Related Wants To Demolish Building Above Historic Olympia Theater (Updated)

Update: Only the residential building would be demolished and replicated under the proposal, while the theater would be renovated.

Related Group has submitted an unsolicited proposal to demolish a residential building at the historic Olympia Theater and rebuild it, with up to 300 affordable and workforce residential units.

In addition to a 1,567-seat theater, there is a 10-story building with 80 residential units currently on the site. The residential building would be demolished and replicated as part of Related’s proposal, while the theater would be renovated.

Miami commissioners were scheduled to discuss the proposal on September 14, but the meeting was postponed by Hurricane Irma.

The theater opened in 1926 and received historical designation by the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

 

 

(above photos: phillip pessar)

 

41 Comments
most voted
newest oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Anonymous
3 years ago

Jorge Perez will replicate the building with Chinese drywall, re-purposed pallet wood and Mass produced Styrofoam trims.

Afi
3 years ago

Bad idea jorge.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hell NO! If this happens I have no hope for Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Look at the McAllister/Sender building on lincoln rd and what was done there. A 1938 building also with Moorish influence mysteriously fell down after demo was disapproved on Miami Beach. Preservation Board made them rebuild a replica after the original was condemned…fast forward to last year… Comras et al made the successful argument the replica wasn’t historic and tore it down, leaving us with the Nike building that is already falling apart.

PRESERVE IT AS IT IS. RESTORE IT TO WHAT THE OLYMPIA ONCE WAS.

Move a block over Jorge and build elsewhere.

Marc305
3 years ago

I am all for new development and for the most part my attitude is “Out with the old and in with the new” but in this particular case I have to side with the Preservationists. The Olympia Theater is historic and should be preserved.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hogwash!!! Related cannot “REPLICATE” a theater that was built in the 1920’s!!! They just build cookie cutter condos.

Anonymous
3 years ago

i suggest instead of typing your thoughts here you type them to your elected officials or get ready for a tragedy….this building is beautiful and should be restored not destroyed……..

MIAMI
3 years ago

WELL SAID! I AGREE 100%

Oscar
3 years ago

Someone please kindly point Mr. Perez to one of the many vacant lots available in the urban corridor.

Anonymous
3 years ago

HELL NO! 300 apartments can be built in any other part of the city. Miami does not have a lot of historic buildings and this is one of its finest. This should not even be considered. Build the apartments on one of the many vacant lots scattered about downtown. There are plenty!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why not demolish any of the nondescript, derelict filled building s downtown or, for that matter, those ugly parking lot s?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Doesn’t the proposal say RENOVATE the theater ?! I still don’t like Related’s grubby, cheap quality hands on it

Anonymous
3 years ago

Exactly. I don’t think the plan is to tear the theatre down but to RENOVATE and expand the number of apts above it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Problem is trying to demo above the theater and build the apartments. Usually a developer says they will renovate and demo over “here or there” to get approvals. Then once demo begins usually historic parts begin to fall or become accidentally part of the demo and in way of the new work. By that time it is too late for the City to do anything about it but “replicate”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh.. and there’s this “Federal authorities are looking into whether Related Group‘s affordable housing arm, Related Urban, pocketed money from boosting construction costs on a senior housing project in Miami’s Shenandoah neighborhood. The focus on Related is part of a larger investigation examining at least a dozen publicly subsidized developments by other developers, according to the Miami Herald.”

Anonymous
3 years ago

No!

miami1
3 years ago

Not going to happen…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Didn’t Related also propose to replace Coconut Grove Bank’s offices before they began their development and conveniently forget to do so?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Two blocks down (in ANY direction) there is still vacant or underutilized land available for development. NO. NO. NO!

Anonymous
3 years ago

First the McAllister and Columbus Hotels, then the Alcazar and Everglades Hotels, and now this?! Don’t let it happen folks! Look at the Miami National Bank and plans for the Dade Commonwealth Building for beautiful preservation and adaptive reuse into boutique hotels. Plenty of other nondescript low-rise redevelopment opportunities which aren’t owned by slumlord Moshe Mana exist.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What a joke. Who should we contact in regards to this (in terms of public official(s))?

Pro Transit
3 years ago

District 5 Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro

Anonymous
3 years ago

Please no. God no.

Anonymous
3 years ago

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF HISTORIC DESIGNATION/PROTECTION IF THIS IS EVEN CONTEMPLATED? This would set a devastating precedent to historic building protection. SHAME ON RELATED!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Its on the National Register of Historic Places for a reason! Hell no!

SImon
3 years ago

Nope.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Que no.

Anonymous
3 years ago

HELL NO. I totally concur. This theater has historical designation and should be preserved at all cost. We cannot allow developers like Jorge Perez and his Related group to continue to bulldoze our history and replace it with cheap cookie cutter buildings.

Anonymous
3 years ago

All the other buildings and lots in the area and they just have to demolish one of the ones that actually have value? They can’t just get rid of one of those seedy jewelry stores nearby and accomplish the same goal?

Alpina
3 years ago

Thanks for the clarification, but still I don’t want Related to put their hands on this building…nowhere near this one please!!! In the past, they have shown be crooked.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No way…….

Anonymous
3 years ago

NO!

Flymia
3 years ago

Terrible Idea. Would be pathetic if the Commission lets this happen.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Remember when Related tore down the historic (appearance altered albeit reversible) Urmey Hotel for The Loft 4? It was never built, and we’re stuck with Centro, which is an absolute eyesore even without a parking pedestal.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is OUR HISTORY! Renovate, yes. Maybe even add/reconfigure the residential building WITHIN its historic shell, maybe. Demolish & “rebuild” – absolutely NOT!

Anonymous
3 years ago

The article is misleading and can see it has been updated since (somewhat). The theatre will be preserved and repaired and only the units ABOVE theatre will be ‘demolished’ and they’ll include 300 units of workforce housing. The theatre needs so much maintenance that this will enable them to obtain $ for the crumbling facade and repair water damage etc. as needed (not demolish).

Anonymous
3 years ago

You are dreaming if you think they can demo and build on top without damaging the theater.