The lawsuit filed by historic preservationists to stop developer David Edelstein from building a multi-level retail building in the courtyard of the Miami Beach Community Church has just been dismissed by the judge, and the developer hopes to start construction in 16 weeks. The courtyard is not 'sacred' for the church, doesn't have anybody's remains in it, isn't all that pretty, could seriously use some landscaping, and has an icky fence around it. However, having always been a courtyard, it is historic, and is one of the last remaining open spaces in a densifying commercial area. But, of course, it ain't over until the fat lady sings, and in this case the fat lady is the Miami Design Preservation League, which has to decide whether or not to continue the already drawn-out fight.
· TriStar Aims to Start Construction on Lincoln Road Church [Real Deal]
· Miami Beach Community Church coverage [Curbed Miami]