Downtown Miami Metrocenter Details Released: Up To 23.7M Square Feet In New Development

Miami-Dade County opened the bidding process yesterday for a massive Downtown Miami development project called Metrocenter.

Up to 23.7 million square foot could be developed on the Metrocenter properties, the county says.

One of the main priorities in evaluating bids will be whether the proposals are of world-class urban design, including excellence in architecture, walkability, and if they are transit-oriented (Metrorail, Metromover, Brightline and others are either at or adjacent to the properties).

The county will also evaluate whether proposals are of the highest and best use, with uses such as housing, commercial, hospitality, and retail that contribute to the economic base of the area.

The properties up for redevelopment include the controversial Philip Johnson-designed Cultural Center, where up to 4.3 million square feet could be developed alone.

A 15-story tower across from the Cultural Center at 140 W. Flagler St. is in the process of demolition and is also included in the Metrocenter project.

The historic Dade County Courthouse is not included in the Metrocenter development. Although the courthouse is due to move to a new building next door, a sale is already in process, with adaptive-reuse of the 1925 structure a requirement rather than demolition and redevelopment, the county said.

Other properties on the list include those now being used for surface parking or garages, with others underdeveloped.

The tallest height that is permitted on the properties range from 550 to 750 feet due to aviation restrictions.

To view the full Metrocenter Request For Proposals, click here.

 

 

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Anon
1 month ago

Hoping for a new world-class Miami Public Library

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why?.. you don’t read anything anyway.

Nene
1 month ago

And probably never been there

Wit
1 month ago

The Miami Public Library is AMAZING! I use it a lot and has many awesome programs and services.
I wish they added something like the homestead cybrarium though

Azarius
1 month ago

Now this is a GREAT idea. I really can’t wait to see the proposals! This could produce a lot of housing to help with the crisis. Great move‼️

John
1 month ago

It’s not a crisis. It’s the way it has always been and always will be going back forever. Prices are always to high for someone.

Azarius
1 month ago

Yes but Miami has always had more available inventory then now and it’s going to be a long time before we do again, but 27 million sqft will help

Azarius
1 month ago

23*

Anon
1 month ago

It is 100% a crisis when the middle class can no longer afford the average priced home in Miami. The middle class should be able to more than afford the median averaged priced home and many middle class families, even with double incomes, cannot. This is not the way it has always been. The price increase here is due to a high influx of cash buyers and to the out-of-state NY and Cali residents who moved here and thought the prices here were cheap so they out bid everyone by overpaying way above asking prices and true value. They did this because there was no inventory and the property seemed cheap to them. This in turn, changed the entire dynamics of the real estate market in Miami-Dade

Mr. Worldwide
1 month ago

^ Amen. John, go look on Zillow and you’ll see many homes in even Hialeah that look condemned with asking prices of $500k. The CA and NY folks moving here have really turned housing into an utter joke.

Muhammad
1 month ago

You think

Anonymous
1 month ago

“It is 100% a crisis when the middle class can no longer afford the average priced home in Miami”

The capitalistic system you live under is a _itch when you actually witness it in action huh?

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is exactly the transformation this city has needed for years and an incredible opportunity to customize this massive space for the current and future needs of the Magic City.

Azarius
1 month ago

This could also be a chance to rework the Government Center stop and send the Metro West down Flagler/1st

eymay
1 month ago

we need an East-West rail connection badly

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s a chance they might build in the way of the East-West unused platform at government center that aligns with NW 2nd street. Maybe a new platform could be built to the south of the property anyway and actually line up with Flagler or 1st Street.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There’s not. You’re getting BRT on the Dolphin Expressway. Thats it. It’s in the Smart Plan.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is the perfect opportunity to really bring some cultural and architectural significance to downtown. The city needs a staple library like the NYPL with a Spanish-inspired design and its own unique historical character. The courthouse should also be repurposed as Miami City Hall like Los Angeles. Coral Gables has done an amazing job of maintaining excellent building requirements and it’s time for downtown to do the same. We have plenty of infill condos and balconies now, time for something a little more special. https://youtu.be/roi5V8ppi7Y

Anonymous
1 month ago

I would like to see that FPL electric grid that’s right in the middle of downtown moved somewhere else first so that property can get the structures we’ve been waiting for.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You do realize that without that grid, downtown and brickell don’t have power, right?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You do realize that FPL can build a new power grid for downtown and Brickell somewhere else, right?

Pat
1 month ago

Great video….thanks for posting

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed, the Philip Johnson building tried to emulate the style that built Miami, so we better at least receive something better and not another courthouse flop.

Nio
1 month ago

Coral gables its world class city with unique character. Miami city its not unfortunately.

Hank
1 month ago

Ok, I’ll let employees know!

Melo, a true giga chad
1 month ago

I love that they are not demolishing the old court house. Its a piece of art.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It wasn’t a decision; it’s required. It’s a historic structure like the Dyer Building, Freedom Tower, etc. You can’t just demo those; preservation is mandated by law in these cases.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Too bad it looks like it’s being sold to a developer who will probably convert it into a boutique hotel with some cringey name rather than moving City Hall and the Riverside Center functions. I suppose it could be worse, like donating to MDC, who has left Freedom Tower and the Federal Courthouse falling apart.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That is unfortunate but the truth is Miami doesn’t make grand public investments in it’s public like that. The nicest things in this city come from private developers. We can’t even get the most rudimentary of transit systems off the ground.

Anonymous
1 month ago

LOVE the rapid urban development, but downtown needs a lot more green space to offer all the new residents room to breath and alternative activities than just going out for dinner or drinks. Quality of life outside the condo building should be higher priority

anonymous
1 month ago

people act like there are not two parks on the water in downtown smh

Anonymous
1 month ago

people act like if you have two parks downtown that negates the need for any others in any other part of the city. smh.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Green space green space green space.. geezus! If you can’t find plenty of that BS in Miami, then you’re not looking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Downtown is really mostly surface parking lots. Not sure what you’re looking at.

Mayor Suarez
1 month ago

exactly. green space is definitely needed. What a moron.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You would think the Flagler Street redesign fulfills that by allowing restaurants with outdoor seating, except most crummy low-rise buildings along it are owned by a same certain someone.

Anonymous
1 month ago

TNM didn’t inlcude it but the actual RFP from the county does call for 2.7 acres of a “central park”. Sites 1b and 1c will be for the park.

Analyst
1 month ago

Dear TNM! If you use “controversial” in an article it is very misleading if you don’t explain why. If only one single person is against and you call it controversial it puts a negative spin on it. BTW Love TNM!

Name
1 month ago

Yeah, next time it makes sense just to say “ugly”

Anonymous
1 month ago

The area available for construction is huge and should have a lot of everything: residential, hotel, office, retail and entertainment. It would be the rebirth of that area.

anonymous
1 month ago

There needs to be a CAP on parking, to limit as much as possible, so that this area (which is the most transit dense in the state) can have a fighting chance.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So by “world-class urban design, including excellence in architecture, walkability, and if they are transit-oriented,” it means Arquitectonica and Zyscovich are out of the picture, right? …RIGHT?!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Arquitectonia designed Brickell City Center…? Which is pretty amazing…

Melo, a true giga chad
1 month ago

I hope they put a light rail/street car connecting some of these places. Similar to what you find in Europe.

chad to your mom
1 month ago

why? it will all be within a couple blocks

Anonmous
1 month ago

Do you work for a light rail/street car vendor? lol What a silly idea for a compact 2 block project.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Never gunna happen. This is Miami bro not Barcelona.

Mass transit
1 month ago

That’s literally the metromover

Anonymous
1 month ago

Game changer!

Anonymous
1 month ago

But, I thought that that’s what the “Iconic” Ferris Wheel was supposed to be?

Anonymous
1 month ago

This shit is years in the making, I’m anxious to see what the transformation is gonna be on the property between NW 6th & 8th st, and NW 1st & North Miami avenues.. you know, the old “Miami Arena” site.

iCoNiC
1 month ago

Now THIS would be transformative and iconic

Anonymous but Famous
1 month ago

Not a word about arcades, as in Coral Gables. Downtown Miami is about to lose ALL of its arcades. They are needed for sun/ rain. Look at the historical photos. And, not as minor a point as might appear: if they don’t clean up the embedded chewing gum once a month, it will all be for naught. The far eastern end of the renovated Flagler already sports 3 such spots. Finally, at the meeting they mentioned including “a fleet maintenance and fueling facility”. Are they crazy? No room, and would only cheapen the area. Employees out in the field should take Metrorail to some moribund station like MLK and take it from there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^^the Miami cops need to refuel downtown near the police station like they do at the current site (which evidently there is room for), not take Metrorail. Sigh. Another urban planner lost in fantasy world.

Fred Mertz
1 month ago

One decent library for they entire county. Close all the others and save taxpayers money

Anonymous
1 month ago

Before building vertical they could run Flagler and 1st streets under the river. That would open everything up.

Mana
1 month ago

They should run the highway iverpasses underground and make the area above a park

Anonymous
1 month ago

They literally just completed the 1st Street bridge…

Anonymous
1 month ago

There can be multiple routes serving local and thru traffic like many cities.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A disaster in the making. No matter how great the proposals, our politicians will pick the cheapest and the one that actually offers the least for the community.

nobody
1 month ago

Oof. Let us imagine something nice before hard reality sets in.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Here I am dreaming of a Robert Stern Library

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

I knew that oval park by the government center will be on the chopping soon. The library needs to be fully replaced though, looking like a Spanish castle trying to defend against moors.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

Anon
1 month ago

The library is atrocious. Even more so when you find out Miami used to have an enormous Beaux Arts Library right in Bayfront Park.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It was not beaux arts at all and it obstructed the view of the bay coming down flagler

Hun
1 month ago

Agreed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, there was!..

Pat
1 month ago

So true….hard to believe the Phillip Johnson was the architect.