Heaven on earth? The city of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board has given the final okay for the Community Church’s  conversion of its Courtyard into a retail store. The historic property continues the sad saga of the gentrification of Lincoln Road.

Short on cash, the church congregation submitted the retail proposal after the developer offered them 1 million dollars. According to a New Times article, the initial deal was sealed by church members after the developer also donated $500,000.

Miami Design Preservation League plans to continue to fight against the church’s retail development.


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