Collins Avenue Development Activity Expanding

Image: Formerly Fairwind Seafood Bar and Grill

On May 17, last year, I wrote a post on the Collins Avenue Shopping District’s relatively rapid emergence and unique attributes. I ended the post by stating:

“The shopping district currently ends at 10th street, but there is room for it to expand northward. Collins, between 10th and 15th streets represents an underutilized segment of the storied avenue.”

Since then, the area north of 10th street on Collins has begun to transform as the anticipated northward expansion of new retail and hotel activity takes place. Structures are getting bought, restored, or demolished to make way for new businesses.

South Beach as a neighborhood and international brand has continuously redefined itself. It’s in these subtle changes, the motifs within the theme, that you see the redefinition taking place, so that every time a New Yorker or Londoner visits SoBe they feel like the experience has improved. This adaptability, along with the endowments nature has granted the island, is the key to its continued success.

Let’s see what this expansion looks like on the ground:

Image: 1221-25 Collins (NY-based owners)

Image: Hotel Webster 1220 Collins

Image: Site of future retail on 12th and Collins

Image: Palmer House Apartments 1119 Collins

Image: Tudor Hotel 1111 Collins

Image: Courtyard adjacent to the Tudor Hotel

Image: formerly David’s Cafe 1058 Collins

Image: Fairwind Hotel 1000 Collins

Image: Stardust Apartments 910 Collins Avenue

Image: Coral House

Image: Franklin Hotel 860 Collins

Image: Close up of the Franklin Hotel

Map: Green line represents existing Collins Avenue shopping District and new retail. The Red line represents the area of northward expansion currently taking place.

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5 responses to “Collins Avenue Development Activity Expanding

  1. F D

    Good riddance of the Fairwind restaurant. The place was a dump and the food they served was atrocious and filthy.
    Then I am always surprised to see people eating at Jerry’s. We should warn the tourists against the bad spot just to keep our reputation and to help a fellow human-being.
    Best regards.
    FD @ Condo Hotel South Beach

  2. Well the restaurant at the Fairwind was terrible. And the Franklin Hotel was a dump.

    At least it should be a change for the best.

    FD @ W South Beach Condo-Hotel and Residences

    • You are a little away from south point.but You can take the the beach shtlue metrobus will be $0.25 cents.answering Your question . You are in 31 st. and Dennys is in 30 st.so. is one block.

  3. hurkens

    I am interested in buying the Webster hotel on Collins ave in south miami

  4. Jason

    “…so that every time a New Yorker or Londoner visits SoBe they feel like the experience has improved.”

    Really? I’ve lived here since ’94 and feel that SoBe has lost some its cache. This baby has grown up some,for sure, but it is still not yet an adult. I heard a tourism spokesman yesterday compare Miami [and by Miami, he mostly meant Miami Beach] to Paris, London and Tokyo.

    Um, yeah. Not quite. That said, I will always wish this city well. I have been in love with South Beach since I moved here. But traffic is getting worse, the conditions of the roads (like 15th between Alton and Washington, a major E-W corridor) are deteriorating, and housing has become unaffordable for the people who work and support this community.

    Not to mention that all of the small mom and pop stores are gone, the restaurants on Lincoln all serve the same Sysco-supplied food (and it tastes that way, too), the visual artists have moved out as well the street performance artists have been forcibly removed, there’s a parking garage being built on every large corner (yet parking for residents in zone 2 remains very problematic after 9pm and all throughout season), and customer service in all sectors is abysmal.

    I think the line the “endowments nature has granted the island” speaks volumes about where this beach needs to focus its efforts in this transition: in it’s physical beauty. Clean up these filthy streets (Washington Ave??), empty the trash receptacles (all day long if you have to), open up more public pedestrian meeting spaces (The extension of the boardwalk to 15th St. was BRILLIANT), and punctuate its beauty by making it the greenest (as in recycling and energy use) city of its kind.

    Sorry about the rant. I just miss the city I once loved so much.

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