FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2012
Contact: George Sanchez
MIAMI EMERGENCY COALITION FOR JOBS AND GROWTH FORMED
Opposes Preservation of Miami Herald Building
MIAMI – A new grass-roots citizens organization has formed to push for the economic revitalization of downtown Miami. The coalition opposes efforts by the Dade Heritage Trust to block access to the bay and redevelopment of downtown Miami by seeking historic preservation status for the old Miami Herald Building.
The Miami Emergency Coalition for Jobs and Economic Growth posted a website at www.miamiemergencycoalition.com
“The Miami Herald Building does not meet either state or federal requirements for preservation” said coalition spokesman George Sanchez. “It has been considered for preservation status before but rejected and it is not architecturally or historically significant.” said Sanchez.” This eyesore stands in the way of the revitalization of downtown. The building is in no way worthy of preservation.”
“At a time when the City of Miami is functionally broke, we need jobs, economic growth and new city revenues” said Sanchez.” We are urging the City of Miami Historic Preservation Board to reject the attempt by the Dade Heritage Trust on December 10th. The building isn’t 50 years old as required for preservation.”
Sanchez said he was not in touch with Genting, the Asian Gaming Company proposing to demolish the Miami Herald Building and build a major non-casino development including an upscale hotel and meeting space, luxury apartments and condominiums, retail space and restaurants.
Sanchez said his ad-hoc committee included several downtown land-owners and other merchants supportive of downtown redevelopment. Sanchez also said this group would mount an effort to get taxpayers who oppose historic preservation of the Miami Herald Building to contact both City Commissioners and appointed Preservation Board Members.