Walgreens Wants to Turn Ocean Drive Hotel Into a Very Fancy Drug Store

Categories: Unreal Estate

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Walgreens is known for their architecturally interesting stores that dot Miami Beach, but inside those stores look, well, pretty much like a regular Walgreens. For their latest planned expansion on the island, the drugstore chain is hoping to move into an historically protected structure, the Bon Air Hotel at 1060 Ocean Dr., and from the looks of it the inside will be one fancy drug store.

Owner by Jordace Enterprises (owned by the same family that also recently bought the nearby Versace Mansion) is planning on leasing out the space to the chain. According to Ex Miami, a decision by the Historic Preservation Board was deferred last month and will be decided on next month. Zoning exceptions would also have to be made as currently the property is only zoned for 1,350 square feet, but the proposed Walgreens would take up nearly 6,000 square feet of space.

The lobby, mezzanine, and basement of the hotel would be converted. From the looks of it, Demandt Architecture looks to retain several features reminiscent of a classic Miami Beach hotel lobby rather than refit it with the fluorescent lights, cheap tile, and metal shelving of a regular Walgreens.

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The hotel dates back to 1934, and known more recently as The Adrian. Jordache bought the property for $18.3 million back in 2012.

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Luis A. Basora
Luis A. Basora

Only a big corporate company can afford to pay the $60,000+ lease a month. 1060 Ocean Drive has been vacant for years. I'm sick of being harassed by the low lives bums that sit around there and beg anyone that passes by for money. It's would a shame not to develop this corner block next to The Congress Hotel and Versace Mansion.. Clean up Ocean Dr. and the beach. I live here.

Rosie Millares
Rosie Millares

Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do jobspase.comONLY Don’t include ONLY >>>

Matty Wheelz
Matty Wheelz

Actually the structure is Spanish revival. But I agree why not turn it into a studio For Art,music or film?

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Interesting...so the locals will be overpaying for tampons and preparation H because the "fixtures" are reminiscent of the Art Deco era? Does EVERYONE think that beach residents are complete morons or is it just the local developers?

Elana Azran
Elana Azran

give m. a faucking brake , enough all ready from cooperation, need to eliminate half of them ,

Karolina Sucre
Karolina Sucre

Enough. The last thing the city needs is to lose even more of its identity.

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

I'll never go there or any other wallgreen's again ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Here is a question to all those opposed to this project.


Who the F*ck are you to tell anyone what they can do with their own private property?

Barbara McSpadden
Barbara McSpadden

The Strand Theater on Duval St. Key West is now a Walgreen's.

ginger171
ginger171

Don't let them do it, please! 

Andrea Cavallo
Andrea Cavallo

that building is too pretty to be a drugstore. :(

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS are the smaller version of Walmart. These places are getting rich off of the medicare prescription drug part "D" since it was passed in 2006 with the help of big Pharma. Drugs are no cheaper & unlike the VA which can negotiate their own best prices, Bush & cronies negated that clause. Since it's passage there has been a drig chain store on practically every corner in the USA. Just goes to show how much $$$$ is in health care. Fuc'ng disgrace. 

Al Arias
Al Arias

Enough - there's already a walgreens or cvs on Collins and about 12-14 how many of these do we need

Hazie Almendares
Hazie Almendares

Allowing big corporate companies destroy our wonderful city.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

They will destroy it somehow

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no. Im a Miami Beach resident of nearly 50 years and this is completely wrong. There are "too many" Walgreens and CVS all over South Beach between Washington Avenue and Collins. CVS: 5th and Washington and a CVS on Lincoln Road. Walgreens: 5th and Collins, 13th and Collins and Lincoln Road and Collins. (NOTE: There is a Walgreens and CVS on Alton Road.) Why does South Beach need anymore Walgreens and CVS stores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rey Feliciano
Rey Feliciano

cvs walgreens walmart please go away. popping up everywhere and taking everything with it.

Gloria Kaiser
Gloria Kaiser

Will someone please think of the children!!!

Christiane Grimal
Christiane Grimal

Sad, that space could be used for the arts, a dance space, a community center, artist studios like in hundreds of cities in the us and in europe.... right, that won't happen, Miami Beach has its priorities, and its not for those who live there year round and would like to invest in community / cultural life...

David Pitch
David Pitch

ENOUGH with all these drugstores by both CVS and Walgreens. CVS is building a new store on Washington and 5th. This is NOT what South Beach needs, we also don't need any more souveneir stores which all sell the same made in china crap

Dade DivaCo
Dade DivaCo

But...Im a CVS girl.thee best coupons!

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

Fanciest? No. The one in LA on Sunset wins. Its super elaborate. Win cellar and all.

Andrea B de Aguayo
Andrea B de Aguayo

Jeanette remember when we stop there once to rest our feet? Lol, #collegelife

Jamie Logan
Jamie Logan

John Clark. Sorry, I know no work but...this is crazy!

Matt Hirschenbein
Matt Hirschenbein

HOW MANY WALGREENS LOCATIONS DOES SOUTH BEACH NEED/HAVE? And yes, I am yelling.

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

Suc my dic CVS girl, you will like it. Smile with that grin as you wipe the cum off your chin.

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

Miami my azz, it's happening across America. You need to get your black azz out sometime & stop sitting @ the welfare.

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