In addition to building a headquarters complex in Brickell, Griffin said he plans to lure major US businesses to Miami, boost education in the city, and become a huge player in philanthropy and politics here.
Here’s what Griffin said about the new Brickell headquarters complex:
It is estimated to cost $1 billion
The tower height could exceed 1,000 feet
He wants to build retail and restaurants on the ground floor to bring foot traffic, similar to Brickell City Centre
A helipad, marina, and windows that open to Biscayne Bay are planned
It will be “iconic,” he said: “If it takes longer to fill the building, so be it. It’s more important to me to create the right environment to draw human capital that drives Citadel”
Griffin plans to personally pitch some of the most valuable US companies, including Apple, to fill the new tower
A computer science program could also be in the new complex, in partnership with a local university
Completion is expected in 5 or 6 years
Citadel’s Miami headcount is expected to reach 1,500 in 10 years
Griffin said he has spent a lot of time walking around Brickell, which he said contrasts favorably with Chicago when it comes to safety.
He said is making education in Miami a top philanthropic priority, and is already talking to private schools and public institutions about opportunities.
Griffin has already donated $25 million to Miami philanthropic causes, and is ready to give more, as he did in Chicago. If Mayor Francis Suarez contacted him with a good idea, he “would certainly consider backing it.”