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Bye Bye, News. Hello, Resorts World Miami

June 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (2)

The downtown Miami hotel construction boom continues! Many South Beach-goers are familiar with this sight as they head over the MacArthur Causeway from downtown to the beach. It's the tired-looking home of the once-vaunted Miami Herald.

Not anymore. A few weeks ago, the paper's parent company McClatchy Co. sold this building, and 13.9 acres of bayfront land around it, to Genting, one of Asia's largest casino companies, based in Malaysia. Genting has a $3 billion plan to turn the area into a mixed-used space known as Resorts World Miami--and a casino is on the wish list.

While that may not happen, due to a little thing called Florida law, what is certain is this: more hotels for downtown Miami.

The developers are already making a move to endear themselves to the city by choosing local architectural and interior firm Arquitectonica to design Resorts World Miami. You may recognize their work from properties like Viceroy Miami, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

As fans of the fast-disappearing newspaper trade, we're sad about losing the Miami Herald sightings that bless each trip over the causeway, but as hotel geeks, we're curious to see what kind of property lands on this prime piece of real estate. (It's worth noting, too, that The Genting Group owns 50 percent of Norwegian Cruise Lines, and the new complex is perfectly positioned to capitalize on that cruise business.)

For hints of what's to come, might we suggest you take a gander at Genter's other big mixed-use extravaganza, Resorts World Sentoas in Singapore.

Miami Herald fans, avert your eyes...

[Photo: dcwriterdawn via Flickr]

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typo

slight type.  It is Resort World Sentosa

While it is sad

While it is sad to lose a famous landmark that is also filled with historical value, the building of a new hotel should boost the local economy in the area. While the casino might not be built, having a hotel there that may tie up with the Norwegian Cruise lines would definitely be a job creator. For the new to come, the old needs to go, and such is business.

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