Lawson E. Thomas Building

1021 NW 2nd Avenue

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Program Overview
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Work is nearing completion on the 40-year recertification and improvements at the former law offices of the Honorable Judge Lawson Edward Thomas at 1021 NW 2nd Avenue, owned by the SEOPW CRA and recently obtained Historic Designation by the City of Miami. The work involves bringing power, water, lighting, air conditioning, restrooms, new windows and doors, roofing, and an accessible entry to the previously abandoned and vacant structure. In addition, the building’s front façade and entry are being recreated to the period when the building was used as Mr. Thomas’ law office. The building’s use for the immediate future is to provide art gallery space, while a long-term use is defined. The project is funded by an SEOPW CRA Board allocation of $374k. The activation of this building will include multiple uses, such as art exhibitions and various events.

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