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.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Half assing it, wouldn’t expect anything less

Anonymous
4 years ago

We won’t see the end of this debacle any time soon, but when we do, it better not be a half-assed embarrassment. Compare it to the current courthouse, which was once represented civic pride.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Perfect for a population of 2.7 million with enough “rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists!”

Anonymous
4 years ago

This would be the new “Civil” courthouse. Criminal cases are not heard here.

MIAMI
4 years ago

You still have time to move out of Miami.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You still have time to gain a sense of humor and come to the realization it’s obviously a quote.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLpmswBKVN4

Anonymous
4 years ago

Um, you left out – “Dope dealers.”

Anonymous
4 years ago

How long did that take you to write! lol

Anonymous
4 years ago

You forgot to count yourself

Anonymous
4 years ago

Congrats to Crescent Heights. One step closer to buying the historic court house.

Anonymous
4 years ago

It’s so sad how cheap Miami Dade is lol! Oh my gosh its laughable. This courthouse has to be future proof as is will be around for the next 100 years or so. Why cut any corners then here you go after 20 years your going to renovate it an still spend the money to build all the things you cut when you realize you really needed the extra space.

Anonymous
4 years ago

They almost got it right. Why not build it at Miami’s Grand Central Station in conjunction with Brightline and company. Think of the cars that will be removed from the roads, especially for jurists who would then have the option to take the train into downtown to server their jury duty.

anon
4 years ago

I didn’t know that a government building that to be a architectural masterpiece. The county and city have the kick the can down the road mentality because by the time this gets built, they will be out of office. Further, the lawyers ofcourse want to to feel “good” in luxury court room digs to go with their flashy cars and armani suits paid for by their clients who are being fleeced. Let’s be honest, court rooms should be like hospitals, functional and up to date on technology — let the lawyers look posh in their own offices.

LTA
4 years ago

If you don’t build it with sufficient space then they will have outgrown it before it is even built. No one is saying it has to be a masterpiece, but it must be functional, with sufficient space and up to date with all technology. This isn’t about lawyers wanting a fancy court house. We are a world class city and should have a world class courthouse where attorneys and judges don’t have to worry about mold and leaks. We need courtrooms where you can actually use the appropriate technology to keep up with the times. No one is asking for a palace. I don’t see how bashing lawyers helps anyone.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Uh, you had me until you called Miami a “world class city.” Miami has a little ways to go before it reaches that status.

Anonymous
4 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_city

Miami is considered an Alpha- city

I’ll give it to you tho, this city punches way above it’s weight given its inept government

Anonymous
4 years ago

You do not understand the function of architecture as symbol of civic pride.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Look at Broward’s new courthouse. It’s functional, yet solid. Even compared to the current state of Dade’s, the old one was a 1960s hellhole. It’s amazing how it hasn’t aged as badly as it could.

Anonymous
4 years ago

LOL you must be related to the developer of that boondoggle:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-new-courthouse-flood-20161106-story.html

Anonymous
4 years ago

I never said it had its drawbacks, smartass. You expect the most half-assed box Miami-Dade wants to shit out will open and be completed without fault?