DeSantis Announces $25 Million To Restore Freedom Tower

Downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower would get a $25 million renovation under a plan announced this morning by Governor Ron DeSantis.

The tower was built in 1925 for the Miami Daily News.

It was later used by the federal government in the 1960s to process refugees from Cuba, before being sold again. Private owners converted the building to a memorial to Cuban refugees in the 1990s.

In 2005, developer Terra Group purchased the property and announced plans for a 62-story, 680-unit tower known as Freedom Square rising 650 feet, designed by architect Luis Revuelta.

It was never built.

The area where the condo tower was proposed is now owned by developer Chateau Group, while the Freedom Tower itself is owned by Miami-Dade College (donated by Terra).

According to the Herald, the $25 million will fund:

  • waterproofing
  • parking garage shoring
  • architecture restoration
  • a new security system
  • adding accessibility for disabled visitors

Completion is expected to take 2-3 years.

State lawmakers must still approve the funding request, which will be placed by DeSantis in the 2022 budget.

 

The 2005 Terra Group proposal:

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Anonymous
22 days ago

Build Freedom Square around it. This area is getting a lot of new people due to the many new buildings moving there. Build an amazing square like they do in Europe and put some nice coffee shops and restaurants there.

Anonymous
22 days ago

That would be great

Anonymous
21 days ago

I take it you mean a “freedom square” that is not the same as what the mockup shows — but an actual european-style square for cafes, drinks, chairs with parasols, and etc.

which would be utterly brilliant.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Exactly what I meant.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Miami Dade College has done a lot of restoration since it was acquired in 2005.
They spent several years working on the building. The work look similar to the current restoration of the Baptist church (3 blocks away at 5th Street and 1st Avenue).

Anonymous
21 days ago

MDC has let the building rot, just like they are with the old Federal Building. Maybe instead of playing Mana, they should sell off and focus on rebuilding their dingy old main campus and eyesore.

Anonymous
21 days ago

It doesn’t look like they’ve made any progress at all on the Federal Building. The site has been absent of activity for over a year. That plaza is a nightmare. It should be a beautiful public square but instead, it’s a run-down crack den next to a parking lot.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Considering the back of the building is a giant industrial space (where the papers were printed), I sort of disagree in this case. I’d much rather see a genuine classical-style tower (RAMSA esque) as a St. Regis hotel and residences to complement to modernist Waldorf Astoria. Two giant underutilized parks are across the street to see what you’re talking about.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I would lose my shit if anything RAMSA ever made it’s way to downtown Miami. Sadly, I can’t see that happening anytime soon. RAMSA is too tasteful for Miami 🙁

Anonymous
21 days ago

Miami need a european style square. It’s the most European American city.

have you ever been to Boston?
19 days ago

hardly european

Anonymous
22 days ago

Political pandering at its best.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Hey, if you get the Cuban vote, you’ll win the county and since its’ the biggest county in the state, you’ll probably win whatever state office you’re running for.

Anonymous
22 days ago

If he were a Democrat, they would call this wasteful government spending.

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

And because he’s a conservative, the liberals will mention the Covid mortality, that happens to be the same or better than other states that went In to draconian lockdown! 🤗

Anonymous
21 days ago

didnt help trump lol

Anonymous
21 days ago

37 percent approval rating, lower than Trump ever had even according to suppression polls lol

Anonymous
21 days ago

Trump = 30% MORON!

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

“37 percent approval rating, lower than Trump ever had even according to suppression polls lol”

I believe your are talking about JB .. and don’t forget sweet mellow Kamala .. her
ratings are 28 percent, even after her video with kids actors to improve her image …😂 and probably worse now, that she talked with accent like Pepe Lepeu in front of the scientists at the Pasteur Institute in France 🇫🇷!!
🤗

Anonymous
21 days ago

Trump won Florida by 400k votes

Anonymous
21 days ago

Cubans would vote for DeSantis anyway. They don’t like the Commie Dems

Realtalk Reilly
21 days ago

Let’s be honest, nobody likes Commie Dems. Not even other Commie Dems. Is there an unhappier group of people? Always searching for the next thing to complain about.

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

👍🏻

Anonymous
21 days ago

I can only think of one person.. Liz Cheney.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Bring back Trump! I want a DICTATOR!

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

Bring back Trump! I want a DICTATOR! 😂

Bring him, please
I want no inflation
I want control of borders
I want our enemies to fear us, not to treat us like pansies
I want energy independence and paying less at the pump
I want someone that killed Terrorists and shut down Isis
I want things back in the supermarkets
I want less crime and respect for the police
I want him back to thank him, because thanked to his government we have the vaccine for Covid.
I want him back because I rather have someone with nasty opinions in tweeter than a babbling senile corrupt political vegetable that sold his soul( that if he had one) to the climate change extremists!
🤗

Anonymous
20 days ago

Please seek help.

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

Better to have an allegedly dictator than the Brandon !!! 😂😂😂😂🙄🤗

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

Many Democrats will vote for DeSantis because they too, don’t like the Commie Dems that hijacked de party and are in control of the Vegetable in the White House …. 🤗

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

At least the Cubans that voted are American citizens…legal !! And they’re alive, they are in their own districts and they have an ID !! 🤗 … that’s very easy to obtain !!

Anonymous
20 days ago

They’re only citizens because they were given the most unfair immigration treatment in US history. Now many of them have the same attitude as you do, looking down on other immigrants with disdain as if the Cubans living here somewhere earned their place.

Anonymous
20 days ago

**somehow earned their place

Anonymous
21 days ago

Best or worst?

A duck who flew from Miami Lakes
21 days ago

yall leftist actually do that all day and not call it out

Anonymous
21 days ago

Shut the fuck up!

Anonymous
21 days ago

So is the wide opened border ?

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

« Political pandering at its best. »
Any politician will do … and you wouldn’t disagree if you belong to his political line !!! 🤗

Azarius
22 days ago

Really don’t have a lot of historical architecture buildings in downtown anymore most have been demolished. I would love to see this turned into a museum and incorporated into a new tower of the same theme and architecture significance

Anonymous
22 days ago

It already is a museum.

A duck who flew from Miami Lakes
22 days ago

I hope the county preserves and restore the old dade county court house. At least make it a hotel for it could make enough for maintenance. Also MDC is dragging their feet with the old state courthouse.

Anonymous
21 days ago

The City of Miami should restore it into City Hall.

Anonymous
21 days ago

I say knock it down and put some pieces of it in a museum and then something more productive can be built on that prime land

Anonymous
22 days ago

glad this is happening but its a political move for the cuban vote

Anonymous
22 days ago

Whatever it is, the final result is what matters!

Anonymous
21 days ago

No, what matters is the truth!

A duck who flew from Miami Lakes
21 days ago

biden literally made juneeth a holiday to secure black votes, yet yall leftist didnt say nothing

Anonymous
21 days ago

Since when has the black vote for the democratic party not been secured? Try again.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Pathetic. You’ve already got the Cuban vote, must you continue to pander?

Andrew Gillum
21 days ago

You must’ve loved me a few years ago! Let’s do meth together!

Anonymous
21 days ago

Lmaooooo this is amazing

Anonymous
21 days ago

Perfect. Bring some hookers to piss on us and maybe Trump will join too!

Anonymous
21 days ago

How’s prison, Avennati?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Maybe he’s not pandering and actually spending money on something physical that will actually happen and look nice?

DWNTWNR
21 days ago

Or, you know, he could have given us our fair share of the of money to fix our water infrastructure. Pretty sure potable water is more important than “restoring” an historic structure that isn’t completely in disarray.

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

Anyone that sees his action as “pander” is a subscriber and a firm believer of all the hate the Miami Herald spews daily about him !! 😂🤗

Anonymous
21 days ago

Or, perhaps, they’re just using their brains and seeing what is so completely obvious! Why would DeSantis give a fuçk about the Cubans if it weren’t for their votes? That’s all the Cubans have ever been to American politicians. Try to keep up, please.

Blaming the media for EVERYTHING is so tired. Find a new scapegoat.

Melo is sigma and chad
22 days ago

Lol 2004-2007 proposals were a crazy time, so many buildings never built and still empty lots. Meanwhile other recent proposals have soared from the ground.

Anonymous
22 days ago

So many empty lots downtown. A city of 275,000 could be built in all the empty lots existing from Brickell to the Design District east of 95

Melo is sigma and chad
22 days ago

Yeah capital Brickell is still a massive empty lot, biscayne Blvd still has surface lots across from the AAA and the Omni area still has plenty of lots and Melo done built four towers already.

bro bro
21 days ago

wait till melo finishes sushi samba on the river

Anonymous
21 days ago

It’s not that easy. If you don’t have the infrastructure to support the population, your city is going to fail hard.

Anonymous
21 days ago

2008 recession

Anonymous
21 days ago

The proposals at that time were also some of the crappiest designs in Miami’s history of architecture too.

Anonymous
21 days ago

One proposal looks better than everything Melo and Related have built in the last ten years.

Anonymous
21 days ago

With the exception of the Four Seasons resort/hotel, pretty much everything built from 2000-2010 in Miami was crap thrown together in a year or two. The city was just so desperate at the time to fill empty lots they would have built anything without any thought or rhyme.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Right, because the Wells Fargo Center, 1450 Brickell, and Brickell Arch, not to mention every condo tower with a crown or curves is inferior to every Arquitectonica and Melo box with juxtaposed balconies.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Wells Fargo Center was pretty much the only office building built in the CBD during that time span. Everything else was lipstick on a pig.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Cubans: the political gift that keeps on giving! 😂😂😂

Anonymous
22 days ago

The lot this building sits on is in such garbage shape. This is great news – clean that building up and the surrounding area.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Everyone making fun of DeSantis pandering to the Cuban vote: local govt has way more impact on your daily lives.

The pandering of Loco Joe Carollo is what we need to rid ourselves of. He’s single handily holding back so much of Miami from its potential

Anonymous
21 days ago

We weren’t even able to party at Ball and chain for like a year thanks to that douche

Anonymous
22 days ago

They should not build around it unless they build low rises museums. A MoMA would be fantastic there!

Anonymous
22 days ago

Yes! Something like Asht Center and Frost museum here would be so cool. A MoMA for instance

Anonymous
21 days ago

A low-rise modern art museum around a class tower? No thanks.

Anonymous
22 days ago

I hope they won’t build up those parking spaces around the Freedom Tower basically swallowing it into invisibility! It should be a market there.

Anonymous
22 days ago

100% agree. We should not allow to build tall buildings around the Freedom Tower. I’d be happy with max 5 floors built there with rooftop restaurants and pools

Anonymous
21 days ago

Great news!

Anonymous
21 days ago

I hope they turn that parcel into a park/square and build on finally build on the two empty lots to the north and south of it.

Anonymous
21 days ago

At least Mana didn’t buy it or whatever their name is

Anonymous
22 days ago

Thank you Gov. DeSantis!!

Anonymous
21 days ago

Thank you for killing 70,000 Floridians!

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

Are you going to blame any Governor from each state for their Covid19’s death?
Or it’s only DeSantis because you’re a lefty? 🤗

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

The virus killed the 70,000 not him !!
His policies protect more vulnerable people that any Governor in any blue state !! Get the info before you spew your hate !
🤗

I just see all the hypocrisy from LeBron.
21 days ago

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Anonymous
22 days ago

The tower looks like a mixture of Paramount Bay and also Aria on the Bay

Anonymous
22 days ago

Don’t worry, it isn’t going to get built.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Oh thank Heavens that hunk of sh*t was never built.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Where is the FEC Train Track in the rendering?

Anonymous
21 days ago

Cuban refugees?? DeathSantis believes they are Cuban illegal immigrants.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Have you heard of the Lieutenant Governor?

Anonymous
21 days ago

For $25 million they should just knock down that dated building and put up a new one that’s even taller

Anonymous
20 days ago

it’s funny to see the renderings from 2012. first for how clunky the graphics are, and how much technology has improved. second for how terrible the project is with me thinking how many of these proposals we see now a days how poorly they will age. How many regrets and near misses will we see 5 10 years from now?

Anonymous
20 days ago

sorry 2005! wow thats old!

Anonymous
20 days ago

Officially the only thing the government can do and not get called comunista

Anonymous
21 days ago

What’s the bldg behind it on the photo ? Is that on the plans ?

Anonymous
22 days ago

We need a tower there

Anonymous
21 days ago

Gov. Desantis, don’t you touch our beloved landmark building of Miami. It is *the* best building/tower in the state of Florida!

Dummy^
21 days ago

Okay so let’s abandon the renovation and let it weather down over time. Great idea