty, the Lincoln Road BID has converted the iconic Herzog & de Meuron-designed garage at the 1111 building into an expansive 25,000 square foot fitness studio. Although the iconic building can accommodate 550 people in its open-air space, the complimentary bootcamp and yoga classes are limited to 70 participants to ensure social distancing practices are maintained – the floors are also pre-marked with squares spaced 10 feet apart.


  • From Street to Symphony: Home to the world-renowned New World Symphony, which remains closed due to COVID-19, the Lincoln Road District has tapped into its talented tenant, employing musicians from the symphony to entertain pedestrians, diners, and shoppers from golf carts, driven up and down the Road. The roving musicians are in constant motion to ensure crowds don’t gather, and provide consumers with the arts and cultural experiences they’ve come to love from Lincoln Road at a time when the symphony can’t perform for large audiences and social distancing remains critical.


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