Resorts World Miami | Proposed

http://rwmiami.com/

Genting Group Unveils $3 Billion Master Plan For Resorts World Miami
Arquitectonica-designed Destination Resort to create tens of thousands of jobs, draw
millions of tourists from around the world, and anchor new three-mile Baywalk along
downtown Miami waterfront.

Miami, FL – September 14, 2011 – One of the most prized pieces of waterfront land in
Florida will soon come alive with Resorts World Miami, a Destination Resort featuring
iconic skyscrapers sporting designs inspired by a coral reef and serving as the
centerpiece of a new three-mile Baywalk that will activate the city’s waterfront. Resorts
World Miami, which represents a $3 billion investment by Genting Group, comprises
approximately 10 million square feet of mixed-use development, making it one of the
largest development projects in Florida history.

“Resorts World Miami will accelerate Florida’s evolution as a global destination at the
crossroads of the Americas,” said Mr. KT Lim, Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting.
“Most importantly, Resorts World Miami will boost confidence in Florida’s economy,
creating 15,000 direct and indirect construction jobs and 30,000 permanent positions on
an ongoing basis, attracting more inbound investment, and substantially increasing the
tax base for the city, county and state.”

Rising from 13.9 acres of bayfront land currently housing the Miami Herald Media
Company, Resorts World Miami is located in the heart of the City of Miami, midway
between Miami International Airport and Miami Beach.

“Resorts World Miami introduces a new vocabulary of architecture to Florida, one that
is inspired by the ocean and Florida’s coral reefs,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Co-
Founder and Principal of Arquitectonica, the world-renown architecture firm based in
Miami. “At Resorts World Miami, building designs echo familiar forms that are part of
our identity, including tropical fish and seashells. When you describe Miami and Florida,
you inevitably come back to the water. We have captured that relationship with Resorts
World Miami’s design.”

Resorts World Miami includes a series of four hotels with a total of 5,200 rooms and two
residential towers featuring 1,000 units. The towers take on sculptural forms that
change from every perspective. Each building is designed with outside balconies
adorned with LED-lit exteriors, creating a jewel-like effect that will illuminate the Miami
skyline each night. The Destination Resort will include a super-luxury hotel, a
contemporary hotel, a convention hotel, and a family hotel, offering a lodging option for
each segment of the market.

The towers sit atop an 8-story podium where guests can immerse themselves in a
double-story, 250,000 square foot luxury retail galleria; more than 50 restaurants,
lounges, bars and nightclubs; a high-tech multimedia entertainment area showcasing
the music and culture of Florida and South America; and 700,000 square feet of
convention and meeting space which includes a 200,000 square foot column-free
ballroom, the largest in the United States. A casino will be included if Florida’s
legislature and governor approve Destination Resort legislation.

Each level of Resorts World Miami is designed with outdoor terraces offering
spectacular unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
The podium’s rooftop features a 3.6 acre outdoor lagoon – a size equivalent to 12
Olympic-size swimming pools – and natural sand beaches that will enable guests to
swim from Biscayne Boulevard to the edge of Biscayne Bay, a distance of more than
1,000 feet. Each hotel will also have a private swimming pool.

Resorts World Miami will be the highlight of a three-mile Baywalk beginning at the
Miami River and running north to Margaret Pace Park. The Baywalk will link Bayfront
Park, Bayside Market Place, American Airlines Arena, Museum Park, the Miami Art
Museum currently under construction, the new Miami Science Museum currently under
design, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Omni Center. All will
be connected by new public spaces and pedestrian, jogging, and cycling paths that will
activate this stretch of partially completed Miami waterfront.

Resorts World Miami has been designed – and will be constructed – in accordance with
all applicable zoning codes and regulations, including Miami 21, the City of Miami’s
comprehensive zoning code. The project has been conceived with an emphasis on
sustainability and LEED-certified solutions, including three levels of below-grade parking.

The Genting Group has a 25-year track record of investing in the United States. Its
history of investment in Florida started 12 years ago when it acquired Miami-based
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and spent more than $5 billion building eight new ships
and transforming NCL into the youngest and most innovative cruise line. The Genting
Group currently owns 50% of NCL.

Genting also partnered with Florida-based Universal Studios to build and open the $5.5
billion Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore last year, which includes a Universal Studios
theme park. Within a year, Resorts World Sentosa became the world’s most successful
Destination Resort.

“Resorts World Miami is a continuation of the Genting Group’s long history of investing
in Florida and working with the state’s business community. We are fully committed to
develop Resorts World Miami to maximize the impact of this Destination Resort on
Florida’s economy. Our goal is to transform Resorts World Miami into the most
successful Destination Resort in the Americas,” added Chairman Lim.

from the rw miami brochure: http://www.rwmiami.com/images/News/ResortsWorldMiami_ver10.10.pdf

83 Comments

  1. sandman

    January 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The City of Miami has REJECTED the first Genting/Arquitectonica site plan for Resorts World Miami:

    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Effort-to-Bring-Casinos-to-Miami-is-Moving-Slowly-137715778.html

  2. sandman

    January 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Posted on Sun, Jan. 22, 2012
    Poll: Miami-Dade voters evenly split on casinos, but opposition growing

    By Scott Hiaasen and Patricia Mazzei
    Miami-Dade voters are evenly divided on whether to allow casino gambling in South Florida, but opposition appears to be growing even as the Legislature debates competing plans to open the region to Las Vegas-style casino resorts, according to a new poll.
    In a survey of 400 registered voters in Miami-Dade, voters split almost equally over the idea of large-scale casinos. The electorate is similarly divided over putting a destination resort and casino in downtown Miami on The Miami Herald’s waterfront property.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/22/v-print/2602584/poll-miami-dade-voters-evenly.html#storylink=cpy

  3. langbro

    January 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Miami Herald is in talks to relocate to Doral. Alo, it looks like mast advertisemnts have already been removed from the side of the current Herald building.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2012/01/23/us-southern-command-in-doral-in.html

  4. langbro

    January 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    OP updated

  5. yellows2k

    February 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Looks like the gaming bill has been withdrawn by its sponsor in the house = dead until next year.

  6. sandman

    February 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Yes, unfortunately Disney+Seminoles+Racinos are a powerful combo.

  7. langbro

    February 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Genting promised to build Resorts World Miami whether or not gaming passed. Let’s see how this plays out.

  8. yellows2k

    February 5, 2012 at 1:11 am

    You are right:

    “Sources said it plans to continue with Resorts World Miami, but it will be scaled back in size and scope.”

    http://www.local10.com/news/Reactions-mixed-after-Fla-casino-bill-dies/-/1717324/8590592/-/tmu4u5z/-/index.html

  9. sandman

    February 6, 2012 at 3:27 am

    [SIZE=3]from the wall street journal:[/SIZE]

    Casino Presses Ahead in Florida

    ‎FEBRUARY 6, 2012

    BY ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES

    MIAMI—Gambling companies hoping to crack the South Florida market are regrouping after a bill to authorize three casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties stalled last week in the state legislature.

    The chief sponsor of the measure in the House on Friday asked that a subcommittee postpone a vote on the bill when it became clear the bill lacked sufficient support. That subcommittee isn’t scheduled to reconvene for the remainder of the legislative session, which ends next month, almost certainly killing the measure’s chances of passage this year.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203315804577205431704539006.html

  10. sandman

    February 7, 2012 at 3:39 am

    as posted by yellows2k in the biz forum:

    Report: Las Vegas Sands quietly killed the casino bill, stabbing Genting in the back
    http://thenextmiami.com/threads/report-las-vegas-sands-quietly-killed-the-casino-bill-stabbing-genting-in-the-back.72/

  11. sandman

    February 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    And now the Las-Vegas Review Journal reports that the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood could add another 1,000 room hotel:

    http://www.lvrj.com/business/seminoles-have-become-a-force-in-indian-gaming-139177124.html?ref=124

  12. yellows2k

    February 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Destination casinos only a matter of time, analysts say

    Even pari-mutuels agree it will happen

    By Nick Sortal, Staff Writer
    4:31 a.m. EST, February 29, 2012

    Like it or not, destination casinos will become a reality in South Florida within the next three to five years, gambling-industry experts said Tuesday. To them, the death of a controversial casinos bill last month in the Florida Legislature was only a setback.

    “It’s the same at pretty much every state,” said Gregory Roselli, an analyst for UBS Securities, at the annual Florida Gaming Summit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “It takes a few years, but the bill gets further and further along until it passes.”

    Roselli, who follows the gambling industry, cited Massachusetts and Ohio as states that took years to get casinos.

    Even some officials at South Florida’s pari-mutuels agree that a destination casinos law is inevitable.

    “I think everybody in this room knows it’s just a matter of time before it passes,” Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino President Tim Ritvo said. “We’ve drawn up different diagrams, different looks, as we wait to see how the legislation shakes out.”

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-destination-casinos-escalate-022-20120229,0,5502671.story

  13. langbro

    March 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Genting is one of three bidders for the Dade school Board land.

    The second bidder is Mallory Kauderer, the owner of 1550 the chelsea, who also owns Brickell Flatiron. The third is the Kluger family.

  14. langbro

    March 21, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Posted on Tue, Mar. 20, 2012
    Genting Group to build Resorts World Miami – without gambling

    By ELAINE WALKER
    [EMAIL]ewalker@MiamiHerald.com[/EMAIL]

    Even without casino gambling, Genting Group said Tuesday it is moving ahead with a dramatically scaled down mixed-use plan for Resorts World Miami.
    The five acres where The Miami Herald currently sits would become the site for a five-star luxury hotel, luxury condominiums, waterfront restaurants, some limited retail and an 800-foot long promenade along Biscayne Bay.

    It’s still too early to tell exactly what it would look like because the project is being designed by Miami’s Arquitectonica. There are no renderings available, no specifics about the size of any of the elements or any idea what would happen to the rest of the 13.9 acres on the Herald site.
    “With more and more people traveling to downtown Miami and a growing number of residents calling the area home, we are going to seize the opportunity to convert this prime piece of bayfront land into the centerpiece of a thriving neighborhood.” Bernardo Fort-Brescia, co-founder and principal of Miami-based Arquitectonica, said in a statement released by Resorts World Miami.

    Early indications are that this version of Resorts World Miami will be a far cry from the original $3.8 billion project with 5,200 hotel rooms, the world’s largest casino, more than 50 restaurants and bars and a retail shopping mall. That plan drew the ire of many community leaders for the being out of scale with the neighborhood surrounding the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and having the potential to create a traffic nightmare.

    “It sounds more modest and more reasonable; somebody is listening,” said Jack Lowell, a Miami commercial broker who was a Genting advocate in the business community. “I think it is also reflective of the current market and seems to make some sense.”

    The first inkling of Genting’s latest plan comes about six weeks after the Florida Legislature shut down efforts to approve destination resorts in South Florida. A proposal can be revived next year.

    Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes the site, said he has been told renderings will be available in 30 to 60 days. During meetings with Genting, Sarnoff was told the project would include a pedestal with two or three towers on top. But the design would not include the futuristic look of the original project with irregular shapes designed to resemble a coral reef.

    “I’m expecting to see a lot of rectangles with some architectural nuance to it,” Sarnoff said. “You could build the fish with casino gambling, because gambling allows you to do anything. It covers up all your mistakes. I like to see people build efficient buildings. These buildings will work across the board. They’re coming back with a footprint that is more germane for the way things get built in Miami.”

    The new vision is also good news to Arsht Center leaders, who had been among the biggest critics of the original Genting plan because of the potential impact it would have on their facility.

    “I think the Arsht Center and the neighborhood would benefit from that kind of development,” said Armando Codina, chairman of the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corp, the nonprofit created to protect the interests of the Arsht Center and the surrounding area. “It would be a very welcome addition. I just hope that the addition to the tax base will be used by the CRA to meaningfully improve the rest of the neighborhood.”
    This time around Genting seems to be taking a go-slow approach. The company has been quietly discussing its new plans with select city leaders and distributing only a three-paragraph press release with limited specifics.
    Last time around, Genting unveiled its ambitious proposal with a slick video and cocktail party for community leaders at the Four Seasons Hotel.

    The new proposal would take up only a fraction of Genting’s 30 acres in the Omni neighborhood. Since purchasing the Herald land last May, Genting has invested about $500 million in real estate, including the Omni Center and other parcels. Genting is expected to continue operating the existing hotel at the Omni Center and leasing the remainder of the vacant office space on the site.
    Genting Chairman K.T. Lim had always said that if gambling didn’t get approved, development of the Herald site could take up to 20 years.
    “They said from Day One they would bring a project to market that meets market demand, and that’s what they’re doing,” said Tadd Schwartz, Genting’s South Florida spokesman. “They want to let the public know they are committed to Miami. This project will be within the scale of what currently exists in downtown Miami’s luxury hotel and condo market.”

    The Herald, which has an agreement to remain on the property rent free for two years, is scheduled to move to a Doral site by May 2013.

    Genting’s development plans, as they exist now, call for demolishing the Herald building and removing what has for decades been a barrier to public access of the waterfront. The idea is to create a gathering place where people can stroll or dine overlooking Biscayne Bay. Plans call for a waterfront promenade 50 feet wide that spans 800 feet. The design will also maintain 100-foot corridors on either side of the development with landscaped green space to allow a view of Biscayne Bay.

    “The new design for Resorts World Miami will bring to life one of Miami’s most underutilized pieces of waterfront land after decades of inactivity,” Fort-Brescia said.

    The Genting project also seeks to capitalize on what is quickly becoming a limited supply of luxury condominiums downtown. A recent study by the Downtown Development Authority found 93 percent of the nearly 23,000 condominiums built after 2002 are occupied. Of that, only about a third are occupied full-time by owners, with the majority serving as rental apartments.

    “If we’re going to keep up with our growth, we have to get some projects in place,” said Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate. “There are not that many sites left. I don’t think there’s anything else being planned directly on the waterfront.”


    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/20/v-print/2705011/genting-group-downsizes-plans.html#storylink=cpy

  15. sandman

    March 21, 2012 at 4:14 am

    This is great news. They are doing exactly what they said they would, which is build out the project at a slower pace if gambling is not approved, and I think that is a good thing.

  16. langbro

    March 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Exactly. This will be the first phase, and will immediately bring that area to life, instead of waiting for the Florida legislature to act.

    Even this first phase on its own will be a huge project, remember Miami already has the largest project in the U.S. with Brickell CitiCentre.

  17. langbro

    March 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    No. It will not affect Brickell CitiCentre at all, Swire is building that as fast as possible anyway.

    Remember, whatever Genting builds at the Resorts World Miami site now is just a first phase for a lot more to come.

  18. sandman

    March 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    official pr:

    March, 21, 2012
    Resorts World Miami to Proceed with Plans for Luxury Mixed-Use Development on Miami Herald Site

    Five-acre development will bring downtown Miami waterfront to life with pedestrian promenade, meet rising demand for residential and hotel properties.

    Miami, Florida – March 21, 2012Resorts World Miami is reaffirming its commitment to downtown Miami’s emergence as one of the world’s fastest-growing residential markets and tourist destinations, announcing that it is moving forward with plans for a luxury mixed-use development on the Miami Herald site. The Miami-based international architecture and planning firm Arquitectonica is preparing a revised design that includes condominiums, a 5-star hotel, waterfront restaurants, and related amenities. The mixed-use development will occupy the five acre site currently occupied by the Miami Herald building, inclusive of an 800-foot waterfront promenade along Biscayne Bay.

    The updated design for Resorts World Miami will transform the Miami Herald site – long considered one of the City’s most inaccessible and dilapidated stretches of bayfront – into a downtown focal point and pedestrian-friendly gathering place. Plans will include an 800 foot-long, 50 foot-wide waterfront promenade with a 200 feet view corridor, enabling the creation of landscaped green space and the preservation of vistas between the growing Omni district and Biscayne Bay.

    “The new design for Resorts World Miami will bring to life one of Miami’s most underutilized pieces of waterfront land after decades of inactivity,” said Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Co-founder and Principal of Miami-based Arquitectonica. “With more and more people traveling to downtown Miami and a growing number of residents calling the area home, we are going to seize the opportunity to convert this prime piece of bayfront land into the centerpiece of a thriving neighborhood.”

  19. Afi K. James

    March 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    The Destination Bill will pass next year.

  20. yellows2k

    April 16, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Genting plans to put gambling on ballot, allowing Florida voters to decide

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/committee-starts-campaign-bring-casinos-2014-ballot

  21. yellows2k

    May 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Genting made offer to buy Dade School Board property: http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/120503/story2.shtml

  22. yellows2k

    May 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Genting cools interest in buying Miami-Dade School District property

    The Miami-Dade School Board has received proposals from other would-be buyers for its downtown property.

    BY Laura Isensee

    [EMAIL]lisensee@MiamiHerald.com[/EMAIL]

    The cash-strapped Miami-Dade School District has several options to consider from developers interested in buying its prime downtown real estate, but interest has cooled from its biggest suitor — the Genting Group.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/07/2788449/genting-cools-interest-in-buying.html#storylink=cpy

  23. sandman

    May 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

    From the article:

    Among the proposals:
    • A proposal from 1550 The Chelsea to buy the district’s lot at 1535 NE Second Ave. The developers are working on a mixed-use tower near the Omni hotel. It owns the Brickell Flatiron, which includes the bar Baru, and has plans for a park and to build Park Lane Towers in a vacant area.
    “We’re the natural purchasers,” said managing member Mallory Kauderer. “I’ll pay a good price because we’re on Biscayne Boulevard.”

    They ought to just build Park Lane Towers already, that is a great design by Oppenheim:

  24. langbro

    May 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Genting has spent at least $380,000 on lobbyists in the 2012 Florida legislative session.

    Las Vegas Sands spent at least $85,000

    http://htpolitics.com/2012/05/17/telecommunications-casino-lobbyists-cash-in-on-latest-session/

  25. yellows2k

    May 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Thursday May 24, 2012
    1601 Biscayne Blvd
    Description:
    Join us for our signature Legislative Breakfast on May 24, with featured speaker Bill Thompson, VP of Development at [COLOR=#006d9a]Resorts World Miami.[/COLOR]
    Thursday, May 24, 2012
    8:30 – 9:30 am
    Hilton Miami Downtown
    1601 Biscayne Blvd
    Miami, FL 33132
    [COLOR=#006d9a]Legislative Breakfast Registration Form[/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=#006d9a][/COLOR]

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    http://www.lbaorg.com/join-us-for-our-signature-legislative-breakfast-on-may-24-2/

  26. yellows2k

    June 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    [SIZE=24px]Genting Plan for NYC Convention Center Fails, Cuomo Says[/SIZE]

    By Freeman Klopott on June 01, 2012

    [SIZE=16px][FONT=Georgia][COLOR=#222222]Plans for Genting Bhd. (GENT) to build a $4 billion convention center in New York City have failed, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.[/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT]
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-06-01/genting-plan-for-nyc-convention-center-fails-cuomo-says

  27. yellows2k

    June 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    ^^^ probably makes them more desperate to get approval in Florida

  28. Pjtpeter

    June 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I pray this happens , so there wont be a casino aspect to this?

  29. langbro

    June 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The State of Florida has not yet approved an expansion of gambling in Florida. In addition, the Miami Herald still has a year to move out from the property.

  30. Pjtpeter

    June 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    so this isnt happening anytime soon. hopefully miami worlde center occurs.

  31. langbro

    June 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    [INDENT][FONT=Georgia]Depends on your definition of soon…[/INDENT][/FONT]

  32. yellows2k

    June 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Genting tries to build support for Downtown Miami casino with Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce trip to Singapore:
    http://miamitodaynews.com/news/120614/story3.shtml

  33. yellows2k

    July 3, 2012 at 1:05 am

  34. UMdev

    July 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is hilarious. If you were a casino worker making a modest wage, why in the hell would you give money to your employer so they can fight to stop additional jobs coming to your area that you would be qualified for?

  35. sandman

    July 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    UMdev, post: 1416, member: 80 wrote: This is hilarious. If you were a casino worker making a modest wage, why in the hell would you give money to your employer so they can fight to stop additional jobs coming to your area that you would be qualified for?

    Agreed. It is especially insulting when you consider that the Seminoles are currently raking in boatloads of cash.

  36. yellows2k

    July 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Genting money funds apparent push for gambling ballot initiative

    Genting Group appears to be intensifying its push to allow voters to make the final decision on whether Las-Vegas style gambling comes to South Florida.

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/07/genting-money-funds-apparent-push-for-gambling-ballot-initiative.html

  37. yellows2k

    July 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Genting downscales in Miami as it seeks to expand its global brand

    By ELAINE WALKER

    Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado hasn’t seen them. Neither has Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

    Nearly six months after the Genting Group failed to get legislative approval for a massive destination casino resort on the downtown Miami Herald site, both mayors are among the many who said they have heard nothing from the Malaysian company about its scaled down vision for a project without a casino.

    Speaking publicly for the first time since the legislative defeat, Genting executives told the Miami Herald they remain committed to Miami and are slowly moving forward with a plan that could be presented to the city later this year or early next. Preliminary plans call for a luxury hotel with fewer than 500 rooms — about one tenth of its original proposal — plus two condo towers. The total space devoted to restaurants and boutiques would be no more than 100,000 square feet, or about the size of a small department store.

    Genting is vetting about a dozen luxury hotel brands that have expressed interest in the project; once a flag is chosen, the plan will move forward, said Christian Goode, president of Resorts World Miami.

    The hope is to start demolition in May 2013 when the Herald vacates the bayfront land it now occupies. Genting paid Herald parent McClatchy Co. $236 million for the 13.9-acre site in 2011.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/22/v-print/2906954/genting-downscales-in-miami-as.html

  38. UMdev

    July 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Genting pretty much went all in the first go round to get this approved. Over 5,000 hotel rooms, a 700,000 square foot convention center, over 50 restaurants, incorporating the metromover and not only make the promenade along the bay public but pretty much fund the completions of any undeveloped sections through downtown.

    And of course all the NIMBY’s complained. So now they’ll go back to the drawing board, start building something drastically smaller, line a few politicians pockets and they’ll eventually get approval for a casino with less of the great amenities for Miami. Great Job!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/21/2905553/casino-giant-gentings-political.html

  39. langbro

    July 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    UMdev, post: 1571, member: 80 wrote: they’ll eventually get approval for a casino with less of the great amenities for Miami. Great Job!

    Building a smaller first phase does not necessarily preclude the possibility of the final project being as large and as grand is initially proposed.

    No one knows what the final destination resort law would look like if passed, but it will still likely require a multi-billion dollar investment,

  40. langbro

    July 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    ….in which Dade Heritage Trust loses all credibility:

    The city of Miami has received an application seeking to designate the Herald building a historic landmark, which would prevent its destruction.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/25/2913414/historic-status-sought-for-herald.html

  41. UMdev

    July 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    langbro, post: 1572, member: 2 wrote: Building a smaller first phase does not necessarily preclude the possibility of the final project being as large and as grand is initially proposed.

    No one knows what the final destination resort law would look like if passed, but it will still likely require a multi-billion dollar investment,

    That was the complaint that the original proposal was to large and out of scale. Once the began to build they are going to have a smaller footprint to build upon. The only real way to build something as massive as what Genting proposed before was to build a large podium that spans multiple blocks. Now they have said they plan to build two condo towers, a 500 room luxury tower and a department store. So let’s assume were talking about at least three towers. When you figure zoning (parking, setbacks, etc.) you now have basically the majority of the lots covered.

    It’s not like they can come back and build over what they just built. So this smaller project pretty much takes over the the Herald lot’s and then then after approval they build a casino on the Omni lot.

    Then when it comes to the multi-billion dollar investment they’ll set it up so they get credit for the smaller project, and then they put another billion into the casino for $2 billion which I believe was the initial requirement. Which isn’t bad but it will NOT be the $3.8 billion project that they initially proposed.

    Their initial plan was to wow everyone with a huge project and promises of building amenities for the public to pressure the approval of gambling. After they spend a couple of years of lining the politicians pockets directly they won’t need to spend the extra money convincing anyone.

    Miami was in a position of power before. They should have just demand a few extra things and been happy. Now they plan to get this voted on in a constitutional amendment in 2014. If they get that and voters approve gambling then gambling will be legal and there will be much less bargaining power.

  42. yellows2k

    July 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Report:

    [SIZE=36px]Lobbyist Reveals Extortion Attempt of Genting[/SIZE]

    Dade Heritage Trust opposed casino giant Genting’s plans to redevelop the Miami Herald building site in downtown Miami only after the Trust’s attempts to extort Genting for a $2 million donation where rebuffed.

    Sources tell the Clarion that the Dade Heritage Trust is being quietly funded by the “No Casinos” crowd, Disney, the cruise lines, and other special interests who don’t want casinos in Miami. The cruise ships that leave Miami all have gambling when they get into international waters. The Seminole Indians have a sweetheart gambling monopoly through their current compact with the State of Florida. The race tracks , such as Flagler have slot machines. None want competition.

    All these special interests conspire together to defeat expanded casino gambling in Florida and Genting’s plan to transform Miami into an International resort destination.

    Money was funneled to the Dade Heritage Trust from “No Casinos” by notorious slash -and-burn political operator John Sowinski who fronts for the “No Casino group”, funded largely by Disney and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

    According to sources Miami car magnate and Tea Party funder Norman Braman, as is Carnival’s Micky Arison both of whom oppose Genting’s plans.

    http://floridaclarion.org/2012/07/27/lobbyist-reveals-extortion-attempt-of-genting/

    http://www.teapartymiami.org/dadeheritagetrustextortion.html

  43. Afi K. James

    July 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

    yellows2k, post: 1593, member: 8 wrote: Report:

    [SIZE=36px]Lobbyist Reveals Extortion Attempt of Genting[/SIZE]

    Dade Heritage Trust opposed casino giant Genting’s plans to redevelop the Miami Herald building site in downtown Miami only after the Trust’s attempts to extort Genting for a $2 million donation where rebuffed.

    Sources tell the Clarion that the Dade Heritage Trust is being quietly funded by the “No Casinos” crowd, Disney, the cruise lines, and other special interests who don’t want casinos in Miami. The cruise ships that leave Miami all have gambling when they get into international waters. The Seminole Indians have a sweetheart gambling monopoly through their current compact with the State of Florida. The race tracks , such as Flagler have slot machines. None want competition.

    All these special interests conspire together to defeat expanded casino gambling in Florida and Genting’s plan to transform Miami into an International resort destination.

    Money was funneled to the Dade Heritage Trust from “No Casinos” by notorious slash -and-burn political operator John Sowinski who fronts for the “No Casino group”, funded largely by Disney and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

    According to sources Miami car magnate and Tea Party funder Norman Braman, as is Carnival’s Micky Arison both of whom oppose Genting’s plans.

    http://floridaclarion.org/2012/07/27/lobbyist-reveals-extortion-attempt-of-genting/

    http://www.teapartymiami.org/dadeheritagetrustextortion.html

    Dade Hertiage Trust funds=B*******!

    we need casinos now.

  44. sandman

    August 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which is currently leasing space in the Genting owned Omni Center has been informed that their lease will not be renewed after it expires in 2014 (as reported in Miami Today).

  45. yellows2k

    September 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    [SIZE=6][SIZE=24px][FONT=Georgia][SIZE=5][COLOR=#2e2f2d][/SIZE][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [SIZE=24px][FONT=Georgia]25 Sep[/FONT][/SIZE]

    PRESS RELEASE | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Dade Heritage Trust, Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization, has requested historic designation by the City of Miami for the iconic 1963 Miami Herald Building. Historic designation would prevent demolition by the current owner, Resorts World Miami, LLC.
    The issue will be heard by the Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2:00 p.m., Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, FL.
    The 700,000-square foot Miami Herald Building was the largest structure in Florida when it opened. The state-of-the-art facility, with one wing for offices and another for printing –was built on a technical scale never before attempted by a newspaper.
    The Mid-Century Modern building was commissioned by Miami Herald publisher John S. Knight and his brother James L. Knight, who built one of the most successful media conglomerates in the U.S. and who established the Knight Foundation. The Herald Building’s prominent location on Biscayne Bay enabled newsprint to be delivered by barge–and made an emphatic statement of the Knights’ belief in the bright future of Miami.
    Designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Naess and Murphy, the Herald Building with its horizontal lines reflected Modernist principles adapted to a subtropical climate. Miami Modern, or “MiMo,” features include sun grilles on the windows, yellow mosaic tiles on the spandrels, white marble-clad pillars, a soaring porte-cochere entry, expansive terraces overlooking the water–and a flat rooftop where once six helicopters could land simultaneously.
    Within the Herald’s walls history has not only been covered, but made. Nineteen Pulitzer Prizes have been won there by Herald writers, editors and photographers. The Miami News was published there for 22 years. The Spanish-language Herald edition launched in1973 has evolved into the award-winning El Nuevo Herald.
    Leaders like Alvah Chapman, who was hired in 1960 to oversee the Herald move and who later became head of Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc., led initiatives for civil rights, cultural growth, hurricane restoration, crime reduction, downtown revitalization, educational reform and homeless assistance. Called upon for decades by every Florida Governor and U.S. President, Alvah Chapman worked from his office in the Miami Herald Building until his death in 2008.
    “The Miami Herald is a significant historical, cultural, and architectural landmark, embodying many of the ideals that helped shape and define the postwar era in Miami and Florida,” notes Morris Hylton III, director of the historic preservation program at the University of Florida. “The building’s adaptive re-use could serve as an example for how to integrate sustainability and preservation and sensitively repurpose Miami’s Mid-Century Modern.”
    “The Miami Herald Building embodies half a century of Miami’s history,” says Becky
    Roper Matkov, Dade Heritage Trust CEO. “Few other landmarks in Miami have impacted so much of our community–economically, politically and culturally. It’s too important not to save.”
    Dade Heritage Trust is Miami’s largest nonprofit historic preservation organization.

    [embed]http://www.scribd.com/doc/107839410[/embed]

  46. yellows2k

    September 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

  47. Afi K. James

    September 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    yellows2k, post: 2079, member: 8 wrote:

    Who cares, tear it down for good.

  48. sandman

    October 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    The Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board deferred a decision on declaring the Miami Herald building historic at the October 2nd meeting.

    The board will hear the request again at an October 22nd meeting.

  49. Afi K. James

    October 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

    The Miami Herald Building is not historic, it’s ugly, shame on the evil special interests and others for calling that building historic.

  50. yellows2k

    October 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Bid to make Miami Herald building historic seeks to change public views

    The Miami Herald’s bay-front headquarters, sold to a casino operator that wants to tear it down, inspires a last-minute bid by preservationists, who want it declared historic amid growing appreciation for the building’s Tropical Modernist design

    BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI

    For just a few months shy of 50 years, The Miami Herald’s hulking, block-long headquarters has occupied — some critics say marred — a prime spot on Biscayne Bay, a muscular symbol in marble, concrete, glass and steel of the newspaper’s and its leaders’ once-outsized clout in local affairs.

    But is that commanding presence, the distinct tropical-meets-Modernist architecture, and the institution’s role in shaping Miami’s history significant enough to save the building from the wrecking ball as the newspaper itself decamps for suburban Doral?

    That’s the ticklish question that will confront the city’s historic preservation board on Monday, when it considers an application by a leading preservation group, Dade Heritage Trust, to have The Herald building declared historic.

    The designation would bar its demolition by its new owners, the giant Malaysian casino operator Genting, which wants to build a massive gambling resort on the 10-acre site now occupied by the newspaper building and a series of parking lots. Although designation by itself does nothing to stop a casino on the site — it only requires that the building’s exterior be preserved — Genting is strenuously opposing the petition.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/20/3059591/bid-to-make-miami-herald-building.html

  51. langbro

    October 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Miami’s historic preservation board voted 6-4 to consider The Miami Herald’s iconic 1963 building for historic designation, a label that would protect it from demolition, in a preliminary hearing Monday.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/22/3062251/miami-preservation-board-votes.html

  52. Afi K. James

    October 23, 2012 at 12:33 am

    That Miami herald building is an eyesore and always will be.

  53. miami1

    October 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Genting should just go ahead and demolish it between now and Monday :lol:

  54. mechanesthesia

    October 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Preservation would require preservation of the building’s exterior, but conversions and additions like towers and new wings would be allowed… http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/22/3062251/miami-preservation-board-votes.html

    Hmmm…

    Genting releases new renderings!

    [I did this on MS Paint. Don't make fun of me]

  55. yellows2k

    November 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Show your support for One Herald Plaza historic designation

    The City of Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board will vote on the historic designation of the One Herald Plaza Building MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012 at 9:00 A.M., at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, Fla.
    TESTIMONIALS FAVORING HISTORIC STATUS

    • “For all its cultural, architectural and historic significance, the Miami Herald Building is undeniably worthy of historic designation.” — Support letter from Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (PDF)
    • “It would simply be a shame to destroy what is certainly one of the largest and most socially relevant examples of that era in architecture.” — Support letter from Greater Miami Urban Environment League (PDF)
    • “The Miami Herald Building is a critical part of the city’s history and is an important architectural design from the period, embodying distinctive themes and unique features that speak to the character of Miami in the mid twentieth century.” — Support letter from Christine Madrid-French (PDF)
    • “This letter is to strongly and unequivocally support the designation of the Miami Herald Building, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, as a historic resource. ” — Support letter from Gordon Loader (PDF)
    • “Opponents to designation also describe the Miami Herald as a “working building.” This does not mean the building is unworthy of landmark status. On the contrary, industrial-type buildings can also be significant and worthy of preservation ” —Support letter from Marty Hylton (Doc)
    • “The Knights’ choice of a Modernist Chicago firm signified that Miami had “arrived” on the national scene. The firm of Naess and Murphy had a significant role nationally as well as in its hometown of Chicago.” — Support letter from Steven Avdakov (PDF)

    http://www.dadeheritagetrust.org/content/show-your-support-one-herald-plaza-historic-designation

  56. Afi K. James

    November 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    yellows2k, post: 2673, member: 8 wrote: http://www.dadeheritagetrust.org/content/show-your-support-one-herald-plaza-historic-designation

    Tear it down, ugly and unhistoric.

  57. Pawnmaster

    November 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Is there a link where to vote FOR tearing it down? Really…

  58. Afi K. James

    November 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    We need jobs here and revenue here.

  59. langbro

    December 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm


    Genting announces it will back off of a casino amendment


    In a major shift in strategy, the Malaysian-based casino giant, the Genting Group, told legislative leaders this week that it will stop efforts to pursue a petition drive to get a casino amendment on the 2014 ballot and will instead wait until lawmakers complete a comprehensive review of where to go with future gambling in the state.

    “We are not going forward with a petition drive effort and there have not been any petitions gathered,’’ said Brian Ballard, a lobbyist for the Malaysian-based casino giant, after meeting with legislative leaders. “The approach the Legislature is taking with this – a thoughtful analysis – we think makes absolute sense and we want to be a constructive player in it.”

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/12/genting-announces-it-will-back-off-of-a-casino-amendment.html

  60. sandman

    December 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    The Historic Preservation Board meeting is underway this morning to decide on the fate of the Miami Herald building.

    The city historic designation report can be found here:
    http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2012/12/07/17/21/k3s5K.So.56.pdf

  61. sandman

    December 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    The Historic Preservation Board decided that the Herald building is not worthy of historic designation. The vote was 5-3.

    The building could be demolished as soon as six months from now barring any last minute appeal. The Herald must be out of the building by May 2013.

  62. Afi K. James

    December 11, 2012 at 2:13 am

    sandman, post: 2844, member: 1 wrote: The Historic Preservation Board decided that the Herald building is not worthy of historic designation. The vote was 5-3.

    The building could be demolished as soon as six months from now barring any last minute appeal. The Herald must be out of the building by May 2013.

    About time, as much as I Love the miami herald, that building was ugly from the get and it should be gone for good reason.

  63. langbro

    December 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Arquitectonica founder Bernardo Fort-Brescia in a screaming match with Dade Heritage Trust’s Matkov during a break:

    Great capture by herald photog michot

  64. Afi K. James

    December 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Best day in not only miami history, but in florida history, the herald building has been a eyesore for the last over 5 decades and it will finally be gone next year as an act of mercy.

  65. yellows2k

    December 12, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Now that a Miami preservation board has decided the Miami Herald building is not worth keeping, what happens next?

    DEVELOPMENT PLANS:

    Genting officials tell me you can expect a condo tower, a handful of waterfront restaurants and a 300-room hotel.

    The company is in talks with prominent luxury hotel brands eager to establish a presence in Downtown Miami.

    Probably most exciting are plans to turn the brick path behind the Miami Herald site into a public promenade. For the first time since 1962 you will be able to walk along that stretch of waterfront.

    The 800 foot-long, 50-foot-wide so-called “BayWalk” will connect the Adrienne Arsht Center and Museum Park, which is now under construction.

    In a written statement Vicky Garcia Toledo, a partner of Bilzin Sumberg who is representing Genting told Local 10, “We remain committed to the mixed use development plan we announced in March 2012 and will continue to work with area stakeholders to bring this world-class project to reality, activating the neighborhood and positively contributing to the local economy.”

    Genting officials say the BayWalk will also allow for what is called a 200-foot “view corridor”. Basically you will be able to see the water from Downtown Miami, something the Herald’s building has boxed out of view since 1962.

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=394688133941973&id=194861040591351

  66. Afi K. James

    December 13, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I Hope the casino bill gets passed in 2014.

  67. mechanesthesia

    December 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Can they just do what they did with Mary Brickell village and just build out a portion of the project, as-is, and leave the rest for the future, as demand and laws change?

  68. langbro

    December 14, 2012 at 5:04 am

    mechanesthesia, post: 2886, member: 38 wrote: Can they just do what they did with Mary Brickell village and just build out a portion of the project, as-is, and leave the rest for the future, as demand and laws change?

    Yes, definitely.

    That is what they are currently planning.

  69. langbro

    December 14, 2012 at 5:12 am

    langbro, post: 2849, member: 2 wrote: Arquitectonica founder Bernardo Fort-Brescia in a screaming match with Dade Heritage Trust’s Matkov during a break:

    Fort-Brescia (Arquitectonica) must be one of the most overrated architects ever.

    As for the Dade Heritage Trust – they wasted enormous amounts of political capital, time and money on a very questionable cause in the Miami Herald building.

    They made a lot of powerful enemies, while making a mockery of their organization and the concept of preservation.

    Shame, because there are actually buildings in Dade that needed their help.

  70. langbro

    January 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    The Miami Herald printing presses – now in their now home in Doral:

  71. sandman

    January 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    langbro, post: 3274, member: 2 wrote: The Miami Herald printing presses – now in their now home in Doral:

    The Miami Herald lease in Doral commences (as of now) on May 23, 2013.

    It is a fifteen year lease which runs through May 31, 2028.

  72. yellows2k

    January 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Via Random Pixels, Herald staffers being told to prepare for move:

    All:

    I know many of you have been waiting for the word to start cleaning up for the move to Doral. Here it is. We’ll start Monday in the newsrooms.

    Here’s the drill:

    1) Recycle newspaper only in the tall, rolling racks. There’s one at the north end of the main hall, one in Neighbors and we’ll put one outside the View Lounge.

    2) Recycle plain paper that doesn’t have any sensitive information on it in the blue bins already scattered around the room.

    3) Put any paper with sensitive information (signatures, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.), in the rolling blue bins with padlocked tops located outside the View Lounge. Do not put file folders in this bin. Just pages with sensitive material. What goes in this bin will be shredded.

    4) Pile unused electronics (working or not) in the empty double cubicle across the aisle from Mimi Whitefield’s desk.

    5) Take any office supplies you don’t need but others could use (unopened packs of paper, pens, staplers, etc.) to the Wire Room.

    6) Toss anything else in one of the many rolling, gray garbage bins that will be scattered around the room.

    The gray bins will be emptied every morning, so we can start fresh every day. We’ll do this again in three or four weeks but please make the most of this opportunity and toss at least a little bit every day.

    and later

    All,

    As we follow Dave Wilson’s instructions to throw away as much as we can for our upcoming move to Doral, we have a historical request.

    We ask that instead of throwing away old items that in some way capture the history of the Miami Herald at this building, you rescue them.

    It could be Knight-Ridder stationary, or the knick-knacks we used to give away to readers, like the ones Mimi Whitefield found in her desk; or old issues of Tropic magazine, like the ones Hannah Sampson had treasured, or the Rolodex used by Action Line that was headed for the trash bins.

    If you plan to throw these items away, please take a minute to turn them in to Luisa Yanez or Alex Mena. The items will be kept in one place until their fate is determined.

    Thank you,

    Alex and Luisa

    http://randompixels.blogspot.com/2013/01/people-who-record-history-are-reminded.html

  73. langbro

    March 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Say goodbye to the Miami Herald building

  74. Pawnmaster

    March 5, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Do they have a demolition date yet? Damn I want an invite!! :) What are they including in the demolition party?

  75. yellows2k

    March 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    The Genting Group’s $350 million purchase of 87 acres once home to the Stardust Resort and Casino from Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. will not affect its planned casino project in Miami, said Richard Goode, president of Resorts World Miami.

    “Not at all. We are moving forward with our Miami project as a standalone project,” said Goode, who heads the mixed-use project planned on about 30 acres adjacent to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. The overall project, which will include convention space, hotel suites, residences, offices, restaurants and retail, is operating under the Resorts World Miami name.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2013/03/05/gentings-goode-las-vegas-project-not.html

  76. miami1

    March 15, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Good article, talks about a general timeline Genting plans to follow with Resorts World Miami…

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/14/3286651/gentings-new-vision-calls-for.html

  77. Sean

    March 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I tried not to be too biased writing about this on Curbed, but I’ll say it here: This new plan sounds fan-fucking-tastic. I am thrilled with what I have read so far.
    http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/15/genting-presents-a-whole-new-plan-for-the-miami-herald-site.php#more

  78. miami1

    March 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Yeah, can’t wait to see the renderings!

  79. Flymia

    March 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Really happy to see they want to move forward even without knowing if casinos will be part of the project. I really hope the water front area turns out well. I have always thought there is not enough waterfront spots in a city with so much water.

    I am also 100% sure they will save plenty of “open” space to place a large casino and even larger hotel building.

  80. sandman

    March 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Genting submitted plans to the FAA last week for three 649′ towers on the Miami Herald property.

  81. langbro

    May 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Via @hannahbsampson herald will be out of the building on thursday

  82. langbro

    May 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Via WSVN, the Miami Herald sign comes down today

  83. sandman

    June 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    A small fire at the Genting-owned former Miami Herald building was likely started by youths and blamed on ‘mischief’

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/01/3427976/fire-at-old-miami-herald-building.html

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