First Church in the Media
Click the links below to read more about our Redevelopment Journey and our commitment to the the Unhoused.
"Church in a High Rise: FUMC Reinvents, Rebuilds"
Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
"In return, PMG would demolish the existing church and build two high-rise structures on the property containing 690 apartments. One would be an 84-story apartment tower with 20,000 square feet of commercial space. The other would be a 64-story apartment tower with FUMC Miami occupying four stories, giving the church 20,000 square feet (just 7,000 square feet shy of the current church building)..." "There was a little hesitancy at the beginning. It’s always heartbreaking to have to move a facility," said Warren. “But our church has had to reimagine itself many times over the years."
"Church’s Boulevard property destined for multi-use future"
Miami's Community News
"Sometimes a congregation decides to sell all or part of its property due to financial pressures. Sometimes the decision to sell is part of a vision for what the neighborhood needs. Whether from pragmatism or a sense of purpose, the connection between a church and its land can lead to soul searching about what the congregation is called to be — and to reimagine the space for the future. In the cityscape of Miami it was time for a change at 400 Biscayne Blvd., where the FUMC has become known as the church that has learned to listen to the people, neighbors and changing landscape."
"The great church property flip: Florida pastors seek salvation in real estate"
"Pastor Audrey Warren provides a window into the future of First Miami Presbyterian church. In 2018, three years into her tenure as pastor of the nearby First United Methodist, she helped arrange the sale of her church’s original 1.15-acre property, just one mile north of First Miami, for $55m."
"Why churches are striking deals with developers"
South Florida Business Journal
Developers gain prime properties as houses of worship secure vital funds. First United Methodist Church in Miami sold its property at 400 Biscayne Blvd., which is being demolished to make way for new development.