First Look: Windows At Miami-Dade’s Nearly 500-Foot Courthouse Tower

New photos by Kyle Merville give a glimpse at some of the windows and walls at Miami-Dade’s new County Courthouse tower.

In 2021, the private developer of the tower requested waivers from Miami-Dade to allow for 20% glazing on the west façade, compared to 40% normally required by county code.

They also requested waivers to allow for blank walls facing the public right of way on Flagler Street and Northwest First Avenue.

Another waiver requested was to allow a reduction in landscaping to 3 trees and 13 palms, compared to the minimum 10 trees and 19 palms normally required.

It isn’t clear if the waivers were granted.

The new courthouse will be around 50% taller than the historic courthouse tower across the street.

The courthouse tower will rise 474 feet above ground, compared to the 361-foot height of the old courthouse. However, it will have fewer floors, with 25 compared to the old tower’s 28.

 

(photos: Kyle Merville)

 

 

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Not Anonymous
1 month ago

So sad. Could’ve been so much better

Anonymous
1 month ago

It doesn’t look any worse than that Natiivo structure we see rising.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

but Natiivo didn’t cost $8.5 billion

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

sorry decimal in the wrong point 😅

Anonymous
1 month ago

And hereeee we go again… I’m talking about comparing designs and you wanna talk about prices… smdh.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

well…. better designs tend to be pricier, and pricier things tend to be held at higher standards of design.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Not necessarily.. it depends on a few things, like the architect(s) who’s doing the designing and the people in office in the zoning dept who approves it.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Key word: TEND

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

Only problem is this is a government building. They are there for a purpose and that’s it. Government buildings are not there to satisfy you or make you wet.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Haha.. for the money they’re spending on this new courthouse, he wants to feel like he was thrown in an ocean!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except at one point, government buildings intended to do that, meaning instill civic pride and didn’t have such cost overruns.

Bryan Riley
1 month ago

This county and state is less civic oriented than other regions of the US. When you look at it from that perspective it all makes sense. Public lands for private stadiums, little investment in public plazas, parks, transit. There is some change but a lot of damage has and continues to be done. Here for a good time….not a long time type of attitude.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It really could NOT be any any more boring.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Didn’t know a courthouse building could elicit some excitement…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Utilitarian to the max. The only thing “daring” about it is its closeness to MetroRail.

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

“The core precept of utilitarianism is that we should make the world the best place we can. That means that, as far as it is within our power, we should bring about a world in which every individual has the highest possible level of well-being.”
– Peter Singer

Anonymous
1 month ago

And after Peter Singer said that, he went and beat up his wife.

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nah Rick.. I beat your wife.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh yeah? Sounds great on paper, but doesn’t work or ever will in practice. Sounds familiar…

anon
1 month ago

Renderings are always more attractive than the end product, and these renderings are absolutely hideous…

anonymous
1 month ago

Another P3 fleecing of the taxpayer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

$ 852 million for this tower ?

Downtowner
1 month ago

When you include the 30-yr financing cost from the developer it totals that amount. Same as when purchasing a house for $200,000 but end up paying two-three times the “purchased value”. The County never had the upfront cost to develop and the voters did not approve the County funding it, so it was necessary to find a model to build and finance – Presenting the P3 model!

anon
1 month ago

so you’re saying if they just had tax money to spend, projects would cost 3x less and happen 3x quicker? huh

Downtowner
1 month ago

I am saying do you consider the listed price or the total mortgage payments after 30 years when you state to your significant ones how much your purchased home price was

Anonymous
1 month ago

50% taller and 300% uglier. No regard for the criminals of this city

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Hope the old one transitions easily to a food hall and hotel.

Zonked
1 month ago

The old building is a delight, hopefully they do repurpose it

Anonymous
1 month ago

Better yet, move city hall from its out-of-touch retreat in Coconut Grove and consolidate city offices from Riverside Center with it here instead of the sad bait and switch.

Clearly
1 month ago

The windows better be gold plated for what this building is costing!

Anonybonnie
1 month ago

Would’ve been better as a jail. At least the views from the inside are nice 🙂

Drac
1 month ago

I wonder where these people who’re always saying how “people hated the Eiffel Tower at first, now its a must see masterpiece?”

Anonbttm
1 month ago

Ground floor is absolute trash

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

Now they can transition the old courthouse into Miami city hall. But that will never happen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not sure why you got such a hard on for City Hall moving. Moving offices and moving into a building needing tons of rehab would cost big taxpayer bucks.

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

If it makes the city better then I’m all for it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How would it make the city better? By blowing wads of tax money on something that has zero return on essential services provided by the City?

You aren’t that Good Greek moving guy by any chance?

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

Of course it would make the city better. We would have an actual city hall instead of a banana republic circus room. You can express your dissatisfaction with taxes all you want, but at the end of the day they serve their purpose. You want to live in a 1st class city or a banana republic with lipstick? Your choice. You get what you pay for.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You think city hall buildings determine whether a place is a banana republic?

Of course, companies like The Citadel would never dream of relocating to Miami because Miami hasn’t blown millions on a new City Hall, right? In reality, it’s that fiscal conservatism that has pulled them to Miami and away from Chicago and their lovely City Hall and shitty everything else and high taxes.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“fiscal conservatism?”

Ahhhhhhahahaha….

Anonymous
1 month ago

Centralized location, civic pride and morale, etc.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^Not worth millions in relocation and renovation costs

EJS
1 month ago

There goes my view of the beautiful old courthouse…oh well, looking forward to the day I can see the Waldorf supertall from my terrace!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The private sector does everything better, except when the public sector has one hand on the wheel and the other taking money from under the seat. Case in point… At least it wasn’t the previous Plenary proposal tacked onto the children’s courthouse. Now that was half-a**ed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“The private sector does everything better”

That is, until they get in trouble and then run to the government for a bailout.. ala the “Detroit auto makers.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

If the MetroCenter proposal takes shape, I see this building subtly complimenting a new CBD – with MiamiCentral anchoring the area. I’m not bothered the exterior can be seen as bland, I’d say it’s sleek while creating a walkable area and more than likely has state of the art interior functionalities. Gotta be excited for the new CBD and how that’ll flow into MWC.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is great infill which will pull double duty bringing in a lot prosecutions which the previous courthouse didn’t have capacity for. Maybe they can finally catch up with the eviction backlog

Richard
1 month ago

If the company building the courthouse is requesting so many waivers the County should never use them again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why cut back on landscape?

Anon
1 month ago

Is it clad in stone panels? Or is it just stucco?

eymay
1 month ago

This is miami.. I’d say stucco

Anon
1 month ago

Do you know that though? The render looks like cladding.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks exactly like Centro condos in downtown.

anon
1 month ago

This and the Brightline supertalls will be a part of the new Metrocenter neighborhood – very exciting

Anonymous
1 month ago

Windows? It looks like the concrete skeleton rather than the hideous proposed Downtown 5th-tier barcode/prison window. Maybe they redesigned it (wishfully thinking)?

Anonymous
1 month ago

How embarrassing to have this as our courthouse, absolutely no grandeur or sense of scale. This is why Trump mandated all federal buildings be constructed in the Greco-Roman style

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean, he did that while playing golf?!

Ano
1 month ago

Another of those that will stay empty most of the year.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They need a waiver to reduce required palm trees to zero. Utterly rediculous. This town is saturated with palm trees – the world got the message already. Death by freakin palm trees already.

ANON
1 month ago

It was built too close to the west setback line, and metrorail. The area feels cramped when walking on the west. And in a few years this will be one of the most dense locations in Miami with all the transit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This pattern looks like Downtown 5 lol

Giga chad Melo
1 month ago

Drove by there the other day. That thing looks girthy. I can see why it’s so expensive.