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Here’s How Met Square Will Showcase Historic Remnants

Met Square developer MDM has reached a compromise agreement that will allow the retail, hotel and movie theater complex to be built, while still preserving and displaying the historic circle and artifacts that have been unearthed on the property. Here’s what the display, designed by Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe will look like:

 

Met Square’s Tequesta Indian Preservation Plan

Met Square is a mixed-use development of hotel, restaurants, retail, and an entertainment complex. Recently, it also established a museum and exhibition serving to protect a vital piece of Miami’s history – a discovered Tequesta Indian site.

Met Square sits directly above Miami’s most historical discovery in years. The site was witness to the Tequesta Indians who are the earliest residents known to live in Miami. The site was also home to both a 19th century US Army Fort and Henry Flagler’s Royal Palms Hotel. Remnants of these historical periods are being restored, rebuilt, and exhibited, showcased within 2 circular areas residing below the tower and theaters.

The design will preserve the two major circles of carved post holes believed by archeologists to be foundations for Tequesta dwellings. The North East circle will be the center piece of a gallery to be operated by History Miami and open to the public. The second circle, located at the south west corner, will be encased in glass viewable by both pedestrians from the sidewalk and through tenant spaces on the interior of the structure.

The following renderings show NBWW’s approach to preserving and displaying the circles on site.

Through NBWW’s collaboration with MDM development, we aim to create a learning opportunity by providing accessibility to the found artifacts while protecting and preserving them for current and future generations to enjoy.

 

(renderings via Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

This has been described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in the U.S. and this is all we get? It is very sad that there wasn’t a better option. I blame MDM for being so aggressive and local city leaders, such as Sarnoff, for not being more proactive.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m pretty sure you won’t bother to visit this site. Nor have you visited the Miami Circle

anony
anony

This is 100 times better than the preservation of Miami Circle. All they did for the circle was to put a small plaque.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What more do you want?

Eric
Eric

Great compromise on preserving the past and embracing the new. Can’t see many people purposely going to see it, however, the retail/entertainment/hotel components will bring lots of foot traffic and it will be open for all to see, even streetside. Met will be good for our burgeoning downtown, adding retail and a unique movie experience. And with Brickell City Center within walking distance along with dozens of other projects, Miami’s transformation is in the making.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I love it . They should also do the same thing like this to the Miami circle.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I would have loved if the community would have come together to buy the land from the developer and make it a public park, like the Miami Circle. This is such a hugely missed opportunity. MDM, the developers were extremely aggressive and got the city to bypass the historic preservation board, knowing that the board would most likely require more preservation that we ultimately got. In a city with so few public parks and important historical sites, it’s a shame that we’re settling for another bland development and some chain retailers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Miami Circle cost the tax payers around 20 millions that represented the profit the developer would have profit out if the condos were built, now the Miami Circle is covered with soil in a park that only the dogs owners from the nearby condos use.

juan
juan

People barely use the parks we have in Brickell. The development that MDM is building will do much more to further the advancement of Miami. This is a fair compromise.

P.S. I’m sure if hundreds of millions of your dollars were at stake you would be “aggressive” also

Laz
Laz

It says they are restoring what they found of the royal palm hotel but i dont see it in the renderings, there is a well and the footsteps. Also what about the shoreline? how the F did the board let this happen? everything in that development could have gone to Flagler street which is much needed.

Fernando
Fernando

I think those against this should read the full article on MiamiHerald. “Archaeologist Bob Carr, local preservationists, including historian Arva Moore Parks, and a number of city, Miami-Dade County and state historic-preservation employees..” were part of the negotiation and were pleased and approved this. You know these preservationists are not easy to please and convince (like our city officials) so it is a win-win like the article suggests.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/20/4008109/intense-mediation-leads-to-agreement.html

Anonymous
Anonymous

Just in Brickell and Down town area alone u have bay front park, Bicentenial park aka Now museum park, pace park, virginia key park, Simpson park, lummus park, Jose Marti park, south side park, Alice park, brickell plaza mini park aka Allen Morris park. miami dose not need more park what miami need is more JOBS

Fernando
Fernando

Interesting to see Marriott putting up another hotel just down the block from existing location and few blocks away from the one on Brickell Ave.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, lets build another park that no one uses except for homeless and overpriced, inbred pedigree dogs. Sounds like a plan.

Its only 90-100 degrees here with humidity on most days – perfect weather for lounging in an unshaded park – especially during rainy season. Don’t forget about the pleasure of red ant bites.

Gared
Gared

You are all so right Dudes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

yes miami needs more parks but they must be spread out not practically adjacent to another. there are many opportunities in the city to strategically put more parks such as under mass transit lines another empty lots. this compromise is good the article in the herald addresses a lot of the issues that have been raised. it is important that future developers know that these issues can be worked out if they are to invest money in downtown that as the birth place of our city will have more relics from the past that will be unearthed.

Anonymous
Anonymous

a park should be built around it. smh.

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