Grand Central Is Closing As Worldcenter Demolition Begins

Grand Central is closing later this month, according to the Miami New Times.

The owners of the music venue had clashed with the developers of Worldcenter in court in several lawsuits, which were settled a few months ago. Grand Central had been leasing the property from Worldcenter.

Plans for a new commercial development on the site have already been filed (we will post them soon.) Across the street to the west is the former Miami Arena site, where the 1,800-room Marriott Expo Center is planned. To the north is Worldcenter Block E.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Someone forgot to tell Grand Central, they have events planned until the end of October on their website.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Gentrification does have its drawbacks and i guess this one of them. However I’m looking foward to the Worldcenter project. It is going to be transformative for Downtown Miami. Along with Brickell City Centre as well as All Aboard Florida Miami Central.

Richard
5 years ago

Its time to become Manhatten, not the South Bronx

Anonymous
5 years ago

Good bye to a grat historic building ! Thats how miami keep history!

Anonymous
5 years ago

I don’t care what they put there: the venue was an important artistic nexus point. This is not “progress.” It’s just new construction to generate capital for developers (so they hope). This would not be a problem but for the fact that Miami lacks mid-size music venues with character. For such a big city, its musical venues are sadly limited for innovative acts. Really a tragedy to see this historic place go.

suomynona
5 years ago

I don’t give a crap about the club but doesn’t the building have some history? Be cool to incorporate it into the ground-level of the project. But alas…

Marc305
5 years ago

Good bye and good riddance

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yes, good riddance! We’re well on our way of ridding this city of any establishment with character or history! Give me more purse and shoe stores, $18 cocktails and $40 pasta dishes in establishments that will be that will be popular for 6 months and then never spoken of again!

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Oh relax, this is not Vizcaya or the Freedom Tower. In light of whats coming… good riddance indeed.

Anonymous
5 years ago

No, lets get rid of those too! Great spot for high end retail, luxury condos and chic restaurants.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So let me get this straight you like it because you can see come cool bands there, but have you been there during the day? It is filled with homeless people and surrounded by empty parking lots. Is that what you want the downtown of Miami to look like forever? Really? Because if it is that is pretty sad. You can still get your band-on and your freak-on in other places. This area will change whether you like it or not.

Anonymous
5 years ago

You’re right. New shiny buildings will fix the homeless problem downtown. They will all disappear upon completion of World Center.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Sarcasm aside, your comment is actually correct. Replacing those empty parking lots and abandoned buildings with “shiny buildings” will help fix the homeless problem. They won’t disappear, but they will be forced to relocate resulting in a more vibrant and, safe urban core.

Marc305
5 years ago

Wow, I see that my 5 word comment generated a lot of replies. The last Anonymous has it right, replacing empty lots or old buildings with “shiny buildings” does take care of the homeless problem for “that” block. I remember the 4 or 5 blocks between the PAC and the new Publix on Biscayne Blvd in the early 2000’s. It did not look at all the way it does now and neither will downtown after the completion of World Center. Progress happens, one block at a time.

Anonymous
5 years ago

You don’t understand that Grand Central is a cultural center for music and young people gathering. I don’t care what they put there: the venue was an important artistic nexus point. This is not “progress.” It’s just new construction to generate capital for developers (so they hope). This would not be a problem but for the fact that Miami lacks mid-size music venues with character. For such a big city, its musical venues are sadly limited for innovative acts. Really a tragedy to see this historic place go. I hope people like Marc trip in front of the bulldozer and get buried in the rubble.