Miami Beach, although known for its many historical landmarks, is a fast-growing city that is constantly being redeveloped. Recently, venerable but aging Miami Beach Convention Center was scheduled for a renovation, one in which the city’s residents are uniquely being given a chance to influence the process. As the Miami Herald reported:

The city has already chosen two teams of competing developers. They will meet with residents and business people to get ideas, which the teams will weave into competing plans.

The teams are:

Portman-CMC, led by Portman Holdings, the developer who built the 14-block Peachtree Center in Atlanta. Portman’s partners include Miami condo developer Ugo Colombo, Cirque du Soleil and Bal Harbour Shops.

South Beach ACE, led by Tishman Hotel and Realty, the company behind the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Tishman’s partners include developer Robert Wennett, who helped revitalize Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile and built the 1111 building on Lincoln Road, and the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, named by Time magazine in 2008 among 100 of “The World’s Most Influential People.’’

According to a recent report by Cubed Miami, a website about local real estate news, the two developers presented their concepts – and all-star teams – at a public meeting.

The competing Miami Beach Convention Center development teams South Beach ACE (Developers Robert Wennett and Tishman, starchitect Rem Koolhaas, landscape architect Raymond Jungles) and Portman-CMC(Developer Ugo Columbo, starchitect Bjarke Ingels, landscape architects West 8) faced off last week at a public meeting with a deluge of ideas and technicolorful imagery for the convention center site. 

Each team has a website that encourages feedback from residents on their designs. South Beach ACE (Koolhaas & Jungles) can be found here, while Portman-CMC (Ingles & West 8) is here.

The Convention Center and its surrounding area have been a major attraction in Miami Beach for decades. The renovation will help make the center more accommodating to the millions of tourists who visit the resort city every year. Thanks to input from residents, the renovation should help to reflect what is best for Miami Beach.

The city’s ability to redesign itself and get with the times explains why Miami Beach Commercial Real Estate is booming. More developments and improvements are helping to attract ever more tourists, which in turn mean more business opportunities. To make the most of what Miami Beach has to offer, contact Office in Miami, a leading commercial real estate provider, at 305-571-9991.