Miami-Dade College Interested In Redeveloping Downtown Miami’s 15-Story Harry Cain Tower, Which Will Be Demolished

Miami-Dade County has announced that it will close the 15-Story Harry Cain public housing tower in downtown Miami. Neighbor Miami Dade College is interested in redeveloping the property, according to the Miami Herald.

The county is planning to demolish the tower.

The property is surrounded by Miami Dade College buildings on nearly all sides. A city fire station is next door, and the college is interested in that building too.

Harry Cain’s lot size is 22,430 square feet, while the fire station sits on 28,000 square feet of land.

The Harry Cain building was completed in 1983, but has asbestos, mold and leaks. It includes 154 bedrooms and 154 bathrooms in 117,113 square feet of building space.

The college was told before the shutdown the the market rate for the property was $20 million. It would also face a difficult approval process in Washington.

Zoning allows a building that is much taller than 15 stories on the site.

 

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Anonymous

MDC Wolfson hasn’t renovated the old federal court house yet, still has a surface lot which was suppose to be Loft 3 and are about the get the fire station on 5th street. Why do they need another property they will just sit on and slum it up like Mana.

Anonymous

Also their surface lot on biscayne blvd with the proposed auditorium and museum still hasn’t started construction yet.

Anonymous

Also, Freedom Tower. Sell it to a developer to restore and build something luxurious behind and on the adjourning lot to stand with the Waldorf-Astoria and 1000 Museum

Anonymous

why do they need another property? because Miami Dade College is another institution in miami, like airport, port, that it is run by a handful of old farts, that think they own it. the State already tried to take over the college like it is doing with the airport and may be the port, and let me be clear, I do not agree with the state taking over miami dade, but I see the need to put stop to the corruption. lets VOTE local guys.

Anonymous

bad idea to give to the school. They should have them do a JV with another developer to build something of substance like a large residential/office/retail project to bring more ppl to that area. Place is next to two metro movers so you could do a lot with these lots.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I think the last thing we need is another residential/retail project. There is enough of that downtown. We need more busy bodies downtown to actually shop at the stores that are already available.

Anonymous

That is the point of putting resi/office/retail in one building/project… the office brings the jobs, the resi brings the bodies and the bodies from both resi and office shop at the retail. What we need are these projects to be more affordable. The city/county needs to work with developers to give them allowances so that some of the resi units are affordable. Otherwise, we just keep falling into the same cycle of building the wrong product that folks cannot afford.

Anonymous

Give? Where does it say give?

Anonymous

maybe a 50 story public workforce tower/classroom space for college?

Anonymous

Here I am! doo-doo doo-doo….rock you like a HARRY CANE!

Anonymous

Harry Cane plays for Tottenham, don’t you know anything?

Anonymous

EXCELLENT POST!
Loved it at first sting.

Anonymous

Two points:
1) Asbestos in 1983 ?!?
2) Should remain public/workforce housing.

Anonymous

love how TNM didn’t even include a photo of this building that wasn’t ghosted out; it’s too ugly

La Mala

Regardless MDC is becoming this great insutition to the community, who would have thought.

Anonymous

Slumlords are very respected; look at Mana.

Mitchell Medero

Perfect location for an stand alone Burger King…..

Anonymous

MDC could turn the existing building into a shore power research lab.

Shawn Kouri

What will be on the site of this building?

Anonymous

deep question….

Mitchell Medero

Perfect location for an stand alone Burger King!

305

He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants!

Harry Cain, he scores when he wants!

Anonymous

All county residential land should be for affordable/workforce housing PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!