Brightline owner’s proposal to build a new Miami-Dade courthouse lives on

Mayor Gimenez's rejection earlier this month is now overruled

Miami /
Feb.February 21, 2018 04:30 PM

Miami-Dade County’s courthouse

A proposal by Brightline’s parent company to build a new Miami-Dade Courthouse has been revived.

The Miami-Dade County Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution directing Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to continue negotiating with New Flagler Courthouse Development Partners, or NFCDP, to build a new civic courthouse near the existing courthouse at 73 West Flagler Street. The NFCDP development team includes Florida East Coast Industries, a company that runs the Brightline passenger rail train and is also building the 3-million-square-foot MiamiCentral complex within Miami’s downtown area.

At the same time, the county commission unanimously directed Gimenez to receive bids from other developers interested in building a new courthouse either on Flagler Street in downtown Miami or on county-owned lots near the Children’s Courthouse at 155 Northwest Third Street. The commission also wants a report on the courthouse bid proposals by April 10.

The commission’s vote came against the recommendation of Gimenez, the county’s internal services department, and real estate consultants. Their main concern was that keeping NFCDP’s unsolicited bid would discourage other potential bidders. Gimenez also wanted to limit the site to the county-owned lots near the Children’s Courthouse, arguing that it was ready for development. He also said that the new courthouse could share certain facilities with the Children’s Courthouse. “Gee, two [functioning] courthouses next to each other. What a concept,” Gimenez said to the commission.

Attorneys and judges have been clamoring for a new civic courthouse to replace the current Miami-Dade Courthouse that was built in 1928. Voters, though, rejected a $390 million bond proposal to build a new downtown area courthouse in 2014.

Since then, the county has been trying to figure how to partner with a developer to build a new courthouse.

On January 11, NFCDP made an unsolicited proposal to build a new courthouse.  The details of that proposal are still unknown as they are covered under a cone of silence. However, on February 6, the county commission directed the mayor to seek bids that would build, at a minimum, a 600,000-square-foot, 26-story building. Tara Smith, director of Miami-Dade County’s internal services, indicated that the courthouse proposal made by NFCDP was somewhat smaller.

Gimenez rejected NFCDP’s bid earlier this month so that a single request for proposal would be put out to build a courthouse near the Children’s Courthouse. The county commission’s vote now effectively overrules that decision.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
FECI's Kolleen Cobb with Countyline Corporate Park and the new sites at 4181 and 4241 West 108th Street (Google Maps)
FECI plans Countyline Corporate Park expansion with $33M construction loan
FECI plans Countyline Corporate Park expansion with $33M construction loan
Alliance Residential Company CEO Bruce Ward and 6595 Morikami Park Road (Google Maps)
Alliance Residential buys site, scores $46M construction loan for senior apartments in Delray Beach
Alliance Residential buys site, scores $46M construction loan for senior apartments in Delray Beach
Arbor Management Acquisition Company heads Ivan Kaufman and Maurice Kaufman with a rendering of Aventura Park (Anillo Toledo Lopez, iStock)
Arbor Management buys multifamily dev site near Aventura for $10M
Arbor Management buys multifamily dev site near Aventura for $10M
(iStock)
South Florida resi construction starts soar in March
South Florida resi construction starts soar in March
Kolleen OP Cobb and Countyline Corporate Park Building 26 (FECI)
FECI scores construction loan for Hialeah business park
FECI scores construction loan for Hialeah business park
Kolleen OP Cobb and 591 Evernia Street (FECI, Google Maps)
New York Life buys Brightline West Palm apartments for $115M
New York Life buys Brightline West Palm apartments for $115M
South Florida’s residential markets bounced back in the third quarter
South Florida’s residential sales rise in Q3, led by surge in Palm Beach County
South Florida’s residential sales rise in Q3, led by surge in Palm Beach County
Renderings of the project (Courtesy of Pinnacle)
Pinnacle scores $31M for senior affordable housing development
Pinnacle scores $31M for senior affordable housing development
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...