Construction Will Begin In February On New 23-Story Civil Courthouse In Downtown Miami

Dade’s new civil courthouse is set to break ground next month in downtown Miami after county commissioners voted to finalize a deal to build it.

Groundbreaking is set for February, a spokesperson for the developer told the Herald after the December 18 commission vote.

Plenary Group of Australia will develop the 23-story building and then operate it for 30 years, in a public-private partnership.

Miami-Dade won’t make any payments until the building is completed. The county will then make payments starting at $25 million per year if the developer meets certain operating metrics.

Several other bids that came in significantly more expensive were rejected.

The existing courthouse dating to 1928 is so rundown that it has not had a certificate of occupancy since 1976, according to Law.com.

The historic courthouse will likely be sold and repurposed. County commissioners have pledged it will be preserved and restored.

HOK is the architect for the new tower. Tutor Perini is the contractor.

Completion is expected in early 2024.

 

 

 

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Alpina

The old building screams EDITION HOTEL. Definitely a trendy hotel would help to revitalize the area.

Anonymous

“The Miami EDITION”

Anonymous

It screams city hall, moving it from out in Coconut Grove and the departments at riverside.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I agree. It would be a fine city hall at that.

Anonymous

More like Miami City Hall.

Lorena

this looks just like MELO twin towers

Anonymous

Amazing how fast this flew through permitting when it was for the city’s benefit

Anonymous

*county

Anonymous

The city has no purview over the permitting of this property.

Anonymous

Tell us anything.

Anonymous

I hope the original turns into an an hotel and lounges. A courtroom lounge would be nice.

Alpina

Four years to build a very simple box? What??

Anonymous

Why is it that Miami cannot maintain the few historic buildings we have… in my opinión Miami City hall should be moved back into this build and leave the grove

Anonymous

I agree and Miami city hall would have an real building not an former PAMM building.

Anonymous

pan am

Anonymous

The city does not maintain anything, unless they’re absolutely forced to do so. Brings to mind the much talked about fountain in Bayfront and many others.

Anonymous

“County commissioners have pledged it will be preserved and restored.” bwaaaahahahahahahahaaa

Anonymous

None would be around when new owner decides to Demo…

Anonymous

UGLY! By far not the most beautiful of the bids.

Anonymous

I see comments that the old court house should be a hotel. Who would want to stay in a hotel in an area intended for court? It should be turn into a office building with plenty space for law firms!

Anonymous

Because it is on Flagler Street and i truly believe that in 4 years (time to build the new box) Flagler will be improved with the new streetscape that will generate more foot traffic and more business.

Anonymous

Not if our boy blunder Moishe Mana has anything to do with it. lmao

Anonymous

Mana caused the plan to stall.

Anonymous

could make an amazing presidential suite up top in the refurbished court house!!

Anonymous

Another ugly building. do these people see what’s being built in China? we are way behind in modern architecture. we’re stuck in the 60’s.

POLO

This is a very ugly tower.

Anonymous

Ugly it’s not but it’s definitely not the best choice.

Anonymous

its’ so ugly, it’s FUGLY!

Anonymous

I hope it will be a success, but after I read that an Australian! company is managing it for 3o years and bidding significantly lower I start to get my doubts…

Anonymous

I’m not gonna lie, if this was an apartment building or condo, most people wouldn’t have a problem with it, but a courthouse?.. on the taxpayer dime?

I don’t think the citizens of MiamiDade would have a problem with paying for a more expensive new courthouse if the architecture would’ve been much better.

Anonymous

We do have an problem.

Anonymous

So “YOU” know what the entire population of MiamiDade thinks?

Okay, GOD!

Anonymous

Hundreds of thousands of Net tax payers say no.

Anonymous

Obviously, you must be one of the free riding citizens paying no taxes, or you are drinking moonshine.
Please don’t speak for the tax paying segment.

Anonymous

^ Hey pill popper, the citizens of MiamiDade are going to pay for a new courthouse no matter what. So if you’re too dumb and illiterate to follow articles about this building and the commenters who’re griping about the design of it, then you’re too stupid and blind or just plain ignorant about some of the other choices that a lot of readers on this site would’ve preferred but they did cost more… and I wholeheartedly agree with them.

Jeezus I don’t know why I waste my time explaining obvious shit like this to dumbasses.

Anonymous

How about you yourself write a check to the county for this fancy more expensive courthouse you want. Yeah thought so.

Anonymous

Well I guess you wrote the check for the tunnel?

Yeah, thought so.

Anonymous

I’m not wanting taxpayers to pay more money for a fancy courthouse. You pay for it if you want it. Send them a check. Put your money (if you have any) where your mouth is. Yeah, thought so.

Anonymous

Hey, did you want a new baseball stadium?.. it doesn’t matter if you did or didn’t, if you’re a tax payer in MiamiDade, you’re still stuck with part of your tax money going towards paying for the Marlins stadium. It’s already been noted that the cost of refurbishing the old courthouse would cost more than just building a new one. A lot of people on this site don’t mind paying more money for a better designed courthouse if that’s what it takes, and that’s a fact. Don’t blame me, I’m not the city manager or accountant. If you’re satisfied with the design and cost of this new courthouse, then accept it and be happy, but don’t expect everyone to be like you.

Anonymous

Hey just because taxpayers got screwed before means they should get screwed again?

Anonymous

Hey, if you pay taxes, you’re going to get screwed anyway. That’s why some people say “fuck it, just give me better.”

Anonymous

It is a perfect example what happened to architecture in the last 100 years….Everybody raves about the beautiful old building and everybody hates the new one…..

Anonymous

Ugly

Anonymous

Cynthia said it best in “Working Girl”: “It needs some bows or something!”

Anonymous

That blank wall along Flagler is the absolute worst.

Anonymous

I can take you all around Miami and show you shit that’s ten times worse than that blank wall you’re whining about.

Anonymous

Oh GOOD point. Let’s just abandon all standards of quality design then. Screw it. There’s worse out there so this is fine. It’s only one of the most heavily foot-trafficked areas of Miami, but yeah, screw it.

Anonymous

Ha!.. I guess you’re one of the people who will complain about not seeing the forest because of the trees.

To borrow a line from Miami rapper JT Money, “Miami’s got 99 problems and that blank wall ain’t one!”

Anonymous

What a missed opportunity for our local leaders to develop a building that would provide a meaningful architectural legacy to the city.

Anonymous

Turn the old building into live-work lofts.

Anon

Tutor Perini is the contractor.

uh oh…

Anonymous

“HOK is the architect for the new tower.”

I refuse to believe a respected architectural firm like HOK designed this box that looks like a prison rather than a courthouse. I’ll bet Arquitectonica or Stantec are the actual “architects.”

Shawn Kouri

Hold on!!! It shouldn’t take that long to complete a 23 Story Court house of that size. It should take about two years two at the most being three years.

Anonymous

“It should take about (two years two) at the most being three years”

Um, what?

bill dings

why is there an australian company that nobody’s ever heard of doing a ppp with the county? we have developers here….