Section of old Miami Herald building demolished

 
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A section of the former Miami Herald building near downtown was demolished Monday morning.

The site, between the MacArthur and Venetian causeways on the bay, is being cleared for a resort and residential complex.

The Malaysian gambling giant Genting in 2012 pulled back on its plans for a mega-casino resort on the t after facing a backlash over the project's proposed size. Last year it proposed a more traditional mix of condo towers, about 500 hotel rooms and a ground-floor cluster of shops and restaurants.

The property is near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to the west and the new Perez Art Museum Miami to the south.

The Miami Herald Media Company moved to Doral last May.

Here is a statement from Christian Goode, President of Resorts World Miami.

"Demolition of the former Miami Herald building's exterior walls has begun as expected, marking the first step in the transformation of one of downtown Miami's most important waterfront sites. Once completed, Resorts World Miami will be a critical anchor for downtown, combining residential, hotel and retail uses and providing public access to Biscayne Bay and Museum Park."

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