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.