Miami Beach Community Church Courtyard Will Soon Look Like the Rest of Lincoln Road
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.
Touzet Studios The Miami Beach Community Church courtyard will soon look like this.
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.
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."