MIAMI – Mixed-use community developers across the country had to be extra creative to safely engage local residents and visitors as concerns of COVID-19 persist. These ideas ranged from expanded al fresco dining to new amenities, and according to one source, even vacation activities and performances could emerge in new ways.
For example, Codina Partners, the developers of Downtown Doral, a 250-acre mixed-use community in Miami-Dade County, have partnered with the Miami City Ballet to bring George Balanchine's The Nutcracker to Downtown Doral Park for outdoor performances .
The nationwide-canceled indoor performance provided South Florida's warm weather with a unique opportunity for mixed-use developers and businesses to redefine art and experience retailing.
Codina Partners isn't the only developer using arts and entertainment for unique and safe community get-togethers, however. As GlobeSt.com previously reported, Texas-based mixed-use development owner Lionstone Investments is working with Rebees of Dallas, Planned Community Developers of Sugar Land and the city of Sugar Land to develop the place into a retail destination for the next Era of retail.
The new square will expand the public program to further activate the common areas, enrich the walking environment and add new dealers. "This redesign creates dynamic and flexible spaces for a variety of uses and users to safely interact," said Tom Paterson, COO, Lionstone.