Real estate executive Mindy McIlroy, executive vice president of Terranova, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) whose mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables.
“Mindy McIlroy’s real estate expertise is a tremendous asset for the BID as it moves forward with the multi-million dollar Miracle Mile and Giralda Streetscape Improvement project recently approved by the City of Coral Gables,” said Marina Foglia, executive director of the BID.
The conceptual design of the Streetscape Project will provide wider sidewalks, public art displays and open plaza areas along Miracle Mile to create a pedestrian friendly area and encourage more foot traffic.
The other officers elected to the board for a one year term were: vice president, Barbara Tria, Kerdyk Real Estate; secretary/treasurer, Gus Fonte, Daisy Tarsi, and member at large, Judy Weissel, property owner.
The board members also elected were: Wayne Eldred, Denise Erwin, Zeke Gilford, Erica Guzman, Jorge Kuperman, Matt Lahiff, Michael Steffens, Venny Torre, Helena Ulloa and Joe Schlipman (resident m e m b e r ) , Commissioner Frank Quesada (city representative) and Carolina Rendeiro (Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce repre- MINDY McILROY sentative).
McIlroy oversees leasing, marketing and new business development for Terranova’s diverse retail portfolio valued at more than $1 billion, and has led the company’s strategy through its foray into mixed-use and High Street retail. Her expertise includes a wide range of retail properties, from suburban shopping centers to lifestyle entertainment centers, to urban retail and mixed-use projects.
Active in the community, McIlroy is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a founding member of the Lincoln Road Property Owners Association, a member of the MIMO Association, which works to preserve the Miami Historic District along the Biscayne Corridor, and a retail advisory board member of the Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.
The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables was incorporated in July 1997 and encompasses 19 blocks of Downtown Coral Gables including Miracle Mile. As an advocate of downtown issues and businesses, the BID empowers district members with a single-unified voice, speaking collectively to governmental and civic organizations as well as the general public in order to bring prosperity to the district. Its mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables through marketing and advertising, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area.
Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 150 property owners and over 350 merchants that includes restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues
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