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
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month 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
1 month ago

Why would you only call out women? Sexist much?

Anonymous
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month ago

Me too!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Glad to see this dump finally gone

Azure
1 month ago

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

Yep
1 month ago

Finally!

Deez
1 month ago

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

Nutz
1 month ago

So many fatherless kids probably conceived here

Anonbttm
1 month ago

Or swallowed

Anonymous
1 month ago

Bout time…

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month ago

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

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Think much?
1 month ago

Yes, we don’t have enough traffic.

drack
1 month ago

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

Fred
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month ago

HeY, dOn’T tOuCh ThEiR cUlTuRe!

Politicians take our money
1 month ago

Good memories gone.

MikeyB
1 month ago

But who speaks for the displaced pubic lice?

Anonymous
1 month ago

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

Tony1
1 month ago

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

anonymous
1 month ago

I do…

– Bedbugs

Blight Hater
1 month ago

🎉🎉🎉

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

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

lop
1 month ago

what will be built here?

Realtalk Reilly
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month ago

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

Anonymous
1 month ago

LOL! Sure

Anonymous
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Ciparoo
1 month ago

Huzzah!

Anon
1 month ago

So many memories 🤣😅😭