Image: Vagabond Motel with Transit Shop clothing store (right side)
With the Mimo designation now intended to preserve the strip of funky motels along Biscayne Boulevard, the potential of adaptive reuse has been brought to question. It has been reported that motel owners are getting innovative with their properties. The motel use has become incompatible with development/economic conditions on the ground. Increasingly, restaurants and new businesses are popping up in and around the Boulevard along the Mimo corridor. Not long ago, it was discussed here that retail may be one of the likely reuses–following in the track of the Collins Avenue shopping district where Art Deco apartment complexes and hotels have been transformed into retail stores. On 74th street and Biscayne Boulevard there is what may be one of the first examples of reuse in the form of retail with the Vagabond Motel.
Image: Transit Shop clothing store. It is so out of place that it almost looks like a mock-up of what a store could be like in the area.
Image: What appears to be the leasing office/sales center, or main entrance
Image: Vagabond Motel Parking
This type of reuse is expected to continue as a pattern along Biscayne Boulevard. The Vagabond Motel example serves to demystify the notion of converting motels into anything but outposts of sleaze and vice.