Another Jewel for Washington Avenue
Business Improvement District


Troy E. Wright
Executive Director
Washington Avenue BID
The Urbin Hotel will add another jewel in the crown of the rapidly transforming Washington Avenue Business Improvement District (BID).  The six-story co-living and hotel project will contain 49 co-living units, 56 hotel rooms,retail, and restaurant space. "We appreciate the vision of owner Rishi Kapoor, the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board and the City of Miami Beach to help advance the Avenue and Miami Beach.

The BID is aggressively working to upgrade "The WAVE" (Washington Avenue) as a business-friendly destination with renowned entertainment, dining, shopping, hotels and business centers. "It is also important that we provide an opportunity for the next generation to manage their careers and personal lives simultaneously in and affordable, safe, organized community that offers flexibility to build their life-long careers.” said Troy E. Wright, Washington Avenue BID Executive Director. 

Earlier this year the BID celebrated the opening of the Angler's Hotel a  beautiful 132 room seductive modern boutique on 6th & Washington. Across the street from the Angler's, the BID will soon boast a 300 room seven story paradise on 6th & Washington (name of the hotel to be announced soon). In addition, the Moxy will introduce a 202-room eight-story fashionable boutique hotel on 9th & Washington.


Positive Changes
Washington Avenue is positively changing. At the start of the BID a year and a half ago, the BID kicked off its trans-formative blueprint by wrapping beautiful tree lights along the median between 5th and 17th street to create a safer environment.

There was little to no entertainment in the entertainment district, subsequently on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 12 locations on Washington Avenue the BID offered a diversity of Latin, Rock, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Spoken Word, and Comedy as a part of the WAVE Live Music & Art Series / Wine & Beer Taste that drew thousands.

“Seattle has Rock, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Blues, Nashville Country, Miami Latin and New York a little bit of everything but there is no place in the world where you can hear all of this within a 1 mile stretch.” Said Troy E. Wright

The BID hosted senior level networking events, Pop-ups and “Hallowave”. Hallowave is a family fun-filled Halloween event that allowed thousands of children to "trick or treat" and be entertained by 24 of their favorite superheroes and animated characters. The BID also started a cleaner streets campaign and encouraged business owners to paint, clean, and serve with a smile. As a result of these changes, the WAVE experienced a 15% increase in pedestrian traffic and a 20%decrease in vacancies.




Positive COVID Changes
The BID partnered with the City of Miami Beach to allow restaurants to expand as sidewalk cafes, created bike lanes, reduced the flow of traffic to one lane in each direction, and maintained parking.  The results have been positive.

"I’ve noticed a lot of people complain about what they don’t want, but never plan for what they do. Talking without action doesn’t make things change in the direction we'd like them to go.  We must first be realistic about who we are, understand our differentiator, provide solutions, brand, plan, and then make it happen.” Said Troy E. Wright

Positive Future
The BID understands that most people come to South Beach to dream, decide if they want to get married, divorced, find a new job, have children, relax, plan their future….. and be happy. The BID will be a portal to “Waveology” meaning everything that flows in a positive direction. We know who we are.  who we want to be. and understand we cannot do it alone. We appreciate the leadership of the Washington Avenue BID Executive Board and property owners to lead by example. 

As the former VP of Experience Hendrix (Family of Jimi Hendrix) in Seattle, Troy Wright and the BID knows what it takes to build a diverse cultural entertainment scene in collaboration with a business environment that meets the needs of locals, and tourists.

The BID is planning and branding the new Washington Avenue to be unlike any other place in the world. "Catch the Wave"!
Washington Avenue Business Improvement District    1234 Washington Avenue Suite 204    Miami Beach, Florida 33139     305.916.0779
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