Miami-Dade Commissioners Will Vote Tomorrow On New $850M Courthouse – Here Is The Top Ranked Proposal

Miami-Dade commissioners have scheduled a meeting tomorrow (December 3) where they will select a proposal to build a new civil courthouse in downtown Miami.

Taxpayers will spend $852 million over 30 years for the courthouse, if the top ranked bidder is selected. A private partnership will be responsible for building and maintaining the facility, in return for annual payments of over $25 million.

The three top ranked proposals (of five that were submitted) are from:

The Plenary bid has a net present value of $341 million to build, compared to $411 million from MSE and $459 million from Miami-Dade Courthouse Partnership. A ranking system was weighted heavily towards cost, leading Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to issue a recommendation in favor of the Plenary bid.

Below is the Plenary bid in full, obtained by The Next Miami by a public records request. We have also linked to the second and third ranked proposals.

Plenary is proposing a 23-story tower designed by architect HOK.

The new courthouse building will include a total of 640,000 square feet. There will be 46 jury courtrooms and shell space for four more court jury rooms as well as space for other related court partners and agencies. There will also provide parking for 59 vehicles, a café, and Administrative Office of the Courts of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, the Miami Dade Clerk of Courts, the Law Library, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Miami-Dade Police Department. One level of underground parking is planned.

An attorney for second ranked bidder MSE has called Plenary’s bid “crazy cheap.”

 

Update: The item has been removed from the December 3 agenda.

 

 

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Anonymous

Wow this crap costs $830 Million???

marc

Yeah, that sounds ridiculous?

Anonymous

Over 30 years. Net present value of annual payments is $341 million.

David

Seems a little steep. What kind of interest rate does that work out to? I guess $341 million (zero down) mortgages are hard to come by.

Anonymous

they should build it on cheaper land away from downtown to save taxpayer money. the Miami herald left for cheaper land. I’m all for concentrating stuff downtown, but almost a billion dollars for a mid rise, ugly building. if this is for all of Miami dade – they could afford to put it somewhere else like Doral or something.

Anonymous

the fat cat lawyers and civil servants want to be close to downtown – at taxpayer expense – socialism for the rich = Miami dade

Anonymous

THIS LOOKS LIKE A RIPOFF OF Melos downtown 5th

POLO

It looks like a jail. This thing is ugly as hell!

Anonymous

I hope the $850 million includes all maintenance. If so, then maybe it’s not that bad.

Either way we (the taxpayers) are on the hook for developer financing + profit.

Anonymous

Council: “Can we see the most banal design please ?”

Anonymous

Hopefully the old court house is converted to be something nice.

Anonymous

This is as generic a design as you can get. There was a time when public officials took pride in our civic buildings. This is a grade D government office building.

Anonymous

More like F– and repeat the third grade.

Anonymous

Crazy cheap is right, crazy cheap architecture.

Anonymous

Can’t we turn the one page on “modern” designs. These “modern” buildings built in the 70s and 80s are being knocked down down. Revival styles need a comeback.

Anonymous

Another 1970’s square building. Can’t believe it’s been 2 generations and nothing s changed

Anonymous

Very funcional.
Didn’t expect miracles or innovation in Miami so to see another empty lot, I say build it

marc

To be fair it wasn’t an empty lot that’s being developed like the tons that are actually empty in downtown. This is actually a bus terminal like the one at the Omni. It’ll have to be relocated.

Anonymous

Isn’t it also getting built on a small park?

Azarius

Cheap Miami

Anonymous

It looks like any other condo in Miami which is neither a good thing nor a bad thing.

Anonymous

That’s a really awesome use of an entirely blank, opaque facade along a really important block face on W Flagler St. *Paris Hilton Voice* Luvs it

Anonymous

Why don’t they show the competitors’ designs?

Anonymous

Why don’t they show the competitors’ designs?

Anonymous

Maybe look at the links at the beginning of the article 😉

Anonymous

It’s a shame that it will block the view of the historic courthouse from the west