Heiman told the Board, “The Wynwood Yard definitely was a big experiment and so it was adding new layers as we figured out what was working.” That experience, she said, allows them the opportunity in North Beach to start off “with more culinary tenants, with several retail tenants that are all focused on local concepts and to do more with sustainable farming, gardens, and community programming.” Perhaps the biggest difference is an idea for a retail marketplace “focused on local food and beverage concepts ... Wynwood people don’t really come to The Yard to do their grocery shopping but because North Beach is so residential in nature we think that there’s a really great opportunity to have a farm stand and have local purveyors selling all kinds of food goods.”
North Beach Yard is proposed for one of the city-owned West Lots on Collins Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets. North Beach Yard co-founder Ken Lyon said the lot is slightly larger than the one in Wynwood – 52,000 square feet versus 42,000 – however, he said that includes some parking which would not be needed on the West Lots due to the location of a self parking lot just south of the proposed location. “So it’s bigger,” he said. “It’s not drastically different but it’s bigger.”
As was raised at previous City Commission and Committee meetings, there was a concern among Planning Board members about the noise from live entertainment. Lyon responded, “We have some very interesting solutions for that. Past 10, 10:30, 11, whatever time you’ll designate, we can convert the entire music to what we call ‘silent disco’ which is a headset concept. [It’s] very interesting and people love it.” In addition, he said, they are looking at “acoustic engineering and deflection” solutions as well as the location of the stage. “We want it to be protected. We don’t want to be another nuisance, obviously. That wouldn’t work for anyone. So between how it’s designed and the engineering and the silent disco for perhaps later at night, I think we can solve [it].”
This was a discussion only item. The Planning Board will consider code amendments necessary to allow North Beach Yard to operate at its June meeting.
In the meantime, the City has planned a Community Meeting to discuss plans for North Beach Yard and hear recommendations on what residents would like to see take place in the space.
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 pm
North Shore Youth Center
501 72nd Street
Refreshments will be served
For more info, contact the Tourism, Culture and Economic Development Department at 305-673-7577.
Photo: The Wynwood Yard