Downtown Miami Courthouse
Miami-Dade County is poised to select a builder for a new downtown Miami civil courthouse and take a major step in a years long, problematic process of getting a new facility.
The County Commission is set to vote next Tuesday on entering a public-private partnership with the Plenary Justice Miami LLC development team. Construction could start as soon as January and be completed in 2024 if the contract is approved.
The legal community has been pushing for a new courthouse with the existing Miami-Dade County Courthouse built in 1928 plagued by mold and leaks.
“We are ecstatic that this is finally coming to an end, and we are confident the vote on Tuesday will be positive. This is something the citizens of Miami-Dade really deserve. There’s going to be access to a safe and clean building with more than three bathrooms,” Chief Circuit Judge Bertila Soto said, joking about the lack of restrooms in the historic building.
The Plenary Justice team is led by concessionaire Plenary Group USA Concessions, which selected the rest of the team. The others are Los Angeles-based builder Tutor Perini Corp., St. Louis, Missouri-based architectural firm HOK and operations and maintenance company Johnson Controls Inc.
The plan calls for a 23-story building with 46 courtrooms and shells for four more courtrooms that would be finished when needed. The 640,000-square-foot building would rise on a half-acre lot owned by the county on Flagler Street between the existing courthouse and Metromover tracks.