Movie makers have accomplished something that has eluded Miami’s Downtown Development Authority and the local community redevelopment agency: Putting a fresh coat of paint on dilapidated buildings in the city’s Park West section.
A two-block stretch of North Miami Avenue has been spruced up for shooting of “Rock of Ages,” a big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical. The movie, a tribute to the music of the 1980s, features songs by Bon Jovi, Poison and Journey.
The exteriors of the aging warehouses are being transformed to look like a theater and a lounge named The Bourbon Room, a part of the plot. The movie, which is being shot at other locations in South Florida, will begin shooting in Park West next month.
The area is within the jurisdictions of the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency and the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Both agencies are supposed to work toward revitalizing blighted district and its buildings.
While working on the project, crews discovered an unidentified dead woman inside one of the buildings. A Miami police spokeswoman said the death has been ruled a homicide.
When filmmakers are finished, they will re-paint the buildings to the owners’ color preference, according to Eddie Pagan, a salesman at Broz International, a restaurant equipment distributor on North Miami Avenue.