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Hotels may be coming to Lincoln Road. Here’s what they could bring to the street

Commissioners voted in favor of advancing the hotel ordinance in September and will consider it fully in October. Most cited increased foot traffic as a major benefit. Commissioner Mark Samuelian recalled a pedestrian street in Barcelona, Spain — La Rambla — that has hotels.

“I think this is a concept that other great cities have had,” he said.

September 24, 2019 | Miami Herald | Hotels may be coming to Lincoln Road. Here’s what they could bring to the street

Restoring and Reinvigorating Lincoln Road

Commissioner Mark Samuelian said he appreciated the thought given to the various connection points in the 200-300 blocks at the entrance to the east and the side streets guiding traffic north to the convention center and cultural institutions, but he urged another connection point be added to the west, extending from Alton Road to West Avenue. As the City looks to complete its Baywalk, he said it should think about completing the “Bay to beach” connection.

The master plan as drafted, Samuelian said, left “two blocks in the middle” between Lincoln Road and the Baywalk where “you’re lost.”

“We’re talking about holistic connectivity,” he said. “The 2-300 block is serving hotels and tourists. Residents coming from the other end would like to see something beautiful.”

January 12, 2019 | RE: Miami Beach | Restoring and Reinvigorating Lincoln Road