Miami Beach Community Church Courtyard Will Soon Look Like the Rest of Lincoln Road

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Touzet Studios
The Miami Beach Community Church courtyard will soon look like this.
In December, we broke the news that the Miami Beach Community Church was strongly considering leasing its courtyard to commercial developers. Church leaders called the $100 million offer a "miracle from God." Meanwhile, locals -- and even some church members -- said the church was selling its sanctuary for 30 pieces of silver.

Well, MBCC members eventually approved of the "miracle." And now architects have released their plans for a two-story retail structure where the church courtyard currently sits.

The building will be a modern mix of limestone, glass, and metal. In other words, it will look like all of the other new clothing stores on Lincoln Road.

See also: Miami Beach Community Church Is Considering Leasing Its Courtyard For as Much as $100 Million

The developer on the project is David Edelstein's Tristar, the company that's trying to build condos in Wynwood (that decision has been delayed until April 2). Tristar has hired architectural firm Touzet Studios and landscape design company Raymond Jungles for the MBCC project.

Touzet's sketches show that Tristar does, indeed, intend to build a courtyard atop the commercial building.

Eric Donahoe, who heads MBCC's board of directors, called the lease "a miracle from God that he would provide this church with these types of resources." And pastor H.E. "Hunter" Thompson said it was "a blessing."

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Touzet Studios
The view from Lincoln Road, looking southeast

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It is sad that the church felt it needed the money more than the courtyard. I won't pretend to know the financial position of this church, but it sure would have been nice if they could keep it 'as is' for historic purposes since it is so nice. You would think there would be some sort of historical designation along with private historical funds out there that could have stepped in... Just kinda sad.

Minelli Reyes
Minelli Reyes

All I'm left with are memories. Missing Woolworth and their delicious cheesecake

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Is Lincoln Road even relevant anymore? This is 2014, you know....

Katrina Tweddle
Katrina Tweddle

really sad....lincoln road is a corporate wasteland now

Gloria Restrepo
Gloria Restrepo

So sad. Lincoln Road has definitely lost its charm to greed. Mauricio Badillo, Teresa Neira, Erick Neira, Rafael-Lydia Bronock-Badillo

David Hatfield
David Hatfield

Why would anyone want to go to Lincoln Road anymore?

Patricia DeCaprio
Patricia DeCaprio

Not sure.... There are certainly pros.... And cons. But could be much worse. Most people dislike change.... and change... Is always present in our lives

Leslie Gallegos
Leslie Gallegos

I've said it before...unless the city steps in and initiates rent control (which happens in big cities) then the rent will continue to rise beyond the mom and pop shops.

Elizabeth Rue
Elizabeth Rue

Lincoln road was once a run down road with cracks and pot holes so large you might have fallen in, but it was unique with miami beach originality, mom and pop stores and eateries. Now its just the same as every mall. Lincoln road has gone to shit. The most upsetting being Van Dyke closing, personally. Rent is insane moving the originality out and corporate monopolies in (for lack of better words). What happened to preservation? Lets leave some green grass and some originality to historical structures. The money is not worth losing what little green Lincoln road has.

Karen Sam
Karen Sam

It's such a charming courtyard.

Angie Alzola
Angie Alzola

Lincoln has already been homogenized. This is why we can't have nice things, kids.

Shari Williams
Shari Williams

As if Lincoln hadn't lost enough of its flavor already...

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