Mana Demolishes 115-Year-Old Watson Building In Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami’s Watson Building, which was built in 1905, has been demolished.

A second building next door that dates to 1925 was also demolished.

The properties were purchased in 2015 by Moishe Mana’s Palm Tree Holdings LLC for a combined price of $6.825 million.

John W. Watson, a businessman and politician, built the first building, according to the Miami History website.

Over the years, the building housed Watson’s business and tenants included a Masonic Lodge. It was purchased by Burdines in 1930, and most recently housed Churchill’s Barbershop among other retail tenants.

In March 2020, Mana filed to demolish both buildings.

Approval of the demolitions were granted by the city in March and May of 2021.

Miami’s Historic Preservation planners granted condition approval to both demolitions, with a letter from archaeologists required.

It doesn’t appear that Mana has any plans to build on the newly cleared property, with no other construction permits now pending for the site.

Mana also owns the 13-story office building next door, where $15 million worth of renovations is currently underway. Mana is calling that building the Nikola Tesla Innovation Hub (it was formerly the City National Bank building.)

 

(Photos: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
5 months ago

Congratulations Mana on your destruction of downtown Miami. You’ve really helped to make downtown a derelict, chain link fence, boarded up haven.

Anonymous
5 months ago

If you don’t shut up, I’ll knock down some more shit downtown!!!

– Mana

Anonymous
5 months ago

yeah, after you let things sit vacant and look derelict for a few years 🙂

Anonymous
5 months ago

That building was already vacant and derelict.. now if others of you don’t have anything else to say, let me get back to destroying more shit I own downtown.

– Mana

Anonymous
5 months ago

Well – we now are aware that he can knock things down- wondering if we will ever know if he can builds things up???

Anonymous
5 months ago

Hi Mana here, no I only know how to bulldoze. K thanks.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Stay in NY and don’t come back!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

I am from NYC and we don’t him here either! Thank you!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Money doesn’t buy style.. yikes!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Gotta be rich to wear crap like that!! This pants are probably 2 grand haha!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

It’s always poor people buying fancy cars and fancy clothes. Really rich people don’t give a crap about that stuff.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Poor people buy Maybachs and multi-million dollar condos?

Anonymous
5 months ago

I don’t think a poor person could afford my rolls Royce

Anonymous
5 months ago

Mana is the worst for the downtown economy and living experience.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Nice pants

Anon
5 months ago

I hate this guy

Anonymous
5 months ago

another empty lot downtown owned by a member of the flagler bid

John nyc /Miami
5 months ago

Ok you have money. Congrats. Build something. Build a legacy. Do something with all those properties you’ve bought. Do something great in that area of downtown Miami. Now that sky rise Miami is not happening I don’t think he will be forced to do anything in that area that’s close to bayside. That’s the shame of sky rise not happening. That entertainment tower in bayside would’ve forced him to do something. Now he can just sit there with those properties. What a shame.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Mana is destroying Miami. Literally now!! Will he ever build something though?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Mana is a four letter word.

Anonymous
5 months ago

“Miami’s Historic Preservation planners granted condition approval to both demolitions, with a letter from archaeologists required.”

Toothless… useless. A letter from an archaeologist is required? How about a report why this building couldn’t have been preserved, when what’s above ground arguably had more value? Meanwhile, Historic Preservation is busy analyzing the doors on a post-war shack while pre-war beauties are destroyed left and right.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yawn! No construction permits… c’mon Mana! Do something

Anonymous
5 months ago

Mana is like cancer to Miami.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Awful.

Vacant lot.
5 months ago

Mana makes another vacant lot. Downtown Miami already look like crap.

CEC
5 months ago

Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Mana has obviously done something right. In a capitalist economy the object of the game is to make money. He has made money. He is making more money as the value of his holdings go up. If he is playing the game and wining, what’s wrong with that?

Anonymous
5 months ago

In a capitalist economy, the idea is to create value and products that others will voluntarily pay for.
Of course he has done something right.
Hitler loved his dog.
Ed Hardy makes cool clothes.
LeBron James is the dumbest millionaire in the USA.

People can be two or more things at once.

(Rumor has it….Albert Einstein could not really dribble with his left.)

Anonymous
5 months ago

And you’re also one these smartass people who think the Democrats cheated Trump during the 2020 presidential election.

You’re right, people can be two or more things at once.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Fair enough, and you probably think the Russians meddled in the 2016 election for Trump. Beggars can’t be choosers.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yeah.. and it must be a real comfort for you to know that the man leading the investigation works for you. Criminals don’t worry when the cops work for them.