The decaying hotel at Miami Beach’s historic Deauville Beach Resort, which once hosted everyone from the Beatles to President John F. Kennedy, is set to implode after being declared an unsafe structure.
The implosion of the Deauville hotel tower at 6701 Collins Avenue will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday
Streets in the area – Collins Avenue and Harding Avenue from 65th to 70th Street – will be closed around 7:30 a.m. and are expected to reopen at 10:00 a.m.
Aerial video shows the Deauville hotel gutted and prepared for Sunday’s implosion in Miami Beach.
The historic building has been closed since 2017 after being damaged by an electrical fire and Hurricane Irma. It fell into such poor condition that an engineering report found it “unsafe” and beyond repair, saying it “cannot be saved due to structural defects”.
Historic Conservators led a years-long effort to save the building, but after reviewing a structural report from an engineering firm hired by the owners, the Miami Beach Building Department declared a demolition order.
The building was originally constructed in 1957 and in the 1960s Deauville was the place to be. The “Ed Sullivan Show” broadcast a Beatles appearance live from the hotel ballroom in 1964, and President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to young Democrats there in 1961. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland and Tony Bennett have also performed at the station.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had proposed a two-tower development designed by architect Frank Gehry, including a six-star hotel and luxury residences, on the Deauville site.
But on Election Day, Miami Beach voters said “no” to allowing Ross to exceed current building size regulations to construct the development.
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However, the future of the site remains uncertain following the implosion.
“The challenge with Deauville property is that the previous owners of it have created such a high price tag that it’s very difficult for a development to operate there,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “So someone has to build something that will make enough money to justify a purchase price.”
Gelber had been a supporter of Ross’ plan, but said he was not abandoning the site.
“It’s just going back to the drawing board. I think it will be terrible if in 10 or 20 years this ground is still empty,” Gelber said.