The Real Deal Miami

Grove convention center demolition underway

A onetime venue for TV shoot, Jim Morrison to be torn down and made into a park

August 29, 2013 01:41PM

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Coconut Grove Convention Center (inset: archived newspaper headline)

Coconut Grove Convention Center (inset: archived newspaper headline)

Even as a “Burn Notice” fire sale raged inside the Coconut Grove Convention Center, the USA Networks’ filming headquarters, the city of Miami began to chip away at the historic former auditorium’s bulky bayfront exterior.

The city is demolishing the building to make way for a park, a plan fully endorsed by two of the Grove’s wealthiest residents. Pedro and David Martin’s Terra Group is developing the neighboring luxe multimillion-dollar, Bjarke Ingels-designed condo Grove at Grand Bay, have publicly endorsed the city’s project.

“It’s a natural extension of Grove at Grand Bay,” the younger Martin told The Real Deal.

The convention center’s demolition has been met with some public opposition by preservationists who say Miami’s historic buildings are disappearing. The Doors played in Coconut Grove in 1969, when the center was called the Dinner Key Auditorium. [Curbed]Emily Schmall

  • Suzanne Anderson

    This is such exciting news for Coconut Grove and its residents–a welcome new plan for this community!

  • George Wenzel

    People are strange, they come and go, the address never changes, buildings disappear. Progress appears. New folks come and go…

  • Mark Harris

    The center was an under utilized dump. Ugly building built when the city was awash with coke money. Times they are a changing.

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