Dade Wants Cheaper, Privately-Built Civil Courthouse Downtown

Miami-Dade is now working on a plan to build a stripped down courthouse that could be privately funded, according to the Herald.

Instead of a previous construction cost of $360 million, it now has a budget of $257 million. It would be built adjacent to the Children’s Courthouse, and share a lobby.

Cuts include:

  • Reducing project size from 600,000 square feet to 455,000
  • Height reduced from 26 floors to 18 floors.
  • Male and female jurors would use shared bathrooms
  • Smaller courtrooms and offices for Judges
  • Fewer courtrooms with jury boxes
  • Smaller law library
  • Shared cafeteria with adjacent Childrens Courthouse

Chief Judge Bertila Soto warned commissioners that the new courthouse could be obsolete even before it opens, although the judiciary worked with the county on the cuts.