Bulldozers collapsed pilings of the former Miami Herald building near downtown to demolish the first portion of the bayfront office 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 14-acre site after facing a backlash over the project's size. Last year, the company proposed a more traditional mix of condo towers, a 500-room hotel and a ground-floor cluster of shops and restaurants for its Resort World Miami. Efforts to change Florida’s gambling laws to allow a casino on the site have not been successful.
The property, near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, was purchased by Genting for $236 million in May 2011. The Miami Herald Media Company moved to Doral in 2013.