Starlite Motel Near Brickell City Centre Slated For Total Demolition

Brickell’s Starlite Motel is planned to be completely demolished, according to a new filing at Miami’s Building Department.

Optimum USA Brickell 2 LLC, which owns the property, filed for a total demolition permit on April 19.

According to the filing, a total of 32,344 square feet will be demolished at an estimated cost of $133,205.

Adjacent to the Starlite, a brand new 22-story hotel building just opened, at the former El Eden motel property. The new hotel tower has 264 rooms split between two brands: AC Hotel by Marriott and Element by Westin

Here is how a building official described the Starlite property in a May 2021 hearing before Miami’s Unsafe Structures Panel:

This is a 2-Story, CBS, Motel (Star Light Motel). Property is composed of 4- separate unoccupied structures. All structures are currently vacant open and abandoned with no electrical or water service. Structures are found to have broken windows and doors, damaged electrical and plumbing, and vandalized. For these reasons, this structure presents a health, fire, and windstorm hazard to adjoining properties, nearby citizens and squatters that occasionally occupy the structure. IN THIS MATTER: The City of Miami has found the above described Structure(s) to be Unsafe Structure(s) as required by Chapter 10, Article VI of The City of Miami Code, official notices were sent to the property owner(s) directing them to: REPAIR OR DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURE(S).

 

 

(photos: Phillip Pessar)

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Sad
8 days ago

So many late night hookups…that’s og miami, y’all newbies don’t know 😭

Anonymous
8 days ago

And all the lunchtime quickies for all the Brickell office workers. Back when all work was in person and everyone wore a suit and tie.

Anonymous
8 days ago

I’m told I had a lot of good times there.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Me too!

Azure
8 days ago

It’s amazing that it’s lasted this long!

Anonymous
8 days ago

Glad to see this dump finally gone

Yep
8 days ago

Finally!

Deez
7 days ago

Let off some of the hardest nuts of my life in this dump.

Nutz
7 days ago

So many fatherless kids probably conceived here

Anonbttm
3 days ago

Or swallowed

Anonymous
8 days ago

Bout time…

Melo is sigma and chad
8 days ago

About time, but they’re plenty of other two story brickell apartments/hotels that need to be replace too.

Anonymous
8 days ago

One at a time….Rome wasn’t built in day, but Miami sure is growing pretty fast 🤣😂

Melo is sigma and chad
8 days ago

and we have plenty of empty lots from 36st to the rickenbacker they could be built on. Trying to see this City surpass the chicago skyline by 2030.

Think much?
8 days ago

Yes, we don’t have enough traffic.

drack
7 days ago

^
Big cities always have plenty of traffic.. that’s why they’re big cities.

Fred
7 days ago

Real big cities have functional mass transit. Miami is a joke.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Plenty of those two-story horror house pill boxes in Little Havana too.

Anonymous
7 days ago

HeY, dOn’T tOuCh ThEiR cUlTuRe!

Politicians take our money
8 days ago

Good memories gone.

MikeyB
8 days ago

But who speaks for the displaced pubic lice?

Anonymous
7 days ago

They are probably going to have to spray spermicide on the debris!

Tony1
7 days ago

So many good memories, and it’s gone.🥹🤣🤣🤣🤣

anonymous
7 days ago

I do…

– Bedbugs

Blight Hater
8 days ago

🎉🎉🎉

Not Anonymous
8 days ago

Why is this being demolished now? This should’ve been history long before now

lop
7 days ago

what will be built here?

Realtalk Reilly
7 days ago

That motel was literally designed from the ground up as a place where people could go for illicit liaisons. Hence the private garage parking spaces, the ultimate in discretion.

Hard to believe that a motel that charges by the hour lasted for so long on such a prime piece of real estate. I bet the owner has been holding out for the ultimate payday all these years, and is now too old to fully enjoy spending it.

anonymous
6 days ago

previous owner/actual operator of the property sold it in 2014 for $25million, current owner has kept it more or less vacant for years

Stavi
8 days ago

Geez it’s about time that eye sore was demolished. I’m surprised no one is lining up to do something there it’s prime location

Downtown Blue voter
8 days ago

At this pace Gaetz will run out of “adoption” Centers.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Admit it. You’re threatened that Gaetz will be our next Governor, just like DeSantis will be our next President in 2028.

Anonymous
8 days ago

LOL! Sure

Anonymous
7 days ago

Oh come on! Outside of the ultra crazies, Gaetz is universally hated. No way he could win a statewide race. Even in Florida.

Fred
7 days ago

Florida loves it’s perverts, pedophiles deviants, and worthless trolls, eh?

Ciparoo
7 days ago

Huzzah!

Anon
7 days ago

So many memories 🤣😅😭