Berkowitz Cancels Plans To Build Fairholme Museum On Biscayne Boulevard In Edgewater

Edgewater won’t be getting a new private museum on Biscayne Boulevard.

Bruce Berkowitz told the Herald that he has given up on plans to build a museum for his Fairholme Foundation there.

The reason: “with everything going on, the last thing the world needed is another private museum,” adding that he had spent “a lot of money” on plans for it before cancelling.

Fairholme purchased the property and proposed two different designs for the museum.

In 2014, the foundation proposed a sinister looking windowless building that in the shape of an inverted pyramid, designed by Arquitectonica.

After complaining of difficulty getting certain elements of the design approved, Fairholme sat on the project for years before proposing another design by architect Rene Gonzalez.

 

 

First iteration (Arquitectonica):

Second iteration (Arquitectonica):

Third iteration (Rene Gonzalez):

The site, now fenced off:

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

great. i like the trees better

Anonymous
8 months ago

-.-

Anonymous
8 months ago

“great. i like the trees better”

Then why aren’t you living somewhere in the Everglades?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Cities can’t have trees?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Tress are better

Anonymous
8 months ago

When I first found this site in 2014 when it was called ex miami this project was being proposed. Finally it may be sold and someone could develop this lot and hopefully find those large trees a new home in museum park.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Some new towering apartments are whats needed there.

Anonymous
8 months ago

i think a chase bank or publix should go there. or another peruvian restaurant

BDub
8 months ago

Too bad. I hope the two major pieces it was planned for find another home in Miami.

Anonymous
8 months ago

We need more museums in Miami. His reasoning is flawed and probably he just can’t afford building one anymore. I hope he either sells the lot or do something with it instead of having sit empty for decades.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Museums museums museums.. bicycle lanes bicycle lanes bicycle lanes.. parks parks parks…

Geezzz some people think this city is another Mayberry RFD.

Anonymous
8 months ago

yeah so silly. no one in Miami goes to a park or a museum. last time i was there and went to the Rubell musuem – i was the only one there!!!! the only people around were in the bar/restuarant. that’s miami. museum park? yeah, homeless people that’s it. under the bridge park? omg.

Anonymous
8 months ago

So you think that museums, bike lands, and parks only belong in small rural towns? You’ve clearly never spent meaningful time in any great cities

Anonymous
8 months ago

Look, people in Miami don’t even like to use turn signals in their cars. I have been on buses in Miami where bus drivers had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting a vehicle that cut him off. I’ve seen empty park after empty park everywhere in Miami so what make you think the city need more parks? Heck, there is the huge Everglades National Park where I bet you have never been to or only been there once or twice in your life. I was in Miami when that police sergeant driving his cruiser, hit that kid on a bicycle on 36th st and 12th ave. Streets are dangerous as heck in Miami for bicycling. There are museums if you wanna go to a museum in Miami, but people would rather go to the beach instead. Most tourist don’t come to Miami to spend their time in a Museum and I don’t blame them. You can’t watch foxyass women walking down the street in Miami while you spend time in a museum.

Anonymous
8 months ago

People don’t come to Miami for museums because we don’t have any worth the trip. Think (I know this is a foreign concept for you, and a challenge at best) of the great cities of the world…New York, Mexico City, London, Paris, Rome, Shanghai…do they have beaches? Beaches, beaches, bitches. WTF? What do those cities have that we don’t? Why do millions of people go visit and spend money there? Beaches? Think!

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’ve been to New York City, London, Paris (twice), and Italy. Haven’t been to Mexico City or Shanghai yet. Miami in noway can compare to those cities. There are beaches in South Florida and people come from all over the world to be in them. Now I know this point is well above your IQ level when it comes to deduction but think.. who in the fuck wants to save up their money all year long just to come to Miami and spend their time in a museum?

Take your boring a$$ back to the wheat fields of Nebraska where you belong.

ILoveMiami
8 months ago

Your still missing the point. Beaches and museums are not mutually exclusive. You still can’t explain why all those other cities receive millions of visitors every year and they don’t have beaches. People visit those places because those cities have many other things to offer, including world class museums. Why can’t we have beaches AND museums? The fact that you exclude cultural institutions as a potential draw and solely bank on our beaches is dumbfounding. You are excluding a huge group of people who either don’t give a rat’s ass about beaches, or would visit both. As far as my IQ is concerned…well, the fact that you even mention it shows I don’t even have to defend it. Nebraska is a lovely state, as are the other 49. I’ve lived in Miami since 1965, when you weren’t even a tiny sperm in your father’s testicles. I know this city has awesome potential, and ignoring cultural institutions is just plain ignorant.

Anonymous
8 months ago

An ignoramus trying to explain why people visit Miami and why people visit other cities on this planet. first, let me get this out of the way. “I’ve lived in Miami since 1965.” Haha.. you’re funny. !d!ot, I was born an raised in Miami years before you decided to call the place home. And I don’t have to explain why tourist come to Florida to frolic on the beaches and other stuff they can do outdoors. Every city hype their strong suits. Museums are an unnecessary entity to draw tourist to Miami. And didn’t you read another poster’s comment about being the only person in one of these museums in Miami when he went there? Cultural institutions? Very few people in Miami giveashit about culture institutions. Now, take your a$$ back to Nebraska and enjoy your wheat stalks and stop trying to tell a true Miamian about the city.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The way you attack people who have different opinions clearly means you are young and ignorant. No one in their late 60s or early 70s would waste their time. I’d love to meet you face to face so we can discuss Nebraska. Let it go.

Anonymous
8 months ago

“The way you attack people”

Oh just leave me alone and go somewhere to lick your wounds….

Anonymous
8 months ago

Looooooooser.

Anonymous
8 months ago

In which ghetto you live?

Anonymous
8 months ago

“Foxyass women”? Yep, now I know you have never been to a museum worth the price of admission. Lol…foxyass women…loooooooooser.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Look who wanna call somebody a loser?.. a mama’s boy. I bet you get mad when mama tell you to take out the garbage.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Loooooooooooser!

That Guyyy (with 3 y’s)
8 months ago

Museum = Culture
Parks = Recreation, community, gathering, events, nature within the ever expanding concrete jungles, and oxygen
Bicylcle Lanes = A healthier, eco friendly, grounded alternative to getting around and also a plus in that you don’t need to put Unnecessary miles on yo vehicle. Which means less money spent due to less frequent maintenance and repairs and also it’s FREE. Unless you rather bicyclists swerving in and out of traffic.

Lastly You = unnecessary, unneeded, backward, lacks vision, small minded, selfish, useless, detrimental to society, detrimental to progress, detrimental to the future, detrimental to the environment, detrimental to a more efficient working world…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nice! But he still won’t get it…to self absorbed.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Very few ppl bike in the city of Miami due to -they value their life! Ive tried and became scared I would be run down by a car driver who barely knows or respects the rules of the road. Road rage is out of control in this city and its disgusting to see how transparent the people living here really are.From socializing to business, its all about who you know , what ya look like and how much your’ e worth. Gross , gross gross.

Anonymous
8 months ago

“Very few ppl bike in the city of Miami due to -they value their life! Ive tried and became scared I would be run down by a car driver who barely knows or respects the rules of the road”

Dude, I was going to respond to those two !d!ots above but your comment summed up the reality of riding a bicycle in Miami very well. And for these people who clamor for more parks?.. there is the Everglades National Park, which is over 1,000,000 acres, and most of these people have never been to it… and it’s right next door!!! They don’t and won’t go to it because it’s not conveniently right outside their door!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Que sapingo tu eres brother. Come mierda. Vete para tu cuarto y deja que los adultos hablen.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That’s is a police fault. They don’t care about the car rage. The mayor must focus in this topic first when he looking to attract tech companies in the city.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The everglades explanation people keep dropping is ridiculous. That is a destination and aimed for tourists. Many of the other parks like Bayfront and Museum are similar yet smaller. Parks that get used regularly are usually neighborhood parks, downtown plazas, etc. Think Margaret Pace Park here, bay/beach/river walks, squares and plazas around office buildings in city centers, circles in places like DC, and so on. Parks that are useful and convenient for regular life, parks that are within a very short distance and easy to get to on foot. Not all parks are equal or designed for the same audience.

Anonymous
8 months ago

“The everglades explanation people keep dropping is ridiculous. That is a destination and aimed for tourists”

You just proved my point. A huge a$$ park called the Everglades and people like you don’t giveashit about it because it’s not conveniently right outside your door or in a one block walking distance from where you live.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That’s very ignorant. Someone else could just say half of the western U.S. is a park/public lands so why doesn’t the entire country just go there. Those places are great for what they are designed for and what their purpose is. A small square block park or plaza in a city serves a completely different purpose than a national park or wildlife refuge.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Civilized, educated, respectful comments are always met by fierce opposition on this site. What a bunch of jerks. They have a huge need to always be right. Immature.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Don’t bother. Anyone who writes that kind of garbage doesn’t deserve a comment. I generally feel sorry for them. Sadly, there is a shitload of them walking their entitled asses around Miami. (Brickell)

Anonymous
8 months ago

Don’t bother. He probably has a dead-end job, lives with his parents and drinks a six pack at home to get a buzz before going out so he can nurse one drink all night long. I doubt he has ever been to a national park, or sat around an urban plaza enjoying the moment. He doesn’t have time for that, otherwise he would have to give up the video games.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Dude you are so ignorant…no, sorry. Ignorance is lack of knowledge. You have the knowledge, but push the ridiculous. You are not ignorant, you are stupid.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You have no idea who I am, nor how many times I’ve actually been to Everglades National Park, yet you comment.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Are you panty hose wearing sissies through? This site has turned into a WHINE tasting convention report.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Si.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Loser

Anonymous
8 months ago

Flip it.. Biscayne is booming.

Anonymous
8 months ago

game changer

Anonymous
8 months ago

:/

Anonymous
8 months ago

Miami’s loss.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Something better will be built.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Good.. now I’m waiting on news concerning the demise of that ugly Skyrise tower concept.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Wrong Berkowitz

Anonymous
8 months ago

Who equated them?

Anonymous
8 months ago

would have been great for the area….a bit sad

Anonymous
8 months ago

I work for the contractor that has been working with him for years on this. Touchy subject over here to say the least.

Anonymous
6 months ago

It was never going to be built, it was a fantasy . There was no way in the world he would let go of that much capital. And for any contractor to work with them would be the biggest mistake they ever made.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Berkowitz is so selfish… seems like his proposals are always about him.

Anonymous
8 months ago

LOL – you think they should be about you? LOL.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Like “Perez Art Museum” don’t think that his name wouldn’t have graced that museum also.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Looks better now, those renderings are depressing.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Bummer this would have added more architectural character for the neighborhood and less traffic than another high rise

Anonymous
8 months ago

But the more highrises, the more people living in them that could visit a place like that.

Geezzz a lot of people in Miami are narrow minded.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Si. Estas en lo cierto.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Simply put the land became too valuable in Edgewater and flats will be built there in a nice fancy building.

Anonymous
8 months ago

We’ve been spared a giant concrete Hoover attachment. I can’t say I’m disappointed.

Anonymous
8 months ago

lol….

NYC Transplant
8 months ago

That last design was somewhere between a dehumidifier and an Egyptian casket. A ponderous mess.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I agree. I think a huge, black, inverted pyramid on Biscayne would have been awesome. Shock the shit out of everybody driving by. Miamians lack balls…and vision. Eunuchs!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Most Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Please, stop bringing up the Eiffel Tower.. that thing was built back in the late 1800s. We’re now in the 2020s.

More museums, less casinos
8 months ago

Sad. I really like Rene Gonzalez’s work.

Casey
8 months ago

He’s right. Spend that money on a building for drug rehab, job training, programs for the poor… this is elitest brutalism trash

Anonymous
8 months ago

Oh wow, you are sooo righteous

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nah! His parents were flower children in Haight-Ashbury.

cool
8 months ago

yes!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Lame architecture
Where’s the creativity?

Anonymous
8 months ago

We don’t need another concrete building enriching the wealthy investors anyhow. We need affordable housing for the workers who serve the ppl who can afford to visit ! We need public transportation, affordable , FOR THE WORKERS! THE CITY OF Miami IS GETTING RICHER EVERY DAY BY THE HIGH DENSITY LUXORY housing springing up daily on every plot of land yet, infrastructure remains sadly the same . Sure the hwys are building improved but there’s no where for hard working ppl to live any longer, well, at least not without 2 roommates in a one bdrm apt…..Parking in these luxury buildings is a joke, but allowed for the wealthy developers to squeeze 100 extra dwellings into their high rise. People believe all the miami hype buy these are uninformed ppl desperate to escape their own worlds in freezing cold and expensive urban areas but Miami is no utopia and surely creeping toward the same demise as SFO, NYC, ORD and other cities outta control. Meanwhile the homeless population continues to grow and the people needing food stamp assistance is higher than ever.