Brightline Developer Proposes Glassy New Courthouse Tower On Flagler Street

MiamiCentral and Brightline’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries, is proposing to build a tall, narrow courthouse tower for Dade County.

FECI, along with affiliates of Hunt Construction and Moss Construction are part of New Flagler Courthouse Development Partners, which submitted an unsolicited proposal last month.

The new courthouse would be located on Flagler Street, a representative said. Renderings appear to place it on a narrow, county-owned lot just west of the current courthouse and just south of the MiamiCentral supertowers.

FECI says they have already invested over $1 million in planning the new courthouse, and over $1 billion in MiamiCentral. Two possible designs by architect NBWW, one for 600,000 square feet and one for 450,000 square feet were submitted.

Gene Stearns an attorney who has been advocating for a new building, told Dade commissioners at a meeting yesterday that the current courthouse facilities are “third world” and an “embarrassment.”

At the meeting, commissioners voted to proceed with negotiations with FECI, while also issuing an RFQ to other possible developers. Mayor Carlos Gimenez opposed both the negotiations and the proposed site, saying he preferred a location next to the Children’s Courthouse and didn’t want FECI to have a perceived edge over competitors.

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Anonymous
2 years ago

But I like the architecture of the old court house. Reminds me of NYC with the Greco-Roman style columns and everything. Can we keep our classic stuff in the city ? Not everything has to be new and shiny.

BOVO for Mayor
2 years ago

the court house will probably be sold off to the highest bidder to partially fund the construction of the new court house. IMO it will probably be restored into a hotel. Which would be pretty cool IMO.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hotel would be nice. Or we could turn it into some affordable housing units.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Assuming you’re joking, I’ll go ahead and propose it come with a garage with self-driving cars.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Work live lofts

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would say office space for a law firm would make more sense

Anonymous
2 years ago

Still won’t cover the costs.

Yet whoever buys the courthouse will probably make a killing.

marc
2 years ago

That building is not going away.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The city of Miami should move the city hall into this building. The could consolidate all their offices into one building.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Plus it would be more centrally located for whatever it is they do down there along the water.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree 101%. Selling Riverside Center to a private developer proposing something serious would pay for the courthouse and its rehabilitation.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are mixing up County & City it doesn’t work like that

Anonymous
2 years ago

No I’m not. The county would sell it to the city, and/or maybe swap some land owned in Civic Center.

Yet Another Anonymous
2 years ago

What the hell! That’s a pic of the Bank of America (‘Museum Tower’) building next door!?!

Anonymous
2 years ago
Anonymous
2 years ago

lol I thought the same thing

Anonymous
2 years ago

Reminds me of the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center’s uncanny resemblance to the Southeast Financial Center. At least they’re copying nice buildings.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good to see it will be near a Dunkin Donuts.

RustyTRUMPet
2 years ago

There is an extreme urgency for a new courthouse. Referendum should have been passed previously. The civil and criminal courthouses are deplorable, designed inefficiently, and adversely affect the ability for attorneys, judges, clerks, support staff to adequately address the needs of the greater public. Its a shame the referendum was never passed. Privatizing the courthouse and selling it to the highest bidder is our only option given the ineptitude of our elected officials and our under-informed and disinterested fellow constituents.

Anonymous
2 years ago

No I’d rather vote use to phallic skyrise then vote for a courthouse, I’m a genius Miami voter

Anonymous
2 years ago

We have a functioning court house right now. Let’s worry about the regions lack of transit before spending half a billion on a new civil courthouse.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who said anything about spending half a billion dollars on a new courthouse?

RustyTRUMPet
2 years ago

Functioning? Lol! Hardly.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We already have a building that looks like that down the block!

Jesus
2 years ago

Keep the courthouse. Convert it to a museum, hotel.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This looks exactly like Museum Tower on 150 W Flagler St which is on the south side of the same block! Why would you build a building that looks the same as one half a block away!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It would be nice if we had full rendering, and of the other proposal.

Straight Outta Locash
2 years ago

I’ll take a CB4 over a CB3 any day

Anonymous
2 years ago

CB what?

Martim MSK
2 years ago

Is it just me or does Gimenez continue to block every effort to move this City forward? First, talking about BUSES for the SmartPlan and now this? Wish this guy would go away already…representative of the yesteryear, backward, anti-progress politicians that Miami does not need anymore.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t like the tower idea for a court house. I’m used to seeing more tradition 6 or 7 story court houses. Big bohemmeth court houses with beautiful architecture. The new Jacksonville court house comes to mind, Google it to see what I mean.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree that the grand courthouses are nice but that’s not practical in Downtown without having to close down streets for security like they did with Wilkie D. Ferguson US Courthouse

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s a CIVIL court house. Security is not as big of an issue.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Arguably all government facilities require more security nowadays. But regardless, is it smart to close off streets and cut out ped access for the sake of a “bohemmeth” building in an urban core? Nope!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Behemoth

Flymia
2 years ago

The Federal Court Houses are civil and criminal. There are actually not specific civl and criminal court rooms. Security is an issue because its a federal building.

Madonna
2 years ago

Fort Lauderdale’s new courthouse is in a tower.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Better than Gimenez’s sad proposal next to a better-looking Children’s Courthouse, or the Kobi Krap one across Flagler Street.

RustyTRUMPet
2 years ago

This is Miami-Dade County.. not Collier County!Lolz!