Demolition Underway At Downtown Miami Building That Was An Eyesore For Years

A blighted building in the middle of downtown Miami is now being demolished.

According to photographer Phillip Pessar, the property was a former Greyhound bus station. It was built in 1954.

In recent years, the building has been a fenced off and kept as a vacant shell.

Records show a building violation was issued in September 2017 for buildings or structures that are unsafe, unsanitary, or deficient, constitute a fire or windstorm hazard. In February 2019, two additional violation notices were issued for graffiti and for failure to keep a construction or building site clean.

Also in February, a portion of ownership in the property was deeded over to Camillus House and St. Louis University. That interest was formerly owned by charitable trusts that were created through the wills of several donors who are now deceased.

 

(photo: ryan rc rea)

(photo: phillip pessar)

scan of a kodachrome slide dated 1961 (via phillip pessar):

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Before pictures would have been nice lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

Let’s just say the rubble is an improvement to what was there before…

peej
2 years ago

Here’s the Google Street-View…even an empty lot will be an improvement over the shell space that was there previously:

https://www.google.com/maps/@25.7752911,-80.1886367,3a,75y,316.12h,90.74t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZKY9WXDiyqUmy20S-_VvLQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en

Anonymous
2 years ago

When they kicked everyone out last year, you could see how horrible the conditions of the spaces were, pretty bad to say the least.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Vintage photo of building just posted

Anonymous
2 years ago

It got add! Thanks for reading and responding accordingly to a comment,TNM! For real, not being sarcastic. Wish more media outlets worked like you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Jesus even Camillus house is a better developer than Mana.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This used to be a little cuban coffee corner and some shady electronic stores. Camillus house will get good money for this land. Good spot for something mix use and a much needed supermarket.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah I remember it now, that Cuban coffee corner use to be the latest opened thing in downtown Miami at one point.

Anonymous
2 years ago

we need a Target downtown!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why? Go to the one in Wynwood

Anonymous
2 years ago

Manolo & Rene Cafe! It was open 24-hrs and books could be written on the characters that would hang out there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s still there! Just down the block by Vizcayne ( Source I go there weekly) lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

A supermarket would be perfect here!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

is Camillus House planning on building a tower here?

Anonymous
2 years ago

i hope not

SMDM
2 years ago

Hopefully some more beds since Ron Book won’t do his job…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully, camillus house builds a homeless shelter to punish the downtown Nimbys for kicking Ultra out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m sure they will sell the land to a developer to raise money for Camillus house. Probably it is already in contract.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right, good luck getting Ultra back when crackheads crash the show.

SMDM
2 years ago

Security is so great at Ultra that not even sober folks can crash the show, but what do I know, I’ve only actually gone a few times (sober each time). Have you?

POLO
2 years ago

Don’t remember what was there. However, out with the old in with the new.

Anonymous
2 years ago

its next to the liquor store that is across from Ceviche

Anonymous
2 years ago

Post House Restaurant – I bet they good burgers

Anonymous
2 years ago

?

Anonymous
2 years ago

A new parking lot

Anonymous
2 years ago

Of all the beautiful old high-rises destroyed, it’s insulting how long this squat crap stayed.

SMDM
2 years ago

If Camillus doesn’t build a shelter to help our homeless population (since Ron Book ain’t doing his job), then a 24/7 (or at least open till midnight) diner would actually be really nice here. Imagine breakfast all day with the ambiance of like the S&S Diner or Jimmy’s East-side. Would do well there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wrong place for a shelter, we’re trying to revamp the area gtfo

SMDM
2 years ago

And who is “we”? Vacancies on the rise, HIV infections soaring (from needle sharing), and the piss smell is only getting stronger. Since the homeless trust won’t do their job, let’s get more beds to get them OFF THE STREET so the area is less scary to potential tenants. You gtfo with your mentality that homeless shelters are the hood. I used to live next to one up north before moving to Miami and my rent was far more expensive than what you all call luxury downtown. I even had amenities in walking distance. I should move back since Miami will never be the city you all CLAIM to want it to be.

ricky ricardo
2 years ago

EYESORE? How about acknowledging Manolo y Reine, the 24 hour cuban cafe that was there forever? It was a sociocultural crossroads. Iconic.

Anonymous
2 years ago

They just moved down the block