Genting has an entirely new plan for their Resorts World Miami megaproject at the Miami Herald Site (according to the Miami Herald) and, guess what, there isn't a gargantuan city-gobbling casino in site. In fact, it's all about parks (yes, parks), and view corridors, and a wide, luxurious baywalk, and even - gasp! - historic preservation. Well, sort of. The Miami Herald building may still be dunzo, but the art deco Boulevard Shops, with its high ceilings and rich architectural details will get a restoration as restaurant or nightclub space. That will begin this summer, and take about a year. Renovations and upgrades to the Hilton Hotel at the Omni, which Genting owns about a block to the north, have already begun, although there are no plans yet to do anything with the former Omni mall, which remains shuttered.
Genting plans to replace the Miami Herald with three condo towers and a luxury hotel, with parks to the north and south, and a wide baywalk linking to Museum Park. Parks will ease the transition to Museum park and provide a greenway to the Arsht Center. They're not trying to close any streets (the peoplemover is probably staying put too), and - this should thrill all the NIMBYs out there - there isn't a casino in sight.
· Resorts World Miami coverage [Curbed Miami]
· Genting's New Vision Calls For Luxury Hotel; Condos [Miami Herald]