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
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months 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.

Anon
2 months ago

Why would you only call out women? Sexist much?

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

Me too!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Glad to see this dump finally gone

Azure
2 months ago

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

Yep
2 months ago

Finally!

Deez
2 months ago

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

Nutz
2 months ago

So many fatherless kids probably conceived here

Anonbttm
2 months ago

Or swallowed

Anonymous
2 months ago

Bout time…

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months 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.

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

not even with the drug trade. Chicago is off the charts

Think much?
2 months ago

Yes, we don’t have enough traffic.

drack
2 months ago

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

Fred
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

HeY, dOn’T tOuCh ThEiR cUlTuRe!

Politicians take our money
2 months ago

Good memories gone.

MikeyB
2 months ago

But who speaks for the displaced pubic lice?

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Tony1
2 months ago

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

anonymous
2 months ago

I do…

– Bedbugs

Blight Hater
2 months ago

🎉🎉🎉

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

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

lop
2 months ago

what will be built here?

Realtalk Reilly
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

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

Anonymous
2 months ago

LOL! Sure

Anonymous
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

Ciparoo
2 months ago

Huzzah!

Anon
2 months ago

So many memories 🤣😅😭