Photos: Removal Of Metallic Gold Facade Underway At Former INS Building

The former INS Building at 79th Street and Biscayne is now losing its gold metal facade, as work gets underway to convert it into a hotel.

Records show that a partial demolition permit has been approved for the site, at an estimated cost of $60,000.

A phased foundation permit to begin expansion was submitted twice this year, on July 24 and September 28, but not yet approved.

The developers are planning to convert the old building into a Hilton Garden Inn hotel while also adding an apartment complex and parking garage, according to their website.

PreviouslyINS Building Set To Become A Hilton Garden Inn

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Anonymous

Just don’t touch that Bacardi building!

Anonymous

Finally after five years.

Anonymous

At this rate it will take 20 years to finish.

Anonymous

I want some of those panels!!!!

Anonymous

I was thinking the same exact thing, at least a little piece. I have a thing for midcentury gold anodized aluminum.

Anonymous

I thought they were going to be repurposed

Anonymous

Gramps Wynwood says their spinoff locations may be acquiring some panels.

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Anonymous

I remember its construction.?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Grandpa!

Anonymous

Back when it was the FBI building before it was the immigration building.

Anonymous

Hopefully the entire project gets moving as shown in the link that area needs it baaaad…

Anonymous

p.s. can somebody now get avra jain to do something with her blighted properties littered about biscayne and little river????

Anonymous

A lot of bad memories as a kid in that building, glad to see it go.

Anonymous

Its not going just being renovated.

Anonymous

Me too.

Anonymous

If the developers are coming back with an updated plan after over a year, hopefully it’s better architecture without all the cheap and nasty chaotic window patterns, barcode paint stripes, etc. Something clean but monumental please, like the TOD proposed a bit to the north, or Eastside Ridge to the south.

AndrewN

I actually like the current design. It is refreshing for this area and will give the area a boost. It will set the stage for the Mid-point shopping center to be redeveloped in to something grand.

Anonymous

Refreshing and grand are the antithesis of the cluttered excuse for architecture proposed. The area already is seeing a renaissance, so we don’t need something ugly that even Liberty City doesn’t deserve.

AndrewN

Biscayne and 79th has not seen the renaissance that The rest of the MiMo district has seen. It’s as if it stops at the river. I believe this development will jump start the area above the river while creating some density to support the retail corridor in the MiMo district.

Anonymous

It was built as Gulf American Properties. Prior to that a Howard Johnson’s restaurant sat at that corner.

Anonymous

wha…..someone lit a fire under the l.l.c who bought this project from the other l.l.c…..this has been festering for years and this is the first movement on th3 project…ill believe it when i see it….

chupacabra..L.L.C.

can the playboy club move back into the neighborhood?? retro-gentrification…

Low cost design

Almost every panel is headed to a dumpster or to recycling. Worse, the project looks ugly.