The demolition of the old downtown theater in Miami Springs began during the last week of 2019. In the past 8 months, not much has happened. They closed off Canal Street and then they opened up Canal Street. But aside from that, all residents have seen has been piles of dirt and fences laying flat on the street.
Earlier this year, we asked the City Manager what was going on. He had informed us that the project was undergoing review downtown, but things were delayed due to COVID-19. We followed up with the City Manager today get an update. Here was his reply:
“I met with the owners this week, they will be starting Monday at the site to start demucking and filling in with the rock piles that are there, they also will install a new permanent fence around the property, clearing all debris both inside and outside property. Plans are out of DERM [Department of Environmental Resources Management] now and in Water and Sewer for their review. And no the principal was not arrested by federal authorities!!!” – City of Miami Springs City Manager, William Alonso
So, there’s still no word on when construction will begin because the plans, according to the City Manager, are still in Miami-Dade County limbo 8 months after the demolition.