Redevelopment Concepts Set To Be Solicited For Dade Civil Courthouse

Developers may soon be given the chance to repurpose the historic Dade Civil Courthouse in downtown Miami.

County commissioners are scheduled to vote on a plan that would have the Downtown Development Authority market the property. Miami Dade’s Infrastructure, Operations and Innovations Committee has scheduled a vote on the resolution for April 14.

Private developers will be solicited through an expression of interest for redevelopment concepts, if commissioners approve.

The Dade County Courthouse was completed in 1928 and became the tallest building south of Baltimore. It was also the tallest municipal building in the United States.

The building is still in use, but is set to be vacated once construction is complete on a new civil courthouse building across the street. The new courthouse building will cost the county $852 million over 30 years (or $341 million in net present value as of 2019).

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

This being should revert back to being city hall

Anonymous
1 month ago

Absolutely, and consolidate Riverside Center operations there, too.

Adrian Diaz
1 month ago

If it was designed for the public it should remain public I second the below comment this makes more sense as City Hall than the place at Coconut Grove

Pickles
1 month ago

Yup!

M m
1 month ago

City Hall

Anonymous
1 month ago

Get rid of the asbestos and just make it a boutique hotel / museum

Socretes
1 month ago

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/tpamd-le-meridien-tampa/overview/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2&y_source=1_MTcxNDk0OC03MTUtbG9jYXRpb24ud2Vic2l0ZQ%3D%3D

This LeMeridien Hotel in downtown Tampa was a Federal Courthouse and is now an exceptional hotel with bars and restaruants. It has been preserved nicely and even kept many of the courtroom entry doors.
Really great work by Kobi Karp….

Anonymous
1 month ago

Back before Kobi Karp wasn’t Kobi Krap.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Indeed I stayed at Le Meridien Tampa and was amazing what they did with the wonderful Court House, but I will also love to see this building as the Miami City Hall / Museum, I mean with an open Lobby that visitors and resident could visit, its very iconic and elegant, don’t like the Coconut Grove location at all.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hotel please!!

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Turn the court rooms into restaurants and the rest into hotels and offices.

Antennae
1 month ago

I’d love to see massive lofts and mini studios, a wonderful restaurant on the lower floor or a nice coffee shop

Pickles
1 month ago

No. Make it into Miami City Hall.

Jon
1 month ago

Letting the DDA manage this is a huge mistake.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city brothel.

M m
1 month ago

No that’s the Paramount

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

surprise that building allows that fresh n fit podcast in there since it causes so much foot traffic and drama

Tampa Tony
1 month ago

Imagine an apartment building not allowing you to film a podcast in your own apartment.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Are you new to living in a building? There are tons of things you can’t do in your own apartment.

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Imagine now cherry picking what I said and me telling you about the drama and fights that occur in it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I thought that was Vizcayne.

Tony Fiorentino
1 month ago

Ya baby!

Pickles
1 month ago

You gotta be kidding me. So they are going to auction if off to some sleezebag developer to raze it?

DO. NOT. TOUCH. THE. COURT. HOUSE.

IHateBrokerBabble
1 month ago

Nowhere does the story mention demolition of the courthouse. The article SPECIFICALLY says “repurpose”.

Xtx
1 month ago

Office space for law firms an government operations…

Anonymous
1 month ago

I have a couple lawyer friends who had to work out of there for about a decade up until a few years ago and I can still remember the stories they told me about that building. They said all the upper floors have super tiny spaces and they felt like they were packed into a can of sardines. So if they do turn this into a boutique hotel they’re going to have to tear some walls down or have rooms that are even tinier than The Langford ones. I don’t understand why so many buildings were built this way in the 1920s?

Adios Amigos
1 month ago

Museum in the first floor. Luxury hotels for the remaining floors.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Let me guess, another billion dollars?

Anonymous
1 month ago

MIAMI CITY HALL

Realtalk Reilly
25 days ago

What a shame that they had to spend all that money on a new Courthouse that turned out to be unnecessary. They needed a new one because of overcrowding, that’s true, but that is not longer the case. They started doing hearings via Zoom and have decided not to go back to doing it the old way — it’s much more convenient and efficient to do them remotely, whether the Courthouse is crowded or not.

Anyway, it was the everyday Motion Calendars of hearings that had the place jammed full of lawyers e every day. With the Courtrooms now being used only for hearings, the Courthouse is not crowded any more.

For a small fraction of what they spent on the new Courthouse, they could’ve done a high-tech renovation of the beautiful and distinct old Courthouse, and wired up every room for maximum connectivity for remote proceedings.

HUUUUGE waste of money for that ugly nouveau brutalist building, but I guess it’s too late to do anything about it now.

I agree with those who say it should remain a public building, and namely the City Hall. The waterfront site of the current City Hall in Coconut Grove has a lot more redevelopment potential than the Courthouse does.

Realtalk Reilly
25 days ago

Oops, I wish we could edit our comments. The second sentence of the second paragraph is supposed to say, “With the Courtrooms now being used only for TRIALS, the Courthouse is not crowded any more.”

Downtown Blue Voters
1 month ago

Lofts

Anonymous
1 month ago

Make it a museum

Anonymous
1 month ago

Of what…

Calivalle
1 month ago

Tear it down … Make your new City Hall before we get stuck with an $850 million bill….💥💥💥💥

Eddye
1 month ago

It could be Doctors offices, etc. As the population keeps growing eventually more space will be needed for medical facilities. The city has enough Hotels and restaurants already.

Anonymous
1 month ago

One of the best hospitals in the state and medical district is five minutes away by Metrorail.

Fernando
1 month ago

Casino

Anonymous
1 month ago

affordable housing

Anonymous
1 month ago

So, who will you let live there?

Anonymous
1 month ago

they should turn this building into a shelter for recently arrived central american, venezuelans, and haitian immigrants and housing for the homeless that live in downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

What an awful idea.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, right. Let’s just give a beautiful old historic property over to the homeless so they can destroy it! Great idea.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Pretty sure he’s joking, but there seriously are examples of five-star hotels housing migrants in Europe, as well as San Diego, California.

Rocket Man
1 month ago

I’m with you on that.. but then we nuke it 🚀