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"Embracing Miami’s Past and Future"

Allan Shulman, the 51-year-old principal of the architectural firm Shulman & Associates in Miami, first became known for historic preservation. He rescued the 1915 Browns Hotel on lower Ocean Drive, which was built of pine. And he found a way to save much of the Art Deco Lincoln Theater on Lincoln Road, turning it into a stylish glass-walled H & M store. His new, 5,000-square-foot Miami Center for Architecture and Design (known as MCAD) opened last Friday in part of the 1912 main Miami Post Office, on Northeast First Avenue, in Downtown Miami. Over the years, the building had suffered much indignity, including a spell as an Office Depot.

MIAMI—With so much of Miami's urban core already built out, demand is still strong in the area's emerging neighborhoods. One of those neighborhoods is the trendy Sunset Harbour in Miami Beach. Local, national and global developers are snapping up commercial real estate there.

Metro 1 Commercial is pointing out to high activity in the neighborhood. The firm recently completed four transactions totaling nearly 40,000 square feet in the swanky submarket.

Mika Mattingly represented the landlords in a transaction involving Route 66 and Texaco, located at 1845 Bay Road and 1840 Alton Road respectively, valued at $6.75 million. The Route 66 property is a 3,800-square-foot building sitting on 8,000 square feet. The Texaco facility is a 4,595-square-foot building on a 16,000-square-foot lot.

When cities invest in infrastructure, it’s often the gray stuff like roads and bridges. Or it’s hidden away like water and sewer pipes. Not to say that infrastructure isn’t interesting and vital to a city’s success, but it’s hard to get excited about.

But in Miami Beach, where everything seems to be more colorful and dramatic than most American cities, the latest round of infrastructure investments combine flamboyance and function. The city’s parking garages are featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lebron James is a fan of its bikeshare system, and the expanding network of streetscape and trail improvements weave the city together, from beach to bay.

Parking garages are among the most unloved and unobserved structures in architecture. They keep our environments functioning and our lives moving, but we don’t expect them to deliver joy or enlightenment. In Miami Beach, however, architects have used light to highlight space, surface, and movement in these
utilitarian spaces, creating the very best kind of architecture
—functional and ennobling.

Miami's Retail landscape has begun a seismic shift. Buoyed by Brazilians and other foreigners snapping up residential real estate faster than inventory becomes available, commericial property developers are eyeing every green space and vacant building and lot with a fervor not seen since the city's prerecession boom.

Scott Robins knew Sunset Harbour had the potential to be the Next Big Thing. Thanks to his company's intuition and hard work, the area is now poised to become South Beach's most popular new neighborhood.

After slumbering for years, Miami Beach has suddenly become Miami-Dade's hottest office market. Demand for space from entertainment companies and high-tech firms has touched off the city's first ofice construction boom in three decades.

February 8th, 2008 - Downtown Miami’s post office building, the circa 1912 historic landmark that served as the city’s original Federal Courthouse, post office and weather bureau, is on the market.

While there has been so much talk about residential real estate of late and while Wire focused on that market about a month ago, we can’t forget about the other segment of the real estate market that’s also experiencing dramatic...

In the wake of the dot-com bust and national economic slowdown, it’s no wonder we’re seeing “Class-A Office Space Available” signs in so many windows and “For Lease” banners on every block. Five years after the City...

December 11th, 2003 - Art Basel Miami Beach, the international show that last we brought thousands to the city for the second year, will make South Florida its permanent home, according to organizer Robert Goodman.

A Miami Beach office building called The Lincoln has sold for $74 million, underscoring investors’ increasingly voracious appetite to own office property in South Florida.

Miami Beach is about to see bowling in a whole new light. Lucky Strike Lanes, an upscale bowling lounge that has become a favorite haunt of Hollywood stars, has signed a deal to open on the ground floor of The Lincoln a 1692 Michigan Ave. The South Beach location aims to open by December with 14 lanes, a restaurant, bar, and outdoor seating.

A develper who has been at the forefront in the emergence of South Beach, championing the partnership of the private and public sectors in the development and revitalization process, is now turning his focus to downtown Miami.

January 25th, 2002 - Miami’s jewelry district is a gem without a shine. But there’s a new appraisal of the four-block district, home to hundreds of jewelers and gemologists. The Miami Downtown Development ...

Miami's old downtown post office, a once stately building that faded over the years, is about to be resurrected as part of a commercial and residential development project that will make it a star in the city's new urban landscape.

May 22nd Scott Robins, owner of the Scott Robins Companies, a successful property management, leasing, and development conglomerate, is a Miami Beach native who has worked in real estate in the area since 1988.

Best Cool South Beach Places.
Scott Robins is many things: a developer, a property manager, a general contractor and one of Miami Beach's foremost figures. He's also got some pretty nifty spaces to lease in several properties all over South Beach.

Sunset Harbour revamp to add residential retail offerings...
Transformation of Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour District, originally designated industrial, continues as a local developer and the city partner to build a $30-plus million retail and garage complex.