The Miami Herald's iconic former headquarters was to be but a memory by the end of last year. Nevertheless, it continues to stand, battered but not destroyed, even with Genting's latest scaled-back casino announcement for the site. They've pushed back demolition from late 2013 to the fall of 2014 after running into some unexpected hurdles, according to the Herald. Genting brought in the wrecking crew last August, blasting the external parking structure to pieces, and eerily covering the giant Gothic letters spelling out the newspaper's name in what appear to be body bags, but now says that demolishing the main structure poses more environmental issues than expected.
Though still planning a mixed-use project with residential, retail and a hotel, the original megacasino plan seems long gone and they are "still refining the design," for the mini version, Genting said in a statement. The revised schedule, which puts the now mini-mega project a year behind schedule, comes on the coattails of its partnership with the Gulfstream racetrack in Hallandale Beach, which the company says entitles it to a 2,000-slot casino and some off-track-betting.
· Genting's Plans Under Fire [Miami Herald]
· Genting Could Ditch Mega Casino Plans For Minor Casino [Curbed Miami]
· Previous Genting Group coverage [Curbed Miami]