Miami Herald Building Begins Demolition Process

With a recently-approved “Total Demolition” permit for the Miami Herald’s longtime- but no longer- home at One Herald Plaza, Malaysian casino company Genting Resorts World has begun removing non-structural elements on the property. So far, pictures of the commencement reveal a destroyed porte-cochere at the entrance of the vacated newspaper headquarters.

Before the demo permit was approved, the Dade Heritage Trust sought to preserve the building by encouraging the historical designation of One Herald Plaza, claiming it met not one, but four of the six historical designation criteria. While attending public meetings to push their case to the Miami Historic Environment and Preservation Board, they also urged Genting to consider keeping the exterior intact, but failed. The company previously called preservation “an affront to smart urban planning,” and even some Miami-based preservation architects do not believe the building meets preservation standards.

Genting purchased the waterfront building for $235 million with plans to turn it into the world’s largest casino. In September 2011, the company presented a proposal for a 10 million square-foot resort on the bay, including four hotels, two condo towers, and a luxury shopping mall. This proposed complex would shatter all preconceived notions of extravagance and set a new standard of opulent living in Miami. Designed by locally-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, the resort will also include a convention center, the largest ballroom in the nation, and space for over 50 restaurants, bars, and night clubs. While waiting for approval from state legislature to get a gaming license Genting has made considerable political contributions throughout Florida.

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