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Brightline Developer Wants To Convert 1928 Courthouse Into Hotel

Brightline Developer Wants To Convert 1928 Courthouse Into Hotel

Miami Dade’s historic civil courthouse would be converted into a hotel, under a plan unveiled today by Florida East Coast Industries, the parent company of Brightline and All Aboard Florida.

The courthouse building (built in 1928) would have 220 hotel rooms, along with ground floor restaurant and retail.

Just west of the building, FECI wants to build a tall, glassy courthouse building. To the north, the MiamiCentral supertowers are already in the works.

Dade commissioners are considering the proposal at a meeting today. Judges and lawyers have turned up to the meeting in force to support the plan, saying the current building is in dire need of replacement. The proposal is opposed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who wants to try for a cheaper alternative.

Commissioners are discussing the item as of 1 pm. Check back for updates.

Update: A decision has been deferred.

(bottom two photos: doug hanks)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami has to be one of the only major cities without a monumental city hall… the city really should relocate city hall and consolidate all city departments and operations to this building. Then they could sell off those assets

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree.. sell the existing small building in the grove and move every scattered dept. into this building.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That would be a city building not a county building, apples and oranges.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Originally when first built was it was the county courthouse and Miami city hall. Would have to check the deed now to see exact ownership

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is a county building though…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Right? I know it’s a long shot but this building would be a much more fitting for a city hall.

Anonymous
Anonymous

please…you should be a commissioner your idea makes alot of sense and solves alot of problems with regard to all these departments being so damn spread out….where is the leadership in this city?????!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

“The proposal is opposed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who wants to try for a cheaper alternative.”

Translation – “I really don’t have anything that would make any kind of logical sense when it comes to being against this proposal, but I must look negative to appease the naysayers to make it seem like I’m doing my job, that way I can at least count on their vote for the next mayoral election.”

– Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Common Sense Posting
Common Sense Posting

Yeah or maybe he wants to stick to corrupt projects that put money in his and his friends’ pockets

Anonymous
Anonymous

If you are watching the commissioner meeting Gimenez is stonewalling the flagler sight in favor of the cheaper children’s courthouse site!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Carlos Gimenez is a cheapskate

Anonymous
Anonymous

So true!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This plan makes so much sense.
A hotel in this area will give it a major lift and activity. It’s a win win for the area.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Residential lofts would be cool too.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think it should be office space for the legal eagles.

SRS
SRS

This building would make a awesome hotel and hopefully something in the line of Edition or the Public Hotel….i totally see Ian Shrager doing a magnificent job transforming this building into a jewel box. The only problem is that these sort of hotels go where the demand is and I am not too sure about the area.
A shame, because a very nice hotel could help a lot in transforming this area that is already picking up but is in need of something COOL to generate more traffic.

Gene
Gene

It’s time to move City Hall and all its functions back to downtown. The current location is a complete repudiation of the city. It’s a beautiful building and the location keeps lots of undesirables from bothering our city fathers, but it’s time to be a real ‘city hall’ and move back to the heart.
A hotel is a great second option but we need city functions here.

No Way Jose
No Way Jose

The FEC and its child Brightline are 5-8 years behind schedule adding track and trains to the FEC Corridor. NO way should these clowns get control over the Courthouse.

Martim
Martim

“The proposal is opposed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who wants to try for a cheaper alternative.”

WHEN IS THIS LEAVING OFFICE????? CAN’T HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH…BANANA REPUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE.

Open the bidding
Open the bidding

Brightline submitted an unsolicited offer AND they demanded the County not release details to the Herald or to the public. Sleazy. Too many lobbyists work for Brightline.