Brickell’s 102-Year-Old Southside Elementary Could Be Demolished To Make Way For Expansion

Miami-Dade Public Schools announced a “surprise windfall” of $70 million for downtown schools late last month, with about half going to expand Southside Elementary in Brickell.

Portions of Southside date back to 1914  – the oldest in Miami-Dade, and the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the historic building is unusable, and students are housed in a newer facility built in 2009.

The school is located on a 60,000 square foot parcel at 45 SW 13th Street, on the same block as Related Group’s soon-to-open SLS Brickell.

The school’s PTA is proposing that two buildings dating back to the 1920s be demolished, with the facade of the structure dating to 1914 be incorporated into a new building.

School Board member Raquel Regalado has also hinted that the historic buildings could be demolished. According to Miami Today, Regalado said that a one story building could be demolished to make way for a five or six story building.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Raquel Regelado is the nitwit who wanted a new courthouse moved out of downtown Miami. The apple never falls far from the tree.

Anonymous
4 years ago

And she also wanted to block Skyrise which promises and will be the biggest catalyst to bring life downtown. She is definitely persona non grata in my book

Anonymous
4 years ago

Raquel Regalado is the most dangerous person to Dade County.
I will do all possible to block her

AnonymousAgreed
4 years ago

You are right. On many issues she has no idea what she’s talking about and she demonstrates that constantly. Unfortunately, her name is recognizable and she will probably get elected Mayor to continue her father’s antiquated ideas for a new century.

Rod
4 years ago

Politics shouldn’t be a family business. Next thing you know that family is doing special favors for other family member’s businesses, elections start getting rigged, etc, etc…corruption everywhere.

suomynona
4 years ago

That’s why I wanted Hillary and Jeb to spectacularly flame out. Sadly only one did. Even worse, these two families turning America into an oligarch has given rise to an absolute nutjob of a human being: Donald Drumpf.

As I always say: Down with the Regalados. Bring on Suarez.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This is not about politics this is about the need for schools in Brickell a very dense community that pays a lot of taxes and needs a school for their children.

Marc305
4 years ago

Not sure how I feel about this… Are there any renderings of what this project would look like? Living right in front of this building I would like more information. Preservation is fine but there are a lot of families moving to Brickell with children who need to go to school so an expansion may not be such a bad idea….

Anonymous
4 years ago

No need to expand. Just build another school on the other side of the tracks….problem solved.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Clearly you don’t have children with the need to go to school in one of the densest communities in the US

marc
4 years ago

If they do demo I hope they can at least incorporate the facade intelligently.

Yet Another Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s old but it is ugly. It looks like a doll house. It’s gaudy and too blank. Not everything old should be preserved.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Creepy

Anonymous
4 years ago

If we keep demolishing the very little history we do still have to replace with new things we will be left with nothing.

Teresa Limos
4 years ago

This is not just old, its not functional and hurts the needs of hundreds of children in the I am core. There are children with special needs having to receive instructions in the middle of hallways where they can’t even concentrate just because there is no place to house them. There are classrooms with doubled classes because of space.
The cafeteria built in so long ago for 200 students now houses 850.

I think our children deserve more than this.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Great News for Brickell!!! Finally a new school for Brickell. A lot of families move to Key Biscayne because of the schools or have to commute to Coral Gables, Pinecrest or Doral because the current option in Brickell its sadly a very bad option. An old school with low grades. Not fair with residents in the area that pay Millions of Dollars for properties in the area and big property taxes to keep them. Very happy to see some improvement in this needed area. Our kids are our future. I hope they can build also more schools in the area. Brickell really needs that to attract families into the area, this also helps solve the traffic.

Amanda
4 years ago

Wow! Finally a school is going to be built for this much needed area. It was about time that education in Brickell was also covered. We have expensive buildings, hotels, restaurants and malls yet no one had seen the NEED for schools!
Schools should become a priority for this area, and not just only one school but several should be encouraged.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Why do they feel the need to demolish history? Such a shame.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Because they have no clue and are useless politicians.
With so many empty lots and parking lots around to be built. Their excuse is there is no available land. I don’t know where their eyes are.

Anonymous
4 years ago

that land is private and very expensive

Anonymous
4 years ago

The parking lots are privately owned and can’t be bought by the school board at the prices the current owner request. Cost of land on Brickell is way to expense. So these expansions should be done on what they have.

Rod
4 years ago

Because it’s not their history. But they do fight to preserve the buildings in Little Havana though.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Because they have 850 students in a 700 student capacity building.
Because Brickell has grown tremendsly but no schools were planed for the area.
Because education is a right for all children specially when Brickell taxes pay for over 70% of Miami Dade County.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Read the documents attached to the misleading article. The only building that is visible from the street and that is the original Southside school is being preserved and renovated. Only the later additions in the back, that are simply boxes with no architectural value and are completely rotten are proposed to be demolished to make space for an additional structure. The school is operating over capacity and kids with special needs are forced to take classes in hallways. Thousands of new units are being built in Brickell and there is not a single empty sit at the school they are zoned to. The expansion is great news… Only if the media would not misstate the facts to attract attention to the article.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This would be the greatest thing that could happen to the Brickell community.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I work at Hialeah High which is about 60 years old. The school looks like a dump. It is currently undergoing some renovations using the bond funds. They are updating the PA system, alarms, electrical and AC. It will still look like a dump by the time they finish. It should be demolished. The city of North Miami was smart to give up a park where a new high school could be built to later demolish the old high school and build the park in that site. I which Hialeah would have done the same. Most of the staff at my school feel that we are putting lipstick on a pig.

Jacob05
4 years ago

Brickell has The need for schools for our children. How can The need for education in the urban core be up for such mindless discussion.
Defend our children and give them their right to education.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Knock it down. That school looks disgusting!

suomynona
4 years ago

Knock down a century-old building in order to build a new, 6-story building? In a part of town quickly being shadowed in by its high rise neighbors?

That is the DUMBEST idea. Not because this old school building is that important or architecturally impressive to me

Why can’t they just save the front facade of the oldest building and then build a 500ft tower? The first several floors can be school space that can be “expanded” into the future (strictly elementary, or do you add middle and/or high school space?). Add retail, residences and/or a hotel above it (whatever it takes – whatever the private sector deems most cost effective).

Retain ownership of the land/building but create a project that allows private enterprise to pay for the school (I do NOT mean one of those garbage private voucher schools).

Anonymous
4 years ago

With all due respect this is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. Would you really like your children to be housed in a building with strangers and people who you have no idea who they are?

When you don’t know what you are saying or have no education on things like this it’s just better to keep quiet.

Monocondo
4 years ago

Spending $35 million to add 70 students (per the PTA report) doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Maybe the site should be sold and the school moved a couple of blocks off Coral Way. There are plenty of sites nearby to consider, and the existing school site should be attractive to a developer even with preserving the historical elements. The “anything for the children” mentality at work here will shortchange the larger community it’s historical heritage. Cheers.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You should really read the report again because that is totally not what the PTA requesting.

Anonymous
4 years ago

In recent years they spent a fortune expanding this school and it is beautiful. They got rid of all the temp trailer buildings and built out. What a bunch of idiots! How many millions did they spend to renovate and expand? I’m not talking 20 years ago, I talking recently.

Jimmy74
4 years ago

The school was expand in 2009 not thinking of the Brickell community and not for the residents. The school expand because they needed more space to help overflowing of other public schools nearby.
No real plan was ever in place for the Brickell children.
Once Southside expanded the school filled up so quickly that the children that it was first intended for didn’t even make it there.

This really just shows the lack of interest, the lack of planning, the lack of knowledge and the lack importance that every entity of the public sector shows for the Beickell children and the Brickell community.