Foundation Equipment Arrives On Site Where 474-Foot Courthouse Will Be Built (Photos)

Downtown Miami’s Civil Courthouse appears to be finally starting foundation work.

Photos show that equipment from foundation contractor Malcolm is now on the site.

Construction on the tower has been delayed as the developers moved through the approval process and worked to move 5G equipment from the site.

The courthouse tower will rise 25 stories, but high ceilings mean that it will be more like a 50-story building in height, rising 474 feet above ground.

In February, Miami-Dade’s Rapid Transit Developmental Impact Committee met and approved the project.

The committee approved several waivers requested by the developer.

The waivers included allowing just 27% glazed area of the building facade, instead of 40% normally required.

The board also allowed the building to have blank walls facing public streets without artistic expression, and for a parking garage without screening.

Waivers to allow for less open space and fewer trees than normally required were also granted.

 


 

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Government should set an example with its own buildings. These waivers are unreasonable.

Anonymous
4 months ago

no their buildings should be basic because it indoctrinates the gullible that they should servants to big government

Anonymous
4 months ago

Learn to construct a sentence, before you comment on the construction of a building.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Most likely the waivers were justified as “cost savings”. If true, that’s saying it’s OK for our civic buildings to be ugly because they’re cheap. And we wonder why people have such little pride in Dade governments. This new courthouse is a sad design overall, not a fitting tribute to our community.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Agree 100%. This place is a joke that will stain for years to come.

Anonymous
4 months ago

To be fair, it would look even uglier with a pukey mural and assorted sheet metal covering blank walls and parking.

Anonymous
4 months ago

looks alot like melos towers on 5th….

Anonymous
4 months ago

Like the little boy in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” I bet you see nothing but “Melo towers.”

Azarius
4 months ago

Any development on the west portion of downtown is appreciated. This alone with about 3 other projects will really improve this portion of downtown.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes, this area desperately needs infusion. Actually, all of the CBD needs infusion

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not the best infill, but it’s good for density. Miami is really having a high rise boom.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes.. and there are still a lot of areas and land that need to get it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yep.. and I’m not one to complain about that.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Density? It’s not residential.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s still densifying the area

Anonymous
4 months ago

So delighted there will be blank walls. I mean why have any glazing or windows at all? Another ugly government building is just what Miami needs.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Well, it’s better than looking down at the ugly dirty streets that’s all over Miami.

Moishe Mana
4 months ago

I drove by the Jacksonville court house yesterday an it’s such a beautiful traditionally designed building… It’s maybe 4 years old an really nice, I just dont understand why Miami decided to cut cost on something that will be around for many many years?

Anonymous
4 months ago

If nostalgia is what you want, you can always look next door at the old courthouse.

Anonymous
4 months ago

No problem with something modern either, but no box with prison windows please. Even the brutalist county hall aged better than this will.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“Even the brutalist county hall aged better than this will”

You forgot to preempt that sentence with “In my opinion,” because that’s totally all it is.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Broadly speaking, the architecture community would prefer not to build in a way that echoes traditional notions of beauty, symmetry, grace. Yeah, that’s a generalization, but there’s an impeccable logic to it laid out in Tom Wolfe’s essay “From Bauhaus to our House.” Just re-read that recently. Good beach reading.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Different day, time, people, area, cost, etc, etc…..

Anonymous
4 months ago

I like the old courthouse design a lot better.

POLO
4 months ago

The ugly monolith is rising!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Just hope you stay out of it instead of in it.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“The board also allowed the building to have blank walls facing public streets without artistic expression, …” *** Shame ! What a missed opportunity for imagery of Sweet lady justice or a hangman’s noose or a guillotine. Oh well… 🙁

Anonymous
4 months ago

hehehe…

Anonymous
4 months ago

We can’t blame the state for this one. This squarely on Dade County and to a lesser degree, the City. The people that run this metropolis are only used to mediocrity. To them, this is an excellent design. After all, they’re used to worse in their country of origin.

Anonymous
4 months ago

this building can lick my balloon knot

Anonymous
4 months ago

i love blank walls and facades

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you want to look at paintings of pictures, go to the theaters or museums.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I suspect Miami is full of people like you. You’re getting just what your legislators think you deserve.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You’ll probably get what your legislators think you deserve from a judge also if you’re ever in a court room fighting a case in this building.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Hideous building. Government buidings should be majestic, not look like a value-engineered Mariott.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I guess you would rather continuing looking at for another twenty years a huge empty weed and trash strewn lot like where the talked about “Hotel and Convention Center” is supposed to go?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Good infill, hope the old courthouse becomes a hotel and preserved

Anonymous
4 months ago

Move city hall and consolidate functions from the Riverside Center into it. We get a beautiful “new” city hall and leaders will be forced to look out the window at this monstrosity.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This building ugliness is only surpassed by all the Melo towers.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Re: Melo. You aren’t going to get architectural splendor with affordable rentals. The city needs more, not less, affordable housing.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s going to look beautiful in that part of downtown.