The Real Deal Miami

Bacardi open to suggestions for use of Biscayne Boulevard headquarters

June 20, 2011 12:00PM

The Barcadi company’s two iconic Miami buildings on Biscayne Boulevard have sat empty for almost a year and a half and the company has no immediate plans for them, a fact that upsets community leaders who believe the buildings could be put to good use by Edgewater and Wynwood residents, according to the Miami Herald.

“When you see a building like that that is not being used, just sitting there, it’s kind of sad,” said Celso Ahumado, the administrator of the Wynwood/Edgewater Neighborhood Enhancement Team office for the city of Miami. “I think it could be used as an art gallery to display the work of local artists.”

Bacardi spokesperson Patricia Neal said the Baracardi is open to suggestions for the property’s use.

Arlys Raymond, executive director of the Bakehouse Art Complex, proposed that Bacardi lease the buildings to the city for a reasonable fee, but city budgets make that unfeasible.

“It would be great to make it public, I just don’t see it happening,” she said. [Miami Herald]