News broke last week that Genting would begin the renovations of the art deco Boulevard Shops on Biscayne Boulevard, previously known as the Shrine Building because one of its earliest tenants was the Mahi Shriner's Temple. (They took the large space on the second floor. According to this PDF of the building's historic designation report, there was also a Piggly Wiggly downstairs.) Renovations, however, it seems have already begun. Photos taken by Phillip Pessar show work, including some demolition, beginning on the rear and sides of the structure. As Genting, the Maylasian casino giant, continues to stall (speculations as to why are running rampant) on the development of Resorts World Miami and the vast majority of the land they own in the area, including the former Miami Herald Building site, it appears they are finally waisting no time on this one, significant element.
· Genting to begin renovation of historic Boulevard Shops [Next Miami]
· Shrine Building Historic Designation Report [City of Miami]
· Renovations of Boulevard Shops [Curbed Photo Pool]