Blackstone Leases Multiple Floors At 2 MiamiCentral, Bringing Hundreds Of ‘Tech-Focused’ Employees To Downtown Miami

Get ready for over 200 “tech-focused” employees to arrive in downtown Miami soon.

Blackstone signed a lease to occupy 41,000 square feet at 2 MiamiCentral, in a deal that was announced today.

The company will have over 200 employees focused on tech. The new office will expand the firm’s in-house technology capabilities.

“Miami is a vibrant city with a pipeline of top technology talent available from best in class university programs, as well as an experienced workforce that will enable us to diversify our talent pool and grow our technology team. 2 MiamiCentral’s prime downtown location and access to mass transit make it an ideal office location,” said John Stecher, Blackstone’s Chief Technology Officer.

2 MiamiCentral is now 98 percent occupied. Tenants include Carlton Fields, Ernst & Young and New Fortress Energy.

The office building has floorplates that are 19,000 square feet, so Blackstone is occupying multiple floors.

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

Nice. Need more office in this area, so people can take advantage of the transit

Anonymous
3 months ago

Also to make World Center a success.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I was just on the corner of 2 Miami Central yesterday, a Sunday, when it was completely desolate except for a homeless population. I can only hope that the area is livelier, safer and more walkable once Brightline reopens.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Something needs to be done to clean up Miami from homeless people, many aren’t even from Miami. Wash the streets and parks twice a day. Install bars on benches, etc. They are also a high risk of COVID spread.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Absolutely. Increase security in parks and stop homeless people from defecating in our streets and doing drugs out in the open.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It amazes me how you people expect to live in an ever growing city but cringe at the sight of the increasing amount of homeless people and filth you see and want “livelier, safer and more walkable” streets, no spreading of diseases or viruses, washing of “streets and parks twice a day” plus “install bars on benches, etc,” but don’t expect or want your taxes to go up to have and live in such a utopia?

Anonymous
3 months ago

How much do bars on benches cost?

ERMERGERD
3 months ago

Depends on the model, but one of the most popular brands is about $300 difference between multiple armrests and no arm rests per bench.

Anonymous
3 months ago

OR we could spend money to help address the causes of homelessness- drug addiction, mental health, unaffordable housing, lack of health care.

pitpitty
3 months ago

tech = back office, its the same “tech” that’s outsourced to india and phillippines….basically accounting and call center, but for Miami its a step up from hotel jobs for sure.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Nope. Those back office workers are expected to make +200k/year as per previous Blackstone reports.

Anonymous
3 months ago

The salary data you need is not what Blackstone itself reports, it’s what those hired employees end up reporting on sites like glassdoor which I bet will average much lower than 200K

JonnyG
3 months ago

We got some tax incentives so the salary is real.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Hey there, clueless. Blackstone is a PE firm. Their back office employees do make more than $200k. And they will keep making that much in Miami.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If they do then they’re overpaying for those roles in Miami, lol

JonnyGray
3 months ago

With an average salary of $200k…Not sure India and Philippines have a tenth of that average salary…

Anonymous
3 months ago

So it goes again the coastal elite mantra jobs “you” don’t want to do are sent overseas, huh?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Downtown office workers are soon going to be renting in some very excitable and livable locations.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I fully agree that a lot of companies are looking to expand in Miami… but it’s a load of crap to say that the city has top tech talent from local universities.

Royal Caribbean had to setup an office in Raleigh to get tech talent
Citrix also had to setup satellite offices
Chewy had to go to Boston and Minneapolis to get tech talent
Ryder also had to setup offices in Dallas to get tech talent.

FIU in its current state won’t cut it. If South Florida wants to be taken seriously it has to address the problems that are FIU and FAU, both are not good universities.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Additionally tech talent needs to send their kids to decent schools, something which is a real problem in South Florida.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m a local and in tech, the talent is here. Alot of these hb1 visas can’t even sort a excel file with server names.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It’s a load of crap indeed. The universities in the area barely focus on tech and the handful of “coding academies” in the city are 8-12 week beginner crash course programs attended by people who were previously doing lower paying jobs that had nothing to do with tech. Your examples in the companies above are completely accurate too.

Anonymous
3 months ago

These hb1 visas that are being praised for being better workers took 12 week bootcamps and many grew up without internet.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It’s called an H-1B Visa and he wasn’t referring to them as the competition, he’s referring to the better American and American taught global talent in all those other regions outside of Miami. You’re nuts if you think that Miami can hold a candle to the tech talent out of universities in those other mentioned regions like Boston for example.

Anonymous
3 months ago

royal Caribbean *had

Anonymous
3 months ago

they took the space from Royal Caribbean who just moved out.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Thats not correct

JonnyGray
3 months ago

That is correct…

Anonymous
3 months ago

It’s absolutely correct as Royal Caribbean laid off the entire tech program that was in that building shortly after the pandemic began: https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2020/04/15/royal-caribbean-to-lay-off-furlough-hundreds.html They had also only recently signed the lease to move in there so they likely had to pay a huge penalty in breaking that big commercial lease

Anonymous
3 months ago

they were kicked out and replaced with blackstone.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Must have been because the news lately has said that Royal Caribbean is over $20 billion in debt and on the brink of bankruptcy due to their zero revenue situation, pre-covid debt, and overspending on their new terminal and new HQ which couldn’t even pay for its construction and was halted

Anonymous G
3 months ago

Nice addditon for the economy down here. More high paying jobs is good!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Wow looks and sounds great. Can’t wait til I return!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Hopefully no hb1 visas

Yeppers
3 months ago

Hope all the techbros who moved here from NY and CA don’t vote like they did back in their blue states.

Anonymous
3 months ago

How did each one of them vote back in their blue state?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Pretty terrible spot in town

Anonymous
3 months ago

Is the Innovation District still happening?

Anonymous
3 months ago

no

Anonymous
3 months ago

yes

Anonymous
3 months ago

maybe

Anonymous
3 months ago

who knows

Anonymous
3 months ago

No maybe yes..

Anonymous
3 months ago

Perhaps

Anonymous
3 months ago

Definite Maybe…

Anonymous
3 months ago

So you’re telling me there’s a chance!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Wait an see…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Should be wait and see

Anonymous
3 months ago

And should be a period at the end of “wait and see.”

Anonymous
3 months ago

100%, although with a major entertainment focus initially, followed by millions of sq ft of office
The first tower in the innovation district is fully designed, and will be announced next week

Anonymous
3 months ago

About as much as newly developed “tech hub” Mana buildings are happening lol!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Um.. what?