The Old Miami Herald Building Is Already Falling Apart UPDATE: Or Maybe Not

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With the iconic Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald neon sign torn down, the parking lot locked up and barren, and the building abandoned, it's amazing how quickly 1 Herald Plaza has faded into history. Drive past today and it feels like eons ago that it was the center of Dade's newspapering world, even though the staff moved out only last month.

Then again, it apparently didn't take long for the building to fall into complete disrepair. The city has already hit new owner Genting with an unsafe building structure violation.

Update: Genting says the city erred in sending its violation their way. The unsafe structure in question is apparently the Herald building's old antenna and walkway jutting into Biscayne Bay, neither of which are owned by the resort company.

In a May 22 citation posted in full at ExMiami Forum, city inspectors warn that "violations have resulted in the subject building or structure being declared unsafe."

(Riptide emailed a Genting spokesperson about the letter, but we haven't heard back yet.)

It's not clear exactly what violations the letter references; some kids set a fire at the building, but that prank came June 1, more than a week after the letter was mailed, and the blaze was put out before any serious damage was done.

Sure, Genting plans to tear down the structure anyway to build a posh hotel on the bay, so in the end it doesn't particularly matter that it's falling to pieces.

But watching 1 Herald Plaza crumble into Biscayne Bay adds another layer of sadness to an era gone by. At least put the old giant out of its misery already.

Update: Here's the statement Genting sent our way on the violation notice:

"The property in question is the walkway and antenna structure over Biscayne Bay. This property is owned by the Beasley Family, with Resorts World Miami's ownership ending where the land meets the water. We received notification from the City last month and responded to this effect."

It's not clear precisely who the "Beasley Family" is, but Beasley Broadcast Group owns a number of radio stations in South Florida. Riptide has left a message with their corporate office to respond; we'll update this post when we hear back.

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9 comments
Aldo Suarez
Aldo Suarez

We are attached to the building because it has been there since we were kids, but HONESTLY is ugly! horrible architectural design, no windows, squared , so NOT Miami. It had a nice lobby but that's that. I would prefer a PARK a green space instead of the Casino, (that's yet to be approved).

Smart Alex
Smart Alex

ahh because its going to be torn down & replaced with a casino

mkzoe
mkzoe

It's not the Miami Herald building any more. The paper is now in a possibly cleaner, safer building. If you feel nostalgic about the paper then subscribe and support it otherwise shut up. 

Vanessa Flores
Vanessa Flores

Will always be a Landmark, in my head. Great, childhood field-trips! What a, site!

Valberta Guthrie
Valberta Guthrie

Always wanted to step foot in there on day! Too sad! This pisses me off I swear!

Laurie Olszewski
Laurie Olszewski

Sad! My grandfather worked at The Herald and my mother has fond memories of riding out a few hurricanes there.

Ezra
Ezra

I have to look at that building every day. It's right off my balcony. I know it's historic and all but it is such an eyesore and really ugly. It's the same reason I don't wear tan corduroy bell bottoms and a burnt sienna polyester shirt anymore. I can't wait for them to tear it down. 

Jerry Rauth
Jerry Rauth

Sad to see miami lose yet another of its iconic buildings to neglect

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