County Official Says Idea Of High Rise At Downtown Cultural Center ‘Kind Of Crazy’

The county is considering bringing in a private operator to redevelop the downtown Miami complex that houses the main library branch and History Miami, but it likely won’t include any high rise construction.

According to a packet prepared by the county, officials are working on a plan to to expand the museum and reconfigure the elevated plaza for greater pedestrian access. Planning work is already underway by MC Harry Associates and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture of New York.

At least two commissioners have said that they oppose any high-rise construction on the site, according to the Herald. An earlier report had stated that Dade cultural director Michael Spring was open to high rises to building towers there, but he told the Herald this week that the idea was ‘kind of crazy’ and ‘probably not the best use.’

 

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Marc305
6 years ago

When I first moved to Miami in the late 90’s I went to this library a few times and saw quite a lot of people there. Of course that was before the internet, tablets, cell phones, and Kindles. Since then I have been back a few times, each time I go, there is hardly anyone there. In fact the last time I saw more than 10 people in this location was because a Realty company was hosting an event that included a Meetup group. The fact is that this is 2015 and just like that old song says “Video Killed The Radio Star” so has the Internet killed Libraries. Not saying they should put a high rise at this location, but I am sure they can find a better use for it, expanding the Museum might be a good option.

marc
6 years ago

Maybe theater space?

Anonymous
5 years ago

You should visit more often. It actually has quite a few patrons and it is especially beneficial for students in the area and people who need to use the computers.

Anonymous
6 years ago

don’t like the existing building but i agree that another condo tower is a mistake

Anonymous
6 years ago

I think it would be nice to have a market with small restaurants, european style like Borough Market in London or something like Eataly, an area for music performance, art school. This could generate retail and create something like Quincy Market in Boston that could connect to Flagler St.

Anonymous
6 years ago

That would be nice

Marc305
5 years ago

I completely agree, they already have events and Meetups there and the place is beautiful, Quincy Market in Miami would be great!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Has the county considered the space be used for a new courthouse? God knows the old one is beyond repair. They should make that the history museum!

Anonymous
5 years ago

City Hall should be moved back to the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. Maybe the upper or lower floors can be the history museum, or it can be moved to Freedom Tower. The library should be moved to the David W. Dyer Federal Building and United States Courthouse, which will make a coherent link between Flagler Street and the Miami Worldcenter.