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.