The Miami Herald has officially found its new home. The newspaper is moving to the former headquarters of the United States Southern Command in Doral. Publisher David Landsberg sent out a memo to staff this morning announcing the move. The Herald has sold its current headquarters, right off Biscayne Bay in the Omni area, to Malaysian casino developers Genting Corp., and will have to move by May 2013.
Here's an excerpt from Landberg's memo:
Drum roll, please... the big announcement is finally here!
We're on the move - and starting in May 2013, our new headquarters will be located at 3511 NW 91 Ave., on the 15-acre site that was formerly home to the U.S. Southern Command. The site is located in Doral, four miles west of the airport. It's located within a 30-minute drive of most Miami-Dade residents, and offers easy access to Broward and the Keys.
MHMC has leased the two-story, 158,000 sq. ft. building to house the business and news offices. The company will also build a new three-story, 119,000 sq. ft. production facility on property purchased adjacent to its new home. Ample parking of about 680 spaces will be available. Groundbreaking on the new press building is expected in April, and construction will be fast-tracked to meet our relocation deadline.
The state-of-the-art printing plant, which will comprise three presses moved from our current location, will offer improved press and color capabilities, as well as a convenient location for distribution of The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and all our commercial printing partners. We anticipate no interruptions in service for either readers or advertisers.
The move is also in keeping with the Miami Herald Media Company mission: to be the most credible and dynamic source of information for our community. We've been a vital part of this community for nearly 110 years - 48 of them at our present location - and our new Miami-Dade headquarters demonstrates we're strong, solid and here to stay.
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The new location is about a 20 minute drive (with good traffic) from its current home, and is a significant drive from places like County Hall, the main courthouse, City Hall, and all of Miami Beach.