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UPDATED Several city, county politicians oppose historic designation of Miami Herald building

Four current and former Miami-Dade and Miami politicians weighed in last week in the lead up to Monday's vote on whether the Miami Herald's building should be designated historic.

The officials -- Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Audrey Edmonson, and former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas -- don't have a say in the matter. Even if Monday's decision by Miami's historic preservation board gets appealed, that appeal heads to the city commission, where neither Regalado nor any county politician has a vote.

But Regalado nevertheless told WSVN-FOX 7 last week that "The Herald newspaper is historic, but the building is not. The building is not Vizcaya. The building is not the Freedom Tower. It's just a big box."

And Barreiro, Edmonson and Penelas sent the preservation board letters last week also opposing the designation. (Penelas' letter is undated.)

"Our vision for a new, vibrant downtown does not need an industrial building blocking access to Biscayne Bay," wrote Barreiro, whose district begins south of the Herald building.

UPDATE: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez also opposed the designation last week, telling WLTV-Univisión 23 that while events inside the building may have been historic, "The building -- the building -- to me is not historic." (The clip does not appear to be available online.)

Genting, the Malaysian casino operator, purchased the Herald property for $236 million last year with plans to build a massive resort.

The historic designation effort, supported in part by the Dade Heritage Trust, was bolstered last week by a report issued by the preservation office outlining the building's architectural merits. The report, however, did not make a recommendation to the board.

The Herald is moving next year to its new headquarters in Doral.

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Trey

I wonder how much Genting casino paid them for their support? Penelas has been out of office for years and lives in Miami Lakes. Why would he be interested in the fate of that building?

SunnyBDale


What would make the Preservation Board vote to keep the Herald eyesore? What could anyone do with that POS if it stays standing? The building isn’t fit to stand on the waterfront and it is on no use; it’s obsolete-- way past any kind of usefulness except a rat’s nest. Tear it down.

Beebeelinda

A new resort built on the Miami Herald site will be a source of jobs and a tax base for Miami. If the City of Miami's Historic and Environmental Preservation Board votes to preserve the building, they will be robbing Miami of the long-term benefit of millions the city needs in tax revenue. The old building will cost the city to maintain it and for what?

Sonobovich

I hope common sense wins today and the board votes NO on preservation. Let the building be demolished.

RichardR

Sell the building for $236M, then push against tearing it down and using the property for something else. Cute. Here's a thought, if you like it so much buy it back and stay there.

Steve Jandis

The Dade Heritage Trust has been reported to be on the payroll of Walt Disney. This is all about Disney trying to keep their competitor out of Florida.

Hopefully the Herald will be torn down right away to make way for progress.

The decay of Miami

Its quite simple. Just look at the campaign finance reports of the vocal commissioners to see how much money former Miami Beach Mayor Niesen "Preservationist" Kasdin and Genting gave to these ass clowns for their support for demolition. It's all about the money and these hypocritical scumbags pretending they know what's best for Miami. Happy hanukkah, suckers!

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