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Commissioners Weigh Historic Dade County Courthouse Future

 
Commissioners Weigh Historic Dade County Courthouse Future
Posted Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 @ 11am

Miami-Dade commissioners will decide today if a $540 million proposal to replace the historic Dade County Courthouse will go on the November ballot.

Miami-Dade's civil court caseload has long outgrown the 90-year-old courthouse, which is also plagued by structural problems such as corroded columns and a flooded basement. Several upper floors cannot be accessed for safety reasons.

The county is looking at a handful of downtown sites for a new civil courthouse, such as a plot of land near the new juvenile court and a space at the proposed All Aboard Florida train station. The old courthouse, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, will be repurposed, likely into a hotel or a museum.

(PHOTO: ROBERT SULLIVAN / 2006 AFP)

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